Gerry Fraley: 'I think Hamilton would have trouble in Boston'

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Gerry Fraley: 'I think Hamilton would have trouble in Boston'

Gerry Fraley from the Dallas Morning News joined Jessica Moran on The Baseball Show to talk about the Red Sox' newest addition to the team, Mike Napoli, and also touch upon the Josh Hamilton free agent situation.

So what's the story on Napoli? Well, Fraley can't say for sure.

"He had a tremendous second half of 2011, might have been the best player in the league at least the best offensive player in the league. He was not good last year, struck out one-hundred-and-fifty-something times, still got his walks. You gotta wonder, "Who is he?" I don't know. He had a bad 2010 with the Angels, a good 2011 second half, a bad 2012. I really don't know who is he."

What about his demeanor? That's obviously important to Bostonians, notes Moran.

"He's a quiet guy, he's one of the toughest guys I've ever seen," Fraley said. "Game 6 of the World Series in 2011, he had a high ankle sprain on his left ankle; he couldn't walk, and he played the next day. His pain-tolerance level is off the charts ... he's a very, very mentally, physically tough guy."

Sounds like a guy Sox fans can get used to. Can the same be said for Josh Hamilton? Hamilton's past issues are well documented, but are they still a factor in his being a free agent still?

"There's a lot of hesitation about Josh," Fraley said. "He is a recovering addict, and he has a body that is breaking down to some extent, and I think there's a lot of teams really weary of Josh right now."

Check out the video for more great insight on both Napoli and Hamilton.

Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

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Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder.