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MRI on Pedroia comes back clean

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 3:12 pm

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will apparently avoid a trip to the disabled list after an MRI taken on his ailing left wrist revealed no fractures or structural damage, MLB.com reported Monday.

Pedroia did not play in Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees in New York due to the injury, instead returning to Boston for a medical exam. The four- time All-Star initially hurt the wrist during the Red Sox’ home series against Milwaukee from Apr. 4-6.

The injury has caused Pedroia to struggle at the plate as of late, as he’s gone just 6-for-40 over his last nine games after beginning the season on a 7- for-15 tear.

Pedroia’s status for Boston’s three-game set against the White Sox in Chicago, which begins Tuesday, has yet to be determined.

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After Surprising 2013 Worst-To-First World Championship The Sox Are Back!

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Published on 1:04 pm

By Tim Scott
Red Sox Nation rejoiced again late last October by surprising MLB in making an amazing turnaround from worst-to-first in less than 1 year. Owner John Henry,  General Manager Ben Cherington, Tom Werner and Company were congratulated by players and fans alike in achieving a job well done!
Manager John Farrell will be put the challenge again for this 2014 season in doing something that the baseball world has not seen done in a long while….. that challenge is repeating as World Series Champs in back-to back seasons!!
While Red Sox Nation will have to wait until Fenway Park’s home Opener on Friday April 4 to see their hometown baseball heroes(with many players returning including scheduled Starter and proud Duckboat Purchaser Jake Peavy) get their World Series Rings!!!…When they do so…. the team will be spectacularly getting their 3rd Championship rings and banner in the past 10 years. And let us not forget….. this is all after an all too painful drought of 86 years beforehand!!!! In the between time of this monumental event …the 2014 regular baseball season schedule is due to start on March 31!
Jon Lester will once again be named the Red Sox starter followed by Lackey and Doubront and most likeley rounded out by Peavy and Bucholz! It is yet to be seen who will win the CF starter job replacing Jacoby Ellsbury as both Jackie Bradley Jr. and new signee Grady Sizemore are both vying for the position and playing very well during Spring Training!!! Things are looking bright indeed for the Boston Red Sox!!! Red Sox Legend and rightful Hall of Famer DH David Ortiz signed an extension that will keep him in a Red Sox uniform for a few more years and possibly able to retire as a Red Sox player. Dustin Pedroia is signed for the next decade in a record deal… Young phenom Xander Bogaerts looks to transition into the tough Shortstop position….While Will Middlebrooks is back at third looking to steadily improve. Big Mike Napoli is enjoying his starting nod at first base while being healthy for the first time in years!! David Ross and A.J. Pierzynski look to share catching duties while handling an awesome pitching staff!!! Koji Uehara is looking and expected to continue to do his thing….which is to come out of the bullpen to pitch!!! Jonny Gomes will likely get many more games in left field platooning with sweet swinging Daniel Nava!!!!! And if all this doesn’t convince you that “Everything is Gonna Be Alright!”…. then perhaps Shane Victorino returning to play Right Filed again will!!!
The Red Sox are looking to be strong contenders again and every Red Sox fan will be eagerly awaiting to see how it all turns out this year! As the Season gets underway on Baseball’s Opening Day this Monday March … a day that should be a National Holiday :) …..The Red Sox will take to the field once again Anew and Ready to go!!!! And So we say…. Go Sox Go!
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VOTE: Your Boston Sports Mt. Rushmore

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Published on 4:23 pm

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Time to have a little fun. With all the recent excitement of athletes speaking about who would be on their Mt. Rushmore lets do our own Boston version. For those who are new to this concept all you do is pick who you think are the top 4 Boston sports players of all time. The 4 players that would go on your Mt. Rushmore if it were dedicated to Boston. Let’s do one for each team! Voting is below and final results will be announced in a few days. Ready… set… go!

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Surprising Celtics Sitting Atop NBA’s Atlantic Division

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Published on 10:05 pm

Article Written By: Tim Scott
Many NBA Basketball fans did not know what to expect heading into the 2013-14 NBA Basketball Season. With the departure of Celtic mainstays Coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Scorer Paul Pierce and Team Leader Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets…. the Celtics looked to be rebuilding this season. However, someone forgot to tell the remaining players under first-year coach Brad Stevens from NCAA’s Butler that this season would see them fighting to stay atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. The Celtics are holding onto a first place lead with an overall record of 12-15 so far….they are a few games ahead of both the Toronto Raptors and the aforementioned Brooklyn Nets!!!
They handily beat the New York Knicks(the team who knocked them out of the NBA Playoffs last season) by a blowout and a close,thrilling 4th quarter game victory! Before last night’s one-point loss to the Detroit Piston’s many watching would not even have know that the team was transitioning to new styles of play as well as playing under an entirely new Head Coach!They recently beat tough teams like the Nuggets, the Heat, and the Timberwolves this season.
Players with experience like Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, and Avery Bradley have been playing well for Boston’s Basketball Team. In fact, Boston’s Basketball Team…. The Celtics….didn’t miss a beat in their transition, have been competitive and have had a good chance to win most games that they have played in. All this without the return to the starting rotation of NBA Assist leader, 2008 champion, and All-Star Rajon Rondo. It should be very interesting to see how the team performs when he comes back to run the offense. Many are hoping Rondo can recuperate completely from last year’s injury in time to possibly lead the Celtics into another successful playoff run this season. It can also be fun to see if GM Danny Ainge acquires any big-time free agents mid-season to solidify the team’s future.
Maybe they can capture some of the Red Sox’s team play fervor and surge into the playoffs ready to do well THIS upcoming Spring. All that remains to be seen but for now the Celtics are playing decent Basketball, steadily improving, and appreciating their fans, who are consistently some of the Best in the NBA!!! GO Celtics GO!
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GameDay Deal Alert: Limited time Christmas Discount Coupon!

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Published on 9:14 pm

It’s that time of the year Boston sports fans! With the holidays right around the corner we are going to help you get your early or I guess you could say last minute shopping done… depending on whether you like to shop early or wait until the last minute!

We are offering 10% off everything in the store for a limited time. While this deal is going we will guarantee certain products in the store get to you BEFORE Christmas! If you have any concerns on whether the item you order will be delivered in time feel free to email us!

Use the promo code “earlyxmas” at checkout. Make sure you use all lowercase letters when entering the code where it says APPLY COUPON at checkout. This deal won’t last long so finish off your Christmas list sooner rather than later!

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Red Sox, Pierzynski agree to deal

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Published on 1:15 am

The Boston Red Sox have apparently signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

CBS Sports first reported the deal, which according to the Boston Herald is for one year and pending a physical.

After eight years with the Chicago White Sox, Pierzynski signed a one-year deal with the Rangers last offseason and appeared in 134 games for Texas, hitting .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI.

He also threw out base-stealers at a career-high 33 percent.

One of the most durable catchers in baseball, the soon-to-be 37-year-old Pierzynski is primarily known for his offense, but is one of the more respected game callers behind the plate and was selected to the American League All Star team in both 2006 and 2008.

Pierzynski broke into the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 1998 and in addition to the White Sox and Rangers, has also played for the Giants. He is a .283 lifetime hitter over the course of his 16-year career with 172 home runs and 800 RBI.

For his career Pierzynski is a .322 hitter at Fenway Park, but oddly enough has never homered there.

Minnesota and Toronto had also been linked to Pierzynski.

With Pierzynski on board it likely signals the end for free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia in Boston. Saltalamacchia, who is eight years younger than Pierzynski, hit .273 a year ago for the World Series champions with 14 home runs and 65 RBI.

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Torey Krug a Bet Well Placed by the Boston Bruins

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Published on 7:02 am

While the Boston Bruins are off to a less than perfect start sitting at fourth in the Atlantic Division as of November 8th, one bright light from last season’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals has continued to shine into the new season.

Torey Krug, who played just one regular season game last season, but followed it up with a formidable  six points in 15 playoff games, is certainly helping to increase the Boston Bruins’ NHL futures odds as a young and integral piece on the blue line.

Along with young star defender Dougie Hamilton, Krug has been seeing a regular shift with the big club in 2013-2014 and has not looked out of place. His 9 points (6 G, 3 A) in 15 games is good for fourth best on the team and top among Boston D-men. Krug is currently outscoring all-star Zdeno Chara by four points and fellow youngster, Hamilton, by 3.

Krug played in the USHL before going on to Michigan State University, playing three years in the CCHA and winning player of the year honors in 2011. Boston signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012 when he played most of the season with the Providence Bruins of the AHL, managing an encouraging 45 points in 63 regular season games.

It was after his solid season in Providence that Krug was granted the chance to play with the big club, and he never missed a beat.

More and more NHL teams are looking to the college free agent pool as a means to acquire young talent on entry level contracts. It’s a risk free move that can pay off big time for teams like Boston in the case of Krug.

Only time will tell if Krug can mature into the player that he looks capable of being, but as of now, the young man appears to be a pretty good bet by Boston.

Support the young Bruins defenseman with any of our Krug items located here!

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Bruins seek to bounce back against Rangers

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Published on 4:43 pm

The Boston Bruins will try to bounce back from their worst loss of the season when they host theNew York Rangers in Friday’s matinee battle between Original Six rivals.

The Bruins played on the road Wednesday night in Detroit and were handed a 6-1 setback by the Red Wings. It was Boston’s first regulation loss since Nov. 15 and also marked the first time this season that the B’s lost by a margin of greater than two goals.

Boston was only down 1-0 after the first period on Wednesday before the Red Wings scored three times in the second stanza to open a big lead. Detroit expanded its cushion to six goals in the third before the Bruins finally got on the board with a Jarome Iginla marker with 2:25 left in the contest.

Tuukka Rask surrendered all six goals on 28 shots for the Bruins, who had picked up at least a point in their previous five games (4-0-1).

“Everything we did tonight was just disastrous,” said Boston head coach Claude Julien. “Every once in a while you get a game like that and you hope it wakes your team up.”

Julien hopes a two-game homestand at TD Garden is enough to awaken his club. The Bruins, who also will host Columbus on Saturday, are 10-3-2 as the host this season.

Boston defeated the Rangers in New York recently, earning a 2-1 regulation decision on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Rask was the difference for the Bruins in that close win, as he stopped 43-of-44 shots.

The Bruins have taken three of the past five encounters with New York, posting a 3-0-2 mark in those tilts. However, the Rangers have claimed five of the past six meetings in Boston.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20-of-22 shots for New York in the home loss against Boston earlier this month. He will get the start for the Rangers on Friday and boasts a 21-8-2 record and a 1.68 goals against average over 31 career games versus the Bruins.

Rask expects to start today and is 4-3-3 with a 1.98 GAA in 10 outings against the Rangers.

New York enters Friday’s Original Six clash having won three of its past four games. The Blueshirts picked up their most recent win Wednesday night at Florida, as Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist to help New York record a 5-2 decision over the Panthers.

Derick Brassard, Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who improved to 3-1-0 on a five-game road trip that ends today in Boston.

Lundqvist stopped 31-of-33 shots in the victory.

“I just tried to play my game tonight,” Lundqvist said. “It was important for me and the team to bounce back with a solid performance. You feel the importance of trying to get points. I’m happy with the way I played. The biggest part of this game was the two points.”

Rangers forward Derek Dorsett missed Wednesday’s game with a sore wrist and is questionable for Friday.

New York is 9-7-0 on the road this season compared to a 4-5-0 mark at home. After capping a road trip this afternoon, the Rangers will play two straight and 11 of their next 12 games on home ice.

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Cavs, Celtics collide in Beantown

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Published on 4:41 pm

The last time the Boston Celtics dropped five in a row at home, they were a season away from beginning the Big Three era. With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all gone, long losing streaks on their own court might happen more frequently.

Boston has been a streaky team during this rebuilding season, and it will try to avoid losing five straight at home for the first time in almost seven years when it meets the strugglingCleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Celtics opened 2012-13 with four consecutive losses before winning four in a row. They followed that streak with a six-game slide, then won two straight on the road prior to Wednesday’s 100-93 defeat to Memphis.

It was the fourth straight loss at TD Garden for the Celtics, who haven’t endured a five-game skid there since dropping 13 straight in 2006-07. Ten of those defeats were part of a franchise-record 18-game overall losing streak that occurred one season before they acquired Garnett and Allen.

Allen left for Miami following the 2011-12 season, and Pierce and Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in June. Coach Doc Rivers is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving first-year NBA coach Brad Stevens with the task of leading the Celtics back to greatness.

Stevens’ team is off to a rough start, especially on the offensive end. The Celtics are 24th in the NBA with 92.9 points and 17.0 turnovers per game.

Boston (6-11) shot 42.7 percent against the Grizzlies and was held below 95 points for the 11th time. It’s averaging 88.5 points during the four straight home losses.

“It’s certainly not the atmosphere; the atmosphere has been great,” Stevens said. “Of all the atmospheres I’ve been in in the NBA, and I haven’t been here very long, this is by far my favorite. With the passion and how loud the fans are. … At the end of the day we need to get better at home, we need to get better on the road, we need to become a better basketball team.”

The same can be said for the Cavaliers, whose skid reached a season-high four with Wednesday’s 95-84 loss to the visiting Heat.

Cleveland (4-11) has also had trouble offensively, ranking right behind Boston with 92.6 points per game while sitting 27th in the league with a 41.8 shooting percentage.

Since beating Philadelphia 127-125 in double overtime Nov. 9, the Cavaliers have averaged 91.3 points in losing seven of eight. Six of their 11 defeats have been by more than 10 points.

“Everyone else can write us off. But in this locker room, we believe in each other. We’re going to figure this out,” said point guard Kyrie Irving, who leads the team with 21.0 points per game but is shooting 40.4 percent.

Making matters worse, a report recently surfaced saying the Cavaliers are trying to trade second-year guard Dion Waiters, who denied he asked to be moved and insists he loves playing in Cleveland.

“It’s just nonsense,” said Waiters, the fourth overall pick in 2012. “There’s been things thrown out there that haven’t been true at all.”

Cleveland, which is 1-8 on the road, has split its last six regular-season games in Boston after losing 17 of its previous 21 visits.

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Examining C’s league-best 3-point defense

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Published on 4:36 pm

The Boston Celtics rank first in the league in 3-point field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 31.9 percent beyond the arc this season. Asked about the reasons for his team’s success, Celtics coach Brad Stevens couldn’t resist a joke targeting one of his team’s most glaring weaknesses.

“The cynic in me would say when we throw the ball to the other team, they lay it in usually instead of shooting a 3,” cracked Stevens, highlighting Boston’s turnover woes that have created easy points for the opposition this season.

But Stevens admitted that defending the 3-point line has been a focus for his team.

“I think we’re doing a pretty good job of identifying guys that make shots at a high rate… and we’ve been guarding the 3-point line good as a result,” said Stevens.

The Celtics rank seventh in the league allowing opponents to shoot 35.6 percent on corner 3-pointers (the league’s most efficient shot) and third in the league as opponents shoot 31.3 percent on all 3-pointers above the break. Not surprisingly, the splits shows a Boston team that defends the line even better in wins (33 percent corner; 28.1 percent above the break) than in losses (36.8 percent corner; 32.7 percent above the break).

Dig a bit deeper into the advanced numbers and Boston ranks second in the league allowing 0.946 points per 3-point attempt (non-halfcourt heave variety), according to Synergy Sports data. Only the Knicks have been better (0.916 ppp), while the league average hovers around 1.071 points per play. For comparison’s sake, those struggling Nets are last in the league allowing 1.168 points per attempt.

Maybe the biggest secret to Boston’s success is this: The Celtics have discouraged teams from taking 3-point shots as opponents average a league-low 16.2 attempts per game beyond the arc. Some of that might be a product of the easier buckets that Stevens joked about, but it also suggests Boston is doing a good job of getting out to the perimeter to either deny 3-point attempts or at least forcing the opposing shooter to move inside the arc for a lower-efficiency shot.

That’s a staggeringly low number when you consider a team like the Philadelphia 76ers resides at the other end of the spectrum allowing 27.5 3-pointers per night. The league average settles around 20.5 3-point attempts per game.

A closer look at Boston’s 3-point defense by shooting zone:

 

C’s 3-point shots

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