Marchand, Rolston switch wings, looking for results

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Marchand, Rolston switch wings, looking for results

TORONTO It was pretty clear that Brad Marchand was uncomfortable with the line combinations when Tyler Seguin was slotted in with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

The Bruins agitator was happy to be skating with Patrice Bergeron and Brian Rolston, but it means Marchand moving over to the right wing to allow the 39-year-old Rolston to play on the left side of the line.

That forced Marchand to his off-wing and it was pretty clear in the loss to the Ottawa Senators last week the lines first game together that he wasnt able to create and handle the puck with his normal amount of speed and skill. So Marchand and Rolston put their heads together, and switched sides to allow Marchand back into his happy zone on Bergerons left side.

The line hasnt produced points since reconfiguring things, but Marchand admitted things feel a lot closer to normal since they made the adjustment. Rolston did pick up his first point as a member of the Bruins when he assisted on Milan Lucics power play goal over the weekend, and his minutes have picked up drastically as the Bruins work into the proper shape to handle 15 minutes plus per game.

Weve had some decent games. You need to adjust and find some chemistry. Its about building and establishing that chemistry as a line, said Patrice Bergeron. Weve got to find a way to score now. We know we good we are, how good we can be and how good we need to be. Theres a lot of difference between those three words.

With any new line combinations it can take a couple of games to get things clicking at a good rate, and the BergeronMarchandRolston trios play has been trending upward for each of their first three contests together. They finished with a combined five shots on net and another nine that were either blocked or missed the net, and its clear the familiarity and comfort level is growing.

It just took a little bit to get used to each other out there. Were new linemates. It was just getting comfortable. We kind of switched around on the wings and we were reading off each other better. Were talking a lot out there and on the bench, said Marchand. Were just trying to get comfortable there and its showing on the ice. We had a lot more chances in that last game against the Rangers. We werent able to get any of them to go in, but we can keep building on that and eventually get a couple of goals.

The increased chatter on the bench and shots created on the ice are both good things, but a few goals scored over the next couple of games would go a long way toward making the new line a success story.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.