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05/21/2011 - 12:21pm
Ryder: 'It's all about the first 10 minutes'

TAMPA -- The Bruins are expecting a big rush from the Lightning at the beginning of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. If they can withstand that, many Bruins feel they'll have a good chance to win the game and head back to Boston with a chance to clinch on Monday night at TD Garden. 

"Definitely excitement, that's for sure," Bruins winger Michael Ryder said of the feeling in the dressing room prior to Saturday's 1:30 p.m. game. "It's a big game, it could be an even series or up 3-1. It's the biggest game of the series so far. For us, we have to take that mindset. I think we're ready to go. It's all about the first 10 minutes of the [first] period. We have to come out hard, throw pucks in and just get that momentum and take it to them quick."

For more coverage from the team of DJ Bean and Mike Petraglia on site in Tampa, visit the Bruins team page at and the...

05/21/2011 - 12:10am
Former Patriots DB arrested in drug sweep

Former Patriots safety Willie Andrews was arrested in Texas this past week after a lengthy drug-trafficking investigation, according to the Longview (Tex.) News-Journal. Andrews, a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2006 who was cut in 2008 after run-ins with the law, was reportedly one of 13 people arrested and charged with, at a minimum, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Two days after Super Bowl XLII, Andrew was arrested in Lowell after police found him with a half-pound of marijuana. Five months later, Andrew was arrested again after after allegedly brandishing a gun at his live-in girlfriend during an early-morning argument. One day later, he was released by the Patriots. Since then, he has also signed with Florida and Omaha of the United...

05/20/2011 - 10:32pm
Sox crush Cubs for seventh straight

The Red Sox enjoyed their biggest offensive eruption of the 2011 season, scoring their most runs of the season while collecting their most hits (19) of the year en route to a 15-5 shellacking of the Cubs. The Sox exceeded the nine runs they scored over six games in the 1918 World Series that had marked the last time that Chicago's National League squad visited Fenway Park.

Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez led the offensive charge. Youkilis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a two-run homer and a sac fly. He now has eight homers and 30 RBI on the year. Gonzalez, meanwhile, went 4-for-6 while driving in four runs; it was the 19th four-hit game of his career, but his first as a member of the Sox.

They were two of seven Sox lineup members to record multiple hits, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-6), Dustin Pedroia (2-for-4 with two walks), Adrian Gonzalez (4-for-6, 4 RBI), David Ortiz (2-for-5, 2 doubles), Jed Lowrie (2-for-5) and Jarrod...

05/20/2011 - 8:25pm
Francona: Lackey won't be sidelined long

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that John Lackey has yet to throw since receiving a cortisone shot in his right elbow on Monday. However, the manager remains optimistic that the right-hander -- who went on the 15-day disabled list on Monday -- will not be sidelined for too extended a stretch, suggesting that he will begin throwing soon enough that he will return sooner than fellow starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will be sidleined for at least a month.

"He’s still trying to settle down from that shot. So, he’ll rest a little bit," Francona said of Lackey. "While we’re home, especially, he’ll be examined [by team medical staff]. That just makes sense. But I think Lack will be throwing pretty quick. This won’t be a significant down period."

Lackey is 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA. While there is a vesting option in his contract that would add a sixth season at the major league minimum to his five-year, $82.5...

05/20/2011 - 7:12pm
Beckett on track for next start

One day after he was pulled from his start against the Tigers after six innings and 83 pitches, Josh Beckett acknowledged that his neck remained "sore," but that he is already feeling better. As such, he does not anticipate any problem making his next scheduled start.

"I don't think that was ever even a question," Beckett said of his next start.

Beckett said that he was able to follow his normal day-after-start program, and that he even threw the ball without a problem.

"I actually felt better when I threw harder instead of just lobbing the ball," he noted. "We did some ultrasound stuff today, but that's about it. Just trying to ice it. When a muscle goes into spasm like that, it's usually pretty sore for 24 hours or so. I'm all right. I'll be all right."

That no doubt comes as a relief to the Sox, as Beckett will carry a 3-1 record and AL-leading 1.73 ERA into his start on Tuesday against the...

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