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04/17/2010 - 4:25pm
Papelbon or Bard to complete first game
By: DJ Bean

Terry Francona said prior to the completion of Friday night's 1-1 game with the Rays that the team's preference is for Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched the ninth inning, to remain in the game. The situation is complicated by the fact that he and his wife are expecting their second child today. If Papelbon is unavailable, Daniel Bard will get the call. For more Red Sox news, check the Full Count blog. 


04/17/2010 - 3:49pm
Bruins complete comeback to claim Game 2

Boston came back from a first period two-goal deficit to register its first win of the playoffs and tie its quarterfinal series against the Sabres at one game apiece with a 5-3 win at HSBC Arena in a matinee match in Buffalo. Tuukka Rask registered his first career playoff win with 26 saves while Ryan Miller took the loss by allowing four goals on 30 Bruins shots. 

 

Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara each netted two goals for Boston, while Jason Pominville, Tyler Myers and Matt Ellis tallied for the Sabres. Mark Recchi scored an empty net goal for the final margin.

 

For more on how the game played out, visit the Big Bad Blog.


04/17/2010 - 3:11pm
Embree's opt-out date now April 30

According to a team source, relief pitcher Alan Embree has agreed to push the opt-out date on the minor league contract he signed with the Red Sox during spring training back from April 15 to April 30. If Embree is not on the Red Sox' 25-man roster by that date, he would then have the right to become a free agent.

 

Embree has pitched in four games for the PawSox, allowing three runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out three. Pawtucket Red Sox radio broadcaster Dan Hoard was the first to report the news.


04/17/2010 - 11:42am
Veteran TE Foschi visits Patriots

Veteran tight end J.P. Foschi visited and worked out for the Patriots on Friday, according to his agent Ralph Cindrich. Foschi is a 27-year-old out of Georgia Tech who has bounced around the NFL since he debuted in the league as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders in 2005. A 6-foot-3, 265-pounder, Foschi enjoyed his best season with the Bengals in 2009 when he caught 27 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


04/17/2010 - 12:18am
No major injury for Bonser

Red Sox pitcher Boof Bonser, who got shelled in a rehab start this week, was examined by Red Sox team doctors on Friday. The examination determined that the right-hander -- who underwent surgery on his rotator cuff and labrum last February -- was merely suffering from some normal stiffness, and not a more serious condition.


There is not yet a timetable for when Bonser will resume throwing. The Sox will re-examine the pitcher on a day-to-day basis to determine when he might be able to do so, which will allow him to start a new rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. In the meantime, Bonser was simply relieved that his injury was not a major one.

 

"It's a big relief. I was thinking, 'Look out -- just coming off surgery, who knows what could be wrong with it?'" said Bonser. "But they checked it out and everything was good."


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