White Sox pitcher drilled in head by line drive


White Sox pitcher drilled in head by line drive

From Comcast SportsNet Friday, August 19, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox lost a key game against another AL Central contender, and they were feeling pretty lucky. White Sox starter Phil Humber was hit in the face by Kosuke Fukudome's liner in the second inning of a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, sending a chill through the ballpark. "I saw it, but a little too late though," Humber said. "I'm not as quick as I thought." Humber was struck with one out. He fell to the ground as the ball bounded back to catcher Flowers. "I was running to the dugout looking for towels, that's what my first impression was," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "There's a lot of things that go through your mind, just how lucky we are and how lucky he is." Humber stood up immediately after the play ended and appeared to be alert as the club's medical staff checked on him, but was removed after a short delay. He lobbied to remain in the game. "When you get hit like that in that spot, it was unfair to leave him in there to try to pitch," Guillen said. "I think we did the right thing to get him out of there." Humber was struck above the right eye and was removed as a precautionary measure. He will evaluated again on Friday, when it likely will be determined if he can make his next start. "As of right now, I feel good," Humber said. "Just got a little pop knot on my forehead. Other than that, I feel very fortunate. "My wife was here, so obviously it's upsetting for her. She told me the fans were very supportive and had a lot of kind things to say to her, so I appreciate that." Justin Masterson pitched six effective innings and Kosuke Fukudome had a tiebreaking RBI triple for Cleveland, which pulled within 1 1-2 games of idle Detroit for the division lead. Matt LaPorta hit a two-run homer. The Tribe opens a three-game series against the Tigers on Friday. "It was good," Masterson said. "It was a much needed series. We wanted to take this final game. That's kind of been our motto to try and win each series as we go out." Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox. Konerko, Adam Dunn and Omar Vizquel each had two hits, and Tyler Flowers singled in a run. Masterson (10-7) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out two and walked three. The 6-foot-6 right-hander improved to 2-2 with a 1.61 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this season. The Indians won the last two games of their three-game series against the White Sox after losing seven of their first eight games against Chicago this season. "They play good baseball against us," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "They hit us around pretty good at the beginning of the year and they have played their best baseball against us." The White Sox loaded the bases with two out in the eighth, but Pestano struck out Gordon Beckham to end the inning. Beckham is 3 for 24 over his last six games, dropping his average to .238. It was an ugly night for Beckham, who bounced into a fielder's choice with a runner on to end the second, lined softly to the pitcher with two on to end the fourth, struck out looking with two on to end the sixth. "I am worried about him because he is chasing a lot of pitches," Guillen said. "When you're a hitter and you're (chasing) bad pitches, you're going to put yourself in the hole. I know it's not easy. I played this game before. I went through it. I was swinging at everything in my career as a player. But you have to lay off the high fastball." Konerko went deep in the third to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Konerko's 28th homer was just the sixth off Masterson in 173 innings this season. Flowers' RBI single in the fourth tied it at 2. He also had three walks and has reached base 11 times in over his last four starts in place of injured catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Dunn singled twice for his first two-hit game since July 22. Dunn is hitting .333 in 36 at-bats against the Indians this season. He's hitting .149 against everybody else. The White Sox (61-62) dropped under .500 one night after missing out on a chance to leap over Cleveland in second place. After the game, though, everyone's thoughts were still with Humber. "That ball hit him in the right spot, put it that way," Guillen said. "That ball could have been a couple of inches down and it could have been very, very ugly." NOTES: Indians rookie Jason Kipnis was expected to return to the lineup after missing three games with right side soreness, but was a late scratch because of tightness in his right hamstring. He was replaced at second base by Jason Donald. ... Josh Tomlin will start Friday against Detroit's Max Scherzer. Tomlin has gone at least five innings in each of his first 36 career starts, the only big league pitcher to do that since 1919. ... The White Sox next play a three-game weekend series against AL West-leading Texas. Matt Harrison will face Chicago's Jake Peavy in the opener. . Konerko's home run was the 393rd of his career, tying Jim Edmonds for 52nd place. ... OF Austin Kearns officially cleared waivers and was released outright by the Indians.

Talking Points: Price a problem for Bruins once again


Talking Points: Price a problem for Bruins once again

BOSTON -- GOLD STAR: The Bruins have a very hard time beating Carey Price, and that was proven once again on Saturday night in Boston. The best chances for the B’s probably came earlier in the game with Ryan Spooner getting a couple of quality scoring chances in the early going, and Price making a very solid stop on a spinning David Pastrnak surprise shot from the high slot through traffic in the closing seconds of the second period. In total, Price made only 19 saves but didn’t give in when the Bruins really needed a mistake to open the door and let them back in. It certainly won’t go down as Price’s best, but it was another great example of why the Montreal netminder is so important to the success of his Canadiens team.

BLACK EYE: Torey Krug had a rough night in 22:29 of ice time. He was on the ice for three goals against, he had five of his shots blocked throughout the game and he was beaten in a race to the puck by Paul Byron for a shorthanded goal during a key sequence in the third period. Krug was also on the ice for the crucial final goal scored by Torey Mitchell when both the D-man and David Krejci were prime culprits in the play developing as it did. It’s certainly not helping Krug that he’s playing on his “off” side with Joe Morrow right now, and that he’s doing all of this while also still ahead of when he was supposed to return from major offseason shoulder surgery. Krug has been “okay” through the season’s first two weeks, but he wasn’t good at all on Saturday night in the loss to Montreal.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins had a decent first period and played to a 2-2 draw in the third period, so it was the “terrible” second period, in the words of Claude Julien, which ended up sinking the Black and Gold’s battleship. The B’s made plenty of mistakes in managing the puck, had some very long shifts on the ice where they couldn’t get an easy change and started making mental mistakes as a result of the overextended shifts. That turned into some very soft defense on Montreal’s first goal of the game, and a bad decision by John-Michael Liles to pinch with skilled guys Alex Radulov and Phillip Danault ready to make the Bruins pay at the other end of the ice. The second period was Boston’s bugaboo plenty of times last season, and it was again on Saturday night vs. the Habs.

HONORABLE MENTION: It’s tough to pick out players from the losing side that really stood out, but Dominic Moore certainly deserves some consideration for the way things have started out for him in Boston. He and Tim Schaller executed a beauty of a give-and-go before Moore finished with a flourish against Carey Price, and that goal gives the fourth line center a pair of goals in his first five games with the B’s. Moore finished with the goal and four shot attempts in 13:02 of ice time along with 6-of-12 face-off wins, and earned a take-down, along with an extra two minutes, for grabbing Alexei Emelin in a headlock and driving him into the ice.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2-8-1 -- the Bruins overall record against the Canadiens in their last 11 meetings, and that doesn’t include nine straight home losses to the Habs dating back to 2012.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's no consistency in my game for whatever reason. I've gotta make sure I'm working to get better, so that my teammates can count on me every single shift. It’s not there right now, and I’ll take the blame for that. I’ve just got to work through it.” -- Torey Krug, who struggled with a minus-3 rating in Saturday’s loss to the Canadiens. 

Bruins 4-2 loss marks nine straight to the Habs at home


Bruins 4-2 loss marks nine straight to the Habs at home

BOSTON -- The Bruins made things interesting with a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close, but another home game against the Montreal Canadiens ended exactly the same way they have for the Black and Gold over the last four years.

This time the B’s dropped a 4-2 decision to the hated Habs at TD Garden on Saturday night despite a late push, and have now failed in nine straight home games versus their arch-rivals dating back to a Jan. 12, 2012 win. Some may remember that as the night Montreal traded Mike Cammalleri in between periods of the game, and unfortunately most others remember it as a period of time when Boston could still beat Montreal at home.

It didn’t look good with the Bruins down by a couple of goals entering the third period after earlier second period scores from Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault. But that’s when the Black and Gold once again attempted to engineer a comeback as have become commonplace for them in this young season.

Dominic Moore scored on a nice give-and-go with Tim Schaller to get the B’s on the board in the third period, and then the Bruins traded special teams’ goals with a Paul Byron shorthanded strike and a Ryan Spooner power play marker. It looked like the Bruins had some momentum to potentially tie things up in the third, but bad things happened once again with David Krejci and Torey Krug as they had for most of the night.

A turnover in the defensive zone allowed Torey Mitchell to score a backbreaking goal while simultaneously getting a high-stick to the face courtesy of Krejci. The Mitchell goal gave the Habs a two-goal cushion lead in the third period, and made the Bruins 2-8-1 in their last 11 overall games against their arch-rivals from Montreal.