Kelly loses teeth at B's practice

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Kelly loses teeth at B's practice

ST. PAUL, MN The Bruins were already missing Tyler Seguin, and it appeared they had lost Chris Kelly when he tumbled face-first into the boards during Saturday mornings practice at Wakota Arena.

Kelly rushed off the frozen sheet that the Bruins had turned into a competitive battleground after Friday nights loss to Winnipeg, but he returned to finish out practice with blood dried up on his gray practice sweater. After the session was over Kelly answered questions with his helmet still on his head and his face cast downward away from the TV cameras.

After the cameras left he showed that his two front teeth had been shattered after the impact into the boards, and admitted that hed be spending the rest of the day in a dentists chair getting worked on.

Just one of those days, said Kelly, with a sigh after holding a media session despite missing large pieces of his front Chiclets. Today is a tough day.

It's unknown whether Kelly will need some kind of facemouth protection when he takes the ice for Sunday's game. B's followers will remember he went on an offensive tear against the Montreal Canadiens after a facialinjury forced him to dona face cage in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Kelly will undoubtedly be in the lineup Sunday afternoon when they take on the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center largelybecause hes a hockey player willing to conduct interviews after getting his teeth knocked out.

Only in the NHL would that happen.

Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

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Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game with a knee sprain and will be further evaluated Thursday.

Benintendi was on second base in the seventh inning, with teammate Travis Shaw on third. The Tampa Rays pulled the infield in, and with no out, Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to short.

Initially, Benintendi was intent on getting to third, but with the infield in, Shaw didn't break from third. That forced Benintendi to head back to second. Tampa shortstop Matt Duffy chased him back to the bag and tagged him out. As he attempted elude the tag, Benintendi's left leg buckled underneath him.

He fell to the ground and got up very gingerly. Benintendi was helped off the field by two members of the training staff, unable to put any weight on the left leg.

Only two nights earlier, Benintendi had made one of the best catches of the season when he leaped above the wall in left to prevent a two-run homer by Rays outfielder Steve Souza Jr.

Benintendi was 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday and is hitting .324 after being promoted from Double A to the big leagues three weeks ago.

 

Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Bob Neumeier explains why he thinks Clay Buchholz will ultimately end up being key for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch even if it is just a bullpen role.