Bruins deliver toys to local hospitals


Bruins deliver toys to local hospitals

Members of the Bruins coaching staff and front office arecarrying on the tradition of Christmas toy donations to local hospitals despitethe NHL lockout thats wiped out the first three months of the season.

BruinsPresident Cam Neely, general manager Peter Chiarelli, head coach Claude Julienand Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque led a contingent of Bruinsorganization members to make toy deliveries to six local hospitals on Wednesdaymorning.

The toys were purchased last week at the Target in Woburn asthe part of the Boston Bruins Holiday Toy Delivery presented by AT&T andwill include groups visiting the following hospitals: Boston Children'sHospital, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, FranciscanHospital for Children, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospitalsfor Children - Boston, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

An estimated total amount of 22,500 was donated by theBoston Bruins Foundation,
Delaware North Companies and Garden Neighborhood Charities so the staff to shop for toys last week. The toys will be packed and delivered tothe hospitals courtesy of Gentle Giant Moving Company.

Bruins Hall of Famer Ray Bourque started the holiday toyshopping and delivery tradition in the early 1990s when he was captain of theBlack and Gold, and the event has continued through the years with Zdeno Charamost recently picking up the tradition over the last few years.

The hospital toy deliveries broke down as follows:

Boston Children's Hospital (300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA
02115) Staff & Media Participating: Head Coach Claude Julien, GeneralManager
Peter Chiarelli, Assistant Coach Geoff Ward, Equipment Manager Keith
Robinson, Assistant Equipment Manager Matt Falconer, Bruins alumnus and
NESN analyst Gord Kluzak, NESN anchor Adam Pellerin

Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center (755 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111) Staff Participating: Bruins President Cam Neely,Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney, Assistant Coach Doug Houda, Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides

Franciscan Hospital for Children (30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135) Staff Participating: Assistant General Manager Jim Benning, Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis, Bruins alumni Rick Middleton and Tommy Songin

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114) Staff & Media Participating: Bruins alumni Ray Bourque and Jay Miller, Bruins alumnus and current Executive Director of the Boston Bruins FoundationBob Sweeney, NESN reporter Naoko Funayama

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston (51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114) Staff & Media Participating: 98.5 The Sports Hubs Bob Beers andDave Goucher, Bruins Athletic Trainer Don DelNegro, Assistant Equipment Manager Jim Beets Johnson

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114) Staff & Media Participating: Bruins alumnus John Chief Bucyk, NHL Networks Kathryn Tappen, NESN personality Dale Arnold, Bruins Video Analyst Jeremy Rogalski

Quotes, notes and stars: Ziegler 'a Godsend' for Red Sox bullpen


Quotes, notes and stars: Ziegler 'a Godsend' for Red Sox bullpen

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins:


“We’ve come off a couple of days where we’re a pitch away or a swing of the bat away from being in a spot where we’re possibly looking at four consecutive in this series. But to pressed as we were -- give them credit they didn’t give in. They kept coming back -- they mounted some threats late.” - John Farrell said on the Red Sox the third consecutive in which they’d blown the lead.

“He’s been a Godsend to be honest. It’s a comfortable inning. The ball’s on the ground . . . He’s very calm, he’s experienced it . . . His addition here has given us a huge boost in line with the injuries to Koji [Uehara] and Craig [Kimbrel]” -  Farrell said on having Ziegler as an option.

“I’ll be honest, I get nervous when I’m watching, sixth, seventh, eighth inning of the game. I’ve picked my fingernails down too low one night. It’s a lot easier for me when I’m on the mound.” - Ziegler on dealing with his adrenaline and excitement when entering a game.

“That’s baseball. I mean, over the course of 162 games those sort of things are going to happen and you just keep battling and doing your job.” - Rick Porcello said about things not going entirely his way, despite feeling good on the mound.

“Yes. Because he threw me a changeup first pitch in my first at-bat. Sometimes you guess right.” - Hanley Ramirez said on why he was expecting a changeup from Tommy Milone that he turned into a three-run home run in the third inning

“I even didn’t know -- to be honest – that he threw over. When I was halfway I think I didn’t see like the catcher get up to throw the ball or anything so I figured maybe he threw to first. Once I saw Dozier catch it [one] way, I tried to [go] the other way. ” - Xander Bogaerts on avoiding the tag when he stole second in the fifth.



* Xander Bogaerts finished 3-for-4 and has had multiple hits in nine of his last 11 contests. He leads MLB with 17 three-hit games.

* The Red Sox have now homered in 15 straight games, slugging 28 in that span.

* Hanley Ramirez has five home runs in his last five games, eight in his last 23. Over those 23 games, Ramirez is batting .337 (28-for-83) with 18 runs, seven doubles and 21 RBI to go with the eight homers.

* Three of Travis Shaw’s last four hits have been for extra bases -- 10 of his last 14 -- with the most recent being his three-run homerun Sunday. Shaw has also homered in four the last five series.

* Rick Porcello has won seven straight decisions and now has ten wins at home -- remaining undefeated at Fenway Park.



1) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez slugged his fifth home run in his last five games, knocking in three runs. Sunday's DH finished 2-for-4 and scored two runs in the game.

2) Juan Centeno

Minnesota’s catcher finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the losing effort

3) Rick Porcello

Despite giving up five runs (four earned) in his 6.2 inning of work, Porcello did what he needed to do to keep Boston in the lead. Had it not been for some shaky fielding, Porcello’s numbers might have been a better representation of how he looked and felt.

Kimbrel's knee 'feels great,' pushing himself towards return


Kimbrel's knee 'feels great,' pushing himself towards return

BOSTON -- Just before the All-Star break, it almost seemed like the Red Sox were bound to lose Craig Kimbrel for six weeks potentially with the knee damage.

However, prior to Saturday’s game, John Farrell sounded optimistic about Kimbrel return more towards the three-week timetable.

The closer has gotten back to what he was working on prior to his injury, including his breaking ball.

“I’m out there spinning the ball right now,” Kimbrel said. “My knee feels great, so I’m just working on getting back into my mechanics. Staying compact and before I hurt my knee I was working on a few things. Just getting back to focusing on [those things].”

Kimbrel also stated that his arm “feels great” which was originally a concern for the Red Sox Front Office when he was injured -- fearing the knee would somehow lead to arm problems later.

Although things seem to almost be moving too fast for Kimbrel, he feels like the process has taken too long.

“It may look like a pretty fast recovery but it feels like forever,” Kimbrel said. “I think the way some people may look at it, it might be a little fast, but I’m not doing anything that is uncomfortable. I’m pushing myself, but I’m not pushing myself to a point where it doesn’t feel good. Testing everything out, that’s kind of where it is.

“Went in there and we didn’t really fix anything. Just kind of cut some cartilage out and right now it’s [about] getting my muscles firing like they’re supposed to. That’s coming back pretty fast because we were able to keep the swelling down right after surgery, so I was able to get back into the weight room and get back to the range of motion pretty quick.”

The righty will throw his first bullpen since the surgery and his confident he’ll feel good on the mound.

In fact, he thinks he could’ve thrown off the mound Sunday, but still hasn’t tested one important responsibility of a pitcher.

“I think I could throw off the mound,” Kimbrel said. “I don’t know if I can run in from the bullpen yet. Tomorrow we’re going to get off the mound, throw a bullpen and then can start pushing off and running.

“Fielding my position and cutting -- things like that. The kind of things where if a guy bunts on me [or] if I’ve gotta cover first -- I’ve gotta be able to do things like that.”