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01/15/2010 - 2:28am
B's shoot down Sharks

Zdeno Chara blasted a slap shot past Evgeni Nabokov in the fourth round of the shootout lifting the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Thursday. Tim Thomas made 41 saves and stopped all four San Jose shooters in the shootout to help the B’s secure the victory and end a three-game losing streak. Daniel Paille scored in the second period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, before Joe Thornton answered with a goal later in the second to draw San Jose even. For more, visit BigBadBlog.weei.com


01/15/2010 - 1:05am
Zink signs with Cardinals

Knuckleballer Charlie Zink, who spent eight years in the Red Sox organization, agreed to a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 30-year-old went 63-60 with a 4.25 ERA during his Sox minor-league career, and spent parts of the last five years in Triple A Pawtucket.

 

He was named the International League Pitcher of the Year in 2008, when he went 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA. That same year, Zink made his lone appearance in the majors for the Sox, allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings in a no-decision.

 

For more on Zink's parting of ways with the Sox and what it says about the evolution of the team's farm system during his time in the organization, click here.


01/14/2010 - 11:50pm
Bullied: Chicago holds off C's

Luol Deng scored a game-high 25 points as the Chicago Bulls finally broke through and beat the Celtics, 96-83, at TD Garden. The Celtics, who played their third straight game without Rasheed Wallace, were led by Paul Pierce with 20 points while Rajon Rondo added 15. Kendrick Perkins had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, whose only lead of the game came on the game's first basket when Pierce hit a 20-foot jumper. The Celtics trailed by as many as 13 in the second quarter and 11 in the second half before the Celtics drew to within four, 75-71, in the fourth quarter but could not get closer. The Celtics are off until Monday when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the Garden. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.  


01/14/2010 - 10:21pm
Hermida: Ready for 'real baseball'

Jeremy Hermida is trying to quickly find his place in the hearts and minds of Red Sox fans. On Thursday night, at the Boston baseball writers' dinner, the 25-year-old Red Sox outfielder spoke about how much he is looking forward to playing in Boston and how he's heard it's unlike any other place in the world. He was acquired on Nov. 5 from the Florida Marlins to add outfield depth with the anticipated loss of Jason Bay. He spent his first five years in the bigs with the Marlins. But that didn't keep him from speaking frankly about the difference he already feels in Boston. "This is all new for me up here," Hermida said. "Coming here from Florida, this is a little different but I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited to play some real baseball up here and play in a market like this." For more, including audio from the dinner, visit the Full Count blog. 

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01/14/2010 - 8:37pm
Doc: Sheed back Mon., KG to follow

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he is 'hopeful' that Rasheed Wallace can return from a sore left forefoot next Monday when the team hosts Dallas at TD Garden. Entering Thursday's game with Chicago, Wallace had missed the last two games and was able to work out before the game. Meanwhile, Rivers said there's an 'outside chance' Kevin Garnett could return on Jan. 22 against Portland. Garnett has been out since Dec. 22 with a hyperextended right knee. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


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