Campbell still playing through pain

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Campbell still playing through pain

GLENDALE, AZ. The doctors told Gregory Campbell hed be in pain for at least a month after suffering a fracture in his left foot blocking a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets in mid-December.

The doctors were right, as they usually are, but it took Campbell only eight days and three games before he could wedge his foot into a boot that had been blown out to encase his swollen size 11. The gritty center insisted on taking shifts through pain in wins over the Canadiens and Panthers prior to the Christmas break, and has now played in three straight games with a fracture in his foot.

The fourth-line center played over 15 minutes in the blowout win over Florida and scored a goal with his left foot throbbing, and thats more than a little meaningful. While Campbell isnt always the biggest talker inside the Bs dressing room, its that kind of leading by example and gritting through pain that sets the bar for the rest of the team to follow.

Besides, it could have been worse.

Ive been hit in the head a couple of times with shots, said Campbell. Its gonna take probably four weeks before I wont feel it any more. But I felt a big difference after we came back from the break. It wasnt really great against Montreal and the week of practice was a battle, but its just stops and starts with quick turns where its really affecting me.

I was told it would be four weeks by the doctors and thats really the norm for any broken bone. I can still feel it when I jam my foot into a shoe. But hopefully after four weeks itll be a non-issue. Its really not even an issue now.

A few days off helped the foot prior to the Phoenix win, but Campbell said its still hurting him when he walks around or does anything weight-bearing on the left foot. Itll be like that for at least a couple more weeks with an injury that would have shelved other pro athletes on the injured list if it were any sport aside from the NHL. But its hockey and players grit their teeth through anything short of lopped-off limbs or a concussion.

Hes playing through pain, I think thats what you have to give him credit for said coach Claude Julien. Hes playing through probably a little bit of pain thats still there, but hes sucking it up. The one thing thats great with Soupy Campbell is he doesnt change his style.

He goes out and plays the same way night in, night out, no matter what the situation is. He doesnt know any other way and I think that makes him the player he is.

So Campbell keeps playing and will suit up against mortal enemy Steve Ott on Saturday night in Dallas. Ott took a run at Campbell while he was still a member of the Panthers two years ago, and the scrappy pivots had it out when the Bruins and Stars met last season in Boston.

Theres no doubt the left foot isnt going to stop Campbell from playing now that hes back in the flow of things, and it wont stop him from going after the motor-mouthed Ott if the chance presents itself again this season. That would be altering his game, and thats something Campbell doesnt do for injuries.

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-3 loss to the Rangers:

 

QUOTES

* “On a night when he didn’t have the consistency to the knuckleball that we’ve seen from many of his starts, he went to his fastball a little bit more. [Against] a good fastball hitting team . . . He’s typically made good adjustments staying over the rubber to get his release point out front -- that wasn’t the case [tonight].” John Farrell said about Steven Wright struggling with his knuckleball in his 4.2 inning outing.

* “The ball was spinning a lot out of my hand. It was a little bit hard to grip the ball because the humidity. But it was the opposite -- it was real sticky. That’s the first time I’ve had that ever. But I still felt like I should have figured that out. It was one of those things where I think I started trying to hard . . . I was trying to the throw the kitchen sink at them but it wasn’t working.” Steven Wright said about struggling to find his knuckleball in the 10-3 loss.

* “It’s hard for me because you want to go out there and try and go as deep as you can to try to help the bullpen, but, you know, today was tough, a tough day for me.” Wright said on his disappointment with only going 4.2 innings.

 

 

NOTES

 

* Hanley Ramirez laced his fourth homerun in his last 11 games. In his nine career games at Texas, Ramirez has six homeruns.

* David Ortiz went hitless for the first time since June 12th. Boston’s designated hitter also hasn’t hit a home run since June 17th -- his third longest homerless spell of 2016.

* Xander Bogaerts scored his 57th run of the season, putting him one run behind Ian Kinsler -- the fourth highest total in the majors.

 

 

STARS

 

1) Adrian Beltre

The ex-Red Sox third baseman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk -- scoring the team high three runs.

 

2) Ian Desmond

Desmond laced his 13th homer of the season in his second at-bat of the game, sparking Texas’ offense with its first run of the game.

 

3) Elvis Andrus

Andrus ended Steven Wright’s day quickly with a three-run triple in the fifth inning, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.

First Impressions from Boston's 10-3 loss to Texas

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First Impressions from Boston's 10-3 loss to Texas

First impressions of the Red Sox 10-3 loss to Texas:

 

Steven Wright can’t be stellar every night.

Although it’s seemed like it lately, it’s just not possible -- especially with a knuckleball.

He wasn’t even that bad Saturday night. He just didn’t get any help from his defense in the fifth frame.

But there’s no denying he didn’t have his best stuff. But whatever the reason, he couldn’t find consistent command or movement from his knuckler and he gave up some hard hits as a result.

Did he receive a fate worse than he pitched? Yes. But what Boston saw from Wright in his Saturday start is there will be times his go-to pitch is off -- and there’s really no way to work around that.

 

Hanley Ramirez’s “timing issue” seems to be coming around.

Although he hasn’t necessarily caught fire, Ramirez hit another home run -- once again to right field.

He’s shown more patience at the plate, and not trying to pull every ball out of the yard.

Ramirez doesn’t have everything completely figured out, but his homeruns have been plenty valuable at this point.

 

Ian Desmond is no joke.

The newly converted centerfielder is 5-for-10 against Boston pitching this series with a run and two RBI.

The ex-Nationals shortstop has good pop and good speed still. He seems to be a lot more comfortable in his new home after hitting .233 for Washington last year with 19 homeruns -- hitting his 13th Saturday night.

 

For all the criticisms Boston’s bullpen has received, the Rangers’ is definitely worse.

Although there wasn’t the same miraculous comeback witnessed Friday night -- and Boston’s pen wasn’t particularly stellar in the loss -- the Ranger relievers did not look good in the second game of the series.

They put themselves into deep counts right away -- and was lucky Boston’s offense was off.

Boston’s bullpen has its faults -- no question -- but it’s not nearly as bad as the one in Texas.

 

The Red Sox unfortunately have to rely on Clay Buchholz Sunday.

The bullpen is beaten down once again. The righty is still fighting for his job, so this would be the best time for him to pitch competitively into the sixth inning -- and maybe even longer.

DC United tops Revolution 2-0

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DC United tops Revolution 2-0

WASHINGTON -- Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist to give D.C. United an early lead that stood up in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

D.C., after being shut out in its two previous games and four of six, opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Luciano Acosta chipped a perfect pass over the defense to the foot of Neagle, who volleyed it in from 10 yards out.

Sean Franklin scored the second goal, his first of the season, when he knocked in Neagle's cross. Albaro Saborio sent a long ball down the right sideline that Neagle ran down and crossed to Franklin for the easy counter.

D.C. (5-6-5) leapfrogged the Revolution (4-5-7) into fifth in the Eastern Conference with its fourth shutout in the last seven games and improved to 2-0-1 in the series this season.