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04/30/2011 - 2:11pm
Marchand: B's can 'write our own chapter'
By: DJ Bean

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not have to suffer last year's collapse against the Flyers in uniform, but the rookie is happy to be a part of the continuation of what is becoming an interesting playoff rivalry. 

"There's a lot of hype going into this series right now, especially with what happened last year," Marchand said. "It's nice just to be here and hopefully we can write our own chapter." 

Marchand scored 21 goals in the regular season, making him one of the bigger additions to this year's Bruins lineup. After five points in the first round vs. the Canadiens, he hopes to bring the B's past the Flyers and into the Eastern Conference finals. Last year, however, he could only watch as the B's blew a 3-0 series lead. 

"It was really tough being there watching. Even though I didn't play, it was tough it was tough watching what was going on and being part of it. we're really excited...

04/29/2011 - 10:45pm
Belichick: Mallett 'definitely a football guy'

FOXBORO — Shortly after the Patriots selected controversial quarterback Ryan Mallett in the third round of the NFL draft Friday night, New England coach Bill Belichick talked about the acquisition of the former Arkansas quarterback, a player many believed was a first-round talent who slipped down the draft board because of character questions.

“We just felt like he was a good player. He’s won everywhere he’s been — high school, college,” Belichick said. “[He] did a good job at Michigan. They came in and changed offenses. That was definitely beyond his control. I think he’s been a successful, productive quarterback all way through his career, high school, college.”

Mallett met with the Patriots during the pre-draft process, and Belichick said he came away feeling that the quarterback was “an impressive guy to talk to.”

“He’s definitely a football...

04/29/2011 - 10:30pm
Tito: Think [Daisuke] be OK for next start

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka left Friday night's outing against the Mariners after allowing a leadoff single to Ichiro Suzuki in the top of the fifth inning. After the pitch, an 87 mph fastball, catcher Jason Varitek went to the mound to check with the pitcher. Manager Terry Francona and two trainers joined the pitcher on the mound, at which time the decision was made to pull him from the game. The injury was described by the team as right elbow tightness.

"He just said it was stiff. He didn't put up a fight," said Francona after the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Seattle. "We're trying to be obviously cautious. ... We think he'll be OK for his next start."

It was noteworthy that none of his five fastballs against Ichiro exceeded 88 mph, with a drop in velocity certainly representing a source of concern in conjunction with the description of the injury. Matsuzaka left having allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits while walking...

04/29/2011 - 10:21pm
Jenks, Red Sox can't hold off Mariners

Bobby Jenks allowed two runs in the seventh inning, allowing the Mariners to take the lead for good on the way to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park.  The big hit came from Jack Cust, who ripped a two-out, one-run double off the left field wall for the game's final run. The loss spoiled a memorable night for Mike Cameron, who launched his first and second home runs of the season (both solo shots).

Regardless of how the Sox bullpen held up, starter Daisuke Matsuzaka wouldn't have gotten a decision after leaving due to elbow tightness following four innings of work. Matsuzaka gave up three runs, but walked four and finished throwing 81 pitches. Matsuzaka, who left with the Sox holding a 4-3 lead, was relieved by Matt Albers. Albers pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. 

The Red Sox only managed to get four runners in scoring position all night, while Seattle went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring...

04/29/2011 - 9:32pm
Pats swing deal for picks with Oakland

The Patriots have traded the 92nd and 125th overall picks in this year's draft to Oakland for the Raiders' seventh-round pick (219th overall) in this draft and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. That gives New England two first-round picks and two second-round picks in the 2012 draft. Barring another deal, the Patriots will not make another trade on Friday night. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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