According to multiple industry sources, a final decision has not yet been by the Red Sox and pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka regarding the next course of treatment for the injury to his ulnar collateral (Tommy John) ligament and common flexor mass of his right elbow. Matsuzaka is scheduled to meet with Sox team officials on Thursday to discuss treatment options.
While there have been reports that Matsuzaka has already decided to undergo Tommy John surgery -- first from Nikkan Sports, and then from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports (who declared via twitter that Matsuzaka was "leaning towards" surgery) -- that would prevent Matsuzaka from pitching until at least 2012, one source suggested that no decision has been made at this point about how the injury will be treated. Another source indicated that the decision will be made by Matsuzaka and his family after his meeting with the team.
Matsuzaka, 30, is 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games (seven...
Raffi Torres scored with 18.5 seconds left in the third period to break a scoreless tie as the Canucks beat the Bruins, 1-0, in a thrilling and stunning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The game was an epic battle between Boston goalie Tim Thomas and his counterpart, Roberto Luongo.
Thomas stopped 33 shots before the game-winner, including several spectacular saves throughout a frantic third period. Alex Burrows had a point-blank chance in the opening minute of the period. Thomas was big again on Jannik Hansen five minutes later. But Thomas could not stop Torres on a give-and-go from Hansen, who froze Thomas out of position. That allowed Torres to put the puck in an empty net. Luongo stopped all 36 shots for the winners.
The game was marred by an ugly incident at the end of the first period when Burrows and Patrice Bergeron exchanged words. Burrows and Bergeron were called for roughing, with Burrows picking up an...
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night featured lots of hits, penalties and biting between the Bruins and Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The game was marred by an ugly incident at the end of the first period when Alex Burrows and Patrice Bergeron exchanged words. Burrows and Bergeron were called for roughing, with Burrows picking up an extra two minutes for the exchange. But as Bergeron left the ice, he held out his finger and claimed he had been bitten by Burrows.
"He bit me, that's not OK," Bergeron said during the game, as reported by the team's official twitter page.
Both stayed in the game and returned to action after Burrows served his extra two-minute penalty at the start of the second period. Both teams were scoreless through two periods, with both teams unable to convert six power play chances.
For complete coverage from Bruins beat writer DJ Bean on site at Rogers Arena...
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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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.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
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Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
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DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
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Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.