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It's bad news all around for the Patriots, who dropped their second game in a row of the season, this time to the Baltimore Ravens. The loss drops the Patriots to 2-3, below .500 for the first time since 2003.
It was a number of issues that plagues the Patriots on Sunday night, most notably the fact that their defense couldn't get off the field.
The Red Sox were in action as well earlier on Sunday, and actually beat the Orioles, 2-1, behind a strong outing by Felix Doubront.
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Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, and Jim Murray discuss Xander Bogaerts, who admitted he's tired and is receiving the night off for the Boston Red Sox.
Despite receiving a mixed reaction to their two first-round picks, the consensus is the Bruins made another good pick in the second round with Ryan Lindgren.
The 6-foot, 203-pound defenseman from the US National Team Development Program had a combined 10 goals and 37 points in 87 games played for the program last season, and was excellent at both ends for Team USA during the World Junior Under-18 tournament played during the year.
Lindgren isn’t flashy, doesn’t come into the next stage of his hockey development as an elite puck-mover and he wasn’t somebody that popped with amazing workouts during the NHL scouting combine. Instead he’s simply been a solid D-man with good leadership qualities, who is good at everything while also showing an eager willingness to block shots and sacrifice his body for wins at a very young age where grit doesn’t always come naturally.
“Lindgren blocks shots. He’s not the most skilled guy like [Charlie] McAvoy or anything like that, but he brings an element that we really liked as an organization,” said Bruins head scout Keith Gretzky of the University of Minnesota-bound Lindgren. “We believe that he’s a leader, and you win with those kinds of guys.”
The Minnesota-born Lindgren also captained both the USNDTP team and the Under-18 World Junior squad for Team USA where hard work is clearly part of his overall skill set.
“I’m a hard-working defenseman,” said Lindgren last weekend in Buffalo while sporting black eyes from a ball hockey league he plays in with older brother, and Montreal Canadiens goalie, Charlie Lindgren. “I think I’m a leader on and off the ice. I think I bring a big compete level, and I bring it every day. I’m more of a defensive defenseman, but I think I’ve got some offensive ability as well. I’m going to be physical and bring it every game. I’m going to block shots and do whatever it is to help the team win. That’s what I expect to bring every game.”
Now the Bruins can sit back and watch Lindgren’s development with the Gophers where he’ll undoubtedly become a gritty, tough leader and top D-man like he’s been at every level of his hockey career prior to being the 49th overall selection.
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The Red Sox would still host a Wild Card playoff game if the season ended today, but they are free falling down the standings.
It won't get any easier for them tonight against the Rays in the second of a three-game series. Xander Bogaerts is getting the night off and Marco Hernandez will start in his place.
Red Sox Lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez SS
Rick Porcello RHP
Logan Forsythe 2B
Brad Miller SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Hank Conger C
Chris Archer RHP