Morning Skate: Friday, January 27

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Morning Skate: Friday, January 27

The top 10 rental defenseman available at the deadline for NHL buyers with the trade deadline coming up. Tim Gleason will be the guy for the Bs if they make a big deal at the deadline.

Brian Burke spoke to a group about a number of topics, and admits that sometimes he needs to be ruthless in his position something he compared to Steve Jobs from his biography.

Canada is a juggernaut in its home country, but hasnt exactly cornered the market in winning NHL hockey teams this season.

The Boston Herald speaks with former Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward about his reactions to the Tim ThomasWhite House flap, and the current TV analyst confirms that Thomas was never a problem with his teammates.

The NHL All-Star draft reminds Chicago how much they miss Brian Campbell now that hes in Florida.

A few thoughts from Bruce Garrioch about the upcoming NHL trade deadline, including the incredibly high price that Carolina is asking for defenseman Tim Gleason.

The Globe and Mails James Mirtle with a good piece on the win-loss records NHL teams must put together after the All-Star break to qualify for the playoffs. According to Mirtle, the Bs will need to go 14-20-1 to qualify.

Katie Baker from Grantland.com wraps up the week that was with Tim Thomas, the White House and the wonder of Pavel Datsyuk.

For something completely different: a high school teacher discusses what its really like when MTV takes over a high school for a Made episode.

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

BALTIMORE -- Quotes, notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"He was able to neutralize their top half (of the lineup) and that was the biggest thing.'' - John Farrell on Steven Wright.

"He never broke stride, continued in a full-out gait around third base. It was a good heads-up play on his part.'' - Farrell on Mookie Betts scoring all the way from second on a swinging bunt.

"It kind of throws them off because then if I leave one up, I'm hoping the difference in the speed will get them out front.'' - Steven Wright on changing speeds on the knuckleball.

"Yeah, I do. Off the field. Not when I'm at the park, but off the field, I do.'' - Xander Bogaerts, acknowledging that he does think about his ongoing hitting streak.

"It was amazing. Hitting my first home run and putting us ahead three (more) runs, it's awesome.'' - Marco Hernandez on his first major league home run.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two doubles.

* Marco Hernandez's three-run homer in the eighth inning was his first major league homer.

* Mookie Betts has now reached in 13 straight games against the Orioles.

* Betts has scored 14 runs in his last 11 games.

* In his last seven games, David Ortiz is 14-for-28 in his last seven games.

* Ortiz has seven homers in his last 12 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 16 games here.

* Ortiz has homered in each of his last three games, the 18th time in his career that he's done that.

* Steven Wright tossed a career-high 122 pitches.

* Wright became the third Red Sox starter to toss three consecutive complete games on the road since Roger Clemens in 1991-92.

 

STARS:

1) Steven Wright

Wright's third complete game of the season was a gem, with just four hits allowed - just three them into the outfield. He's got a 1.79 ERA on the road this season.

2) Xander Bogaerts

In addition to extending his hitting streak to 23 games, Bogaerts had two doubles and knocked in two runs.

3) Marco Hernandez

Hernandez's first big league homer was a big one, extending what had been a two-run lead to a five-run cushion with a three-run blast in the eighth