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Justin Germano Signs with Toronto

One of the PawSox most dominant pitchers from this past season has signed with his third team in less than a year. Justin Germano, Pawtucket’s 2012 Opening Day starter, has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Germano spent most of 2012 with the PawSox and was the ace of the staff (9-4, 2.40 ERA, 16 starts) before being called-up to Boston. The righty made one start for the Red Sox on July 7 when he held the Yankees scoreless over 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven.

Germano, 29, went 2-10 with a 6.75 ERA with the Cubs in 2012. Over seven Major League seasons Germano has a 5.27 ERA. (Kelly O’Connor)

After his lone start at Fenway, Germano was designated for assignment and then sent to the Cubs for cold hard cash. Justin went on to make 13 appearances (12 starts) for Chicago — his most starts since making 23 with San Diego in 2007.

Germano, who has received an invitation to big league camp, has a chance to pitch against his former Pawtucket teammates since Toronto’s new Triple-A affiliate is the Buffalo Bisons.

As I once said to Justin, the only thing more impressive than his swing-and-miss curveball is the fact that he can keep a perfectly groomed  five o’clock shadow seven days a week (see photo above).

All the best to Justin in Toronto.



PawSox Win the 2012 I.L. Wildcard

It took 142 games to nail down a post-season berth, but who cares.

Saturday night the PawSox shutout the North Division champion Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 2-0, and in doing so, won the wild card.

PawSox players celebrating on the field after Saturday night’s won over the Yankees. (Jillian Souza)

As Pawtucket heads back to the Governors’ Cup playoffs for the second straight year, here are some facts, figures, and observations about this 2012 PawSox club:

  • 68 players have played for the PawSox this season — 70 is the franchise record set in both 1995 and 2006 (“so you’re sayin’ there’s a chance”).
  • 21 different players have been promoted to Boston this season (not including 10 called-up from injury rehab).
  • Five players in the Boston’s lineup Saturday night had played for Pawtucket in ’12.
  • Three of the Red Sox five pitchers Saturday had spent time with the PawSox this year.
  • The members PawSox six-man Opening Day rotation are currently spread over four different time zones:
      • Justin Germano: traded to the Cubs on July 19
      • Brandon Duckworth: signed with Japan
      • Doug Mathis: also signed with Japan
      • Alex Wilson: now in the PawSox bullpen
      • Aaron Cook: in Boston’s rotation
      • Ross Ohlendorf: opted out of his contract, signed with the Padres
  • Since August 1, the PawSox have received seven players from Double-A Portland currently on the active roster. They had 23 games of Triple-A experience, combined.
  • Pawtucket has won seven of its last eight games. During that time the PawSox…
      • Rotation has gone 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA (11 ER/50.2 IP) with six quality starts
      • Closers have gone 5-for-5 in save situations
      • Are hitting .271 (overall this year, Columbus leads the league batting .269)
  • Somehow I haven’t mentioned yet some of the position players now in Boston:
      • Mauro Gomez: 2012 International League MVP
      • Will Middlebrooks: We knew he wouldn’t last long
      • Ryan Lavarnway: Hit a league-best .405 in June
      • Pedro Ciriaco: The club’s offensive spark plug and played three positions
      • Jose Iglesias: One scout told me, “the best shortstop in all of baseball.”

The PawSox will host Scranton-Wilkes/Barre in the playoffs on September 5 and 6 in a best-of-five series. The two clubs will then travel to Rochester, Ny. to finish the series at Frontier Field.

A Red Sox vs. Yankees post-season will happen after all.




PawSox Road Trip By the Numbers

After a quick two hour northern commute from Louisville, the PawSox team bus pulled in front of the Indianapolis hotel around 1:30 this morning for a four-game series against the Indians.

Aside from Saturday’s shutout loss in Louisville, this has been an offensively charged, and well pitched, road trip for the PawSox. Here are some of the team and individual accomplishments over the first four games of the trip.

  • In the PawSox three wins against the Bats, Pawtucket scored 26 runs on 48 hits – not one was a home run.
  • Despite having enough offense to overcome some poor pitching, the PawSox received a quality start in all three wins (Duckworth, Hernandez, and Buckner).
  • Billy Bucker became the first Pawtucket pitcher to go 7.0+ innings since Justin Germano tossed 8.0 innings scoreless on June 30 at Lehigh Valley. It was his final start before being called-up to Boston.

Bucker went seven innings for the first time this year with the PawSox, his second time overall including his final start on May 30 with the Sea Dogs. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Daniel Bard finished off a 1-2-3 eighth inning last night with a 95 mph strikeout (11 pitches, 8 strikes). It marked the third time this year Bard has pitched in back-to-back days.
  • Jose Iglesias is looking better and better at the plate. Monday night the PawSox shortstop drew two walks in back-to-back games for the first time in 2012. He now has six walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 games this month.

Helped by drawing more walks recently, Iglesias has raised his on-base percentage to .305. In 101 games with the PawSox in 2011, Iglesias had a .285 OBP. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Since the All-Star break, Iglesias has reached base in 9-of-11 games with five runs batted in, five walks, and six strikeouts. (On July 13, Iglesias did not reach, but only had one at-bat because of fouling a ball of the inside of his left knee.)
  • Monday night, Chris Carpenter, part of the Theo Epstein compensation from the Cubs, became the first PawSox pitcher in 2012 to hit 100 mph. After watching four games in Louisville, and also asking around, the radar gun in Louisville is usually pretty accurate.

The PawSox go from playing the worst team in the International League to playing the best team. Zach Stewart, part of the Kevin Youkilis deal with Chicago, makes his first road start of the year for the PawSox tonight at 7:05 from Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. Our pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



Reports: Pedro Ciriaco to the Red Sox

According to multiple media reports, in addition to the Red Sox official game notes and Bobby Valentine on WEEI, PawSox infielder, and mid-season All-Star, Pedro Ciriaco has been called up Boston.

It should be noted that the Red Sox have not sent out an official release about Ciriaco. That said, he has been seen in the Red Sox clubhouse while Dustin Pedroia has been seen wearing a cast on his right thumb.

Of the PawSox four mid-season All-Stars, Ciriaco would mark the third called up to Boston over the last four days. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway would be the lone All-Star remaining on the roster with Ciriaco joining Justin Germano and Mauro Gomez in Boston.

Ciriaco played the World Team in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game as a member of the Diamondbacks’ farm system. (Kelly O’Connor)

The super-utility Ciriaco has played second base, shortstop, and third base for Pawtucket while hitting .301 over 64 games. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old experienced a career best 16-game hitting streak and has been the PawSox leadoff hitter for much of the season.

“He’s picked us up big time,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said of Ciriaco. “He’s really had a fabulous year and is a lot of fun to watch play. He can beat you in a lot of ways, and he’s a great kid and works hard everyday.”

Ciriaco has spent parts of the last two seasons in the Big Leagues with Pittsburgh and made his Major League debut on September 8, 2010 against Atlanta. That day he went 1-for-1 as a pinch-hitter and, interestingly enough, played with Justin Thomas, Argenis Diaz, and Brandon Moss - all former Red Sox farmhands.

In 31 Major League games, Ciriaco has hit .333 (10-for-33) with three doubles, two triples, and seven runs batted in.



Three Games, Two Days, One Game Back

It might only be the final day of June, but this weekend series in Allentown, Pa. against the IronPigs will have a slight playoff feel. As a result of last night’s loss to the Knights, and the ‘Pigs extra-inning win against Rochester, Lehigh Valley now holds the top spot in the North.

The PawSox went 1-7 on the recent homestand – their worst homestand since July 9-19, 2009 when they also went 1-7 versus Buffalo (0-2), Syracuse (0-2), and Indianapolis (1-3). Today is the first time since May 4 that Pawtucket is not in first place in the North standings.

PawSox Notebook:

  • If you think the PawSox slump has been rough, the Gwinnett Braves have lost 14 games in a row. When they split a four-game series at McCoy earlier this month, they were 2.5 games behind first place Charlotte. Now they’re 10 games back and in last place in the South. The Braves are 5-24 this month.
  • Don’t sleep on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse. The Yankees are now just one game behind the PawSox, while the Chiefs are 2.5 back. Syracuse is an impressive 18-10 this month – the best June winning percentage in the league.
  • For the second time this year, the PawSox have hit 30 homers in a month. Columbus, who hit 31 bombs in May, is the only I.L. team to hit over 30 homers in a single month. The PawSox lead the circuit with 87 home runs, two more than the Clippers.

In his first season in the Red Sox system, Justin Germano has gone 8-4, with a 2.60 ERA over his first 16 games (15 starts). (Kelly O’Connor)

Justin Germano, a 2012 International League All-Star, starts tonight against the IronPigs. Tomorrow, in a day-night doubleheader, the PawSox send Tony Pena Jr. in game one, followed by Billy Buckner in game two. The twinbill makes up for a rainout here at Coca-Cola Park in June 4.

First pitch tonight is set for 6:35, we hit the air at 6:20. Talk with you then.



Cape League Gets Going, So Does Ciriaco

Although it seems like forever ago, I’m not all that far removed from my summer on the Cape broadcasting games for the Bourne Braves in 2008. Last night, the Cape Cod Baseball League kicked off yet another season that promises to be a success.

When you really think about it, the Cape League might be the best blend of talent plus love for the game on display anywhere in the country. Every young hopeful is playing for free in hopes of either being discovered or further increasing their stock.

Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the Cape League has produced such stars as Jeff Bagwell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Normar Garciaparra, Tim Lincecum, Frank Tomas, Evan Longoria, Buster Posey, Kevin Youkillis, and hundreds more.

As you keep up the with PawSox this summer, you might want to spend a couple of minutes each week checking in on what’s happening along the Cape. You never know who might be the next star to make a name for himself.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Impressive work last night by Doug Mathis, Daniel Bard, and Garrett Mock. The trio of right-handers held the Bisons scoreless over nine innings and combined to allow a mere four hits. It marked the sixth shutout win of the season for Pawtucket.
  • Despite walking the first man he faced, Bard saw the minimum over two innings and struck out the final four batters – one looking. Last night marked Bard’s first outing without allowing a run, and pitching more than one inning.
  • Pedro Ciriaco is now riding a 10-game hitting streak (13-for-45), and is nearing his club-best streak of 12 games he set in May.
  • Although we have not received official word confirming the move, is reporting that outfielder Cody Ross “plans on starting a Minor League rehab assignment on Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket.” Ross fractured a bone in his left foot when batting.
  • Former PawSox pitcher, and current Red Sox reliever, Andrew Miller, is part of the Cape League’s 13th Hall of Fame class, scheduled for induction on November 10 at the Chatham Bars Inn. Miller pitched for Chatham and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.03 ERA in 2004 and a 6-0 mark with a 1.65 ERA in ’05. That year, Miller was named the league’s outstanding pro prospect, co-pitcher of the year, and college summer baseball’s player of the year.

The PawSox and Bisons continue their series tonight from Buffalo with righty Justin Germano (7-3, 2.56) getting the start for Pawtucket. Coming off a nine-inning complete game shutout, Germano will be opposed by right-hander Dylan Owen (3-3, 5.19).

First pitch tonight from Coca-Cola Field is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



Miller has spent parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues, the last two with Boston, after being drafted sixth overall in 2006 by Detroit. (Kelly O’Connor)

Vote for Paws in Round 2 of Mascot Mania

After a triumphant win over “Sherman,” the Delmarva Shorebirds mascot, Paws needs your help in Round 2 of’s Mascot Mania.

Today is the last day to vote for Paws as he aims to take down “BOOMER” of the Trenton Thunder. If this stokes the flames some, Trenton is the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees.

Don’t let the PawSox lose to the Yankees. Vote for Paws.

After playing three games against the IronPigs in less than 24 hours, the PawSox end this brief four-game road-trip tonight in Allentown. Justin Germano (5-3, 2.89) will be opposed by ‘Pigs starter Tom Cochran (2-1, 4.70). First pitch from Coca-Coal Park is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



Darnell McDonald Rehabs with PawSox

After straining his right oblique earlier this month, Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald joins the PawSox and tonight starts his rehab in Pawtucket.

Maybe most known this season for taking the mound – and the loss – in the Red Sox 17-inning affair with Baltimore on May 6, McDonald is batting .179 with two home runs and eight RBI in 26 games for the Sox this season.

A former 1st Round selection by the Orioles in 1997, McDonald hit soft toss on Tuesday, followed by batting practice Wednesday. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list as soon as Sunday.

When McDonald suffered the loss to Baltimore DH Chris Davis, it marked the first time two teams used position players to pitch in the same game since Oct. 4, 1925. Then, Hall of Famers George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns and Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers worked in the second game of a doubleheader on the final day of the season. (Steven Senne/AP)

Although no Red Sox or PawSox fan ever wants to see a Boston player placed on the disabled list, one bright spot surrounding McDonald’s injury was that it resulted in Pawtucket first baseman Mauro Gomez receiving his first career Major League call-up. Recently back with the PawSox, Gomez went 0-for-2 in two games with Boston.

The Red Sox outfield has been saddled by countless injuries this season. Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder), Carl Crawford (wrist/elbow), Cody Ross (foot), and Ryan Sweeney (concussion) are all currently on the mend. Don’t forget about fan-favorite Ryan Kalish who continues to work back from neck and shoulder surgeries as well.

The PawSox play Game 2 against Toledo tonight from McCoy where righty Justin Germano (4-3, 2.98) will be opposed by Mud Hens’ righty Jacob Turner (0-0, 4.76). First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



PawSox on TV This Afternoon

Germano, the PawSox Opening Day starter, has been the most steady arm in the PawSox rotation so far this year. He’s 3-0, 2.12 ERA at home this year in three starts. (Kelly O’Connor)

Break out the makeup and hair products, today at 12:05 the PawSox are on television.

It’s actually the second time the club has been on TV this year, with a road game in Toledo aired on NESN during the team’s previous road trip. That said, today marks the first game broadcast exclusively in Rhode Island in conjunction with Ocean State Networks.

Today’s game can be found on Cox Cable channel 5 and in HD on channel 1005. WJAR / NBC 10 and Cox Communications joined forces earlier this month to launch Ocean State Networks – exclusively available to Cox customers.

I’ll be doing the game on TV with former PawSox and Red Sox reliever, Ken Ryan. Meanwhile, Steve will hold down the radio broadcast with guest broadcaster Steve McDonald (play-by-play voice for the University of Rhode Island, and all-around great guy).

The PawSox have won five games in a row and have a chance to end this eight-game homestand with a 7-1 record with a win today against Columbus.

Justin Germano starts for the PawSox and will be opposed by Eric Berger. First pitch is set for 12:05, we hit the air on the TV side at high-noon.

Talk with you then.



Beaneater Home Run History

What Josh Hamilton did last night in Baltimore is almost unreal. Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to homer four times in a single game – the first since Carlos Delgado did it with Toronto on September 25, 2003.

Head shot of Bobby Lowe. If this isn’t the look of a guy who will go deep four times in a game, I don’t know what is.

Although a Boston Red Sox batter has never accomplished the feat, someone else from The Hub actually has. In fact, he was the first to ever accomplish the feat. On May 30, 1894, Bobby Lowe of the Boston Beaneaters homered four times against Cincinnati.

I wish I could make this stuff up.

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been playing baseball since 1973 and have never had a player hit four home runs in a single game. The last time a PawSox batter homered three times in a game was when Mike Lowell did it on rehab assignment on July 27, 2010 in Toledo.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Infielder Pedro Ciriaco is batting .579 (11-for-19) vs. LHP and .467 (7-for-15) with RISP. He’s currently riding an 8-game hitting streak – tied for the club’s longest this season (Josh Kroeger, April 18 -27).
  • Tuesday night, Ryan Lavarnway suddenly started wearing his red socks pulled up to his knees. The result: he went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He fashioned the same look last night with a different outcome: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. As a result, the most intriguing storyline going into tonight’s game is what will Ryan do with his socks?
  • Behind 5.0+ innings pitched from Ross Ohlendorf last night, the PawSox offense managed just one run for the fourth time this season. The last time it happened was on April 27 at Columbus in 4-1 loss. Pawtucket’s starting pitcher that night? Ross Ohlendorf.
  • The always steady Mauro Gomez is currently in his longest offensive drought of the season. He’s 2-for-21 (.095) over his last five games with one home run and two runs batted in.  Gomez has been an offensive force this year and is currently the International League’s active leader in homer runs (10). Of his 35 hits this year, 19 have been for extra-bases (54%).
  • This may surprise you, but among active PawSox players, Jose Iglesias is tied for third on the club with 25 hits.  Only Gomez (35) and Daniel Nava (27) rank ahead of him. He’s tied with Josh Kroeger.

If the skies clear tonight, the PawSox will play Game 3 against Rochester from McCoy. Right-hander Justin Germano (3-1, 2.16) starts for Pawtucket and will be opposed by righty Cole DeVries (0-2, 2.89). First pitch is set for 6:15, we hit the air at 6:00.

Talk with you then.



Hamilton set an American League record last night with 18 total bases. All four home runs were two-run blasts with Elvis Andrus standing on first base. (Joy R. Absalon/US PRESSWIRE)


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