May 5, 2011: Angels 11, Red Sox 0

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May 5, 2011: Angels 11, Red Sox 0

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- On a day in which the Red Sox needed John Lackey to provide both quality and quantity, the Red Sox right-hander could offer neither.

Short on pitching after Wednesday's marathon loss, during which they used eight hurlders, the Sox got just four-plus innings from Lackey, who gave up eight runs in a one-sided beating by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 11-0.

Lackey had beaten his former team in each of the previous four times he had faced them before Thursday, but was overmatched on this occasion, allowing 10 hits, including five straight in the fourth inning. When he gave up a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo before getting a single hitter out in the fifth, he was done for the day, with his ERA soaring to 7.16.

After losing the first six head-to-head meetings with the Red Sox this season, the Angels won the final two in a row.

Meanwhile, Red Sox had just seven hits and suffered their fourth shutout in 31 games. The 11-run deficit matches the worst for the Sox this season, who also lost 16-5 to Tampa Bay on April 11.

Scott Atchison and Rich Hill, brought up for Pawtucket before the game to replace the injured Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, took care of the final five innings.

Player of the Game: Joel Pineiro

Like the Red Sox, the Angels were hurting for pitching manpower after the 13-inning marathon Wednesday nightThursday morning. Unlike the Red Sox, the Angels had a starter do something about it.

Joel Pineiro offered 5 23 innings of shutout baseball, allowing the Red Sox just three hits, two of them singles.

Pineiro struggled with his command at times, walking four and was hardly overpowering with just two strikeouts. But he got the Angels into the sixth with a healthy lead.

Honorable Mention: Erik Aybar

Aybar was a pain in the Red Sox' side all series and Thursday was no different as he had a four-hit afternoon, scored twice and knocked in a run while stealing two bases and setting the tone from the top of the Los Angeles lineup.

The Goat: John Lackey

Lackey took a 4-0 career record into his start against his former teammates but they teed off on him almost from the start, knocking him around for 10 hits and eight runs over four-plusinnings.

Turning Point: Bourjos sparks rally

The Angels were leading 3-0 in the fourth when Lackey got two outs. But Peter Bourjos, the No. 9 hitter, singled to keep the inning going and four more Angels followed with base hits of their own. The rout was on, with the Angels leading 6-0 before Lackey could get the elusive third out.

By the Numbers: 6

In six starts this season, Lackey has given up six or more earned runs in three -- or half -- of his starts.

Quote of Note:

"I definitely sensed that there was a need for me to pitch well to get some momentum going. If I had pitched better early on, I think the guys would have found a little more energy. My (inability) to pitch well definitely hurt that morale.'' -- John Lackey

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Haggerty: Bruins would be foolish to deal away Carlo right now

Haggerty: Bruins would be foolish to deal away Carlo right now

There’s been smoke for weeks signaling trade talks between the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche, and things are reportedly heating up with the Bruins potentially reaching a tipping point with their subpar play on the ice. According to Bleacher Report columnist Adrian Dater, things may be progressing between the two teams because the Bruins are beginning to entertain the idea of trading away 20-year-old top pairing rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo.

Bruins Director of Player Personnel John Ferguson Jr. was expected to be out in Colorado scouting the Avalanche/Blackhawks game on Tuesday night, and perhaps getting a long look at players like Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie among others.

The expectation is that 24-year-old Landeskog is in the middle of these trade discussions, and that he would be one of the players targeted by a Bruins team that could use more size on the wing, and more players that can put the puck in the net. Certainly Landeskog has done that in his brief NHL career after being a No. 2 overall pick, and has four 20-goal seasons on his resume prior to a disappointing, injury-plagued current season in Colorado.

The word around the league was that talks fizzled between the Bruins and Avs previously when Joe Sakic asked about the availability of the Colorado Springs native Carlo, and those discussions hit the same crunching roadblock that Winnipeg did in discussions with Boston about Jacob Trouba.

Perhaps that has changed in the last 24 hours after Cam Neely and Don Sweeney watched their Bruins completely no-show against the worst team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders, on Monday afternoon. Now one would expect that Bruins management is getting desperate feeling that a third “Did Not Qualify” for the Stanley Cup playoffs could be in their future if they don’t make a bold, swift move to shake up their dazed hockey club.

But let’s not pull any punches here. The entire Bruins management group should be fired on the spot if they trade a 20-year-old, top pairing shutdown defenseman on an entry level contract like Carlo unless they are getting a bona fide superstar in return. Carlo, Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak should all be young, untouchable assets for a Bruins organization that is years away from legitimately holding a chance at a Stanley Cup.

Landeskog is not a bona fide superstar. He’s a good player that’s topped out at 26 goals and 65 points in the NHL, but he’s also the Captain on a horrendous, underachieving Avalanche team over the last three years.

If the price were right for Landeskog it would make all the sense in the world for the Bruins to deal him, but it’s a giant honking red flag that Colorado is looking to unload a player like him that’s signed for a reasonable $5.5 million price tag over the next four seasons. Teams don’t trade young players like that with term unless there’s more to the story, and that’s something the Bruins would do well to consider before giving up a player that could be a top-4 shutdown defenseman in Boston for the next 10 years.

Teams like the Bruins that are in reloading mode also shouldn’t be trading 20-year-old players for 24-year-old players that have already cashed in on their second contract. That’s exactly how the Bruins can get right back into salary cap trouble, and do it with a team that’s producing far less than the Peter Chiarelli groups that were at least still making the playoffs.  

Certainly the Bruins have other young D-men like Charlie McAvoy, Jakub Zboril and Jeremy Lauzon coming down the pipeline, but none of those defensemen are in the mold of a true shutdown D like the 6-foot-5 Carlo. With Zdeno Chara in the final few years of his career with the Black and Gold, the B’s are going to need Carlo to slide into that defensive stopper role given his size, strength, wing span and willingness to do the dirty work the D-zone.

That goes beyond the simple fact that rebuilding the back end with ALL of those young stud D-men is the best way to actually build the Bruins back up into a legitimate Eastern Conference power. 

It would be a giant mistake for the Bruins to ship away a player like Carlo with the hope Landeskog can put Boston over the hump for the playoffs this season, and perhaps ease some of the intense pressure currently weighing on Sweeney and Neely. That kind of desperate move smacks of doing it for all of the wrong reasons, and that’s one way to ensure that the Bruins will never escape the web of mediocrity that they’re currently caught in.