Morning Skate: Tuesday, April 3

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, April 3

Good story by Marc Spector on what exactly entails The Quiet Room" that players retreat after theyve feared suffering a concussion

The Wall Street Journal has another embarrassing piece on the New York Islanders with the hockey club disassociating themselves from Isles legend Pat Lafontaine.

Carey Price is suffering headaches in Montreal. Id have a headache too if I played for the Canadiens right about now.

The Buffalo Sabres continue to play hard and grind asthey attempt to back into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, but it wont be easy.

Teemu Selanne says that the Ducks have a good team. Teemu is great at scoring goals, and not so skilled when it comes to evaluating hockey teams.

The Ottawa Sun has the Senators players, coaches and executives believing they can do some damage in the playoffs. The Bruins might have a thing or two to say about that.

Childrens singer Raffi debuts a hockey song that is sure to be a big hit among the blood-and-guts hockey crowd. How about Lindy Ruff, the Magic Dragon?

For something different: Brewzer, the unofficial mascot of Red Sox spring training, passed away a few weeks ago and the Ft. Myers complex is a much lonelier place for it.

Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

The win secures them a spot in the postseason

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.