Morning Skate: Friday, November 16

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Morning Skate: Friday, November 16

The Rangers and Flyers will be playing in a charity game next weekend in Atlantic City as a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The plus side of the lockout for the Vancouver Canucks is that it gives them ample time for injured players to lick their wounds.

Former Bruins farmhand Kris Versteeg has been cleared physically by the Florida Panthers, and is doing a little college hockey coaching in the lockout meantime.

Pierre Lebrun says its go time for both the NHL and the NHLPA. So what does the NHL do? They decide to take a two-week vacation from CBA negotiations. Such a transparent ploy, guys. Come on now.

Molson Coors is getting awfully tired of their dropping beer sales with the NHL on hiatus, and they want some of their money back.

Bill Daly says hes more discouraged now than at any time during the NHL labor talks. That will dovetail nicely with the pissed off feeling that most NHL fans are experiencing at this point.

Nail Yakupov blasted by Damien Cox after watching him in one glorified exhibition game between Russia and Canada.

For something completely different: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says that the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic will consist of only three scenes all told. That is going to be an interesting concept for a movie.

Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

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Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

NEW YORK -- John Farrell isn't necessarily alarmed by Craig Kimbrel's poor outing Wednesday night, viewing it as an aberration. But just the same, he'd like to get his closer into a game on the final weekend to flush the bad taste of Wednesday's ninth.

Until the clincher, Kimbrel had allowed just two hits in the previous 23 at-bats (.087) since Sept. 4. And since being re-instated from the DL on Aug. 1, Kimbrel was 13-for-13 in save opportunities with 32 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched and a .113 batting average against.

Kimbrel was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before issuing three straight walks, the last of which forced in a run.

He threw 28 pitches and didn't record an out before being lifted in favor of Joe Kelly, who allowed Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 Yankees victory.

"He was erratic, there's no doubt,” said Farrell. "The command was not there. The power was there, obviously, but the command was not. It turned into a situation where he gets to [almost] 30 pitches. Could we have let him go further, or could the decision have been made to leave him in the game? Sure

"But [Wednesday] night was more of an aberration. Certainly, since he's come off the DL, he's been stingy in those situations. That was a one-time outing last night [given the unusual circumstances].”

Farrell said it's "important” to get all of the Red Sox relievers into games before the season ends Sunday.

"How often, how high stress...the games will dictate that,'' Farrell said. "But yeah, it will be important to Craig back on the mound before we end, regardless of whether it's a save situation.”