Bruins Lock Up Goalie Of The Future

Rask Agrees To Extension With B’s

The Boston Bruins may already have net-minder Tim Thomas locked up for four-years but that won’t stop Peter Chiarelli and the B’s from making sure their goalie of the future isn’t going anywhere as well.

The B’s signed backup goaltender Tuukka Rask to a two-year extension keeping the 22-year-old in Boston until the 2011-12 season.  The rookie has played in four games this year with a 2-1-1 record and an average of 2.41 goals per game. 

Red Sox Sign Hermida From Marlins

I haven’t really heard much about Jeremy Hermida since he got drafted in 2002.  He was considered one of the top outfielders in the draft that year (doesn’t mean diddly squat I know). Since then he has been somewhat of an underacheiver. He did post a .501 slugging percentage in 2007 (with a sample size of 429 AB) and in his last two season those numbers have come down quite a bit.

I see this as some insurance in case the Red Sox don’t sign Bay and he will be a very good 4th outfielder who could see some decent playing time regardless if Bay comes back.  He has played both left & right field. -Player Bio

Whose Your Daddy?

Pedro Takes The Ball In Game 6 Of The World Series

There is a grocery list of adjectives that could describe the physical phenomena that was and still is Pedro Martinez.  When pitching with the Boston Red Sox, Martinez brought a special ora to the ball park every day he pitched (actually even on days he didn’t pitch, remember the taping to the polls in the dugouts?) and in his seven years as a member of the Boston Red Sox, Pedey sparkled in the bright lights of the Boston media and organization and at the age of 38 good ole’ Pedro is still kickin’.

And throwing.

Martinez will take the ball tonight for the Philadelphia Phillies as he squares off against Andy Pettite and the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the World Series.  For many, this would be a daunting task but for Pedro its, been there — done that.

N0. 45 has had his peaks and valleys in the home of the Bronx Bombers and he hopes that tonight doesn’t emulate that of the “Whose you Daddy?” days of 2003-04.  But ultimately, Pedro Martinez holds the hearts of many in Boston and across the world, and I’m sure all that are watching tonight will be rooting for Mr. Martinez, as he takes on the dreaded Yankees.    

Wolves Re-United With Celtics

Former Minnesota Players Look To Take It To The T-Wolves

Kevin Garnett has been a member of the Boston Celtics for three years now and it seems like an eternity ago that he was the key cog for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But KG spent 12 years with the Minnesota franchise, and will always look back on his years with the Timberwolves as years of disappointment and years of what could have been, but never happened.

Shelden Williams spent 15 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves and somehow he feels the same way, regarding the bottom-dwelling organization.  The two Celtics will face their old team tonight in hopes of extending its winning streak to six games.

And exacting a little hidden revenge. 

The C’s are off to a hot start in 2009 due to the re-emergence of Garnett and solid play of Williams.  The former Duke University basketball star is filling in nicely for injured Glen “Big Baby” Davis by averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.  

With speculation already that the Celtics will beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls squad who managed only ten losses in 82 games,  the C’s still have a goose egg in the loss column, but are only five games through the 2009-10 NBA season.  There is still a lot of work to be done, just ask Kevin Garnett or Shelden Williams.

Celtics vs. Timberwolves, 8 p.m. in Minnesota.  

Good News For Red Sox

Boston Keeps One Of Its Young, Bright Minds

With the New York Yankees on the verge of winning their 27th championship and with the Boston Red Sox at home sitting on the couch, watching, Red Sox fans still have a reason to be somewhat happy.

Mike Hazen has decided to stay.

Mike who?

Hazen is widely considered one of Major League Baseball’s brightest young minds as he has the all important task of scouting for the Boston Red Sox with the more official title of farm director.  Hazen was offered the assistant to the general manager position with former Red Sox employee Jed Hoyer in San Diego.

But Hazen turned down Hoyer’s offer in order to stay with the Boston Red Sox.  Hazen works alongside scouting director Jason McLeod and is noted to always be in the ear of Theo Epstein when it comes to player development and scouting in the Minor Leagues.  

The 32-year-old still feels like he has something to accomplish with the Boston Red Sox as this may be an interesting year in the development of the Sox.  With a clear need to get younger and healthier on offense, Hazen and company will be asked to intelligently critique and decide which route to go on many young, promising prospects.

With the cream of the crop still a few years away in the Sox farm system, the Sox may decide to go on a binge in free agency spending, circa what the Yankees did last season.  Still, Hazen has the important task of assessing Boston’s young talent and his job could be one of the more important ones in Red Sox management the next few seasons.

So yes, it’s alright to say, thank you Mike Hazen.  We promise you that you’ll like the Red Sox more than the Padres.   

Patriots To Be Without Green For A Month

Defensive Lineman On The Mend For Extended Period Of Time

The New England Patriots continue to be hit by the injury bug as defensive lineman Jarvis Green underwent knee surgery last week and could be out for an extended period of time.

The starting defensive linemen had a procedure on his knee completed last Tuesday in the Patriots locker room and with Jarvis on the mend, the Patriots will look to Mike Wright to step up in the void.    

Wright, a five-year veteran, has seen extensive action thus far in 2009 for the defense and shouldn’t leave too noticable of gap with the loss of Green.  Green had 23 tackles in seven games with the Pats, good enough to have him tied for eighth on the team.  New England hosts Chad Henne and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.  

Rondo & Celtics Close To Extension

C’s Set To Lock Up Point Guard For The Future

Although the lines have been dotted or crossed just yet, it seems that the Boston Celtics and point guard Rajon Rondo have reached, in principle, on an agreement that will keep the 23-year-old in Boston for many years to come.

The deal is believed to be worth $55 million over five years.  Boston and Rondo were faced with the possibility of not striking a deal as the NBA’s deadline for contract extension was set for Monday night.  

Rondo’s current deal nets him $2.3 million a season, as his current contract is in the final year of his rookie contract.  It was unclear whether or not the C’s and Rondo would strike a pact before the deadline as Danny Ainge and the Celtics brass were unsure of the mental makeup that Rondo possessed and brought to the locker room.  But apparently Ainge and company liked what they saw in training camp and the first four games of the season to put their doubts aside and lock up their young power forward.  

Celtics & Rondo Agree To Terms

Deal not signed yet but both are on the same page on dollars & term.

The Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo(notes) have reached an agreement in principle on a contract extension, Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, said early Monday.

League sources said the extension is for five years and guarantees Rondo at least $55 million. With the two sides facing a Monday deadline to get a deal done, Duffy said he called Celtics president Danny Ainge on Sunday to inform him Rondo was prepared to play out his contract and become a restricted free agent next summer because they weren’t satisfied with the team’s previous offers. Ainge, however, surprised Duffy by responding that Rondo’s contract hopes would be met.

“As much as we were willing to wait his contract out, the Celtics stepped up to the plate to meet the original request,” Duffy said by phone. “This is a really fair contract. We wanted him to be paid like one of the top five point guards around. It also allows the Celtics to maintain continuity to continue to be one of the best teams at this time.”-Full Yahoo News Story

Sabathia To Take The Ball For Game 4

Yankees Plan To Start Sabathia

The Yankees are putting their money with their mouth is by sending their $161 million southpaw to the mound on three days rest for Game 4.  The richest pitcher in baseball history will try and prove his worth on Sunday night as the Bronx Bombers look to win tonight in order to position themselves one win away from their 27th World Series Championship.   

C.C. Sabathia will square up against Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies as Blanton has the responsibility of stopping the bleeding before the series gets too far out of hand for the Phillies.  Sabathia will be working on three days of rest and with an 19-8 record and 3.37 ERA in his first year in New York, Sabathia has inserted himself as one of baseball’s best pitchers and passed the test of nerves in his first year in the Bronx.  

With a 3-1 record and 1.52 ERA in the postseason, Joe Girardi hopes that his prized lefty will come up big in Game 4 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park.   

Bruins Lay An Egg In New York

Rangers Shut Out B’s At Madison Square Garden

The Boston Bruins continued its pattern of winning a game then losing a game on Sunday as the B’s lost 1-0 to the New York Rangers, a day after defeating the Edmonton Oilers.

The lone goal of the contest came in the second period as Marian Gaborik snuck the puck past Tim Thomas to deliver the game’s only goal and the Rangers their ninth win of the season. Boston (6-6-1) managed only 29 shots on Henrik Lundqvist and couldn’t capitalize in the third period when the B’s had four straight minutes of power-play time.    

The Bruins are set to head to Detriot to face the Red Wings on Tuesday, marking the middle game of a tough three-game stretch for the Black and Gold.  The B’s will then face the Montreal Canadiens at the Garden on Thursday.  

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Favorite Yankees Lay An Egg In Game 1 Against Phillies

Cliff Lee & Phillies Stifle Yanks 

For all the money that the New York Yankees doled out in the offseason to sign the likes of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Teixeira, the big free agents weren’t money for the Yankees on Wednesday night as the Bronx Bombers fell 6-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

The World Series favorite New York Yankees sent C.C. Sabathia to the mound but Sabathia and the Yanks were outdueled by Cliff Lee, Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies as Lee’s complete-game shut down the bats of the Bronx Bombers.

Lee struck out 10 Yankees and improved to 3-0 with an 0.54 ERA this postseason as Utley’s two-solo home runs helped set the pace for the Phillies offense who scored two runs in the last two innings to help cap off Game 1.  

The defending World Champions will send Pedro Martinez to the mound on Thursday night against A.J. Burnett of New York as Martinez will look to show the Yanks and their fans, whether or not he can be there daddy in Game 2 instead of vice a versa like times in the past.