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05/13/2010 - 9:58am
Remy on D&C: Ortiz strike call 'a joke'

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. Remy talked about the controversial ending to Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, with David Ortiz striking out on an outside pitch for the second out of the ninth inning.

 

"Yesterday was a wide strike zone all day long," Remy said. "[Umpire] Dale Scott -- the outside part of the plate, for both sides -- had a big strike zone. But that last pitch to Ortiz was a joke. You couldn't hit that if you had a 70-inch bat, for Christ's sake. Players have to adjust to that during the course of a game, but you can't adjust to a pitch like that. I can understand his disappointment in that. That was ridiculous. The guy was consistent all day in calling outside strikes, but that one was just a little too far outside. You can't even adjust to a pitch like that. He had every reason in the world to complain about it. ... I've got to...

05/13/2010 - 9:07am
Brickley on D&C: B's need to attack net

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the B's struggles vs. the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Brickley said the Bruins gave a much better effort Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss that evened the series at 3. "They played pretty hard. I thought they played fairly smart. I think fact that they can't score goals right now is the reason the Flyers were able to come back [in the series]," Brickley said, adding that another key has been Simon Gagne's return to Philadelphia's lineup.

 

"This is a team, the Flyers, they're obviously dangerous," Brickley added. "Three wins in a row. The Gagne goal in overtime [in Game 4] gave them some life. I think the Bruins misjudged what they had in front of them in Game 5 -- a total bad game for Boston. I thought they played much better last night, but this Flyers team is feeling it. They...

05/13/2010 - 7:29am
Mashup: NFL ripped for Cushing controversy

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing again was selected NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, despite his pending suspension after testing positive for banned drugs last season. Writers who again voted for Cushing, anti-doping experts and pundits with advice all seem to come to the same conclusion: It's the NFL's fault. Read about that, plus get caught up on the Ken Griffey napping controversy in Seattle, and find out how former Mariner Eric Byrnes -- dismissed after stunning his teammates by pulling back on a suicide squeeze bunt -- is enjoying life as an $11 million recreational softball player. It's all at Thursday's Morning Mashup, along with videos, trivia and more.


05/13/2010 - 12:42am
Thornton on Game 7: 'Just drink it in'

PHILADELPHIA -- Only minutes after losing their third straight in the series to the Flyers, 2-1, many Bruins attempted to put on a brave face as they now face a do-or-die Game 7 at TD Garden on Friday night. 

 

“Like my buddy once said, ‘Pressure is five kids, no job.’ This is just fun," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. "Game 7. Enjoy it. Just drink it in, as they say.”

 

Milan Lucic, who scored Boston's only goal and the first by the Bruins in nearly 135 minutes of play in the series, also attempted to put things in perspective. "We're just looking forward to the challenge ahead of us," Lucic said. "We know it's going to be an exciting game. I'm not nervous. I think you have to embrace the struggle, embrace the challenge and have fun with it."

 

The winner of Friday's Game 7 will have home-ice advantage against Montreal in the Eastern...

05/12/2010 - 10:36pm
Flyers force Game 7 with 2-1 win over B's

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richards scored in the first period and Daniel Briere followed with a second-period tally, while Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots as the Flyers beat the Bruins 2-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center to force a Game 7 at TD Garden in Boston Friday night. 

 

Milan Lucic scored with one minute left to make it a one-goal game, but the Bruins could not get the equalizer and have lost three straight after leading the series 3-0. It is the first time since 1975 that an NHL series has gone to a Game 7 and the first time in North American professional sports that any team has forced a seventh game after trailing a best-of-seven series 3-0 since the 2004 Red Sox.

 

The Bruins will try to avoid the fate of the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, the 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 2004 New York Yankees when they host Game 7 Friday, with the winner getting home-ice advantage against the Montreal...

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