Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five strong innings in his season debut for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. Matsuzaka was scheduled to throw 80 to 85 pitches in the outing but finished with 73 pitches (43 strikes) striking out three batters while only issuing two hits in the outing.
When told he only threw 73 pitches, Matsuzaka said he probably would have been available for another innings worth of work if allowed to by the coaching staff.
Matsuzaka cruised through the first four innings but got himself into a little trouble in the top of the fifth. Rochester loaded the bases without registering a hit in the inning. He walked the lead off man and hit two batters before Matt Tolbert fouled out to the third baseman ending the threat. Matsuzaka said he felt healthy and the issues in the fifth weren't related to fatigue.
"It was more technical issues," Matsuzaka said. "I think...
Alan Embree, speaking to Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Dan Hoard, reiterated that he almost surely would excercise the opt-out clause of his minor league contract with the Red Sox if he is not added to the major league roster by April 15. By that point, Embree suggested that he will have had about 10 in-game appearances, which is usually enough for him to get ready for the season.
His hope, of course, is that the Sox will add him to the big league roster. If that doesn't happen, however, he would rather explore other big league opportunities than remain in Triple A.
"Hopefully, things go well and I get enough appearances that on the 15th, that won't be an issue. The issue will be I'm going to Boston, which is ultimately what the goal was," Embree told Hoard. "I’m very grateful the Red Sox gave me the opportunity they did. ... That being said, baseball is a business. If for whatever reason they didn...
On the verge of clinching a playoff berth, the Bruins scored three short-handed goals to open the second period against Carolina in an NHL-record span of 64 seconds, breaking a scoreless tie and sending TD Garden into pandemonium as the Bruins claimed a 3-0 lead. Daniel Paille scored 32 seconds in, followed by a goal from Blake Wheeler at 1:21 and Steve Begin at 1:36.
The three shorthanded goals in 64 seconds is by far the fastest and the first-ever trio of goals on a single minor penalty in NHL history. The previous record was four minutes, 44 seconds by Winnipeg against Vancouver on April 7, 1995.
The last time the Bruins had three short-handed scores in the same game was March 27, 1994 at Washington, when Bryan Smolinski had a pair and Adam Oates scored once. It also marked the three fastest goals since a trio in 52 seconds on Dec. 20, 2001 vs. Montreal.
Bruins coach Claude Julien was cautioning against counting any playoff berths before they're clinched prior to Saturday afternoon's matinee with the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. With a win, the Bruins clinch a playoff spot and no worse than a No. 7 seed in the East and avoid the Washington Capitals in the first round. "We're not there yet," Julien said. "This is an opportunity for us to control our own destiny. For me, we need to take care of business today. It's as simple as that. We need to be ready to go. And hopefully we are."
Meanwhile, Julien said defenseman Mark Stuart is still more than a few days away from returning to action after surgery to treat a finger infection. Tuukka Rask starts in net for the Bruins. Should the Bruins not clinch today, they finish up the season on Sunday afternoon in Washington against the Capitals.
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A frustrated Kevin Garnett took exception with the boos that rained down on the parquet during Boston's 106-96 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Celtics heard it from the TD Garden crowd as the Celtics fell behind by 28 in the second quarter. "Well, I mean we are at home, we look for our fans to give energy, to give us a spark when the times are tough," Garnett said. "It doesn't help when the boos happen but we are a group of veterans and we are a group that is a real team. We aren't fair weather." For more, including video, visit the Green Street blog.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.
We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.
Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.
Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.
We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.
We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.More from this show
Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.More from this show