The Red Sox announced that they have reached agreement with Daniel Bard on a one-year deal for the 2012 season. According to a source, the deal will pay the 26-year-old $1.6125 million. The right-hander, who has just under three years of major league service time, was arbitration eligible for the first time.
Bard, 26, set a Red Sox record and tied for the American League lead with 34 holds last season. He had a 3.33 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 24 walks in 70 appearances spanning 73 innings. However, he also finished the year with a 2-9 record that included an 0-4 mark and three blown saves in September, along with a 10.64 ERA. That final note somewhat marred what Bard had called his best season to that point, a year that included a club-record 25-game scoreless streak from May 27-July 31. This year, the Sox will bring Bard into spring training as a starter, with the intention of having him compete for a spot in the rotation.
Bard had filed for a $1....
According to major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to send shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortenson, a pitcher who represents a big league depth option.
The Sox exercised a $6 million option on Scutaro's contract for the 2012 deal. While he had been expected to be the team's everyday shortstop, in moving him, the team would free up payroll to make a run at another player, with players such as free agent Roy Oswalt and White Sox starter Gavin Floyd having been among potential Sox targets.
Scutaro, who signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Sox after the 2009 season that included a $6 million team option, hit .284 with a .343 OBP, .401 slugging mark, .744 OPS and 18 homers in 263 games for the Red Sox over the last two seasons. Though limited to 113 games in 2011, he hit a career-high .299 with a .358 OBP, .423 slugging mark and .781 OPS, along with seven homers and 54 RBI.
With uncertainty potentially surrounding Andrew Ference's availability for Sunday's game agaisnt the Flyers, the Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from Providence following Saturday's game.
Ference was tossed from the Bruins' 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers for his hit on Ryan McDonagh in overtime. The Bruins' blueliner was given both a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct for the play, and Marian Gaborik scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 3.6 seconds left in overtime.
Kampfer, who was sent to Providence Friday, was in attendance for Saturday's game.
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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference put the Bruins in a tight spot when his dangerous hit on Ryan McDonagh in overtime put the Rangers on the power play until Marian Gaborik won the game with 3.6 seconds remaining. The play, which resulted in a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct, came when Callahan and Ference were racing for a puck behind the Rangers' net.
"I'm obviously going as fast as I can to get to the puck, and when I realized I wasn't going to get there first, he boxed me out," Ference said. "I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obviously it was a dangerous position. I tried to let up and didn't let up fast enough."
Ference might receive a call from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan over the hit, and could become the third Bruin this season to be suspended after Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.
"I honestly haven't seen the replay, so I don't know how it looks," Ference...
Two brilliant saves weren't enough for Tuukka Rask, as Marian Gaborik buried a third-chance bid with 3.6 remaining in overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 win over the Bruins Saturday at TD Garden.
The goal was Gaborik's second of the day, and it came with the Rangers on the power play thanks to a bad charging penalty from Andrew Ference.
Ryan Callahan beat Rask with a wrist shot 1:31 into the second period, but a fight between Shawn Thornton and Mike Rupp seemed to wake the B's up. Ference scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 3:28, and the game stayed tied until Marian Gaborik slapped an unsettled puck past Rask at 14:30. Adam McQuaid tied the game with 29 seconds left in the period, notching his second goal of the season.
Rask made 26 saves on 28 shots from the Rangers in regulation, losing for the first time in eight games. Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win for New York.
The Bruins will...
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