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05/22/2011 - 5:16pm
Boucher won't reveal Game 5 starter
By: DJ Bean

Lightning coach Guy Boucher did not reveal who will start between the pipes Monday in speaking with reporters at TD Garden on Sunday. No. 1 goalie Dwayne Roloson has been pulled in two of the last three games and replaced by Mike Smith due to poor play, but the most the coach would offer was that Roloson is "getting ready" for Game 5 in Boston. 

Smith, who replaced Roloson after the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period Saturday and allowed nothing to the B's as the Lightning came back for a 5-3 win, said following the victory that he didn't expect to start Game 5. 

"I don’t think so,” Smith said Saturday when asked if he thought he'd get the start. “It’s one game. Roli has got us this far and he’s played outstanding in the playoffs. I don’t doubt that he comes back and plays really well for us. I have no doubt in my mind that he rebounds from a game like this.”

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05/22/2011 - 12:25am
Francona: Sox needed to rest Bard

The Red Sox watched as a 3-1 lead quickly turned into a 9-3 loss to the Cubs as a result of a brutal eight-run eighth inning in which Matt Albers and Franklin Morales were the two pitchers on the mound. That, in turn, raised questions about why the Sox didn't have setup man Daniel Bard on the hill with the game on the line.

Manager Terry Francona explained that the Sox committed prior to Saturday's game to give Bard a second straight day of rest. The right-hander, who allowed back-to-back homers in his most recent appearance on Thursday night, was tied for second in the AL with 22 appearances (in 44 games) entering Saturday's contest. His 23 innings ranked sixth among American League relievers. As such, the Sox committed before the game to not using their setup man of choice, regardless of the game situation.

"We made the decision before the game to give him yesterday and today. That’s why we do it before the game. Your emotions get the...

05/21/2011 - 11:09pm
Sox bullpen unravels in loss to Cubs

It appeared that nothing could derail the Red Sox en route to their eighth straight win.

On a night when Alfredo Aceves made his first start since 2009, he gave the Sox everything they could have hoped for, delivering five innings and allowing one run. The Sox carried a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning, and seemed all but assured of standing alone in first place in the AL East by the end of the night.

But then, in a crazy eighth, the Cubs exploded for eight runs en route to a startling 9-3 victory. The damage was done entirely against Matt Albers and Franklin Morales, leading to questions about why Daniel Bard was not in the game.

Matt Albers faced six batters and retired none, allowing three walks, two hits and another run to reach on an error. He walked in one run to narrow the game to a 3-2 count, permitted two more to score on Reed Johnson's bases-loaded double that gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead, then saw another run cross the plate when...

05/21/2011 - 9:38pm
Youkilis sets Sox HBP record

Kevin Youkilis set a Red Sox record in somewhat inglorious fashion when Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano's 92 mph fastball in the bottom of the fifth inning grazed him on the rear end. The hit by pitch was the 72nd of Youkilis' career, leaving him alone atop the franchise leaderboard in HBPs, one ahead of previous record holder Mo Vaughn.

With the HBP having come a few innings after Sox starter Alfredo Aceves hit Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd in the face with a pitch, both benches were warned. Youkilis went to first base without incident.

For more on Youkilis' march to the milestone, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


05/21/2011 - 8:43pm
Ortiz hits 300th Red Sox home run

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz launched a 2-2 Carlos Zambrano fastball into the Monster Seats in the fourth inning of Saturday night's contest against the Cubs. The two-run blast not only gave the Sox a 2-1 lead, but also gave Ortiz 300 career home runs as a member of the Red Sox.

He is the fifth player to accomplish that feat with the Sox, joining Ted Williams (521), Carl Yastrzemski (452), Jim Rice (382) and Dwight Evans (379). The Sox DH now has five homers in his last 10 games.

For more Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


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