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06/01/2011 - 9:32pm
Report: Tommy John surgery for Matsuzaka

Mamoru Shikama of Nikkan Sports in Japan is reporting that Red Sox righty Daisuke Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery. The report comes less than 12 hours after Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated that Matsuzaka, who went on the disabled list May 17 with a strained right elbow, would not undergo surgery.

“Diagnostically, everything is kind of the same,” Francona said before Wednesday’s matinee with the White Sox at Fenway Park. “We have to figure how to best go about this. The player or pitcher has to have some opinion, too. But I think you’re always going to go about it non-operatively, first. That just seems like it makes sense to me.”

Matsuzaka is 3-3 record with a 5.30 ERA in eight appearances for the Red Sox this season.

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06/01/2011 - 7:59pm
Malhotra out for Canucks in Game 1
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- Canucks forward Manny Malhotra did not take the ice for warmups and is officially out for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Malhotra, who has not played since getting hit in the eye with a puck against the Avalanche on March 16, did not practice on Tuesday with the team due to an eye appointment. He had skated in previous days after being cleared for contact on Saturday. 

The third-line center had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in the regular season. 

For more on the Stanley Cup finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


06/01/2011 - 5:56pm
Pedroia: 'Go ask the umpire'

A frustrated Dustin Pedroia maintained after Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox that he did indeed tag Juan Pierre on the back in a controversial fifth-inning rundown that opened the door for the visitors to tie the game. 

Trailing 3-1, and with runners at first and third and one out, Pierre took off for second. Pierre got hung up between first and second and Pedroia appeared to tag Pierre's back, with TV replays showing his jersey rippling. But second base umpire Marty Foster ruled Pierre avoided the tag on a steal of second base. Instead of two outs, Alexei Ramirez drove home one run with a ground out and Carlos Quentin doubled to tie the game, 3-3. 

"Go ask the umpire, man," Pedroia said. "I'm not going to talk for him. Those guys have got to be held responsible for that because I tagged Juan right in the back. So, if he doesn't want to ask for help, that's unfortunate because they got two runs out of it and it was a...

06/01/2011 - 5:17pm
Bard: Hill said 'no structural damage'

The Red Sox are holding hope that lefty reliever Rich Hill escaped serious structural damage to his left forearm and elbow after leaving the game injured during the seventh inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park. Hill was sent for an MRI on his left arm after grabbing his left elbow following a walk to Adam Dunn. Initial tests at Fenway indicated no serious structural damage. 

"I think Rich is OK, from what I heard," said Daniel Bard, the Red Sox reliever who came on immediately after Hill left the game in the seventh. "They think it was just scar tissue that popped. Hopefully, that's the case and hopefully, he's OK."They did all the tests and he said it was no structuaral damage is all I know. It's terrible. I don't want to see it happen to anyone, our team or another team. It's the pitcher's worst nightmare. Hopefully, he'll be OK."

During the game, the team initially announced a left...

06/01/2011 - 4:33pm
Julien: 'Our homework is done'
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- Speaking at the team's hotel Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said his team has done all the preparation necessary for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. the Canucks. 

The Bruins blanked the Lightning, 1-0, in a conference-clinching Game 7 victory last Friday that figures to be memorable for the team's nearly flawless and disciplined execution. Julien hopes the B's can play the same way against Vancouver.

"We talked about it after we won that game. Those are the types of games you have to play in order to win the Stanley Cup," Julien said. "We've obviously proven that we can. Now it's up to us and do it on a game after game basis. We understand the challenge. We understand what's at stake. We understand who we're playing.

"Basically our homework is done. Right now, it's up to us to go out there and show that we can and believe that we can." 

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