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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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...
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:
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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....
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.
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We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Florio on the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
What would you ask Roger Goodell?
Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies drove 95 miles to fight Knicks head coach Derek Fisher over Barnes' ex-wife. Also, Skip Bayless is reportedly not very happy with how things are going over at First Take.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the start of the NHL season and to give a little insight on the new additions to this Bruins team.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's Cubs/Pirates Wild Card game and how they wish Joe Kelly could have a similar career path as Jake Arrieta. Also, Lou rants about how much he hates the one game playoff.
Dale, Michael and Jerry are live from the Harp for Bruins opening night and we're breaking down what to expect from the black and gold.
We close out the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed out on.
We await opening night and talk B's with DJ Bean live from the Harp.
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
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