Morning Skate: Monday, April 23

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Morning Skate: Monday, April 23

Its allergy season for Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and everybody should know about it.

A great picture of Tyler Seguin celebrating from the Bs Game 6 win in Washington DC. Yes, this is from Andrew Ferences third period goal rather than the OT game-winner. But it still conveys the same message.

Claude Giroux and Braden Holtby lead the Conn Smythe favorites for this seasons field of candidates, but that will likely change significantly over the next couple of days.

Gregory Campbell is Tyler Seguins Zen Master. Oh, yes he is and the Pro Hockey Talks Joe Yerdon is all over it.

James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail wonders whats next for the Pittsburgh Penguins after a disappointing playoff exit.

Daniel Alfredsson hopes to return from a concussion for Game 6 against the New York Rangers. That would give the Senators a gigantic lift.

The city of Vancouver manages to refrain from burning down their city after a first round exit from the playoffs. That, my friends, is progress.

For something completely different: Jennifer Sterger talks about stereotypes of females in the sporting world.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.