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04/14/2012 - 8:10pm
Thomas: 'Better than down 0-2 like [2011]'

After allowing the game-winning goal in a gut-wrenching 2-1 loss in double-overtime, Bruins netminder Tim Thomas tried to put a positive spin on heading to Washington for Game 3 Monday night with the series tied, 1-1. 

"We're playing a pretty good defensive game," Thomas said. "We need to find ways to generate more offense without giving up anything defensively. It's better than down 2-0 like last year. You have to take whatever positives you can in cases like this."

Thomas is referring to the fact that the Bruins lost their first two games on home ice to the Canadiens before rebounding to win four of the next five, including overtime wins in Games 4, 5 and 7. 

Thomas has faced 46 shots in the first two games, making 44 saves. His counterpart - rookie Braden Holtby - has been even more spectacular, stopping 72 of 74 shots in the two overtime battles. 

"We're going to have to get some ugly goals...

04/14/2012 - 7:24pm
Ortiz, Aviles pace Red Sox rout of Rays

The Red Sox hit five home runs on the way to their third win of the season, beating the Rays, 13-5, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. It completed yet another comeback for the Sox, who had fallen into a 4-0 hole after the first inning.

It was Mike Aviles' solo shot to lead off the seventh inning that gave the Sox the lead for good, with the new Red Sox' leadoff man clearing the left field wall against Rays' reliever Burke Badenhop. Aviles would finish with three hits out of the leadoff spot, seeing a combined 21 pitches in five at-bats.

Initially tying the game for the Red Sox was David Ortiz' first homer of the season, a two-run blast into the Red Sox' bullpen in right field in the fifth. The runs would be the final two given up by Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson, who lasted just five innings, throwing 99 pitches.

Ortiz finished with four hits and five RBI, boosting his batting average to .406.

Earning the win for the Red Sox...

04/14/2012 - 6:45pm
Even up: Caps get OT winner, tie series

Nicklas Backstrom scored 2:56 into the second overtime to lift the Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Saturday at TD Garden. The series is tied, 1-1, and shifts to Washington for Game 3 Monday night. Tim Thomas stopped 37-of-38 shots before allowing the game-winner from nearly the identical spot on the ice that Chris Kelly won Game 1 in overtime. Braden Holtby stopped 43-of-44 Bruins shots for his first NHL playoff win.

The series has been a defensive battle so far, with both teams fighting to a scoreless tie after one period. 

The Bruins had several chances in the second period, including two from close range in the slot from Patrice Bergeron. But the first was partially stopped by Holtby before it went through his legs before just missing the net. Then with under five minutes left in the period, Bergeron again had a point-blank chance but Holtby denied the Bruins top center....

04/14/2012 - 3:05pm
Ellsbury on DL; surgery not mentioned

The Red Sox have officially put Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder subluxation, recalling outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that surgery for Ellsbury has not been mentioned, and there continues to be no timetable for the outfielder's return. As reported by WEEI.com Friday night, such an injury typically takes 6-8 weeks to come back from.

"Everything is individual," Valentine said. "I don’t want to make it seem like because I’ve experienced these either personally or with players that the same thing’s going to happen. This is a very unique individual and it’s an individual situation."

Valentine hinted that there could be another move prior to Sunday's game, and that the presence of Lin may be temporary.

"Lin is on the roster in Jacoby’s spot for today to give us some protection in the outfield for...

04/14/2012 - 12:11pm
Aviles in leadoff spot with Ellsbury out

With Jacoby Ellsbury out with a shoulder injury, Mike Aviles will be leading off for the Red Sox Saturday against the Rays and starter Jeremy Hellickson. Aviles had manned the leadoff spot 45 times in his career, totaling a .318 average and .347 on-base percentage.

Cody Ross will man centerfield, replacing Ellsbury. The following is the Sox' lineup with Clay Buchholz on the mound:

Mike Aviles SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Cody Ross CF

Ryan Sweeney RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Darnell McDonald LF

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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