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06/01/2011 - 10:40pm
Bergeron: '[Burrows] bit me. That's not OK'

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night featured lots of hits, penalties and biting between the Bruins and Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The game was marred by an ugly incident at the end of the first period when Alex Burrows and Patrice Bergeron exchanged words. Burrows and Bergeron were called for roughing, with Burrows picking up an extra two minutes for the exchange. But as Bergeron left the ice, he held out his finger and claimed he had been bitten by Burrows. 

"He bit me, that's not OK," Bergeron said during the game, as reported by the team's official twitter page. 

Both stayed in the game and returned to action after Burrows served his extra two-minute penalty at the start of the second period.  Both teams were scoreless through two periods, with both teams unable to convert six power play chances. 

For complete coverage from Bruins beat writer DJ Bean on site at Rogers Arena...

06/01/2011 - 9:32pm
Report: Tommy John surgery for Matsuzaka

Mamoru Shikama of Nikkan Sports in Japan is reporting that Red Sox righty Daisuke Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery. The report comes less than 12 hours after Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated that Matsuzaka, who went on the disabled list May 17 with a strained right elbow, would not undergo surgery.

“Diagnostically, everything is kind of the same,” Francona said before Wednesday’s matinee with the White Sox at Fenway Park. “We have to figure how to best go about this. The player or pitcher has to have some opinion, too. But I think you’re always going to go about it non-operatively, first. That just seems like it makes sense to me.”

Matsuzaka is 3-3 record with a 5.30 ERA in eight appearances for the Red Sox this season.

For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.


06/01/2011 - 7:59pm
Malhotra out for Canucks in Game 1
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- Canucks forward Manny Malhotra did not take the ice for warmups and is officially out for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Malhotra, who has not played since getting hit in the eye with a puck against the Avalanche on March 16, did not practice on Tuesday with the team due to an eye appointment. He had skated in previous days after being cleared for contact on Saturday. 

The third-line center had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in the regular season. 

For more on the Stanley Cup finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


06/01/2011 - 5:56pm
Pedroia: 'Go ask the umpire'

A frustrated Dustin Pedroia maintained after Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox that he did indeed tag Juan Pierre on the back in a controversial fifth-inning rundown that opened the door for the visitors to tie the game. 

Trailing 3-1, and with runners at first and third and one out, Pierre took off for second. Pierre got hung up between first and second and Pedroia appeared to tag Pierre's back, with TV replays showing his jersey rippling. But second base umpire Marty Foster ruled Pierre avoided the tag on a steal of second base. Instead of two outs, Alexei Ramirez drove home one run with a ground out and Carlos Quentin doubled to tie the game, 3-3. 

"Go ask the umpire, man," Pedroia said. "I'm not going to talk for him. Those guys have got to be held responsible for that because I tagged Juan right in the back. So, if he doesn't want to ask for help, that's unfortunate because they got two runs out of it and it was a...

06/01/2011 - 5:17pm
Bard: Hill said 'no structural damage'

The Red Sox are holding hope that lefty reliever Rich Hill escaped serious structural damage to his left forearm and elbow after leaving the game injured during the seventh inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park. Hill was sent for an MRI on his left arm after grabbing his left elbow following a walk to Adam Dunn. Initial tests at Fenway indicated no serious structural damage. 

"I think Rich is OK, from what I heard," said Daniel Bard, the Red Sox reliever who came on immediately after Hill left the game in the seventh. "They think it was just scar tissue that popped. Hopefully, that's the case and hopefully, he's OK."They did all the tests and he said it was no structuaral damage is all I know. It's terrible. I don't want to see it happen to anyone, our team or another team. It's the pitcher's worst nightmare. Hopefully, he'll be OK."

During the game, the team initially announced a left...

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