Red Sox: Holt 'a good addition'


Red Sox: Holt 'a good addition'

The Red Sox acquired infielder Brock Holt, along with closer Joel Hanrahan, in the six-player deal with the Pirates on Wednesday.Holt, 24, a ninth-round pick of the Pirates in 2009 out of Rice University, made his big league debut for Pittsburgh in September. In 24 games, the left-handed batter hit .292, going 19-for-65 with three extra-base hits -- two doubles and a triple -- six runs scored, and three RBI. He had four walks with 14 strikeouts.Were also excited to acquire Brock Holt in this trade, said Red Sox assistant general manager Brian OHalloran on a conference call, filling in for GM Ben Cherington ,who was traveling. Hes a 24-year-old infielder, left-handed hitter that will really complement the mix of middle infielders that we bring into camp and I think hes going to be a good player for us going forward. Hes a very hard-nosed player type of guy that, hes had a lot of success in the minor leagues and in a brief call-up in September for Pittsburgh. Were excited to have him and the energy that he brings to the table. Hes got a line-drive stroke and we think hell be a good addition to our middle infield corps.In four minor league seasons, Holt has hit .317 with a .381 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage. Making his first appearance at Triple-A in 2012, hit .432 in 24 games, going 41-for-95, with a .476 OBP and .537 SLG.Brock Holt is a nice little hitter, said one scout. He can hit. Hes not going to hit for a ton of power, but he can hit.Overall, Holt has posted a.961 fielding percentage in the minors, .949 at shortstop and .980 at second base. With Triple-A Indianapolis last season, he had a .973 mark at second, .944 at short. But in 14 starts with the Pirates, all at second base filling in for injured veteran Neil Walker, he committed four errors in 64 chances for a .938 fielding percentage.Defensively he was pretty darn good in the minor leagues at second base and shortstop, more so second base, kind of average range, said the scout. But when he got to the big leagues it was almost as if he panicked and the game really sped up on him, and he was awful defensively, like really slow with feeds on double plays. Compared to Neil Walker you really could tell the difference defensively. But he can really hit.But those are the kinds of shortcomings that can be overcome with more experience and familiarity.Yes, I think hell get better defensively with that comfort level, because if you had watched him at all in the minor leagues youd never think he had a deficiency defensively, said the scout. You might say Oh, OK, hes not great but he catches everything he gets to. Hes got sure hands. The whole nine yards. But then when he got to the big leagues, youd say, Wait a minute. I didnt see this guy in the minors. He really looked rigid, stiff, he looked out of his element defensively.But at the plate, they got to pitch him really in tight to get him out. With balls out on the outer half he would drill the ball to left field or back through the middle. Hes a good hitter. He can handle lefties OK. The breaking ball doesnt give him fits. And hes a hard-nosed player. He can play some shortstop if need be. I think they might want to move him around in spring training, move him to third, short, second. Dustin Pedroia's not going anywhere and if thats Holts best position, see if he can play somewhere else, maybe even left field. His arms average. Its not above or below, but its average. But he seems like a hard-nosed player and he comes to play every day.Holt was added to the 40-man roster. Barring anything unforeseen, he is likely to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2


Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2

NEW YORK - Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin.

Down 2-0 after the first, the Rangers scored three times in the final 10:44 of the second.

Nash began the comeback with a power-play goal at 9:16. He curled to the net before corralling a rebound of Derek Stepan's point shot and flipping it over goalie Zane McIntyre for his third of the season.

Hayes tied it with 3:25 left in the second, banking a shot from behind the net off of McIntyre's pants.

Pirri's power-play goal with 36 seconds left made it 3-2. The free-agent signee ripped a shot from the right circle that was in the net before McIntrye could get his glove up. New York finished the game 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Bruins were 0 for 1.

It was not all positive for the Rangers in the second, with Dan Girardi missing two shifts following a hit from Pastrnak, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi leaped in the air to play a loose puck in the neutral zone and, as he came down, Pastrnak drove his shoulder into the upper body of the New York defenseman.

Pirri made it 4-2 2:23 into the third with his fourth of the season. Vesey scored on a tap-in 43 seconds late.

The Bruins opened the scoring Pastrnak's fifth of the season 10 seconds into the game. The lead grew to 2-0 14:34 later when Czarnik scored his first goal in the NHL. Czarnik fired a shot from inside the blue line that New York defenseman Brady Skjei blocked, but Henrik Lundqvist appeared to lose track of the puck and it bounced across the goal line.

Lundqvist had 27 saves.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."