WILMINGTON -- Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton is the second blue-chip NHL draft prospect in as many years to highlight the Bruins' annual development camp, as he was the star at Ristuccia Arena Thursday, a year after Tyler Seguin came in as the No. 2 overall pick last summer. Unlike Seguin a year ago, Hamilton is not expected to make the NHL roster this season, and figures to head back to Niagara of the OHL for a third season. The Bruins' defensive group is already more than full, with Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski a likely training camp battle for the seventh spot. Given where the Bruins sit in the NHL and their defensive situation, Hamilton doesn't figure to be overwhelmed with trying to force his way in.
"I don't think there's really any pressure," Hamilton said Thursday at Ristuccia. "I want to be an NHL player, and I'm working as hard as I can to make that happen. I think whatever the staff wants to do with me, and...
Six of the nine Red Sox starting battters will hit from the left side of the plate in Thursday's series opener against the Orioles and their righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. Lefties J.D. Drew and Josh Reddick will take the corner outfield spots in right and left respectively while Adrian Gonzalez returns to first base after sitting out his first game of the 2011 season in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays. Switch-hitting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will catch starter Andrew Miller for the third time out of the southpaw's four big-league starts this season.
Although lefties are hitting just .224 against Arrieta, their .761 OPS bests the righties' .706 mark by a longshot, mostly because of Arrieta's inability to keep left-handed hitters off the basepaths (30 walks to LHB vs. 14 to RHB).
Here's the complete Red Sox lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
According to French newspaper L’Équipe, Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus is claiming the C’s are interested in him.
"Phoenix didn’t use me, but that’s their problem," Pietrus said. "I’m going to continue working. The only thing I care about is winning a title. … A lot of teams are interested in me, like the Lakers or the Celtics. This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers."
Pietrus is slated to make $5.3 million from the Suns next season, so his relocation would require a trade. If such a trade were to involve the Celtics, they would have to either sign and trade Glen Davis or another player packaged with their $2.4 million trade exception.
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ESPN NHL analyst and former player Matthew Barnaby was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and continued anger management counseling after an incident in May involving his estranged wife. Barnaby allegedly kicked and damaged the garage door in an attempt to get inside his former house, but he did not make contact with his estranged wife or her boyfriend inside. He agreed to reduced charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, charges that will be dismissed if Barnaby serves his sentence.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
The Red Sox released the following statement from team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill regarding the health of pitchers Clay Buchholz (on the DL since June 19 due to a lower back strain) and Jon Lester (who went on the DL on Wednesday):
"Clay Buchholz was seen in consultation by Dr. Craig Brigham today in Charlotte. Dr. Brigham agreed with the team's assessment that the back symptoms can be treated with rehabilitation. Clay will be advanced in his activities as his symptoms allow," Gill's statement said.
"Jon Lester had an MRI today which confirmed the diagnosis of a latissimus strain. He will be treated with a period of rest from throwing, followed by progressive strengthening program. There is no specific timeframe for his return at this time. His status will be better defined following the All-Star break."
Manager Terry Francona clarified that the news was treated as positive for both pitchers. Lester won't throw...
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
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