Blog http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/47/sports/boston/football/patriots/christopher-price/2011/11/11/weei/shows-schedules en Resilient Red Sox show shades of 2013 late-game heroics in comeback win http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/resilient-red-sox-show-shades-2013-late-game-heroics-comeback-win <!--paging_filter--><p>With a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning, the Orioles were supposed to finish the job. They were supposed to have taken a big enough lead to coast through the rest of the game and get a few extra minutes of sleep before the 11:05 a.m. on Marathon Monday. After all, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> came into the game batting .235 as a team and only managed four baserunners through the first five innings of the game.</p> <p>But then, a team that looked very much like the 2013 <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> showed up.</p> <p>One <strong>Jonny Gomes</strong> three-run shot, 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief pitching and three Baltimore errors later left Boston celebrating a walk-off win on Easter Sunday. Last year&#8217;€™s club won 11 games in walk-off fashion, so Sunday night&#8217;€™s Red Sox win was a reminder of good times for the fans at <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm">Fenway Park</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;It was crazy, but at the end of the day that&#8217;€™s how the boys win,&#8221; said starting pitcher <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/jake-peavy.htm">Jake Peavy</a></strong>, who allowed five earned runs through 5 2/3 innings. &#8220;€œI think you certainly saw that 2013 spirit still exists with the boys. We scratched and clawed tonight, got a big hit from Jonny and gets us back in the ballgame. We scratched and clawed and found a way to come out on top.&#8221;</p> <p>The framework for the comeback was set early, when the Red Sox batters drove <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/ubaldo-jimenez.htm">Ubaldo Jimenez</a></strong>&#8216;€™s pitch count up. Jimenez only faced four batters in the first inning, but had to throw 25 pitches to retire the side. By the time Gomes hit his home run in the sixth inning, Jimenez had thrown 107 pitches and was consequently taken out of the game.</p> <p>The Red Sox saw an average of 4.65 pitches per plate appearance against Jimenez Sunday night. The league-leader in average pitches per plate appearance in the majors is <strong>Carlos Santana</strong> of the Indians, who sees an average of 4.58 pitches. The 2013 Red Sox were among the best in the major leagues at driving up pitch counts and saw the most pitches in the majors (25,667 pitches).</p> <p>&#8220;It goes back to our approach at the plate,&#8221; said manager <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a></strong>. &#8220;Seeing a lot of pitches, driving up pitch counts, getting into their bullpen, trying to get some favorable matchups on our part, I think the last two games in [Chicago] carrying through to this series, it has been a much more consistent approach.&#8221;<span id="more-70623"></span></p> <p>Getting to the bullpen is part of the Red Sox success because it has an advantage over most teams. A combination of <strong>Chris Capuano</strong>, <strong>Junichi Tazawa</strong>, <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/andrew-miller.htm">Andrew Miller</a></strong> and <strong>Edward Mujica</strong> shut the door on the Orioles over the last 3 1/3 innings, only allowing two hits while striking out four and holding Baltimore scoreless.</p> <p>This year&#8217;€™s Red Sox bullpen has been the best in the majors, combining for a 1.7 WAR through the first few weeks of the season. Last year&#8217;€™s crew was also among the best in the majors, as it posted a fourth-best 5.8 WAR only behind the Rangers, Royals and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm">White Sox</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;We are not going to give up until the last out,&#8221; Gomes said. &#8220;Our bullpen knows that as well. [Capuano] comes in and if we can just keep them close, obviously we have a chance. We did that tonight.&#8221;</p> <p>Another key to the win was the heads up plays of advancing the extra base, particularly by <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm">Dustin Pedroia</a></strong>. The second baseman scampered over to third when <strong>Matt Wieters</strong> lost a wild pitch behind him in the bottom of the ninth inning. Then when the a throw from left field flew to the backstop after a <strong>Mike Carp</strong> line out, Pedroia tagged and found himself at home plate.</p> <p>Gomes said that the theme of the team&#8217;€™s resilience carried over from last year&#8217;€™s team to this year&#8217;€™s, and it is those heads-up plays from Pedroia that make the Red Sox a tough team to beat.</p> <p>&#8220;To win games like tonight and to win games like the other night, we have really got a baseball IQ, which is capitalizing on mistakes and not letting the other team capitalize on your mistakes,&#8221; Gomes said. &#8220;€œEverything is starting to fall into place.</p> <p>&#8220;€œAt the end of the day, you want to win and bring <strong>Koji</strong> [<strong>Uehara</strong>] in and slam the door, but it is good to know we have that in our pocket.&#8221;€</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Dillon </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:41:56 +0000 441316 at http://www.weei.com Closing time: Red Sox overcome 5-0 deficit, walk off with win over Orioles http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/closing-time-red-sox-overcome-5-0-deficit-walk-win-over-orioles <!--paging_filter--><p>Similar to many wins last season, the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> worked the count against the opposing starter in the Orioles&#8217; <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/ubaldo-jimenez.htm" class="r_lapi">Ubaldo Jimenez</a>, eventually forcing him from the game in the middle of the sixth inning after throwing 107 pitches. Once the bullpen was called on, the Red Sox rallied for three runs against the bullpen, overcoming a 5-0 deficit to eventually come away with a 6-5 walk off win Sunday night at <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm" class="r_lapi">Fenway Park</a>.</p> <p>For the most part Jimenez shut the Red Sox offense down, only allowing four hits in 5 2/3 innings, but once he was tiring in the sixth inning Jonny Gomes took advantage belting a three-run homer into the Monster seats cutting the deficit to 5-3.</p> <p>The Red Sox scored twice (both unearned) in the seventh on bad Orioles defense as they committed two errors in the frame to tie the game at five. With the bases loaded Ortiz delivered a RBI single to right and then <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a>&#8216;s grounder to third was thrown home by Jonathan Schoop, but couldn&#8217;t be handled by Matt Wieters allowing <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/grady-sizemore.htm" class="r_lapi">Grady Sizemore</a> to score. Sizemore reached earlier in the inning when shortstop Ryan Flaherty dropped the ball on a transfer when attempting to turn a double play and with the new rule this season the runner is ruled safe.</p> <p>That set the stage for ninth inning when <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a> ripped one off the Monster that needed to be reviewed for a potential homer, but was ruled inconclusive and the call of a double on the field stood. Pedroia then took third on a wild pitch, and the O&#8217;s then intentionally walked <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a> and calling on a new pitcher Darren O&#8217;Day. O&#8217;Day then hit Mike Napoli, which led to Mike Carp&#8217;s pinch-hit appearance and a walk off error. Carp&#8217;s fly ball to left was caught, but the throw went over Wieters&#8217; head and then Pedroia, who fake tagged on the play was able to scamper home.</p> <p>Here is what went right (and wrong) in their win Sunday night:</p> <p><b>WHAT WENT RIGHT</b></p> <p>- On top of recording the first hit for the Red Sox coming in the fourth inning, Gomes also delivered the first Red Sox runs with a three-run homer into the Monster seats in the sixth inning. It was his second homer of the season and third career home run off Jimenez as he 7-for-18 lifetime against the right-hander.</p> <p>- Scoring runs in the seventh is nothing new for the Red Sox as they entered the game scoring 11 times already in the inning, the most of any other inning. Sunday&#8217;s win also marked the second time in eight games they won a game in which they trailed after six innings. It was the first walk-off win of the year, this coming off a record number of walk offs last year.</p> <p>- Chris Capuano gave the Red Sox another strong relief outing as the left-hander went 1 2/3 innings allowing just one it. He hasn&#8217;t allowed a run this season in 10 1/3 innings of work this season and aside from Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa he&#8217;s been the most dependable reliever. Overall, the Red Sox bullpen threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.</p> <p>- Since his recall on Friday, Brock Holt has made the most of it as he went 1-for-3 with a run scored. In three games he&#8217;s gone 4-for-10 including his game-winning triple on Saturday.</p> <p><b>WHAT WENT WRONG</b></p> <p>- Red Sox starter <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/jake-peavy.htm" class="r_lapi">Jake Peavy</a> got off to a rough start allowing three runs in the first inning. Four straight Orioles reached as <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/nelson-cruz.htm" class="r_lapi">Nelson Cruz</a> took Peavy over the Monster on the first pitch and then he allowed a walk and two straight singles with Matt Wieters&#8217;€™ giving the O&#8217;€™s a quick 2-0 lead. J.J. Hardy added a sacrifice fly for the third run of the inning. It was the first time Peavy has allowed a first inning run this season. Peavy finished going 5 2/3 innings allowing five runs on ten hits, in arguably his worst outing of the season.</p> <p>- Grady Sizemore continues to struggle of late, especially in the lead off spot. Sizemore went 0-for-4 in the game with a walk and is now 1 for his last 22. When batting first this season, Sizemore entered the game with a line of: .115/.148/.115.</p> <p>- Daniel Nava is also struggling, going 0-for-4 in the game with two strikeouts. He is currently 1 for his last 18.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ryan Hannable </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:44:29 +0000 441296 at http://www.weei.com Justin Florek celebrates his ‘good present’ with his mom http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/justin-florek-celebrates-his-%E2%80%98good-present%E2%80%99-his-mom <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P61oSTv0x7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>A couple of odd things happened Sunday for <strong>Justin Florek</strong>. </p> <p>His mom was in attendance for just the second time to watch him play in an <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm" class="r_lapi">NHL</a> game and he scored a goal that was essentially an gift wrapped in an Easter basket from Red Wings goalie <strong>Jimmy Howard</strong>. </p> <p>With just five minutes gone in the game and the Bruins controlling the play but unable to get a shot on goal, Howard came out to play the puck about 30 feet from his goal, as he did often on Friday night in Game 1. But this time, Howard tried to play the puck to his defenseman Brendan Smith but Smith couldn&#8217;t control it and it hit off the near boards too close to the Bruins left winger. </p> <p>Florek spun and fired it past a scrambling Howard, who couldn&#8217;t get back in net in time for a 1-0 Bruins lead, their first of the series. </p> <p>&#8220;Yeah, it was a good present there,&#8221; Florek said. &#8220;It was good to get the team going, I think that was the biggest thing, get some momentum in the building. So that was a big start for us.&#8221;</p> <p>Could Florek believe his good luck? </p> <p>&#8220;No I couldn&#8217;€™t, but it was nice so I don&#8217;€™t regret it at all. It was awesome,&#8221; Florek beamed. &#8220;I thought [Howard] kind of was and I just tried to read him. So it was a lucky bounce, I think it hit the defenseman and right to my stick, so just the right spot at the right time I guess.&#8221;</p> <p>After a 1-0 loss in Game 1, Florek, filling in for <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm" class="r_lapi">Daniel Paille</a> on the fourth line, was the unlikely candidate to notch Boston&#8217;s first goal of the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/stanley-cup.htm" class="r_lapi">Stanley Cup</a> playoffs. </p> <p>&#8220;It felt great, you know, just great to get the fans into it and get everyone going, especially the team,&#8221; Florek said. &#8220;So I think it was a good start for us, and hopefully, you know carry that out through the rest of the series.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;€™s great to get confidence and everything, and to get that goal was pretty cool. But it was just great to get the team going, you know, to put up a couple of goals like that is a good win for our team.&#8221;</p> <p>Florek, moments after a big hit from Kevan Miller on <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/daniel-alfredsson.htm" class="r_lapi">Daniel Alfredsson</a>, finally made all the hard work from the Bruins in the opening minutes pay off. </p> <p>&#8220;I think we came out with the kind of attitude we wanted to play with, and I think it carried throughout the whole game,&#8221; Florek said. &#8220;I mean that&#8217;€™s part of the game, you&#8217;€™ve got to always be ready. So you&#8217;€™re sitting on the bench you&#8217;€™ve just got to keep your legs loose and everything, and when you get the chance you&#8217;€™ve just got to be ready, so that was a big part of it. </p> <p>&#8220;It was back and forth a couple of penalties to start the game there, trying to get the flow back into the game so it was good to get that goal and get everyone going.&#8221;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Petraglia </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:29:03 +0000 441281 at http://www.weei.com Bruins penalty kill continues to dominate in Game 2 win over Red Wings http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/bruins-penalty-kill-continues-dominate-game-2-win-over-red-wings <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_43392" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 310px"><a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CharaWings.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-43392" alt="Zdeno Chara and the Bruins penalty kill have been perfect against Detroit so far. (AP)" src="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CharaWings-300x214.jpg" width="300" height="214" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm" class="r_lapi">Zdeno Chara</a> and the Bruins penalty kill have been perfect against Detroit so far. (AP)</p></div> <p>Six power plays against. Two shots on goal. Zero goals.</p> <p>That&#8217;€™s the line for the Bruins&#8217;€™ penalty kill through the first two games of the team&#8217;€™s first-round series against the Red Wings. After allowing one shot on two kills in Friday&#8217;€™s Game 1, the Bruins frustrated Detroit&#8217;€™s power play even more in Game 2, surrendering just one shot on four opportunities.</p> <p>Boston&#8217;€™s penalty killers didn&#8217;€™t allow easy entries into the zone. They got their sticks and bodies in passing and shooting lanes. They cleared out the front of the net. They won battles along the boards. They pounced on loose pucks. And they made sure their clears went the length of the ice.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re clearing it 200 feet,&#8221; <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/johnny-boychuk.htm" class="r_lapi">Johnny Boychuk</a></strong> said. &#8220;It&#8217;s just determination, battling, talking, and getting the puck and clearing it.&#8221;</p> <p>Perhaps the most impressive part of this PK dominance is that the Bruins are doing it without several of their regular killers. They played Game 1 without <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/chris-kelly.htm" class="r_lapi">Chris Kelly</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm" class="r_lapi">Daniel Paille</a></strong>, <strong>Matt Bartkowski</strong> and <strong>Kevan Miller</strong>, all of whom have been regulars in the penalty kill rotation this season. Miller returned for Game 2, but the other three remained sidelined.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/david-krejci.htm" class="r_lapi">David Krejci</a></strong>, <strong>Justin Florek</strong>, <strong>Andrej Meszaros</strong> and &#8212; in Game 1 &#8212; <strong>Corey Potter</strong> have stepped up in their stead, while Boychuk, <strong>Zdeno Chara</strong>, <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm" class="r_lapi">Patrice Bergeron</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/brad-marchand.htm" class="r_lapi">Brad Marchand</a></strong>, <strong>Loui Eriksson</strong> and <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/gregory-campbell.htm" class="r_lapi">Gregory Campbell</a></strong> have remained penalty-killing rocks. (As an aside, Chara played a staggering 6:31 on the PK Saturday, and Boychuk wasn&#8217;€™t too far behind at 5:28.)<span id="more-43386"></span></p> <p>Maybe that shouldn&#8217;€™t be too surprising, though. Krejci isn&#8217;€™t used a lot on the penalty kill because the Bruins rarely need to use him, but he has killed penalties in the past, and he&#8217;€™s always been reliable in his own end. Florek was a regular penalty-killer in Providence this season, and his adjustment to that role in the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm" class="r_lapi">NHL</a> has gone well so far. Meszaros has never been the PK workhorse that Chara or Boychuk is, but he got enough shorthanded time in Philadelphia to know what he&#8217;€™s doing. Ditto for Potter in Edmonton.</p> <p>&#8220;Our guys just did a great job,&#8221; <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm" class="r_lapi">Claude Julien</a></strong> said. &#8220;David Krejci hasn&#8217;€™t killed much this year. He&#8217;€™s killed in the past and he&#8217;€™s been a good penalty killer. We&#8217;€™re, I guess, blessed with a lot of them this year, where we&#8217;€™re able to save David for the line following a penalty kill. But we need him now. He&#8217;s stepped up.</p> <p>&#8220;Florek&#8217;€™s another guy that&#8217;€™s killed penalties in Providence and is pretty good at it as well. So guys have done a good job. Our regular guys continue to do a good job on it, but then new guys have come in and really stepped up and replaced those missing guys in a good way.&#8221;</p> <p>What once appeared to be a legitimate concern in the wake of <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/dennis-seidenberg.htm" class="r_lapi">Dennis Seidenberg</a></strong>&#8216;€™s injury is now a clear strength. Yes, the Bruins were an atrocious 72.2 percent on the penalty kill in the 15 games immediately following Seidenberg&#8217;€™s injury. But that stretch is long-forgotten at this point.</p> <p>Over the last 24 games, the Bruins&#8217;€™ penalty kill is operating at a phenomenal 89.4-percent clip. To put that in perspective, the Devils finished the regular season with the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/nhl-hockey.htm" class="r_lapi">NHL</a>&#8216;€™s best penalty kill at 86.4 percent.</p> <p>Part of that is <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm" class="r_lapi">Tuukka Rask</a></strong>&#8216;€™s improved play down the stretch, but an equally important part is that the Bruins haven&#8217;€™t been allowing as many quality chances. And so far in this series, they&#8217;€™ve hardly allowed any chances, period &#8212; forget quality ones. Rask has barely even been challenged by the Red Wings&#8217;€™ power play.</p> <p>The Bruins would prefer to not have to kill four penalties in any given game, but it&#8217;s certainly encouraging to see them not only preventing the Red Wings from scoring on the man advantage, but preventing them from even generating momentum.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scott McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:03:47 +0000 441271 at http://www.weei.com Reilly Smith stops cold streak ‘burden’ from leaking into playoffs http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/reilly-smith-stops-cold-streak-%E2%80%98burden%E2%80%99-leaking-playoffs <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_40899" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 160px"><a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Smith_Reilly-Bruins-head-13.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-40899" alt="Reilly Smith" src="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Smith_Reilly-Bruins-head-13.jpg" width="150" height="254" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Reilly Smith</p></div> <p>The first half of <strong>Reilly Smith</strong>&#8216;s season was great. The second wasn&#8217;t. In the Bruins&#8217; Game 2 win over the Red Wings, he made the start to his playoff career a bit more encouraging than the previous three months.</p> <p>With the Bruins on a first-period power play and<strong> Loui Eriksson</strong> providing his signature brand of finesse netfront work, <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm">Patrice Bergeron</a></strong> threw a puck on net from high in the zone. Jimmy Howard made the save but left the rebound in front with bodies galore and Smith raced through the crease and put the puck in the net to make it 2-0. The goal went on to be the game-winner, as the B&#8217;s allowed just a <strong>Luke Glendening</strong> tally in its 4-1 victory.</p> <p>Bruins fans had gotten used to seeing Smith score, but needed their memory refreshed given that Smith had just two goals in the final 30 games of the season after putting up 18 in his first 52 games as a Bruin.</p> <p>Smith never got ahead of himself when he was leading the Bruins in goals early in the season and was on pace to flirt with 30 goals, but his second-half struggles provided some frustration. As such, a goal in the second game of the playoffs was more than welcome.</p> <p>&#8220;I was hoping it wasn&#8217;t going to take a long time in the playoffs, because it can be a little bit of a burden when you&#8217;re trying to help out the team,&#8221; Smith said after the game. &#8220;It was good to see it go in the back of the net and have that kind of opportunity early in the game.&#8221;</p> <p>Smith even took it a step further, saying he didn&#8217;t want to become like <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/tyler-seguin.htm">Tyler Seguin</a></strong> and <strong>Jaromir Jagr</strong>, who scored one and no goals, respectively, last postseason for the B&#8217;s and caught some flack.</p> <p>&#8220;It definitely gives you confidence, and I&#8217;m pretty sure the press in Boston, they can get on you if you&#8217;re not scoring. I&#8217;ve heard, even from Dallas, enough about Seguin and Jagr not scoring too much in the playoffs last year,&#8221; he joked. &#8220;It is good to get that one in the back of the net and kind of keep you guys off my back a little bit.&#8221;</p> <p>Speaking of jokes, Smith&#8217;s brother, <strong>Brendan Smith</strong>, went after <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm">Zdeno Chara</a></strong> at the end of the first period Sunday. Considering that Chara is 6-foot-9 and Brendan Smith is listed at 6-foot-2 and isn&#8217;t known for being physical, the idea of a potential fight between the two players was amusing.</p> <p>It turned out it was amusing for Chara as well, as the Bruins captain laughed and smiled even as the Detroit defenseman took a jab at his face.</p> <p>Reilly said that he saw it from the bench and could observe that he didn&#8217;t look too worried. The Red Wings won in the exchange given that there was no fight and, with matching roughing minors, Chara missed the first two minutes of the second period, but it was still a pretty risky move on Brendan&#8217;s part.</p> <p>&#8220;[Chara] wouldn&#8217;€™t be the first guy I&#8217;€™d choose in the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm">NHL</a> to go against,&#8221; Reilly said. &#8220;[Brendan] should probably think twice next time.&#8221;</p> <p><object width="640" height="360" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="//www.youtube.com/v/lIMxCYd4HT4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed width="640" height="360" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="//www.youtube.com/v/lIMxCYd4HT4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0" allowFullScreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></embed></object></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJ Bean </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:46:45 +0000 441276 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox pay tribute to last year’s Boston Marathon tragedy in moving pregame ceremony http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-pay-tribute-last-year%E2%80%99s-boston-marathon-tragedy-moving-pregame-ce <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_70610" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 310px"><img class="size-medium wp-image-70610" alt="The scene at Fenway Park during the National Anthem following their pregame ceremony paying tribute to last year's Boston Marathon. (WEEI.com)" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/photo-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" /><p class="wp-caption-text">The scene at <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm">Fenway Park</a> during the National Anthem following the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a>&#8216; pregame ceremony paying tribute to last year&#8217;s Boston Marathon. (WEEI.com)</p></div> <p>On the eve of the 118th Boston Marathon, prior to their game with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/baltimore-orioles.htm">Baltimore Orioles</a>, the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> paid tribute to the events of last year&#8217;s Boston Marathon bombings in a moving and emotional pregame ceremony.</p> <p>Following a video montage showing how far many of the survivors have come and how much support the city has received, the UMass marching band played &#8220;Highland Cathedral&#8221; to remember Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, and Officer Sean Collier as well as to honor the first responders and medical personnel with police, doctors and nurses joining the band on the field.</p> <p>Following them onto the field were some of the victims led by Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arrendondo appearing from left field all wearing &#8220;Boston&#8221; jerseys. Finally, led by Dick and Rick Hoyt, runners ran towards the infield from center field, joining the half circle formed along the infield.</p> <p>Lining the outfield warning track during the ceremony were canvases bearing inscriptions of good will from all 50 United States, along with all <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/major-league-baseball.htm">Major League Baseball</a> teams and members of Congress.</p> <p>The first pitch was thrown b<em></em>y One Fund President<em> </em>Jim Gallagher to <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm">David Ortiz</a><span class="r_lapi">, </span>as prominent government officials including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino stood behind.</p> <p>The ceremony concluded with both the Red Sox and Orioles lining the first and third base lines, joining the marching band and the Boston Pipers Society as well as the fans at <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm" class="r_lapi">Fenway Park</a> in the singing of the National Anthem together as one.</p> <p>It was just the latest in what the Red Sox have done in wake of last year&#8217;s tragic event.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ryan Hannable </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:39:12 +0000 441266 at http://www.weei.com Jimmy Howard says Red Wings don’t need to ‘prove manhood’ against Bruins http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/jimmy-howard-says-red-wings-don%E2%80%99t-need-%E2%80%98prove-manhood%E2%80%99-against-bruins <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_43380" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 310px"><a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/AP564645307437.jpg"><img src="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/AP564645307437-300x191.jpg" alt="Zdeno Chara gets into a scrap with Brendan Smith at the end of the first period Sunday. (AP)" width="300" height="191" class="size-medium wp-image-43380" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm" class="r_lapi">Zdeno Chara</a> gets into a scrap with Brendan Smith at the end of the first period Sunday. (AP)</p></div> <p>After giving up four goals on 29 shots Sunday, including a bizarre momentum-generating tally on Boston&#8217;s first goal, <strong>Jimmy Howard </strong>still feels confident going against the Bruins, that is if they can do one thing. </p> <p>&#8220;I think we&#8217;ve got to stay out of the BS out there and just play whistle to whistle, and not worry about getting into the scrums or anything like that, and proving your manhood out there,&#8221; Howard said after the Bruins captured Game 2 Sunday, 4-1, at TD Garden. </p> <p>The last part might be a word of friendly advice to teammate Brendan Smith, who got into it with <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm" class="r_lapi">Zdeno Chara</a> at the end of the first period. </p> <p>&#8220;We just have to skate, play our hockey, don&#8217;t get into their motive and get into their scrap, playing real physical,&#8221; said Howard. &#8220;We just have to get back to playing our game. We knew this was going to be a long series and they played a real solid game today.&#8221;</p> <p>As for Reilly Smith, the brother of Brendan, he perhaps had the best perspective. </p> <p>&#8220;He wouldn&#8217;t be the first guy I&#8217;d choose in the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm" class="r_lapi">NHL</a> to go against,&#8221; Reilly said of his brother wanting to drop the gloves with Boston&#8217;s beast. &#8220;He should probably think twice next time.&#8221;</p> <p>Reilly Smith was asked if he could see the laugh and smile on Chara&#8217;s face as he prepared to square off. </p> <p>&#8220;Yeah, and I don&#8217;t think Chara is too worried,&#8221; Smith said. &#8220;It&#8217;s a moot point in the entire series and the whole outcome of the game.&#8221; </p> <p>Was Reilly worried about his brother&#8217;s safety?</p> <p>&#8220;No, not too much,&#8221; he said. &#8220;That&#8217;s the least of my worries right now.&#8221; </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Petraglia </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:06:45 +0000 441261 at http://www.weei.com Matt Bartkowski, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly all to travel with Bruins to Detroit http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/matt-bartkowski-daniel-paille-chris-kelly-all-travel-bruins-detroit <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_40855" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 160px"><a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Bartkowski_Matt-Bruins-head-13.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-40855" alt="Matt Bartkowski" src="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Bartkowski_Matt-Bruins-head-13.jpg" width="150" height="245" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Matt Bartkowski</p></div> <p><strong>Matt Bartkowski</strong>, <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm" class="r_lapi">Daniel Paille</a></strong> and<strong> <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/chris-kelly.htm" class="r_lapi">Chris Kelly</a></strong> will all travel to Detroit as the first-round series between the Bruins and Red Wings moves to Joe Louis Arena, B&#8217;s coach <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm" class="r_lapi">Claude Julien</a></strong> said after Sunday&#8217;s Game 2 win.</p> <p>Bartkowski, who has been out all week with a stomach flu, practiced Saturday but the team deemed him unable to go for Game 2. <strong>Kevan Miller</strong> missed Game 1 with the same ailment but played Sunday, logging 19:18 of ice time.</p> <p>&#8220;He&#8217;d only practiced yesterday quickly here and was probably not 100 percent, trying to recover from that flu, that virus that he had,&#8221; Julien said of Bartkowski. &#8220;He missed at least six days of not skating, so we didn&#8217;t think it was a wise choice to put him in just [from] watching him practice yesterday. Miller was in a different situation. He came back, practiced, missed a game, practiced. He seemed a little bit better. That was a medical kind of decision, seeing who could handle this pace tonight and was a strong enough to do that.</p> <p>&#8220;As far as next game, I don&#8217;t know. I keep telling you guys that when we&#8217;re talking about a virus, it&#8217;s hard to stand here and say this guy will be in, that guy won&#8217;t be in. It really becomes a day-to-day situation.&#8221;</p> <p>Paille has been out since last Saturday with what is believed to be a head injury, though he skated Friday and Saturday. Kelly, who missed the final three games of the regular season with a back issue and has not played in either of the first two games against the Red Wings, has yet to be spotted on the ice.</p> <p>For more Bruins news, visit <a href="http://www.weei.com/bruins">weei.com/bruins</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJ Bean </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:05:09 +0000 441256 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox notes: Farrell prepared for quick turnaround between Sunday night and Monday morning http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-notes-farrell-prepared-quick-turnaround-between-sunday-night-and- <!--paging_filter--><p>Win or lose Sunday night, it is unlikely that the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> get a good night&#8217;€™s sleep.</p> <p>With Sunday&#8217;€™s game starting at 7 p.m. and Marathon Monday&#8217;€™s beginning at 11:05 a.m., there will not be much of a turnaround between games. Farrell insisted that the team will not be looking ahead to Monday heading into Sunday night&#8217;€™s game, but he did not hide that the schedule is an inconvenience to the team.</p> <p>&#8220;[Pre-game warmups] will be abbreviated tomorrow,&#8221; said <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> manager <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a></strong>. &#8220;Any work that we would do hitting-wise will be done in the cage.</p> <p>&#8220;Marathon Monday is the traditional start time, but this is the first time coming off a night game. We are thankful for ESPN on most occasions, but we have to deal with the schedule given to us.&#8221;</p> <p>The game before the 11 a.m. start is typically a day game in which the <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> have done well in recent years, as they have won eight out of their last nine pre-Marathon Monday contests. Boston has not lost the game before Marathon Monday since 2010, when it fell 7-1 to the Rays.</p> <p>This year&#8217;€™s short break between games represents a new challenge though, and it is one that comes at a bad time early in the season. After all, the Red Sox have struggled out of the gate and are currently last in the AL East. The minimal rest comes right before nine games in 10 days against more division opponents, including <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm">the Yankees</a> starting Tuesday.</p> <p><b>OTHER RED SOX NOTES</b></p> <p>- <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a></strong> will be making at two more rehab appearances before the team reassesses his availability on Tuesday. During those two games, Farrell said the team is looking for him to get four at-bats Monday and play nine innings on Tuesday. <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2014/04/20/red-sox-minor-league-roundup-is-mookie-betts-the-top-red-sox-prospect-the-return-of-anthony-ranaudo-shane-victorinos-rehab-begins/">Victorino went 0-for-3 Saturday, in his first rehab game</a>.</p> <p>As for the corresponding roster move with his return, that remains a discussion in the works.</p> <p>&#8220;€œ[Conversations about a roster move] have been ongoing,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;They are not going to initiate once he is getting ready to come back. We have looked at every available combination of outfielders.&#8221;€</p> <p>-  <strong>Will Middlebrooks</strong> will be on a rehab assignment Monday as he works toward his return from the DL. His tentative schedule is to be playing Monday, Wednesday and Thursday before the team re-evaluates him.</p> <p><span id="more-70601"></span></p> <p>- One of <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a></strong>&#8216;€™s biggest focuses during the spring was to adjust his plate approach with two strikes, therefore reducing his strikeout totals. <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/soccer/napoli-soccer.htm">Napoli</a> struck out 187 times in 578 plate appearances last season, so he increased his focus on making contact with the ball with two strikes this season.</p> <p>The approach seems to have had some positive effects for him, as he is batting .262/.367/.357 this season with two strikes, compared to a .193/.288/.334 line in the same situation last season.</p> <p>&#8220;When he has been up there, there has been a number of times where we have seen him cut down his swing and stay in the middle of the field a little bit more,&#8217;€ Farrell said. &#8216;€œMaybe he sacrifices a little bit of power for contact and I think he is carrying out what he set out to do.&#8221;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Dillon </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 441241 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox pregame notes: Red Sox prepared for quick turnaround between Sunday night and Monday morning http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-pregame-notes-red-sox-prepared-quick-turnaround-between-sunday-ni <!--paging_filter--><p>Win or lose Sunday night, it is unlikely that the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> get a good night&#8217;€™s sleep.</p> <p>With Sunday&#8217;€™s game starting at 7 p.m. and Marathon Monday&#8217;€™s beginning at 11:05 a.m., there will not be much of a turnaround between games. Farrell insisted that the team will not be looking ahead to Monday heading into Sunday night&#8217;€™s game, but he did not hide that the schedule is an inconvenience to the team.</p> <p>&#8220;[Pre-game warmups] will be abbreviated tomorrow,&#8221; said <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> manager <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a></strong>. &#8220;Any work that we would do hitting-wise will be done in the cage.</p> <p>&#8220;Marathon Monday is the traditional start time, but this is the first time coming off a night game. We are thankful for ESPN on most occasions, but we have to deal with the schedule given to us.&#8221;</p> <p>The game before the 11 a.m. start is typically a day game in which the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> have done well in recent years, as they have won eight out of their last nine pre-Marathon Monday contests. Boston has not lost the game before Marathon Monday since 2010, when it fell 7-1 to the Rays.</p> <p>This year&#8217;€™s short break between games represents a new challenge though, and it is one that comes at a bad time early in the season. After all, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> have struggled out of the gate and are currently last in the AL East. The minimal rest comes right before nine games in 10 days against more division opponents, including <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm">the Yankees</a> starting Tuesday.</p> <p><b>OTHER <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">RED SOX</a> NOTES</b></p> <p>- <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a></strong> (hamstring) will be making at two more rehab appearances with Pawtucket before the team reassesses his status on Tuesday. During those two games, Farrell said the team is looking for him to get four at-bats Monday and play nine innings on Tuesday. <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2014/04/20/red-sox-minor-league-roundup-is-mookie-betts-the-top-red-sox-prospect-the-return-of-anthony-ranaudo-shane-victorinos-rehab-begins/">Victorino went 0-for-3 Saturday in his first rehab game</a>.</p> <p>As for the corresponding roster move when he returns, that remains a discussion in the works.</p> <p>&#8220;€œ[Conversations about a roster move] have been ongoing,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;They are not going to initiate once he is getting ready to come back. We have looked at every available combination of outfielders.&#8221;€</p> <p>- <strong>Will Middlebrooks </strong>(calf) will be joining Victorino in Pawtucket Monday as he works toward his return from the DL. His tentative schedule is to be playing Monday, Wednesday and Thursday before the team re-evaluates his status.</p> <p><span id="more-70601"></span></p> <p>- One of <strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a></strong>&#8216;€™s biggest focuses during the spring was to adjust his plate approach with two strikes, therefore reducing his strikeout totals. <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/soccer/napoli-soccer.htm">Napoli</a> struck out 187 times in 578 plate appearances last season, so he increased his focus on making contact with the ball with two strikes this season.</p> <p>The approach seems to have had some positive effects for him, as he is batting .262/.367/.357 this season with two strikes, compared to a .193/.288/.334 line in the same situation last season.</p> <p>&#8220;When he has been up there, there has been a number of times where we have seen him cut down his swing and stay in the middle of the field a little bit more,&#8217;€ Farrell said. &#8216;€œMaybe he sacrifices a little bit of power for contact and I think he is carrying out what he set out to do.&#8221;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Dillon </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 441251 at http://www.weei.com Bruins even series with Game 2 win over Red Wings http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/bruins-even-series-game-2-win-over-red-wings <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_40870" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 160px"><a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Florek_Justin-Bruins-head-13.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-40870" alt="Justin Florek" src="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Florek_Justin-Bruins-head-13.jpg" width="150" height="234" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Justin Florek</p></div> <p>The Bruins evened their first-round series with the Red Wings at one game apiece with a 4-1 Game 2 victory over the Red Wings Sunday at TD Garden.</p> <p>After Detroit had shut out Boston in Game 1, the B&#8217;s got a pair of power play goals and scored two more at even strength. For the second straight game, Rask held the Red Wings to one goal.</p> <p>Justin Florek scored the Bruins&#8217; first goal of the series thanks to a miscue from Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard. With the puck at about the left faceoff dot, Howard skated out and tried to send the puck up, but instead he put it off Brendan Smith, resulting in a loose puck with the net vacant. Florek threw it straight at the net for his first career playoff goal.</p> <p>Reilly Smith made it 2-0 with a power play goal that came as a result of some tropically good work in front from Loui Eriksson. With Eriksson in front, <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm" class="r_lapi">Patrice Bergeron</a> put a shot towards the net and Smith raced through in front to send it in.</p> <p>The second period saw the Red Wings find their legs, and they got some momentum back when Darren Helm went around Jarome Iginla and fired a shot that went off Luke Glendening and past <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm" class="r_lapi">Tuukka Rask</a>. <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm" class="r_lapi">Milan Lucic</a> made up for his line&#8217;s goal against, however, taking a pass from Torey Krug in the neutral zone and capping off a give-and-go with Iginla with a shot that went off Howard&#8217;s stick and in.</p> <p>Boston got some insurance in the third when <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm" class="r_lapi">Zdeno Chara</a> buried a rebound from an Iginla shot for a power-play goal. Both Iginla and Krug had a pair of assists on the day.</p> <p>Kevan Miller returned to the lineup for Boston and made his postseason debut. Matt Bartkowski, <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/chris-kelly.htm" class="r_lapi">Chris Kelly</a> and <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm" class="r_lapi">Daniel Paille</a> all missed the game.</p> <p>The series will move to Detroit, where the B&#8217;s and Red Wings will play Games 3 and 4 at Joe Louis Arena.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS</strong></p> <p>- Once again, the Bruins penalty kill was very strong, and it had to be Sunday. Boston had to kill off four penalties over the first two periods Sunday and held the Red Wings to just one shot on goal. That followed Friday&#8217;s effort in which the B&#8217;s held Detroit to no goals and one shot on goal on two penalty kills.</p> <p>- Eriksson and Chara are both great in front of the net, but for much different reasons, and the B&#8217;s got power play goals as a result of both. Eriksson doesn&#8217;t outmuscle too many guys, but he is excellent at angling his body and providing a screen. That&#8217;s just what happened when Bergeron threw the puck on net.</p> <p>Chara is obviously more tough to stop, and as such he picked up the rebound of an Iginla shot and put it past Howard.</p> <p>- Reilly Smith doesn&#8217;t show much emotion too often, so you could tell his first-period goal was a long time coming for him. The goal was just his third since Jan. 28. Perhaps with more confidence will come more goals.</p> <p>- The Bruins needed to battle through some of the interference that the Red Wings may have been getting away with in Game 1, and they did just that when Carl Soderberg drew a penalty on Jakub Kindl about halfway through the first period.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS</strong></p> <p>- The Bruins weren&#8217;t just fortunate to get out of the third period with a two-goal lead; they were fortunate to have a lead at all at that point. Lucic&#8217;s goal followed a really rough stretch for the B&#8217;s after Detroit had gotten on the board, with the Wings swarming to the puck (Dougie Hamilton had to take a so-so tripping penalty shortly beforehand to prevent a <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/pavel-datsyuk.htm" class="r_lapi">Pavel Datsyuk</a> bid as he came out of the corner with the puck) and Boston not generating much offense. It looked like the B&#8217;s would enter the second intermission hanging on by a thread, but Lucic&#8217;s goal &#8212; which was Boston&#8217;s first shot on goal in five minutes &#8212; changed that.</p> <p>- Speaking of Lucic&#8217;s goal, it brought Krejci&#8217;s line back to even after it was scored on by a bottom-six Frankenstein line of Helm, Glendening and <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/drew-miller.htm" class="r_lapi">Drew Miller</a>. Not scoring against Riley Sheahan&#8217;s line (as was the case Friday night) is one thing, but a first line getting scored on by bottom-six players is another. Lucic&#8217;s goal came against the same trio that had scored on the Glendening goal.</p> <p>- While it was hilarious to see Zdeno Chara humor Brendan Smith as the Red Wings defenseman tried to fight him at the end of the first period, it gave Detroit a chance to get the last laugh when both players were assessed roughing minors. Smith is a very important piece for the Red Wings, but they would gladly lose him for two minutes if it meant getting two minutes without having to play against Chara. It didn&#8217;t end up costing the B&#8217;s, as neither team scored during the 4-on-4.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJ Bean </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:50:42 +0000 441246 at http://www.weei.com NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/nfl-draft%E2%80%99s-potential-patriots-lindenwood-cb-pierre-desir <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://weei.com/"><i>WEEI.com</i></a><i> will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/football/nfl-draft.htm">NFL draft</a>. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it&#8217;€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.</i></p> <div id="attachment_66692" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 360px"><img class="size-full wp-image-66692" alt="Pierre Desir (AP)" src="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Desir_Pierre-Lindenwood-11-9-13.jpg" width="350" height="495" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Pierre Desir starred at Division 2 Lindenwood University, located near St. Louis. (AP)</p></div> <p><strong>P</strong><b>IERRE DESIR</b></p> <p><b>Position: </b>Cornerback</p> <p><b>School:</b> Lindenwood</p> <p><b>Height:</b> 6-foot-2</p> <p><b>Weight:</b> 206 pounds</p> <p><b>Achievements:</b> 2013, 2012, 2009 first-team All-MIAA, 2010 second-team All-MIAA</p> <p><b>What he brings:</b> Desir is a tall, athletic and fast corner who possesses great size and experience. He&#8217;€™s a willing corner who likes to play tight coverage and isn&#8217;t afraid to be aggressive. The 23-year-old is good in coverage and shows good instinct at locating the ball. Desir is not great defending the run, often failing to wrap up.</p> <p><b>Where the Patriots could get him:</b> Round 3</p> <p><b>Notes:</b> In 2013, Desir recorded four interceptions, 12 pass deflections and 33 tackles. He recorded 25 interceptions during his collegiate career. He had nine interceptions (ranking No. 2 at all levels of college football) and 18 passes defended (tied for the Division 2 lead) in 2012. &#8230; Desir is featured on ESPN&#8217;€™s television series &#8220;Draft Academy.&#8221; &#8230; He was born in Haiti, moving to the United States when he was 4. &#8230; Desir started his collegiate career at Washburn University in 2009 before transferring to Lindenwood in 2011. After sitting out for a year, Desir started playing again in 2012.</p> <p><b>Related articles:</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/lindenwood-s-desir-makes-most-of-pro-day/article_5741afbd-2af5-5011-b774-f38e84cfc88e.html" target="_blank">St. Louis Dispatch</a>: Lindenwood&#8217;s Desir makes most of pro day</p> <p><a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2014/story/_/page/hotread140409/small-school-nfl-draft-prospects-dream-big" target="_blank">ESPN</a>: Small-school prospects dream big</p> <p><b>Video: </b>Here are highlights of <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000331571/2014-Combine-workout-Pierre-Desir" target="_blank">Desir from the past year</a>.</p> <p><object width="600" height="360" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="//www.youtube.com/v/UNz7zwLgVmY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed width="600" height="360" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="//www.youtube.com/v/UNz7zwLgVmY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" allowFullScreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></embed></object></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arjuna Ramgopal </div> </div> </div> Blog patriots Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:47:46 +0000 441231 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox lineup: Grady Sizemore starts on three consecutive days for first time this season http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-lineup-grady-sizemore-starts-three-consecutive-days-first-time-se <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_69311" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 310px"><img class="size-medium wp-image-69311" alt="Grady Sizemore will make his third straight start for first time this season. (AP)" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sizemoresmile-300x218.jpg" width="300" height="218" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/grady-sizemore.htm" class="r_lapi">Grady Sizemore</a> will make his third straight start for first time this season. (AP)</p></div> <p>Grady Sizemore will do something Sunday night he hasn&#8217;t done all season long &#8212; start three straight consecutive days.</p> <p>The <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> outfielder had played in three straight games until this point, but never started in all three on three consecutive days as the outfielder comes back from missing two full seasons. He will hit lead off against the Orioles right-hander <a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/ubaldo-jimenez.htm" class="r_lapi">Ubaldo Jimenez</a>. When hitting first this season, Sizemore has a line of: .115/.148/.115.</p> <p>After getting ten straight starts in center field Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the night off as the Sox will go with Sizemore in center, Jonny Gomes in left and Daniel Nava in right. Xander Bogaerts also returns to the lineup after sitting out his first game of the season on Saturday.</p> <p>Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:</p> <p>Grady Sizemore, CF</p> <p><a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a>, 2B</p> <p><a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a>, DH</p> <p><a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a>, 1B</p> <p>Jonny Gomes, LF</p> <p>Daniel Nava, RF</p> <p>Xander Bogaerts, SS</p> <p>A.J. Pierzynski, C</p> <p>Brock Holt, 3B</p> <p><a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/jake-peavy.htm" class="r_lapi">Jake Peavy</a>, P</p> <p>For a complete look at the matchups, <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2014/04/20/sundays-red-sox-orioles-matchups-jake-peavy-vs-ubaldo-jimenez/">click here</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ryan Hannable </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:15:20 +0000 441211 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox lineup: Grady Sizemore starts three consecutive days for first time this season http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-lineup-grady-sizemore-starts-three-consecutive-days-first-time--0 <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_69311" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 310px"><img class="size-medium wp-image-69311" alt="Grady Sizemore will make his third straight start for first time this season. (AP)" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sizemoresmile-300x218.jpg" width="300" height="218" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/grady-sizemore.htm">Grady Sizemore</a> will make his third straight start on three straight days for first time this season. (AP)</p></div> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/grady-sizemore.htm">Grady Sizemore</a> will do something Sunday night he hasn&#8217;t done all season long &#8212; start three straight games in three straight days.</p> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> outfielder had played in three straight games until this point, but never started in all three on three consecutive days as the outfielder comes back from missing two full seasons. He will hit lead off against the Orioles right-hander <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/ubaldo-jimenez.htm">Ubaldo Jimenez</a>. When hitting first this season, Sizemore has a line of: .115/.148/.115.</p> <p>After getting ten straight starts in center field Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the night off as the Sox will go with Sizemore in center, Jonny Gomes in left and Daniel Nava in right. Xander Bogaerts also returns to the lineup after sitting out his first game of the season on Saturday.</p> <p>Here is the complete <a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> lineup:</p> <p><a href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/grady-sizemore.htm" class="r_lapi">Grady Sizemore</a>, CF</p> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm">Dustin Pedroia</a>, 2B</p> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm">David Ortiz</a>, DH</p> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a>, 1B</p> <p>Jonny Gomes, LF</p> <p>Daniel Nava, RF</p> <p>Xander Bogaerts, SS</p> <p>A.J. Pierzynski, C</p> <p>Brock Holt, 3B</p> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://audio.weei.com/baseball/jake-peavy.htm">Jake Peavy</a>, P</p> <p>For a complete look at the matchups, <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2014/04/20/sundays-red-sox-orioles-matchups-jake-peavy-vs-ubaldo-jimenez/">click here</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ryan Hannable </div> </div> </div> Blog red sox Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:15:20 +0000 441221 at http://www.weei.com Matt Bartkowski out for Bruins in Game 2 vs. Red Wings http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/matt-bartkowski-out-bruins-game-2-vs-red-wings <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Matt Bartkowski</strong> will remain out for the Bruins as they face the Red Wings in Game 2 of the first round Sunday afternoon. <strong>Kevan Miller</strong>, who also missed Game 1 with what is believed to be a stomach flu, will take warmups.</p> <p>With Bartkowski out, <strong>Andrej Meszaros</strong> will play again. <a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm" class="r_lapi">Daniel Paille</a> skated prior to Saturday&#8217;s practice but has not played or practiced with the team since last Saturday. <strong><a href="http://audio.weei.com/hockey/chris-kelly.htm" class="r_lapi">Chris Kelly</a></strong> has yet to skate since suffering a back injury late in the regular season.</p> <p>For more Bruins news, visit <a href="http://www.weei.com/bruins">weei.com/bruins</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Blog Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJ Bean </div> </div> </div> Blog bruins Other Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:00:10 +0000 441186 at http://www.weei.com