New contract long time coming, extra sweet for Boychuk

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New contract long time coming, extra sweet for Boychuk

BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk spent five full seasons in the minor leagues.

When the defenseman was traded to the Bruins organization in the summer of 2008, he played one full season in Providence. And when he finally made it to Boston on a full-time basis during the 2009-10 season, he swore he would never go back to the minors.

All of that time in the AHL came into perspective following the Bruins' 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Boychuk sat in front of his stall and answered questions about his new, three-year contract extension that will pay him an average annual salary of 3.36 million and includes a limited no-trade clause.

And for a moment, he brought everyone back to what it was like in the minors.

"It was awful," said Boychuk on Tuesday night. "There's bus rides and you go back home and think about maybe getting a job for the summertime, and just be a normal person. When you have to work out and train really hard, it's tough when you're a minor-league player. People think you make a lot, but you don't. And you go home and you have to pay for a lot of things, especially training.

"When you look back at that, it's probably a blessing in disguise that it happened, because it toughens you up, playing in the minors, taking those bus rides, grinding it out.

"When you get your chance to come play in the NHL, you really get to appreciate it," added Boychuk. "And you make sure that you don't go back there."

Boychuk has made sure he isn't going back to Providence, or anywhere else for that matter. He wanted to stay in Boston, so there was no reason for him to test free agency after this season.

"I'm obviously happy," said Boychuk. "It wasn't a real big secret that I wanted to stay here. I'm just excited I guess.

"I knew that it was going to get done. I didn't know when it was going to get done, but I knew that it was going to get done here."

And the rest of the Bruins are also happy that he's not going anywhere.

"Hes a very good guy in the locker room," said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. "Hes very positive. Hes a happy guy and thats why you need him. When things go wrong you need guys to stay positive and cheer guys up.Its good to have him."

"I think we all like him, that's why he got extended with us," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "We certainly didn't want to lose him. He's been a valuable asset. He's a great teammate. He plays hard every night. Whether he makes mistakes every once in a while like everybody else, he's very reliable.

"We like him, and his play and his demeanor and everything else just fits our group very well."

Boychuk said that he wasn't worried about a deal getting done, but it is nice to not get to a point where maybe, just maybe, that worry might creep in. It never got close to that. And everybody in the Bruins organization is happy about it.

"It's obviously nice to get it over with and not have to worry about it, especially being an unrestricted free agent," said Boychuk. "You want to stay here and they come and offer you a contract, it's a pretty easy decision when you're a Bruin. If you know what it is to be a Bruin, it's pretty special, and that's why I wanted to stay here."

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-3 loss to the Rangers:

 

QUOTES

* “On a night when he didn’t have the consistency to the knuckleball that we’ve seen from many of his starts, he went to his fastball a little bit more. [Against] a good fastball hitting team . . . He’s typically made good adjustments staying over the rubber to get his release point out front -- that wasn’t the case [tonight].” John Farrell said about Steven Wright struggling with his knuckleball in his 4.2 inning outing.

* “The ball was spinning a lot out of my hand. It was a little bit hard to grip the ball because the humidity. But it was the opposite -- it was real sticky. That’s the first time I’ve had that ever. But I still felt like I should have figured that out. It was one of those things where I think I started trying to hard . . . I was trying to the throw the kitchen sink at them but it wasn’t working.” Steven Wright said about struggling to find his knuckleball in the 10-3 loss.

* “It’s hard for me because you want to go out there and try and go as deep as you can to try to help the bullpen, but, you know, today was tough, a tough day for me.” Wright said on his disappointment with only going 4.2 innings.

 

 

NOTES

 

* Hanley Ramirez laced his fourth homerun in his last 11 games. In his nine career games at Texas, Ramirez has six homeruns.

* David Ortiz went hitless for the first time since June 12th. Boston’s designated hitter also hasn’t hit a home run since June 17th -- his third longest homerless spell of 2016.

* Xander Bogaerts scored his 57th run of the season, putting him one run behind Ian Kinsler -- the fourth highest total in the majors.

 

 

STARS

 

1) Adrian Beltre

The ex-Red Sox third baseman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk -- scoring the team high three runs.

 

2) Ian Desmond

Desmond laced his 13th homer of the season in his second at-bat of the game, sparking Texas’ offense with its first run of the game.

 

3) Elvis Andrus

Andrus ended Steven Wright’s day quickly with a three-run triple in the fifth inning, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.

First impressions from Red Sox' 10-3 loss to Texas

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First impressions from Red Sox' 10-3 loss to Texas

First impressions of the Red Sox 10-3 loss to Texas:

 

Steven Wright can’t be stellar every night.

Although it’s seemed like it lately, it’s just not possible -- especially with a knuckleball.

He wasn’t even that bad Saturday night. He just didn’t get any help from his defense in the fifth frame.

But there’s no denying he didn’t have his best stuff. But whatever the reason, he couldn’t find consistent command or movement from his knuckler and he gave up some hard hits as a result.

Did he receive a fate worse than he pitched? Yes. But what Boston saw from Wright in his Saturday start is there will be times his go-to pitch is off -- and there’s really no way to work around that.

 

Hanley Ramirez’s “timing issue” seems to be coming around.

Although he hasn’t necessarily caught fire, Ramirez hit another home run -- once again to right field.

He’s shown more patience at the plate, and not trying to pull every ball out of the yard.

Ramirez doesn’t have everything completely figured out, but his homeruns have been plenty valuable at this point.

 

Ian Desmond is no joke.

The newly converted centerfielder is 5-for-10 against Boston pitching this series with a run and two RBI.

The ex-Nationals shortstop has good pop and good speed still. He seems to be a lot more comfortable in his new home after hitting .233 for Washington last year with 19 homeruns -- hitting his 13th Saturday night.

 

For all the criticisms Boston’s bullpen has received, the Rangers’ is definitely worse.

Although there wasn’t the same miraculous comeback witnessed Friday night -- and Boston’s pen wasn’t particularly stellar in the loss -- the Ranger relievers did not look good in the second game of the series.

They put themselves into deep counts right away -- and was lucky Boston’s offense was off.

Boston’s bullpen has its faults -- no question -- but it’s not nearly as bad as the one in Texas.

 

The Red Sox unfortunately have to rely on Clay Buchholz Sunday.

The bullpen is beaten down once again. The righty is still fighting for his job, so this would be the best time for him to pitch competitively into the sixth inning -- and maybe even longer.

Revolution shut out by D.C. United, 2-0

Revolution shut out by D.C. United, 2-0

WASHINGTON -- Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist to give D.C. United an early lead that stood up in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

D.C., after being shut out in its two previous games and four of six, opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Luciano Acosta chipped a perfect pass over the defense to the foot of Neagle, who volleyed it in from 10 yards out.

Sean Franklin scored the second goal, his first of the season, when he knocked in Neagle's cross. Albaro Saborio sent a long ball down the right sideline that Neagle ran down and crossed to Franklin for the easy counter.

D.C. (5-6-5) leapfrogged the Revolution (4-5-7) into fifth in the Eastern Conference with its fourth shutout in the last seven games and improved to 2-0-1 in the series this season.