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Maybe it's time to revisit Jon Lester conversation

Rob Bradford  |  04/18/2014 - 8:40am EST

"What next level is there?" -- Jon Lester to WEEI.com, 2013 spring training Jon Lester has officially answered his own question. It might be time we change how we view the Red Sox starter. When Lester made the comments -- exuding befuddlement as to where his career could possibly go after an already healthy run of consistency -- he was coming off the one frustrating season of his big league career. After four straight years of 15 wins or better, with no ERA of over 3.47, the lefty had hit a bump in the road in '12. Still, he was confident solutions were on the verge of being uncovered. After the interview, Lester jumped back on his usual path in '13. The regular-season numbers finished up remarkably close to his usual landing spot, as ...

Like in 2011 (and not like last year), third line should be postseason asset ...

DJ Bean  |  04/17/2014 - 11:50pm EST

In the 2011 postseason, the Bruins had a great third line. Not only did it help get them out of the first round, but it helped them win the Stanley Cup. Last postseason, put plainly, they did not have a good third line. Or, put statistically, the Bruins’ third line in 2011 scored more goals in Game 4 against the Canadiens (three; capped off by Michael Ryder’s game-winner in overtime) than the 2013 third line scored in the first three rounds of the playoffs (two goals over 16 games). This year, the Bruins' third line of Carl Soderberg between Loui Eriksson and -- when he can play -- Chris Kelly, is two things: much, much more Swedish than it used to be and much, much better. Boston’s third line was something of a mess for much ...

Oh, brother: Reilly Smith and Brendan Smith eager to square off

DJ Bean  |  04/17/2014 - 2:48pm EST

The season was about halfway over when Reilly Smith began to put two and two together: His team was really good, and his brother was playing for a good team that had injuries. Months later, the pieces fell into place to set up a Bruins-Red Wings meeting in the first round and the brothers Smith will square off in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That will make for a very exciting series for the Smith household, and a busy travel schedule for parents Lester and Deirdre, who will cheer on their sons -- Bruins forward Reilly and Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith -- as they head south from their home of Mimico, Ontario. "They'll probably be wearing a jersey sewn down the middle with Boston and Detroit," Reilly said Thursday. "I think ...

Torey Krug better equipped for second postseason

DJ Bean  |  04/17/2014 - 10:13am EST

Torey Krug was a veteran of three NHL games and was headed to Wilkes-Barre with his Providence teammates for Game 3 of the second round last season. He was an AHL player. NHL someday for sure, but then he was an AHL player. Then he got a phone call and suddenly he was an NHL player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “I was literally getting on the bus to head to Wilkes-Barre for Game 3,” Krug said Tuesday. “Literally stepping on the bus and I looked down at my phone and [Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney] was calling me. “It saved me a nice long bus ride. It was great. I remember getting off the phone with the biggest smile on my face that I was going to be playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's what you dream ...

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04/18/2014 - 8:40am

"What next level is there?" -- Jon Lester to WEEI.com, 2013 spring training Jon Lester has officially answered his own question. It might be time we change how we view the Red Sox starter. When Lester made the comments -- exuding befuddlement as to where his career could possibly go after an already healthy run of consistency -- he was coming ... more »

04/15/2014 - 7:23am

This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. It's been 13 games for the Red Sox -- about 8 percent of the season having been played. ... more »

03/27/2014 - 7:37pm

While it’s not officially a free agent signing, Thursday’s announcement that Vince Wilfork and the Patriots have agreed to a new deal brings an eventful two-plus weeks to a close for the franchise, and wraps an impressive free-agent period for New England that saw the Patriots address some serious deficiencies. The departure of cornerback ... more »

04/17/2014 - 11:50pm

In the 2011 postseason, the Bruins had a great third line. Not only did it help get them out of the first round, but it helped them win the Stanley Cup. Last postseason, put plainly, they did not have a good third line. Or, put statistically, the Bruins’ third line in 2011 scored more goals in Game 4 against the Canadiens (three; capped off by ... more »

04/17/2014 - 1:56am

Dustin Pedroia was in the lineup Wednesday night in Chicago, playing through a sore left wrist that he thought was possibly broken before an MRI Sunday showed no ligament damage. He did what he does: While shaking off the residue of his injury, he had a pair of hits, got on base four times, scored three runs and helped the Red Sox to an exhausting but ... more »

04/09/2014 - 10:21pm

Now the season can really begin, at least in the mind of David Ortiz. All it took was one of his patented late-inning go-ahead home runs Wednesday to wake the echos of his countless clutch moments in Red Sox history. His mammoth shot to the grandstand in right turned a 2-1 hole into a 4-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway and gave the team some momentum ... more »

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