EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 5, 2013

Sports in a minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PAT’S BACK

Pat Graham, the coach who turned Methuen High football around, will return to Merrimack College, where he will coach the linebackers for first-year head coach |Dan Curran of Chelmsford.

“Coach Graham has a proven track record as a successful coach at both the collegiate and high school levels,” said Curran. “As an assistant in the college ranks Coach Graham has spent time the Defensive Line and Linebackers at Harvard, Merrimack College, and his alma mater Central Connecticut.”

Jake Babin joins the Merrimack coaching staff as the Assistant Director of Football Operations for the 2013 season. The North Andover native will assist O’Toole with the day-to-day operations of the Merrimack football program.

FENWAY EXPANDS FARE

In their never-ending quest to bring decrepit Fenway Park up into the 1990s, the Red Sox have announced improvements to the park menu.

A new menu of sandwiches include the Monster Beef, Turkey Gobbler, Pot Roast, BBQ smoked Pork, steak and meatballs subs. Fans will also be able to test new Bavarian Pretzels, too.

In addition, the Fenway World’s Fare will feature Mexican and Chinese dishes, as well.

And don’t forget the specials for April only, a $5 12-ounce draft beer, 2-for-1 Fenway Franks, plus half-price hot chocolate.

CHANGING SIDES

There was little or no superstition involved in Lawrence High baseball coach Brendan Neilon’s decision to switch the home dugout from the 1st base side to third base.

Simply put, the coach wanted a lot more control.

“It’s just easier to coach the runners on third from this side than it is from the first-base-side,” said Neilon.

REGGIES OPEN WITH THRILLER

After playing Chelsea to a 3-3 stalemate through 10 innings, Greater Lawrence erupted for nine runs in the top of the 11th to cop the opening day win, 11-3.

Manny Rosario and Angel Abreu had the bust-out RBI hits in the 11th. The Reggies got spectacular pitching from Javier Franjul, who fanned 13, and Tommy Espinal who picked up the victory in relief.

PATS PRESEASON FOES ANNOUNCED

The four New England Patriots’ preseason opponents have been announced. New England will open at Philadelphia, then host Tampa in a nationally televised game on August 16.

The Patriots will then go to Detroit and finish up with the New York Giants.

CONGRATS LADIES

Speaking of the Pats, the 2013 Patriots cheerleader squad was announced recently and a pair of local women made the squad.

Shea Murphy-Bradlee of Bradford and Allison Smedley of Londonderry will represent the team on the sidelines and around the world this season.

TD ON SUNDAY

If all goes according to plan, Salem’s Terry Doyle will make his first start with the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The PawSox rotation is loaded with prospects, starting with opening night starter Steven Wright, followed by Allen Webster, Chris Hernandez, Doyle and Rubby De La Rosa.

For those of you interested in seeing Doyle at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, barring any rainouts, he will be scheduled to go a week from tonight against Rochester in the second home game of the Sox season.

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