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04/26/2010 - 10:15pm
Red Sox get offensive in win over Jays

 TORONTO -- The Red Sox finished with 18 hits, while going 11-for-20 with runners in scoring position, on the way to claiming a series-opening, 13-12 win over the Blue Jays, Monday night at Rogers Centre. Five members of the Sox' lineup -- Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Varitek, and Adrian Beltre -- notched three hits apiece. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett suffered through his shortest outing in two seasons, exiting after allowing eight runs on nine hits over just three innings. Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save, pitching a flawless ninth. For more from the the 4-hour, 3-minute affair see 'Closing Time' at the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


04/26/2010 - 8:46pm
Krejci powers B's in clincher over Sabres

David Krejci scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden to win their opening-round series, 4-2. Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Milan Lucic had a pair of assists as the Bruins advance to the second round for the second straight season. 

 

The Bruins now wait to see who wins the Montreal-Washington series. Montreal forced a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday in Washington by winning 4-1 on Monday. If the Capitals win the series, the Bruins play the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2. If the Canadiens pull off the shocking upset, the Bruins will host Philadelphia this weekend in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

 

For more on the B's victory, visit the Big Bad Blog


04/26/2010 - 5:42pm
Matsuzaka hopes to repay Red Sox

TORONTO -- Speaking after throwing a 69-pitch simulated game at Rogers Centre, Daisuke Matsuzaka explained that he understands the awkward position his conditioning and injuries have put the Red Sox in the past and is looking forward to using his return to the majors as a stepping stone to re-establishing his value.

 

"I'll be really nervous when I first get back out there," Matsuzaka said. "Looking back at this past month I've been such a burden on this team, I think as I get through more and more starts I hope I can repay at them a little bit and do that throughout the season."

 

The pitcher, who made three rehab appearances with Triple A Pawtucket, allowing three earned runs in 16 2/3 innings, striking out 13 and walking one, is slated to make his first big league start of the season Saturday in Baltimore against the Orioles.

 

In the simulated game Matsuzaka faced left-handed...

04/26/2010 - 5:31pm
Savard out for Game 6

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard is not on the official roster for Monday's Game 6 vs. the Sabres. Savard has not played in a game since suffering a Grade 2 concussion on March 7, but has been skating for the last week and practicing with the team since April 21. 


04/26/2010 - 5:09pm
Belichick: NFL is a 'very unscientific business'

Bill Belichick called in to The Big Show on Monday to check in for his annual post-draft recap. The Patriots were very busy over the three days of the draft, and Belichick said the whole NFL draft process is highly unpredictable.

 

"It's a very unscientific business," Belichick said. "You make the best decision you can and we make them here. They make them throughout the league. There are players that go undrafted that have great careers. There are players that go in the first round that end up not playing very much in this league. I think that's the way it will always be. ... It makes it a little bit unpredictable, but it also makes it exciting, because it gives you opportunity."

 

Belichick and the Patriots traded twice to drop down to pick 27 in the first round, where they selected Devin McCourty out of Rutgers, and he explained the process of "value" in terms of trading in the draft.

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