Boychuk: Little fuzzy, but fine

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Boychuk: Little fuzzy, but fine

KANATA, ON Johnny Boychuk was dressing with the rest of his teammates following their 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators just like any other day.

Boychuk didnt seem any worse for the wear after absorbing a car crash hit from Chris Neil in the third period, but he never returned to the playoff-style contest at Scotiabank Place following the big hit. Both Boychuk and Neil were pretty shaken up after the violent collision that cleanly caught the Bs defenseman with his head down.

Boychuks brother, David, went to Twitter and said Johnny would be okay: Just spoke with Johnny. He said is ok. Little fuzzy but will be fine.

Claude Julien said that the Bs trainers were taking the necessary precautions with him after the hit, and that can only a trip to the dreaded quiet room. The Senator team doctors were dispatched to the Bruins room to take a look at Boychuk during the third period, but there was no mention of the dreaded C word for concussion.

The Bs coach was instead optimistic that their rugged big-hitting defenseman would be okay after the flight home with the rest of his Bs teammates.

He's coming back on the planeand we're just hoping it's going to be a minor bump and he'll be back with us soon, said Julien. "Our trainers have to go according to protocol. That's what they did. They had to keep him and we'll check him tomorrow.He seems to already be feeling better, so maybe that's a good sign."

The Neil hit on Boychuk was nearly a turning point in the third period with Zdeno Chara going after the Senators miscreant to stand up for his defensive partner, and Ottawa potting a pair of Daniel Alfredsson goals to get back within a single goal. The Sens were clearly taking advantage of a Bs defenseman unit that only had four working members by the final 10 minutes of the game.

Boychuk finished with a plus-1 in 16:06 of ice time before Neil lowered the boom on him ending his night.

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.