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04/21/2012 - 9:24pm
Valentine: 'I think we've hit bottom'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine discussed the state of affairs that confronts his team following a devastating 15-9 loss to the Yankees in which the bullpen gave up 14 runs in the final three innings, thus transforming a 9-1 advantage into the continuation of a losing streak that has now reached five.

"I think we’ve hit bottom. That’s what I told them after the game," said Valentine. "You have to sometimes hit bottom and if this isn’t bottom, we’ll find some new ends to the earth I guess, or something."

The defeat occurred in dizzying fashion, to the point where Valentine admitted that it was difficult to make sense of it.

"It all happened pretty quickly and it’s all kind of confusing right now," he said. "It happened quickly and it was hard to believe, yeah. If it’s hard to believe, it’s overwhelming."

On a personal note, Valentine was booed...

04/21/2012 - 8:51pm
Julien: 'Very weak call' cost us the game

Claude Julien thought the game-winning power play goal by Washington Saturday at TD Garden was set up by a very questionable slashing call on winger Benoit Pouliot. The Boston forward lost the puck in the defensive zone and turned around and tried to get the puck back. In the process, he was called for slashing with 2:50 remaining in the third period, with the score tied, 3-3. 

With 37 seconds left on the power play and 1:27 left in regulation, Troy Brouwer beat Tim Thomas for what proved to be the game-winning goal. 

"Unfortunately on the winning-goal it’s a very weak call in my mind and it ended up costing us the winning goal," Julien said. 

Julien called out referees Tim Peel and Steve Kozari for missing an elbow from Jason Chimera to the back of the head of Zdeno Chara at the end of the first and for not blowing the whistle when Joe Corvo fell to the ice after blocking a shot in the second. In both cases, a...

04/21/2012 - 8:19pm
Bergeron, Corvo Game 6 status unknown

The Bruins head into a do-or-die Game 6 in Washington Sunday and they do not know if they will have their top-line center with them and available. 

Patrice Bergeron took an elbow from Alexander Semin and played just three shifts in the third period as the Bruins fell to the Capitals, 4-3. 

"I’m not sure," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Bergeron's status. "To be honest, I get into a game then I’m told that a guy is a little injured at that point and that’s all I know. I’m not quite sure whether it was that hit or whether it’s a hit that he had earlier that he kind of hit the glass, and that’s where I think it started, in my mind. So, I’m not 100 percent sure on that."

Injury stoppage has infuriated Bruins coach Claude Julien in the series. That continued in Saturday when Joe Corvo went down in the second period after blocking a shot from Marcus Johansson in the right...

04/21/2012 - 7:59pm
Sox bullpen melts down vs. Yankees

The Red Sox bullpen, entrusted with a 9-1 lead after six innings, endured an epic implosion, allowing 14 runs (13 earned) over the next two innings to send Boston to a 15-9 loss to the Yankees. The defeat dropped a Sox team that has lost every game of the season to 4-10.

The collapse commenced in the seventh inning, when Vicente Padilla -- in relief of Felix Doubront, who dominated in his third start -- allowed five runs while recording just one out. Nick Swisher's grand slam took what had been a comfortable lead and added tension. Matt Albers followed by yielding a homer to Mark Teixeira that trimmed the gap to 9-8.

Then came the next inning, when the game unraveled on Alfredo Aceves, who came in after Franklin Morales permitted a leadoff single to Eduardo Nunez. Aceves was brought in for a six-out save. Instead, he faced six batters and all reached, four via walk and two on hits. Swisher's two-run double to center tipped the scales in New York'...

04/21/2012 - 6:18pm
Sox acquire Byrd for Bowden, PTBNL

According to an industry source, the Red Sox acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Cubs in exchange for right-hander Michael Bowden and a player to be named. The Cubs will pay for nearly all of what remains of Byrd's $6.5 million salary for this year. The move helps the Sox to address their injury-ravaged outfield.

Byrd, 34, is in the last year of a three-year, $15 million deal. He is off to a dismal 3-for-43 start this year, having managed just three singles and three walks this season en route to a .070 average, .149 OBP and .219 OPS. For his career, however, he is a .278/.337/.416/.753 hitter, and in 2011, he hit .276/.324/.395/.719 in 199 games.

The right-handed hitting Byrd is also regarded as a solid defensive center fielder. With Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford both on the disabled list, the team has been scrambling to add to its outfield depth, with manager Bobby Valentine saying that he and GM Ben Cherington have talked...

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