Morning Skate: Tuesday, January 8

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, January 8

 Not all NHL teams are happy with the new CBA, according to Kevin Paul DuPont of the Boston Globe, and that would seem to be natural.

 

 Cam Neely outlines to the Boston Herald why the Bruins would appear to be poised for a good run in a 48-game shortened season.

 

 New Minnesota Wild free agent signees Zach Parise and Ryan Suter apologize to the fans about the lengthy NHL lockout.

 

 The Canucks would welcome goaltender Roberto Luongo back to training camp if hes not traded in the next few days.

 

 Mario Lemieux led a group of NHL owners that apologized to the fans for the lengthy NHL lockout, and showed the kind of spirit pulling from the league end to get a deal done.

 

 Alex Ovechkin shows up at Washington Capitals camp and provides a glimpse into what the Russian superstars were thinking during the lockout. It went a little something like this: were about to forget about the NHL.  

 

 For our female demographic: Cosmo magazine provides a slide show of the NHLs hottest hockey players. Moving on now.

 For something completely different: NBA player David Lee says he needed to come up with a speech solely for his rookies on how to deal with Kevin Garnetts trash-talking ways.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.