Farrell on Lester, Buchholz, Lackey


Farrell on Lester, Buchholz, Lackey

Red Sox manager John Farrell knows the Red Sox pitching staff more than most people do since his days as the team's pitching coach.

For that reason, he must have noticed a few things they were doing wrong out on the mound watching from the visitors dugout. CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam asks him how "mystified" he was at their struggles. Here's part of the answer:

"Across the field you saw some things that were tangible that you'd like to say that we could make an adjustment and fix things to get back to the late action to Lester's cutter, the sink action to his two-seamer," Farrell said. "He got spread out, got a little bit flat, the ball was on the same plane through the strike zone, and that's why I think you saw the number of extra base hits that he surrendered this year."

So just how content is Farrell with where the staff as a whole is now? Well, it appears as though Boston is looking to add some outside pieces if the players fit.

"As we go into Spring training, if we don't add anyone else, we're likely to stretch out Franklin Morales, to bring him in as a starter ... I think there's still every intent and every potential to talk about every free agent starting pitcher that may be out there. I know we've continued to explore some things in other avenues, but that's where, as I mentioned, Ben has been extremely busy, and is doing one heck of a job to address the needs that are here. And we came in knowing that starting pitching was one that we'd like to add to if it made sense."

Check out the video for more, including Farrell's expectations for John Lackey.

Backes, Pastrnak make their Bruins preseason debut tonight in Philly


Backes, Pastrnak make their Bruins preseason debut tonight in Philly

The Bruins have announced their lineup for Saturday night’s preseason road game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center and it will include the exhibition schedule debuts of World Cup players David Backes and David Pastrnak.

Both forwards have been skating with the training camp group since Wednesday and will ramp things up after taking a couple of days to recharge following the tournament in Toronto.

Those two veterans, one of the older and one of the extremely younger variety, will mix in with the B’s group that’s been in camp for the past 10 days working out together and gaining chemistry on forward lines working together for two practice sessions each day at Warrior Ice Arena.

A number of B’s players will be back in the lineup on Saturday night after skating in Friday night’s 2-1 overtime win against the Red Wings including: Colby Cave, Seth Griffith, Danton Heinen, Joe Morrow and Riley Nash. 

Here’s the full Black and Gold lineup against the Broad Street Bullies with Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre getting the call in Philly with one of them most likely to get the entire game between the pipes a la Anton Khudobin in Detroit on Friday night: Backes, Chris Casto, Colby Cave, Tommy Cross, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Jesse Gabrielle, Seth Griffith, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Zane McIntyre, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Malcolm Subban and Jakub Zboril.

Ortiz: 'Boston's always going to be a part of me'

Ortiz: 'Boston's always going to be a part of me'

David Ortiz reflects on some of the greatest moments of his career with the Red Sox, especially the 2004 and 2013 World Series victories and what they meant to the city of Boston.