EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 10, 2012

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Big game alert!

Brooks girls soccer (8-0) plays at Phillips (3-4) today.

The game will feature two of the more talented players in the area as Brooks forward Sarah Bresette of Andover goes against Phillips back Piper Curtis of Andover.

Curtis has committed to play at Dartmouth while Bresette has committed to Bucknell.

“We’ve been looking forward to this game,” Bresette said. “I actually used to play on the same club team (Shooting Stars). So it’s going to be a really, really good game. I think it’s going to be really intense and one of our most challenging games this year.”

Other big games

Brooks and Phillips isn’t the only big game today. Here are some others:

Pinkerton girls soccer (9-2-1) at Bedford (8-3-1).

Timberlane boys soccer (7-3-3) hosts Keene (9-3-0).

Pinkerton boys soccer (9-4-0) hosts Bedford (11-0-0).

Machado vs. his idol

Baltimore Orioles 20-year-old phenom third baseman Manny Machado’s favorite player growing up was Alex Rodriguez.

He has enjoyed watching A-Rod since the Yankees third baseman played for the Seattle Mariners.

Some people around baseball have compared Machado’s skills to Rodriguez’s.

“I don’t compare myself to anyone but my favorite player was A-Rod,” Machado told The Eagle-Tribune.

When Rodriguez made his major league debut July 8, 1994 at age 18, Machado was just 2 years and 2 days old.

Rodriguez and Machado are going head to head in the American League Division Series.

Game 3 of the series is today at 7:37 p.m. in New York.

Dempster’s ERA

The Eagle-Tribune spoke with pitcher Ryan Dempster not long after he was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline.

The saying goes that when a pitcher goes from the National League to the American League, expect his ERA to increase by a run.

Dempster didn’t believe that.

“I added on about six runs,” Dempster joked. “No, I think if you just make your pitches, it doesn’t matter where you’re pitching, what league you’re pitching in. It comes down to executing pitches. The more quality pitches you can execute, the better results you’re going to have.”

I wonder if Dempster would have a little bit of a different answer now after posting a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Rangers after posting a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts for the Cubs.

Two days until hockey

Yes, the NHL is in a lockout but the Providence Bruins play their opener Friday at 7:05 p.m. when they host the Manchester Monarchs.

The Monarchs’ opener is the following Friday (Oct. 19). They host Providence.

For info on tickets for Oct. 19, visit manchestermonarchs.com or call 603-626-7825.

Faulk held on to football

A lot of talk has been about how Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has had a little trouble holding onto the football after he fumbled again late in Sunday’s game.

Former Patriots back Kevin Faulk, who officially retired yesterday, actually had some trouble holding on to the football early in his career with seven fumbles in his first two seasons (27 games).

However, Faulk fumbled just four times from 2001-11.

Astro athletes of week

Senior field hockey player Nicole Yannalfo and senior soccer player Ryan Williams earned Pinkerton athlete of the week honors for last week.

Yannalfo helped the Astros to a 2-0-1 week with wins over Nashua North and Bishop Guertin and a tie at Merrimack. She scored two goals in the victory over Nashua North and recorded an assist vs. BG.

In a victory over Nashua North, Williams recorded two goals and an assist.

Rookie of Week

Merrimack’s Kerry Phelan has been named the NE-10 Conference Rookie of the Week.

Phelan set a new school 5K record with a time of 18:43.19 at the New England Championships on Sunday.