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Lars Anderson Traded to Arizona

After being traded to Cleveland at the deadline this year for knuckleballer Steven Wright, former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson is on the move once again.

Part of a three-team, nine-player trade, Anderson has been sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that involves some talented players:

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Red Sox fans remember when, on the same day Lars was traded, Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik were dealt to Arizona for lefty Craig Breslow.

Meanwhile, PawSox fans remember seeing potential ace Trevor Bauer pitch against Pawtucket in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game in Durham when he started for the Reno Aces. A top-rated prospect, Bauer struggled with command that night, using 101 pitches, firing only 49 strikes, and issuing 7 walks over 4 2/3 innings.

Bauer is maybe best known for his warm-up routine where plays long toss from pole-to-pole (it’s worth a look).

Didi Gregorious, 22, played in eight games with Cincinnati in 2012 and sure did look good the handful of times he faced the PawSox. In four games versus Pawtucket, the Netherlands native hit .294 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

As for Anderson, his stay with Triple-A Columbus proved to be brief. Lars hit .196 over 18 games with the Clippers with five doubles and seven runs batted in. However, his last game of the season was on August 22 because of a concussion suffered when hit on the helmet by a pitch.

All the best to Lars on what we all hope will be a successful career with Arizona.



Anderson played three seasons with the PawSox and had his best year in 2011 when he hit .265 with 14 HR and 78 RBI. (Kelly O'Connor)

Anderson played three seasons with the PawSox and had his best year in 2011 when he hit .265 with 14 HR and 78 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

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.

Governors’ Cup Finals: Game 1 Preview

Governors’ Cup Finals
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
McCoy Stadium | Pawtucket, Rhode Island | 7:05 p.m.

For the first time since 2003, the Pawtucket Red Sox are back in the Governors’ Cup Finals, looking for their first championship since 1984.

In order to win the 2012 Governors’ Cup, Pawtucket will need to win three games against the South Division champion Charlotte Knights (White Sox). At 83-61, the Knights finished the regular season with the third-most wins in the I.L. and recently defeated the best team in the league, Indianapolis, in four games to advance to the finals.

Pitching has been the constant for the Knights this season. They finished tied for first with Indianapolis for the best ERA in the league at 3.15. Furthermore, as a staff they were second in fewest home runs and hits allowed, tied for second in WHIP (1.26), third in strikeouts, and allowed fewer earned runs than anyone else.

After being acquired at the deadline this year from Cleveland for Lars Anderson, Steven Wright makes his first playoff start of the year. (Kelly O’Connor)

Against the PawSox this year, Knight’s pitchers have gone 5-3, 1.85 ERA (15 ER/73.0 IP) while allowing just two homers in eight regular season games.

The PawSox can pitch a little, too. In the last three playoff games, Pawtucket starters have combined for a 1.33 ERA (3 ER/20.1 IP) with four walks and 20 strikeouts. Tuesday night’s PawSox starter is knuckleballer, Steven Wright, pitching for the first time in seven days. Wright’s only loss of the season (in four starts) came in Charlotte where he allowed one earned run over four innings in a 2-1 loss.

If you can’t make it to McCoy tonight, you can always join us on the broadcast along the PawSox Radio Network, or by listening online. Pre-Game coverage begins tonight at 6:50.



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.



PawSox Knuckleballer Lands on the DL

Instead of making his second start of the year for the PawSox Thursday night, knuckleballer Steven Wright found himself on the disabled list with shoulder tightness.

Wright, acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline from Cleveland for former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson, looked solid in his first start for Pawtucket. The 27-year-old allowed two runs on five hits over five innings on August 11 at Rochester.

“He did a nice job,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. “His knuckleball was a little firmer than most that you’re used to seeing. He pounded the zone, had some good stuff, and I was real excited with what we saw.”

Wright, who was college teammates at Hawaii with current PawSox utility-man Jon Hee, made one start with Double-A Portland before being assigned to Pawtucket. With the Sea Dogs, the right-hander allowed just one run on five hits over six innings.

With Wright on the disabled list, Tony Pena Jr. (ankle) was activated Thursday night and tossed three and two-thirds innings in the start for a no-decision.



Wright has spent parts of four seasons in Triple-A where he has gone 0-1, 6.00 ERA over 13 appearances and two starts. (AP Photo/Mike Janes/Four Seam Images)

Meet Knuckleballer, Steven Wright

Saturday night in Rochester will mark the first time since September 6, 2009 that a knuckleballer will start for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Former International League Most Valuable Pitcher Charlie Zink who, unfortunately, went on to pitch in less than five carrer Major League innings, was the last knuckleballer in Pawtucket.

Steven Wright is the latest and makes his PawSox debut Saturday night in Rochester after being traded at the deadlined for former Pawtucket first baseman, Lars Anderson. Wright, a longtime Indians’ farmhand, was at first saddened by the trade.

“I was depressed a little bit,” said Wright from the PawSox dugout. “You meet so many friends and fans, being in [Double-A] Akron as long as I have, but it’s definitely exciting for me.”

Wright made one start with Portland on August 5 before being promoted to Pawtucket. That day, Wright limited Erie to one run on five hits over six innings. (Rick Rosenfeld)

The knuckleball is something that Wright has been fine-tuning, believe it or not, since childhood.

“I started when I was nine-years-old. [Former Reds’ pitcher] Frank Pastore threw one back to me when I was taking lessons from him as a kid and I just got fascinated with it.”

It’s been a long journey for Wright since his time playing catch with Pastore. A former second-round draft pick by Cleveland out of the University of Hawaii, Wright spent last off-season playing winter ball in Panama and mastering his mechanics.

“I started throwing fastballs again and found that I have to throw a knuckleball off my fastball mechanics. That’s where I learned how to find the right effort level to throw a harder knuckleball yet be able to kill the spin of the ball.”

Wright is excited to join the PawSox not just because of the opportunity, but also because of the history the knuckleball has in Boston.

“Growing up, it seemed like every time I watched a baseball game, it was the Red Sox and [Tim] Wakefield was pitching. I wasn’t a die hard Red Sox fan, but I was always rooting for them and liked the way that they played.”

Wakefield spent 17 of his 19 pro seasons in Boston and, overall, went 200-180 with a 4.41 ERA and was a 2009 All-Star. (

Although Wakefield was someone Wright followed closely, he learned last year that trying to pitch exactly like the 200-game winner would not work.

“Last year, when I struggled, I was trying to be too much like a ‘Wakefield’ who threw it really slow. For me, it’s much easier to repeat the knuckleball when I throw it harder, between 77 and 80 mph.”

Wright, who is a former college teammate with PawSox utility-man Jon Hee, was a Double-A mid-season Eastern League All-Star where he went 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA. At the time of his promotion, he was among the league leaders in ERA and strikeouts (101), while pacing E.L. pitchers with a .207 opposing average.

At 27-years-old, Wright is not young by baseball standards. However, when 2012 knuckle-balling All-Star R.A. Dickey was 27-year-old, he was pitching in Triple-A Oklahoma City. In fact, Dickey was pitching in Triple-A until he was 35-years-old.

Just goes to show that despite all the scouting, reports, and analysis, you never really know what can happen in this game. Especially if you have an arm made of rubber.






PawSox Roster Moves – August 1, 2012

At around 6:00 Tuesday night while prepping for the broadcast in Rochester, my phone rang with the caller ID displaying “Arnie Beyeler.” Although I’m sure Arnie would’ve loved to chat about his day with me, when I get a call from the PawSox manager an hour before first pitch it can only mean one thing: roster moves.

First the not-so obvious:

  • First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez has been called-up from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Columbian set a Sea Dogs’ franchise record for the most homers in a single month when he went deep ten times in May. At the time of his promotion, the former Yankees’ farmhand was tied for second in the Eastern League in doubles (27), tied for fourth in home runs (16), and tied for ninth in total bases (165).
  • Second baseman Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a finger injury during batting practice. In 47 games with the PawSox, the former Florida State Seminole is hitting .240 with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in. Thomas has not played since June 26.

Thomas hit a season-high four home runs and five doubles in June when he played in 19 games for the PawSox. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Right-handed reliever Will Inman was been activated from the disabled list (right forearm strain). In his first season in the Red Sox system, Inman has gone 5-for-5 in save situations and has allowed just 6-of-24 inherited runners to score. Inman has not pitched since July 17.
  • Catcher Carson Blair has been called-up from High-A Salem for the second time (although he’s yet to play in a game with the PawSox). In 36 games with Salem, Blair is batting .210 with one home run and 12 runs batted in.
  • Hard-throwing righty Chris Carpenter has ended his Major League rehab assignment and has been optioned to Pawtucket. Part of the Theo Epstein compensation prior to Spring Training, Carpenter had surgery before the season began to clean up a bone spur around his elbow. On Tuesday night, Carpenter hit 99 mph twice while picking up his second save.
  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to July 28) after suffering a laceration when fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced Hassan to leave the game.

Now the obvious:

  • Lars Anderson was traded late Tuesday afternoon to Cleveland for 27-year-old knuckleballer, Steven Wright. Hear Lars’ reaction to the trade by clicking here.
  • Scott Podsednik was traded with Red Sox reliever Matt Albers to Arizona for Diamondbacks’ lefty, Craig Breslow. The Yale product, and New Haven, Ct. native, pitched for the PawSox in 2006 and ’07, and with Boston in ’06.

Diamondbacks’ manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that they have until Thursday to decide if Podsednik will be assigned to Triple-A Reno or the Big League team. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Ryan Kalish and Clayton Mortensen have both been recalled by Boston. Kalish fills the void of Ryan Sweeney who is reportedly out two months after punching a door. Meanwhile, Mortensen pitched on a rain-shortened Tuesday night in the Red Sox six-inning win over Detroit and picked up his first win in a Boston uniform.

Get all that?

After a 5:00 arrival this morning in Allentown, Pa. where tonight the PawSox start a quick two-game series against the IronPigs, I’m off to a late lunch before going to the ballpark. I’ll talk to you tonight at 6:50.



Lars Anderson Traded to Cleveland

“It feels good to be wanted.”

Those were some fo the first words spoken by Lars Anderson outside the PawSox clubhouse in Rochester Tuesday afternoon when asked about being traded to Cleveland.

The 24-year-old first baseman/outfielder went on to say he had “an awesome six years in the Red Sox organization” but is excited for the opportunity in front of him with the Indians.

“I’m going into this without any expectations,” Anderson continued. “I’m not going to try to figure out what’s going to happen, I’m just excited about having the opportunity to hopefully play in the Big Leagues.”

Anderson has played in Boston in each of the last three seasons. In 30 Major League games, he has hit .167 with four runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

Anderson was dealt to Cleveland late in the afternoon in exchange for minor league right-hander, Steven Wright. A knuckleballer, Wright is a former college teammate of PawSox utility-man Jon Hee at the University of Hawaii and has been assigned to Double-A Portland.

Anderson, meanwhile, will report to Triple-A Columbus and play for the defending back-to-back Triple-A champion Clippers.

“I’ve always loved Columbus,” Anderson said. “It’s probably my favorite ballpark in the league both in how it plays and how it looks.”

Out on the field when PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler gave him the news, Anderson said he was “totally surprised” and had no idea Cleveland was interested in him.

Over six years in the Red Sox system, Anderson was a career .274 minor league hitter and was Boston’s Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 when he hit .317 with 18 home runs and 80 runs batted in. The following year, Baseball America named him the Red Sox No. 1 overall prospect. This year with Pawtucket, the Oakland native  hit .259 with nine homers and 52 RBI.

Anderson was nearly dealt to his hometown team last season on this exact day when traded for Rich Harden, but after Harden failed a physical, the deal was canceled.

Wright comes to the Red Sox system after spending all of this season with Double-A Akron where he has gone 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA over 20 relief appearances. A former second-round selection by the Indians, Wright has spent parts of 2009-11 in Triple-A.

All the best to Lars and his future success in Cleveland. He’s a talented player, a deep thinker, and, like any number minor leaguers, was in a log-jam at his position and needed a change of scenery.




Alex Hassan Enjoying June

After a month of May that saw him hit .230 (20-for-87) with 12 runs batted in over 26 games, Alex Hassan has been surging through his first seven games of June. He has a team-leading 9 RBI this month and last night had his first four-hit game of the year.

Hassan, who has played in 53 games this season, has notched 11 of his 32 RBI over his last nine starts.   Currently riding a five-game hitting streak (9-for-22), the PawSox outfielder is batting .393 (11-for-28) this month.

Hassan, in his first Triple-A season, hit .291 last season with Double-A Portland with 13 home runs and 64 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Notebook:

  • We had our second look at Daniel Bard last night, our first from the bullpen. He allowed a run on one hit over a scheduled one inning of work while striking out two. The righty did not hit or walk a batter. Regarding velocity, the McCoy gun clocked him a 94 on a couple of pitches, and 95 once. He climbed up to 96 on one fastball that nearly hit the batter.
  • Pedro Ciriaco’s ninth-inning double last night extended his hitting streak to nine games (10-for-37). The PawSox infielder already owns a team-best 12-game hitting streak that spanned from April 28 – May 14 (20-for-53, .377).
  • With last night’s 16-hit effort by PawSox batters, Pawtucket is batting a league-best .316 this month with 13 home runs.
  • There are a number of hitters leading the club’s offensive charge in June. Ryan Kalish is batting .500 (12-for-24) in his first six games, while Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .400 (12-for-30). Lars Anderson has eight RBI in nine games this month while batting .367 (11-for-30). Then there’s Hassan who, as mentioned above, is hitting .393 in June.
  • After hitting just .218 (17-for-78) in 21 games in May, Mauro Gomez is crushing the ball this month. He has three-straight two-hit efforts and is batting .351 (13-for-37) over his first nine games this month. Gomez did not play every day last month because of his first-ever Major League call-up.

Following a season-high eight strikeouts in his last start (his most since 2010), Brandon Duckworth (6-1, 4.22) starts in the series finale for the PawSox tonight against Gwinnett. All three times this season Duck has lasted six or more innings, he’s turned in a quality start. The right-hander will be opposed by righty Kris Medlen (0-1, 4.91).

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

Talk with you then.



Not only has Pedro Ciriaco been a solid lead-off hitter for the PawSox, but his defensive versatility has allowed him to take over at shortstop while Jose Iglesias is on the mend from lower back stiffness. (Kelly O’Connor)


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