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07/02/2011 - 1:49am
Ryder signs two-year deal with Stars
By: DJ Bean

The Stars announced announced  have signed free agent winger Michael Ryder. The Newfoundland native played the last three seasons with the Bruins, scoring 63 regular-season goals over the span and winning the Stanley Cup last month. 

The deal is for two years and $7 million, meaning Ryder will have a salary cap it of $3.5 million each year. Ryder is coming off a three-year, $12 million pact with the Bruins signed on July 1 of 2008.

After breaking into the league with the Canadiens, Ryder left Montreal for Boston and scored 27 goals in his debut season with Boston. He followed with 18 goals in each of the next two seasons, but developed a reputation as a big-game player due to his increased production in the postseason. Ryder had eight goals and nine assists in the postseason last year for the Bruins. 

Tomas Kaberle is now the only Bruin from the Stanley Cup finals lineup left on the open market.

For more on the Bruins,...

07/01/2011 - 11:21pm
Seventh inning explosion leads Sox to win

The Red Sox exploded for six runs in the seventh inning, paving the way for a 7-5 victory for the Sox over the Astros Friday night in Houston. In the pivotal frame it was Dustin Pedroia's two-run single which tied the game, and a double from Adrian Gonzalez, scoring a pair, that put the Sox over the top.

Earning the win for the Red Sox was reliever Dan Wheeler, who pitched 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball after coming in for starter Tim Wakefield in the sixth inning. Wakefield lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits, not walking or striking out a batter in throwing 91 pitches.

The Red Sox had jumped out to an early lead thanks to Marco Scutaro's solo home run that led off the game.

The Astros, however, took control of the momentum thanks to one run in the first inning, and two more in second. Also helping the hosts was the dominant pitching of starter Bud Norris, who struck out 10 in his six innings of work. Norris was...

07/01/2011 - 6:04pm
Ellsbury scratched due to illness

Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch for their game with the Astros on Friday, due to an illness. Josh Reddick will take his place in center and Drew Sutton will play left. Shortstop Marco Scutaro was moved up to the leadoff spot against Astro starter Bud Norris.

 

The lineup for the opener of the three-game series is now as follows:

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Josh Reddick CF
Drew Sutton LF
Wakefield RHP (4-3, 4.54)

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


07/01/2011 - 5:52pm
Chiarelli: B's still talking to Kaberle
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call Friday that he has remained in contact with Tomas Kaberle's camp about potentially bringing the free agent defenseman back to Boston.

"I've had a few discussions today with him, and that's where I'll leave it, but I have had a couple discussions," Chiarelli said. "Again, I'm not ruling out re-signing Tomas."

The B's saw Michael Ryder sign with the Stars on the opening day of free agency, and after the former Bruins winger took a two-year, $7 million deal in Dallas, the B's inked former Canadiens winger Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.1 million deal. The team also announced the signings of third goaltender Anton Khudobin and center Trent Whitfield, both of whom recieved two-year deals and will almost certainly start the season in Providence.

Pouliot was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft by Minnesota, but has scored only 35 goals in 183 career games...

07/01/2011 - 5:14pm
NY Times sells part of Red Sox stake

According to various reports, the New York Times Company sold a little more than half its stake in Fenway Sports Group, the holding company of the Red Sox. The sale to three seperate entities for $117 million in cash was disclosed in a regulatory filing on Friday and represents 390 of its 700 shares. The names of the buyers were not disclosed.

The Times, which also owns the Boston Globe, bought a 17.8 percent stake in what was then called New England Sports Ventures in 2002 for $75 million. The company had been trying to sell its shares since 2008 and indicated it would try to sell the remaining shares.

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

 


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