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04/17/2011 - 4:42pm
Streaking: Sox top Jays for 1st win streak

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in three runs and Jon Lester allowed just one run on six hits over six-plus innings for his first win of the season as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 8-1, Sunday at Fenway Park. Jacoby Ellsbury added a three-run homer for the 4-10 Red Sox, who finally recorded consecutive wins 14 games into 2011. 

After Toronto scored in the second, the Red Sox responded in the bottom of the inning, with Saltalamacchia tying the game on a ground ball single to right. Ellsbury followed with a long three-run homer to right field - his third of the season - to put the Red Sox ahead to stay, 4-1. 

Saltalalmacchia added a bases-loaded double to right in the sixth as the Sox built their lead. Lester was cruising through six innings before a pair of misplays by Jed Lowrie, including an error on a grounder, forced the starter's exit with two on and none out in the seventh. Daniel Bard came on to get Juan Rivera on a line-drive double...

04/17/2011 - 1:52pm
Lucic: 'We're in trouble right now'
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins did not hold practice on Sunday following their Game 2 loss to the Canadiens. The B's will travel to Montreal down two games to none, and speaking at TD Garden Sunday, forward Milan Lucic did not sugar-coat the team's situation. 

"It's no secret now… We're in trouble right now and we need to find a way to rally and get our heads around it," Lucic said. "Everyone needs to step up and play the way we know we can."

The Bruins have not been able to score the first or second goal in either game, playing from behind for 116:23 of the 120 minutes the teams have played in thus far in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.  

"It all starts with a good start. That's what our focus is going to be on, is getting out there and trying to establish that first goal, trying to establish a good first shift," the 22-year-old said. "That's what's lacked in the first two games, especially the...

04/17/2011 - 1:51pm
Francona: Lowrie too hot to sit

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was aware that neither Jed Lowrie (0-for-5) nor Marco Scutaro (1-for-5) has a track record of significant success against Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch. His decision about who to start, however, was straightforward.

"Jed is so hot right now, I don’t know how you keep him out of the lineup," said Francona.

He opted to hit Lowrie sixth in the batting order in an effort to separate left-handers David Ortiz and J.D. Drew in the lineup. With Lowrie between Ortiz and Drew, Francona was hopeful that it would give the Blue Jays some pause before bringing in a left-handed reliever.

Francona will be featuring his 12th lineup in 14 games this year. He acknowledged that he is still searching for the right alchemy to get his offense going, but he is hopeful that greater stability to the batting order will come. 

If we had one or two lineups, everything was going right. I don't know if that...

04/17/2011 - 10:07am
Crawford back in leadoff spot

After a day off on Saturday, left fielder Carl Crawford is back in the lineup and hitting leadoff against the Blue Jays on Sunday. He has enjoyed success against his opponent, Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch, having gone 5-for-10 in his career with a homer against the right-hander.

Jed Lowrie remains in the lineup, moving down to the sixth spot in the batting order. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had Saturday off, is also back in the lineup and batting eighth.

RED SOX LINEUP

Crawford, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Drew, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Ellsbury, CF

Lester, SP


04/17/2011 - 12:10am
Thomas: 'Proof will be in pudding' Monday

After posting the best regular-season save percentage in NHL history, Tim Thomas is having a nightmarish playoff series against the Canadiens. He allowed three goals on Saturday night, two of which came after he allowed bad rebounds in front of the net. But after Saturday's 3-1 loss, Thomas said there is still time to salvage the series and his season with a great performance on Monday night in Game 3 at the Bell Centre, with the Bruins trailing the Eastern quarterfinal series, 2-0. 

"The proof will be in the pudding," Thomas said, adding he's not worried about the team's confidence. "I’m so focused on just trying to do what my job is that I’m not really thinking about that."

Asked if the hostile crowd in Montreal will be hard to handle, Thomas said the Bruins can use it to their advantage if they can score early in Game 3. 

"Well, there’s a lot of energy," Thomas said. "If you...

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