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06/13/2011 - 3:58pm
Ellsbury named AL Player of the Week

Jacoby Ellsbury was named American League Player of the Week Monday, the third straight week a Red Sox player has claimed the honor (David Ortiz, Carl Crawford).

Ellsbury hit .467 (14-of-30) over the last six games for the Sox, with three doubles and a home run. He scored 10 runs in the six games (including a pair of three-run games) and stole a pair of bases.

The center fielder is now batting .318 for the season, and ranks among the AL leaders in doubles (21, second), hits (84, second), runs (49, third) and tops all players with 23 stolen bases.

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.

 


06/13/2011 - 2:27pm
Sox reach agreements with several picks

According to major league sources, the Red Sox have agreements in place with several players whom they selected in last week's MLB Draft, with some signings expected to be announced as soon as today while others will soon be finalized following routine physicals and drug tests. Among those who agreed to deals are two of the Sox' picks taken in the first 10 rounds: Sixth-rounder Miguel Pena, a left-hander from San Jacinto College who signed for $85,000, and ninth-rounder Travis Shaw ($110,000), a powerful third baseman who is the son of former big league closer Jeff Shaw.

For a breakdown of the signees, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


06/13/2011 - 1:06pm
Olczyk on M&M: B's should 'find a way'

NBC and Versus NHL analyst Eddie Olczyk made an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about the Stanley Cup finals.

The home team has won all five games in this series, and Olczyk indicated he expects that trend to continue Monday night in Game 6.

"I've already got my travel [to Vancouver] booked," he said "So, for what that's worth, I believe that the Bruins will have a large game tonight. I think the crowd will have a major impact on this game. I think the first goal is very crucial, but I think the Bruins will find a way and I think home ice will stay the course and there will be a Game 7 for all the marbles on Wednesday night back in Vancouver."

There has been a lot of talk about which team will be more physical. Olczyk said another key is the play in the neutral zone.

"I think the team that has had the greatest success in this series and has really dictated is when they've controlled the...

06/13/2011 - 1:02pm
Amonte on M&M: Canucks not well-liked

CSNNE Bruins analyst Tony Amonte spoke with the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning.

Amonte said the key to the Bruins winning Game 6 Monday night is to “ride [Zdeno] Chara and [Dennis] Seidenberg.”

“I think that’s what they’ve done at home is been able to ride those two defensemen, their top D pair,” Amonte said. “They don’t get scored on much, and they help you out, create a lot of offense for the Bruins.”

Amonte said that a key to the offense is getting Tyler Seguin more minutes, especially on the power play.

“Seguin’s a guy that could break the game open,” he said.

“You have to play the odds. You have to put a guy out there you know is going to score a little bit more than another guy.”

While Gregory Campbell is good on faceoffs and penalty kills, Amonte said he lacks the puck control necessary to play in front of the net on power...

06/13/2011 - 12:22pm
Ference: B's ready to 'seize the moment'

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference believes he and his teammates won't be scared or intimidated by the Stanley Cup being in the building tonight, ready to be raised on Garden ice if the Canucks win.  

"We've had our back up against a wall a few times and I think that we've performed well under those circumstances. I think a lot of guys feel like this is another opportunity to go out there and prove ourselves and seize the moment," Ference said. 

Ference and the Bruins have faced elimination twice in the playoffs so far, winning both games on home ice by one goal, including Game 7 against Montreal in overtime in the first round. 

"It doesn't sound right but we've been here as a team," Ference said. "Obviously, the Cup is on the line tonight but I think we felt like that against Montreal when we were down. Against Philly, there was such focus on getting back and Tampa went to Game 7. We've had our back up...

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