Kelly continues to impress with game-winner

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Kelly continues to impress with game-winner

LOS ANGELES, CA Chris Kelly might never come as close to a Gordie Howe hat trick as he did while potting the game-winning goal in the Bruins 4-2 win over the Kings on Saturday.

Kelly racked up his third fighting major of the season when he took exception to a hit from behind that Trevor Lewis dropped on Bostons all-around two-way center in the first period. Kelly took care of business while dropping Smith once the two combatants agreed to scrap, and it helped spark the Bruins who hadnt responded to the physical tone set by the Kings in the first period.

That was quite alright as Kelly finished off the fight before heading off to the dressing room to fix his shield and helmet while he was supposed to be spending five minutes in the box for fighting.

We battled hard. It wasnt the prettiest two points, but Timmy made the saves and we did what we needed, said Kelly. They were playing hard, finishing their checks and playing the way things should be played.

Lewis asked me afterward if I wanted to go, so I did. It turned out to be a pretty good fight.

Even better than a round of fisticuffs was Kellys play in the second and third period that allowed the Bruins to set things off physically or tilt the scoreboard under their action. Brian Rolston worked the puck through the open ice area and flashed the puck over to Benoit Pouliot near the left post. Pouliot found Kelly cutting to the net and watched his pass bounce off the third line centers skates as he cut toward the front of the net.

The score was reviewed by the NHL War Room in Toronto and deemed a goal. So Kelly is now up to 19 goals on the season with a very good chance at hitting 20, which would give the Bruins six skaters with at least 20 goals this season.

If you look at who was scoring important goals for us last year during the playoffs it wasnt always who you would think. Thats what you need, said Thomas. Especially against Montreal it was guys like Kelly, though hes done that again this year. We need a pretty well-rounded attack.

The only problem with Kelly continuing to climb higher in the offensive stratosphere? The centers price keeps going for when he's an unrestricted free agent after this season is over. All in all, considering how productive Kelly has been, it's not a bad problem to have.

White Sox suspend Sale for five days for uniform incident

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White Sox suspend Sale for five days for uniform incident

The Chicago White Sox have suspended ace left-hander Chris Sale for five days "for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment" after Sale reportedly cut up his and his teammates jerseys before his scheduled start on Saturday.

Sale, the subject of trade rumors with several teams, including the Red Sox, was sent home Saturday after he reportedly objected to the throwback uniforms the team was set to wear and cut his and others in the White Sox clubhouse. 

The team said the suspension began Saturday and will continue through Wednesday. He was also fined an undisclosed amount and placed on Major League Baseball's suspended list.

"While we all appreciate Chris' talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organization expectations," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a team statement announcing the suspension.

Sale, the All-Star Game starter for the American League, is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA. 

Price says fans shouldn’t expect results he’s produced this season

Price says fans shouldn’t expect results he’s produced this season

BOSTON -- David Price made it clear following the Red Sox' 11-9 loss that he wasn’t just upset with his five-run, 11-hit, 5 2/3-inning outing Saturday night, he’s upset with his whole season, calling his performance “terrible” and “just awful.”

Furthermore, when he was asked if his problems were more mental or physical, he tried to explain how it was neither.

“Honestly I don’t think it’s either one of those,” Price said. “It’s me going out there and making pitches.”

That’s a phrase he’s leaning on quite a bit this year -- going out there and making pitches.

And a day after the rough start, he’s still sticking with that story.

“That’s what it is,” Price said. “What does my velocity say up there? Velocity’s just fine, right? Okay. Then that’s just what it is, I gotta go out there and make pitches. I’m not doing that -- that’s the bottom line.”

Price (9-7, 4.51 ERA) addressed that physically he feels good by noting that his velocity is back to normal, topping out at 95 mph Saturday.

So then his mental game comes into question -- but he’s taken steps to block out anything that might inhibit that.

“I don’t even remember the last time I’ve been on Twitter,” Price said.

Well, his last tweet was three days ago, but he hasn’t tweeted about his pitching in nine days.

So, he’s made adjustments to what he does on and off the field.

But in the end, Price said social media doesn’t even cross his mind when he toes up the rubber.

“Yeah, it’s completely different, but I don’t think about that whenever I’m out there,” Price said. “[I’m thinking about] making that next pitch and getting that next out.”

So, there could be a gray area Price is in right now where he can’t find consistent success. It may not boil down to just mental or physical.

Regardless if that’s the case or not, Price still wants Red Sox fans to know this is not what to expect from him.

“What I have been. That’s what they should expect,” he said.

 

Sunday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: No Ortiz, Betts

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Sunday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: No Ortiz, Betts

David Ortiz is out of the starting lineup on Sunday, as is Mookie Betts, as the Red Sox conclude their four-game series with the Twins at Fenway Park looking for a split with last-place Minnesota.

It's a scheduled day off for Ortiz and Betts is still bothered by right knee swelling and soreness that led him to miss the game Saturday (an 11-9 Red Sox loss) and come out of the game in the fifth inning Friday.

Hanley Ramirez takes Ortiz's spot a DH and Travis Shaw moves to first base. Rick Porcello (12-2, 3.47 ERA) looks to extend his Fenway winning streak to 10 (he's 9-0 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 home starts this season). Left-hander Tommy Millone (3-2, 4.71) starts for the Twins.

The lineups:

TWINS
Eduardo Nunez SS
Joe Mauer 1B
Miguel Sano 3B
Brian Dozier 2B
Max Kepler RF
Kennys Vargas DH
Eddie Rosario LF
Juan Centeno C
Byron Buxton CF
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Tommy Millone LHP
 
RED SOX
Brock Holt LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz RF
Ryan Hanigan C
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Rick Porcello, SP