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PawSox owners prepare to move team to Worcester

Pawtucket;12-26-06;   A statue of  the Paw Sox mascot looms in front of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.           Tom Herde/Globe Staff 07pawtucket
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CAPTION: A statue of  the Paw Sox mascot looms in front of McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
–Tom Herde / The Boston Globe, File

The Pawtucket Red Sox have concluded a lengthy search for a new home by choosing Worcester for a modern ballpark, closing an era for the minor league affiliate in Rhode Island that dates to 1973, according to a source familiar with the team’s plans.

The location is believed to be in Worcester’s Canal District, an area near downtown and Interstate 290 that has been the target of redevelopment efforts. Team officials, led by former Boston Red Sox executive Larry Lucchino, were preparing to make an announcement in Worcester Friday afternoon, the timing precipitated by a municipal aid package that is expected to go to the City Council for a vote next week.

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The PawSox move isn’t definitive yet, and depends on local and league approvals.