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Middlebrooks & Anderson Home Runs Nominated

It’s that time of the year for the MiLBY Awards from In the competitive category of “Home Run of the Year,” the PawSox have two nominees: Will Middlebrooks homering in four straight games and Lars Anderson smacking a home run off the video board at McCoy Stadium.

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The PawSox have also been nominated in the following categories:

Not only do the PawSox have five nominations for the MiLBY Awards, but they might be the only minor league team in the county to have been featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays twice. Jason Repko was the No. 1 play for his tumbling catch into the bullpen, while Lars Anderson made the list for his scoreboard busting homer.

Can we count on your vote?



Left: Photo taken of the video board at McCoy Stadium seconds after Anderson’s blast. (Jillian Souza) Right: Will Middlebrooks hit .330 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 24 games with Pawtucket in 2012. (Kelly O’Connor)

The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island

After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.

Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:

  • Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
  • The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
  • In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
  • In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
  • The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.

Here’s what it looked like on the field Thursday night following the final out.

Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.

In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.

After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:

  • Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
  • Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
  • We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
  • People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
  • PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
  • Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
  • The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
  • Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.

The remaining members from the PawSox Opening Day roster (left to right): Tony Thomas, Che-Hsuan Lin, Alex Wilson, Will Inman, Alex Hassan, Jason Repko, Nate Spears, Tony Pena, Jr.

The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.

Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.

Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.

Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.

What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.



Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, and PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer getting drenched during the trophy celebration on the field.

Repko’s Catch: SportsCenter’s Top Play

It’s not often that a minor league team gets primetime exposure on the world wide leader, but for the PawSox, it has now happened twice — in one year.

Sunday night at McCoy Stadium, in front of a standing room only crowd, Jason Repko made one of the most spectacular catches of 2012. You can see the catch by clicking here. What isn’t clear from the video is that the catch was made with the bases loaded.

Not only has this catch created a buzz on Twitter and throughout the web, but ESPN picked it up and ran it in the open for SportsCenter Sunday night.

Many PawSox fans remember earlier this year when Lars Anderson made SportsCenter for his home run off the video board in left filed at McCoy Stadium.

PawSox photographer, Jillian Souza, was able to capture the catch from her position along the first base dugout.

Repko was originally drafted as an infielder by by the Dodgers in 1999, but injuries forced him into the outfield later in his career. (Jillian Souza)

I’ve heard the the catch was also spotted on NBC’s Today show Monday morning. Nice work by camera man Matt Volpini and producer Chris Judge for getting such a good look at what was the PawSox play of the year.



Recent Roster Moves Strengthen Outfield

In his first rehab start with the PawSox Thursday night, Carl Crawford played five innings and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of singles. With all of the focus on the Red Sox outfielder last night, a number of PawSox roster moves were overlooked.

  • Left-hander Will Latimer was assigned back to Double-A Portland where he actually started last night and tossed four innings.
  • Outfielder Jason Repko, who had homered in each of his last two games, has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Kalish has 15 hits and 11 RBI in his first 10 games this year with the PawSox and hit .217 over 18 games with the Red Sox. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Although the moves sending outfielders Scott Podsednik and Ryan Kalish had officially happened prior to the break, both played in their first game for the PawSox last night.
  • Righty Clayton Mortensen, the 26th man for the Red Sox day-night doubleheader last weekend against the Yankees, was sent back to Pawtucket and pitched Thursday.

After a disappointing loss last night against Buffalo, the PawSox and Bisons play game two this evening with Billy Buckner (1-3, 6.43) getting the start. First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



Day-Night Doubleheader From Allentown

After last night’s 14-1 thumping of the IronPigs, the PawSox and ‘Pigs play a pair of nine-inning games today with game one at 12:05 p.m., followed by game two at 6:35 p.m. Three-time Major League All-Star, and 2006 National League MVP, Ryan Howard is scheduled to rehab his achilles injury in game two for the IronPigs.

Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley are tied for first place in the North standings for the second time in three days, with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre just a game behind.

PawSox Notebook:

  • The PawSox scored more runs last night then they had in their last six games combined (10).
  • With his 1-for-4 effort last night with two walks, Ryan Lavarnway, in 21 games in June, hit .405 – the best monthly average of his career, and tops in the International League. He belted four homers, 14 extra-base hits, and drove home 18 runs.
  • Andy LaRoche, signed by the Red Sox on Friday, is 7-for-9 over his first two games with the PawSox. He went 4-for-5 Saturday night with a three-run homer and three doubles. In 46 games with Triple-A Columbus, the most hits LaRoche had in a single game was three (one time). His three doubles are two shy of his total during his time spent with the Clippers.

Jason Repko tallied six RBI last night – he entered the game with four this season with the PawSox (Kelly O’Connor).

  • In his two games at Coca-Cola Park this year, PawSox catcher Mike Rivera is 6-for-8 with one home run and three runs batted in. Of Rivera’s three, two-hit efforts, two have come on the road against the IronPigs. In his last five starts, the PawSox catcher is 8-for-20 with five of his 11 RBI.
  • PawSox outfielder Jason Repko finished Saturday night 3-for-5 with six RBI and finished a double shy of the cycle. His matched his RBI career-high last accomplished May 10, 2002 playing with High-A Vero Beach.
We hit the air at 11:50 this morning. If you’re looking to catch up on PawSox baseball on the radio, today is your day.

14 Roster Moves in Seven Days

This has felt much longer than an eight-game homestand. The PawSox have lost 6-of-7 games thus far, have dropped two games by one run (both in extra innings), and have been shutout twice.

As far as player moves go, a lot has changed for the PawSox over the last seven days at McCoy:

  • Ronald Bermudez, who has played in eight games with the PawSox, was placed back on the disabled list with a recurring left hamstring strain.
  • After dominating in Double-A with the Sea Dogs, outfielder J.C. Linares was promoted to Pawtucket and went 4-for-6 with a double in his debut. Since then, he’s been held to one hit over his last five games.
  • Once fully recovered from a left knee injury, outfielder Jason Repko was outrighted to Pawtucket following his rehab.
  • He struck out 20 batters over seven appearances, but following his outing on June 21 at Syracuse, Mark Prior was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain.

Even at 36-years-old, Podsednik has some spring left in his legs. The outfielder rehabs for the PawSox tonight, batting second and DH’ing. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • To fill Prior’s void in the bullpen, lefty Will Latimer received his first call-up to Triple-A. Unfortunately, he’s been dealt the loss in his two appearances thus far.
  • Aaron Cook was recalled to Boston from his rehab in Pawtucket to start for Clay Buchholz.
  • After two appearances (one start), righty Jeremy Kehrt was assigned back to Portland
  • On the disabled list since May 25, Jose Iglesias (back) was reinstated on Tuesday and has made two starts.
  • Part of the Kevin Youkilis deal with the White Sox, Zach Stewart arrived in Pawtucket and pitched the PawSox to their lone win of the homestand (although Brandon Duckworth more than deserved a win last night).

With a surplus of outfielder, Josh Kroeger was released Thursday by the Red Sox. (Kelly O’Connor).

  • First placed on the temporary inactive list, outfielder Josh Kroeger was released yesterday by the Red Sox. In 64 games with the PawSox, Kroeger hit .244 with nine home runs and 25 RBI.
  • Tony Thomas, who had been playing virtually everyday at second base when Iglesias was on the disabled list, is now on the DL himself with a finger injury suffered during batting practice.
  • After opting out of his contract with Cleveland, Andy LaRoche has been signed by the Red Sox and gets the start at third base tonight. The 28-year-old played 40 games last year with Oakland where he hit .247 with no homers and five RBI. In 46 games this season with Triple-A Columbus, LaRoche hit .234 with five home runs and 16 RBI.
  • Tonight Scott Podsednik bats second and will serve as the PawSox designated hitter as he begins a rehab assignment to heal a groin injury suffered running to first base against the Cubs. In 19 games with Boston, the 36-year-old is hitting .387 with one homer and seven RBI.

Get all that? We’ll see what happens tonight as the PawSox finish the homestand with the Knights, aiming for a series split.



Jason Repko Begins Rehab with PawSox

In his first season with the Red Sox, outfielder Jason Repko has unfortunately spent more time on the disabled list than he has on the field.

After healing from a minor knee injury suffered while playing for the PawSox in April, Repko was called up to Boston where, after playing in just a handful of games, he injured his left shoulder crashing into the outfield wall.

Repko was placed on Boston’s disabled list and while rehabbing his shoulder, tweaked his knee once again. Now, with a fully healed shoulder, Repko has already appeared in seven rehab games with Single-A Greenville in order to return his knee to full health. Tonight Repko bats second for the PawSox and plays right field.



Drafted in the 1st Round by the Dodgers in 1999, Repko has played in 360 career Major League games over seven seasons. (Kelly O’Connor)

VIDEO: Interviews with Jason Repko & Will Inman

The news of today (and last night) is the call-up of PawSox outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Boston to replace Jacoby Ellsbury who dislocated his shoulder and could miss up to six weeks. At this time we have not received any official confirmation from the Red Sox that this move has happened, but Lin’s agent has confirmed the move.

The PawSox open a brief weekend sereis in Buffalo today following last night’s 4-3 series win in Rochester. The victory marked the first series win for Pawtucket and the club’s first win in a 1-run contest.

We’ve been in our hotel rooms for less than 10 hours before we need to soon jump back on the bus and head to Coca-Cola Field for today’s game against the Bisons. While I’m doing some quick prep and getting ready to leave, here are two video interviews I did recently in Rochester with PawSox outfielder Jason Repko and reliever Will Inman.


First pitch this afternoon from Buffalo is at 1:05, pre-game coverage begins at 12:50. Following the game we’ll have an hour of PawSox Insider as well.

Talk with you then,


@aaronmgoldsmith Red Sox Prospects Chat

One down, 143 to go.

I had a terrific time calling last night’s PawSox win with Steve Hyder, but it feels great to get the first broadcast out of the way. As I prepare for game No. 2,  I’ll be taking a break from my pre-game prep for something you very well may want to join.

From noon-1:00 I’ll be talking Red Sox prospects with Grodon Edes on In what is being called “Red Sox Chat: Minor League Voices,” this event will take the form of an online chat where fans can give their two cents and ask questions. The rest of the “voices” include my great friend and “Voice of the Portland Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis, the play-by-play broadcaster for the High-A Salem Red Sox, Even Lepler, and Mike Andrews of

You can CLICK HERE to enter/read the chat. Who knows, if you ask a question and mention the blog, there might be some kind of prize.

PawSox Notebook

  • The PawSox 4-2 win over Buffalo last night marks the club’s 7th consecutive Opening Day win – the longest in franchise history.
  • Ciriaco, who almost broke camp with the Red Sox, has a good chance of seeing Fenway park this year. (Kelly O'Connor)

    Second baseman Pedro Ciriaco had a strong PawSox debut going 4-of-5 with two RBIs. Who cares that only one of his hits left the infield. With his speed, he doesn’t have to hit ‘em quite as deep to reach safely. By the way, he was one of only two International League batters with four hits last night (Matt Carson of Rochester also had four).

  • When Steve interviewed Pedro on the field following the game, I loved it when Ciriaco said “thank you” to the fans. It might not seem like much to the players, but that kind of gesture goes a long way these days.
  • One game into the season and we’ve already seen outstanding defensive plays by the two guys who get hyped the most for their defense: Jose Iglesias and Che-Hsuan Lin. Jose made an outstanding line drive catch on a ball that, off the bat, I would have told you had a 100% chance of landing in left field. Lin, meanwhile, made a catch sliding forward and on his side on a ball that seem destined to be a bloop single in shallow center. These guys will be fun to watch.
  • New Pawtucket right fielder Jason Repko showed nice speed and great hustle when he reached on an RBI infield single in the 5th. I had a chance to interview him at Media Day and really enjoyed our conversation.

Around the International League

  • The new “Empire State Yankees” were almost no-hit last night by Lehigh Valley. If not for a Ray Krumi double in the 7th, it would have been all zeros for the club without a home this season.
  • In his Triple-A debut, arguably baseball’s top-prospect Bryce Harper went 2-of-4 with a double against Rochester.
  • Speaking of the Red Wings, former PawSox first baseman Aaron Bates had a nice Opening Day for the Twins’ Triple-A club, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
  • One day into the season and we already have our first rain out (Charlotte and Norfolk), and our first extra inning game (Durham topped Gwinnett 4-3 in a 12-inning, 4:04 contest).

We hit the air tonight at 6:00 with the pre-game show. First pitch in the series finale with Buffalo is set for 6:15.

Talk with you then.




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