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  Thank goodness for a new week. Could last week have been any worse for Boston sports?

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In a letter sent Saturday, the Pawtucket Red Sox' new ownership requests a meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo "to consider various alternatives and explore ways to accomplish our mutual objective" of keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island with a Providence stadium, "including the possible purchase of the state land for the ballpark."

The debate over the Pawtucket Red Sox and a public subsidy to help keep the team in Rhode Island began in earnest Wednesday as PawSox ownership unveiled their much-anticipated plan for a $70 million ballpark next to the Providence River. According to the proposal, a 30-year lease/sublease agreement would have a net cost to the state of about $2 million a year.

PawSox ownership said its proposal does not include issuing any bonds or public debt, and that the team will pay for the full cost of the design and construction of its envisioned 10,000 seat ballpark.

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The owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox plan to unveil Wednesday afternoon their proposal for building a new ballpark in Providence. Some observers are excited about the move to bring professional baseball to Rhode Island’s capital city. Yet others are wary about using public dollars for a private enterprise. There’s also debate about using part of a site targeted for high-wage jobs.

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The waiting is almost over for details on the Providence ballpark envisioned by the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was initially slated to join PawSox president James Skeffington for an unveiling of the team's ask Wednesday at 2 pm at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Lucchino will instead be at Fenway Park for a 1 pm Red Sox game set to include an observation of the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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The Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 4-9 on Monday in their home opener at Fenway.

  

Before the game, Tiverton resident Lorne Solway, saide he planned to watch from home, with special attention paid to new pitcher Rick Porcello.

“I’d like to see the pitcher do well," Solway said.  "He’s new to the Red Sox and I think he’s going to help the team a lot.”

In Providence, Boston native Emily Cuddy said she’s pumped about the new season.

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Today is “truck day” in Boston. It’s the day all the Red Sox equipment leaves Fenway Park, and heads south to Fort Meyers, Florida for spring training.

Rhode Island Public Radio sports commentator Mike Szostak says after a dismal last season, this year’s truck day might be especially hopeful for fans.  “Well it probably has special significance coming after last year’s last place finish, because it’s the beginning of the turnaround.  So I think that’s another reason why the Red Sox, as well as their fans are eager to see that truck head south to Fort Meyers.”

The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.

The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.

The Pawsox won their first game in the Governor’s Cup finals, beating the Durham Bulls Tuesday night 3 – 2.  This was the first time Rusney Castillo played with the Pawsox. He’s the Cuban outfielder who just signed a $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said Castillo has been welcomed by both teammates and fans.

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