The Patriots spent a lot of time this week congratulating the Bruins for their Stanley Cup championship. First, there was an outpouring from the players on Twitter. Then, the Kraft family took out ads in area newspapers celebrating the success of the Bruins. Now, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has chimed in. Via the team's official Twitter page Friday morning, Belichick, who was frequently seen at Bruins' playoff games throughout the postseason, offered his two cents: "Congratulations to Claude Julien & the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. What an incredible display of resiliency & toughness. This TEAM was an absolute pleasure to watch." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will miss the next two games due to suspension after he successfully appealed to the league to have his original sentence of three games reduced. Papelbon said that he thought the process was done fairly and that he had asked for the new two-game suspension. The 30-year-old had originally been suspended by the league for an argument he had with umpire Tony Randazzo back on June 4. It had appeared that the closer may have bumped the umpire after being ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes.
Boston manager Terry Francona did not name who would take over the closer role in Papelbon's stead even with setup man Daniel Bard, who hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances, being the obvious choice. Francona said he'd like to continue to use Bard in situations where there are men on base and that he would take the ninth inning on a case-by-case basis for the next two days.
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Jed Lowrie is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a hurt shoulder, according to manager Terry Francona. The Red Sox shortstop left Thursday night's game in Tampa Bay after striking out in the first inning and immediately grabbing his left shoulder. Francona called the results from an early Friday MRI "really pretty good" because he said the tests revealed no significant structural damage to the shoulder. Dr. Lewis Yocum will look at the MRI results to ensure that nothing is seriously wrong. Francona claimed that bruising in the back of the shoulder had led to weakness, so the only course of action was to "settle down a little bit" and then get Lowrie on a strength program.
Utility infielder Drew Sutton was recalled from Triple-A and will take Lowrie's spot on the 25-man roster. Marco Scutaro will start at short against the Brewers on Friday.
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One day after Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie felt as if his shoulder slipped out of joint, Marco Scutaro is in the lineup at shortstop and batting seventh against the Brewers and starter Shaun Marcum. Jason Varitek is also in the lineup, paired with right-hander John Lackey for just the second time this year, perhaps in deference to the fact that Varitek is 4-for-10 against Marcum, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 0-for-6.
Bruins center Marc Savard, who suffered his second concussion in as many years this season and is dealing with post-concussion syndrome, will be at Saturday's rolling rally in celebration of the team's Stanley Cup victory, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Given that Savard played in only 25 games before a clean hit from former teammate Matt Hunwick ended his season, the two-time All-Star does not qualify to have his name on the Stanley Cup. A player must play in either at least 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup finals game to have his name engraved on the trophy. There is a petitioning process, however, and Chiarelli plans on petitioning to get Savard and defenseman Steven Kampfer, who just missed the cutoff by playing in 38 regular-season games, on the Cup.
"I don’t know what the process is," Chiarelli admitted. "I’ve given it a little bit of thought. Certainly those two deserve to be on...
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Patriots safety Devin McCourty joined the show to talk about the loss to Denver, how well Logan Ryan played, and his own inability to field punts.
Patriots special teams ace, Matthew Slater, joined the show after Sunday's loss to the Broncos to talk about coach Belichick's demeanor after the game, looking forward to the playoffs, Chris Harper's muffed punt, and compares Rob Gronkowski to Shaquille O'Neal.
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