Rask coming around, Horton 'not close'

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Rask coming around, Horton 'not close'

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Prior to Wednesday's team practice, goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Nathan Horton skated with Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

But afterwards, Bruins coach Claude Julien was only optimistic about one player's return. That was Rask, who is recovering from an abdominalgroin injury.

"Well Tuukka's been skating, as you know, for a few days," said Julien. "He's coming around, and we hope to have him with us soon, at least in practice."

As for Horton, Julien said that his skate had nothing to do with a potential return this season or for the playoffs. In fact, Julien said that Horton was "not close" to re-joining the team.

"With Nathan, it's just going out there, and nothing more than just skating and trying to get a feel of how things are," Julien said. "Nothing more than that. He's not close to joining us, as we speak, but still, we're keeping our fingers crossed that it's going to keep going in the right direction.

''Emotionally, he's good. He's in a good spot, emotionally. I haven't talked about anything related to hockey. The last thing he needs is for his coach to start asking those kind of questions. That's not my job, and certainly not something that would be a positive thing to do. I leave him be. Everything I do with him is small talk."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.