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Bruins sign Matt Irwin

July 10, 2015 at 7:27pm in Bruins, Featured, News

On Friday, the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one year, $800,000 deal.

The 27 year old d-man has played on the San Jose Sharks for the past three seasons, scoring a total of 50 points during that time. He scored 19 points last season. Continue reading Bruins sign Matt Irwin »

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David Ortiz (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Red Sox manager John Farrell recently came up with a different strategy in his lineup construction: allow David Ortiz to play first base. The idea came about from the combination of several relevant factors affecting the daily lineup: Alejandro De Aza has played very well since being acquired from the Orioles (.940 OPS with the Red Sox), Hanley Ramirez has been an unmitigated disaster in Left Field (-15 DRS in Left), and Mike Napoli has been as bad, if not worse, at the plate (.652 OPS on the season).

So Farrell astutely decided that the best way to address all of those issues was to move Ortiz out to first, De Aza to left, Ramirez in to DH, and Napoli out altogether. According to the veteran manager, this might not be the last time we see that kind of alignment, as shown through his own comments and recent lineup cards. Ortiz himself has been less than thrilled about the change, but he has so far cooperated. Barring any kind of significant trade addition, this defense is the best one the Red Sox can currently put on the field, and it may be the difference between winning and losing games.

Continue reading David Ortiz Needs to Play First Base »

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Roger Goodell was spending time at a conference in Sun Valley when he told a CNBC reporter that a ruling on Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal could come as early as next week.

Goodell initially responded to questioning by saying a decision is “coming soon” and then elaborated that it could be next week. Brady was originally suspended for the first four games if the 2015 season in May and his appeal was heard on June 23. The appeal was a marathon affair, lasting the entire day and into the night. Since the appeal, both sides have been mum regarding the potential outcome.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was also spotted at the conference, but according to Goodell none of their discussions were regarding Brady.

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The surging Red Sox welcome to town the AL East leading New York Yankees this weekend for a 3-game set at Fenway. The Sox are 8-2 in their last ten games while the Yankees have been 5-5 in that same span. Boston is now just 5.5 games back of the division lead but still with all four other AL East teams in front of them.

It’s a tight race of teams hovering around .500 heading into the All-Star break. This series gives Boston a chance to get within a few games of the lead before a restful weekend coming up. The Red Sox are not used to having this many players actually get to rest on All-Star weekend but this year’s representation will be limited to Brock Holt and possibly Xander Bogearts. Continue reading Red Sox Host Yankees for Crucial Series at Fenway »

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1. Red Sox

* Update on instant replay challenges – Sox wrong 55% of time

* David Ortiz says that it’s too taxing to both hit AND field – he should go down to a coal mine some day and watch some 60 year old guy walk out after a double shift so he can feed his family and see what real people do.

* The first two Red Sox – Yankee games will exceed seven hours combined but the third one will be under three hours because it’s get away day for All Star break – Bahamas here they come.

* Paw Sox have lost eleven in a row with that loaded lineup and staff?

* Considering Panda and Hanley are making over $40mm and didn’t make the All Star game – shouldn’t they be contrite?
Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Tedious Yankee Series, Dino Second, Popsicle »

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Summer league basketball has officially begun giving the opportunity for players to demonstrate why they should be playing in Boston for the Celtics at the start of the season rather than in Portland for the Maine Red Claws.

Summer ball affords the Celtics coaching staff and front office the chance to evaluate what they have between young players who made the roster last season, D-Leaguers that hope to make it this year, and the draftees that came out of the 2015 NBA draft last month. With only a few, sloppy games played the young guys are still working on getting comfortable with their new roles and figuring out what they can provide on a bigger stage. Continue reading The Draft Picks: Will They Be Celtics or Red Claws? »

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Fenway Faithful

Don’t look now but the Red Sox are only five games back of the AL East lead. Pretty soon all of the band-wagon Red Sox fans out there will start tuning in to the games again. We all know this season has been tough to watch at times, but it feels like the team has finally turned a corner.

Earlier in the season it seemed as though nothing could go right. The team just wasn’t clicking. On nights when the starting pitcher would throw well the offense would not score runs, and when the offense did come alive the pitchers would struggle to get outs. It was not a winning formula. Continue reading Keep the Faith 2015 – Red Sox Only 5 Games Out »

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