Sports in a Minute: Local baseball stars to play for gold medal at Bay State Games

JIM VAIKNORAS/Staff PhotoTriton's Dylan Shute is among the locals competing at this week's Bay State Games.

Bay State baseball

Several locals are making quite an impact at this week’s Bay State Games baseball tournament. The Northeast Team, featuring Triton’s Dylan Shute and Marc Glickman, Amesbury’s Logan Burrill, Georgetown’s Ethan Block and coached by Triton’s Ryan McCarthy, has gone 3-1 through its first four games and will play for the gold medal today against the Southeast team. That game will be played at Monan Park in Boston starting at 2 p.m.

Training camp details

The Patriots have announced additional details for training camp, which will be open to the public for four days between July 26-29, plus additional dates to be determined. Some important tidbits: Camp entrances open approximately one hour before practice begins each day, with practice scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. each of the first four days. Besides watching the team practice, there will be other activities, including games and photo opportunities along the Fan Walk and Play Football area. There will also be appearances by Pat Patriot, the Patriots Cheerleaders and Patriots Alumni.

All fans participating in physical, interactive activities at training camp are required to sign a waiver form. Fans can print, fill out and bring the form with them to camp, or, while attending camp, visit either the “Guest Assistance” tent on the “Fan Walk” or the “Waiver” tent in the Play Football area.

Home Run Derby

The field for the upcoming Home Run Derby over MLB All-Star weekend has been set, and this year’s competition will feature seven first-timers along with Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who has competed once before and will be the home favorite at Nationals Park. The other newcomers include Milwaukee’s Jesús Aguilar, LA’s Max Muncy, Houston’s Alex Bregman, Chicago Cubs sluggers Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins.

Lester out

Because he is scheduled to pitch on Sunday two days before the MLB All-Star Game, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester will miss the festivities, and Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke will take his place on the roster. Lester, 34, is now a five-time All-Star after starting the year 11-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 106.1 innings. Greinke, 35, is also a five-time All-Star after starting the year 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 114 innings.

Rico signing in Methuen

Former Red Sox star shortstop and third baseman Rico Petrocelli will be signing autographs on Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Gaythorne Knights of Columbus Hall on Broadway in Methuen.

Petrocelli, who was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997, holds MLB’s eighth-best all-time fielding percentage for third basemen (.970). Autographs cost $12, and two for $20. The monthly card show, which includes 40 tables of sports memorabilia runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Also appearing is author Bruce Fitzpatrick of “The Conigliaro Story,” who will be selling and signing his book at the show on Sunday.