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04/02/2011 - 8:55pm
Ortiz sets RBI record for designated hitters

ARLINGTON, Texas -- David Ortiz stands alone as the greatest run producing DH of all time.

With a two-run homer in the second inning and an RBI groundout in the fourth, Ortiz ran his career total as a DH to 1,004. That pushed him one RBI past Edgar Martinez for the most ever by a designated hitter.

Ortiz is a five-time winner of the Edgar Martinez Award, honoring the top designated hitter in the majors. But, perhaps of even greater significance for Ortiz is that he is enjoying success to start the 2011 season, having hit his second homer after two games -- something he didn't do until the Sox' 24th game of 2010, and until their 56th game in 2009.

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04/02/2011 - 5:03pm
Marchand: 'Whatever we can' for 1st in East

Just minutes after clinching their second Northeast crown in three seasons, Bruins winger Brad Marchand made it clear the team still has a significant goal to accomplish before the playoffs - finishing first in the East. 

"That'd be huge," said the rookie Marchand, who claimed the team's "Seventh Player Award" before a 3-2 win against the Thrashers Saturday. "We talked about that in between periods. We know that standings aren't set yet. We want to do whatever we can to catch that first place. We're going to battle every game from here on out We do have a chance at catching them so we're going to try." 

"It's what a lot of teams obviously battle for so glad that that's out of the way," added coach Claude Julien. "We just have to keep playing and playing to win our next games and see where we end up."

The win gives the Bruins 99 points, two points behind second-place Washington and...

04/02/2011 - 4:33pm
Drew debuts, Gonzalez cleans up

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox will have a slightly altered lineup for the second game of the season against the Rangers and starter Colby Lewis. With the right-hander on the hill, outfielder J.D. Drew is in the lineup, batting seventh and playing right, after sitting in favor of Mike Cameron on Friday.

The Sox are also flip-flopping Adrian Gonzalez in the cleanup and fifth spots, with Gonzalez hitting fourth against Lewis and Youkilis dropping to fifth in the order. Youkilis will be hitting in the fifth spot for the first time since July 2008.

Here's the Red Sox lineup:

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Crawford, LF
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Scutaro, SS

Lackey, SP

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04/02/2011 - 3:27pm
Special: Paille, Ryder big, B's win Northeast

Daniel Paille scored an unassisted short-handed goal and Michael Ryder scored on a penalty shot with 7:29 left in regulation to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Thrashers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The win clinches the Northeast Division for the Bruins and assures them of no lower than the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs and home-ice advantage in the first round. With 99 points, the Bruins trail first-place Philadelphia by just three points in the East. 

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a put-back goal by Mark Recchi just under five minutes into the game, after Patrice Bergeron fired a shot on net. Brad Marchand, who was honored before the game with the Bruins "Seventh Player Award," picked up his 20th assist on the goal. 

Atlanta tied it on the power play when Danny Byfuglien scored a slap shot from the high slot that hit Tuukka Rask's stick and popped up in the air and over his left shoulder....

04/02/2011 - 1:20pm
Marchand wins Bruins 7th player award

After scoring 21 goals and adding 19 assists in 72 games, Bruins winger Brad Marchand was honored as the 2010-11 Bruins "Seventh Player Award" given to the Bruins player who goes above and beyond expectations.

Technically still a rookie, the 22-year-old Marchand has earned the trust of his coaching staff by playing the left wing on the team's second line, playing with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. 

Marchand collected his 20th assist on Boston's first goal of the day when Mark Recchi put in a loose puck to the left of Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period. 

For more, visit the Bruins team page at and the Big Bad Blog.

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