Turco, Bruins drop one to Penguins, 5-3

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Turco, Bruins drop one to Penguins, 5-3

BOSTON -- It was a battle of back-up goaltenders, and a somewhat meaningless game for the Bruins on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and the Pittsburgh Penguins walked away with a 5-3 win in the process.

But the B's may have lost more than just the game, as defenseman Johnny Boychuk collided with Penguins forward Arron Asham in the third period, and was helped off the ice and to the dressing room with an apparent lower-body injury.

Rich Peverley helped Boston cut Pittsburgh's lead to 5-3 about a minute after Boychuk left the game, but it was too little, too late.

Arron Asham's re-direction past Marty Turco, 6:15 into the third period put the Penguins up 5-3, after they went into the third with a 4-2 lead, thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the final two minutes of the second.

Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley drew two-minute penalties nine seconds apart, and Pittsburgh took advantage, as James Neal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with 1:49 left in the period, which was followed by Sidney Crosby's second goal of the game, with 1:01 left in the period.

The Bruins began the second by tying the game at 2-2, just 18 seconds in, after Milan Lucic finished a behind-the-back pass out front by David Krejci.

Pittsburgh initially took a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals from Crosby and Paul Martin.

Crosby sniped the top-right corner from the lower-left circle, after Pascal Dupuis knocked a loose puck out front to him. Martin then finished a juicy rebound that came out to him in the slot as he skated hard to the net, with 5:02 left in the first.

Benoit Pouliot gave the Bruins some life, late in the opening period, as he flipped a backhander over the left shoulder of Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson with 3:03 remaining. It helped give the Bruins a spark, but not enough spark to get a point on this night.

Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

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Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.

The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

ANGELS
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF

Hector Santiago LHP

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

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Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.

Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.

Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.

Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.

That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.

Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.

Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.

We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.

Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.

The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.

Tom E. Curran can be followed on Twitter: @tomecurran