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Yankees’ Michael Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Against Red Sox

By on April 23, 2014 at 8:28pm

Yankees starter Michael Pineda has had a great start to the 2014 season, allowing just two earned runs over the first 18 innings this year (3 starts; 2-1 record). He was a phenom his rookie season in Seattle, and then spent two years on the shelf after his trade to the Yankees, so his fast start this year seemed a bit unnatural – but hey, maybe he is this good and will continue to dominate the American League.

Or, maybe he’s cheating. Continue reading Yankees’ Michael Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Against Red Sox »

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Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara

Now that’s more like it. After splitting a pair of games in Boston, the Bruins beat the Red Wings soundly in Game 3 by a score of 3-0. Tuukka Rask, who was awarded the first star of the game, made 23 saves and got the shutout for the Black and Gold.

The Bruins got the jump on the Wings early in the game and didn’t let up for a full sixty minutes. Dougie Hamilton opened the scoring with a powerplay goal in the first, making a nifty end-to-end rush and firing off a quick shot over the shoulder of Howard.

Later in the first, the B’s took advantage of a bad line chance by the Red Wings and tallied another. Thornton took the puck hard to the net and Jordan Caron buried the rebound, putting the Bruins up by two heading into the locker room after the first period. Continue reading Bruins Take Control of Series with 3-0 Win Over Red Wings »

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Overview

The New York Yankees comes to Boston tonight to start the second act of the perennial drama that is the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. In their first meeting the Sox dropped three out of four games in New York. The Yankees have since found themselves at the top of the AL East with an 11-8 record. The Red Sox haven’t faired so well and have dropped to the bottom of the division with a 9-11 record. The AL East is extremely tight in the early going and this four game series could completely change the complexion of the division.  Continue reading Yankees vs. Red Sox: Round 2 in Boston »

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Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman (Jesse Johnson, USA Today Sports)

Many Patriots fans and pundits, including yours truly, believe that the Patriots should look to address the defensive line in the first round. The days of the Seymour, Wilfork, Warren trio seem like centuries ago, and the team could use some improved physicality and athleticism upfront. The Patriots defense is constantly adapting, having gone from a 3-4 in years past to what is now primarily a 4-3, or even 4-2-5 base defense. Because of this, Belichick and the front office may be looking for different skill sets on the defensive line than in years past.

Minnesote DL Ra’Shede Hageman would appear to be an interesting prospect for the Patriots. Some scouts say that he has the potential to be a Richard Seymour-type player, but his game film shows constant inconsistency. Hageman is a tremendous athlete, and measured in at 6’6″ 310 lbs at the combine in Indianapolis. He figures to be a perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end, but the question is how would he fit into a New England defense that is now primarily an even-front? Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Ra’Shede Hageman »

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Pavel Datsyuk

Well, it’s certainly not the start of the series that Bruins fans hoped for and expected. The Bruins team that finished 3rd in the league in goals was shutout by Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, the lone goal of the game coming from an incredible individual effort by Pavel Datsyuk.

The Bruins have had a tendency under Claude Julien to struggle out of the gate in the first round and it looks like this year’s no different. Many confident B’s fans were calling for a 5 game washout of the Wings, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be that easy. Keep in mind that the first round series in the last three years have gone seven games. Continue reading Datsyuk’s Late Heroics Topple Bruins in Game 1 »

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Andrew Wiggins (Jaime Squire/Getty Images Sport)

On Friday morning the NBA conducted tiebreakers to determine the order or lottery odds for the upcoming Draft in four cases in which teams had identical regular season records, two of which involved the Celtics. Boston lost its random drawing for lottery odds, but won one affecting its other first-round pick.

Having both finished at 25-57, the Celtics and Utah Jazz were the only lottery teams with the same record on the season, tied for fourth worst in the league. The Jazz won that drawing, and therefore will have an extra ping-pong ball in the lottery, which will be held on May 20. With 103 of the 1,000 balls, the C’s now have a 10.3% chance of owning the first pick in the Draft.

Continue reading Celtics Go 1-1 in Draft Order Tiebreakers »

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Milan Lucic (Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again, and what better way to start the Bruins 2014 playoff journey than an Original Six match up against the Red Wings? Led by the elusive Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit has booked their reservation to the postseason for 23 years in a row now. I’ve already projected the Bruins to beat Detroit in 6 games, but let’s take a deeper look at how they match up.

Offense

The Bruins finished 3rd in the league with 3.15 Goals/game, whereas Detroit sat at 16th with 2.65. The Bruins boasts four deep lines that Julien can roll through regularly, which only a small handful of teams have the ability to do. Krejci-Lucic-Iginla is as talented, but more importantly well-balanced, as any line in the league. Go on down the line and Bergeron, Marchand, Smith, Eriksson, and Soderberg all provide great secondary scoring that creates a match up nightmare for opposing teams. Continue reading NHL Playoff Series Preview: Bruins vs. Red Wings »

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