Turco getting up to speed with Bruins

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Turco getting up to speed with Bruins

WILMINGTON -- Marty Turco has only one start under his belt with the Bruins, since signing with the team two weeks ago.

Essentially, Turco is the injured Tuukka Rask's replacement. But his presence hasn't exactly given Tim Thomas the rest he'd be given if Rask was healthy.

But after some extended time practicing with the team, Turco believes he's getting caught up to the speed of the NHL game again.

"I feel probably better conditioned now," said Turco, who was wearing his brand new bright yellow pads at Tuesday's optional skate.

Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed that Turco has improved since the time he got here, and since his lone start against Tampa Bay last week.

"There's no doubt. And when he's been facing the kind of shots that he's been facing now for an extra week, he keeps getting better," said Julien. "And I think that's why he's putting in the extra time. He wants to get his timing on, and the timing here versus the timing in Austria is not the same. We've got the best shooters in the world playing in this league, so, that's something that he's willing to do.

"He's got a great attitude. He's not afraid to work. He's not afraid to put the extra time in. And that's huge for us, because we're probably going to need him down the road here."

Because he was signed after the trade deadline, Turco can't play in the playoffs. But he's prepared to help get them into the postseason as best he can, and he hopes it started on the upcoming West Coast trip.

"It's a little different twist on it, but hey, it's part of the gig," said Turco. "And I'll do my best to be ready and to give myself that chance. But I look at it more as a Boston Bruin, and to give these guys continued success to get on the horse, and when I get in there, to not have a dip in play. That's really what drives me."

Buchholz doesn't have much to say about move to bullpen

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Buchholz doesn't have much to say about move to bullpen

Clay Buchholz' reaction to losing his spot in the Red Sox rotation and being moved to the bullpen was quick and to the point on Saturday.

According to reporters in Toronto, including Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz muttered only "I got [expletive] moved to the bullpen. You can write it down."

Manager John Farrell announced before the game Friday that the move would be made. Farrell told reporters Saturday that Buchholz, who last pitched Thursday night, volunteered to pitch in relief on Saturday, but the earliest he'll come out of the bullpen would likely be Sunday. 

 

Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups - Ortiz returns

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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups - Ortiz returns

David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup after a night off and Chris Young is in left field for the Red Sox in the second game of their three-game weekend series in Toronto.

The Blue Jays won the opener 7-5 behind two home runs from Josh Donaldson. Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.47 ERA) is on the mound for the Red Sox, opposed by the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman (5-1, 3.89).

The lineups: 

RED SOX 
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Christian Vazquez C
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Rick Porcello RHP

BLUE JAYS
Jose Bautista RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Michael Saunders LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Russell Martin C
Devon Travis 2B
Darwin Barney SS
Kevin Pillar CF
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Marcus Stroman LHP 

Knighton not worried about Deflategate: 'We have enough on our plate'

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Knighton not worried about Deflategate: 'We have enough on our plate'

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive tackle Terrance Knighton has been on three different teams since the Deflategate controversy was sparked on the night of the AFC title game in 2015. But that doesn't mean he's immune to receiving questions about Tom Brady's ongoing saga. 

Meeting with reporters after Thursday's OTA session, Knighton was asked if he was surprised by the buzz that still surrounds Brady's legal situation. Earlier in the week, Brady filed a petition for a rehearing to have his four-game suspension overturned, and the Patriots organization filed an amicus brief backing their quarterback.

"All I was thinking about that year was losing to the Colts," said Knighton, who was a member of the Broncos two seasons ago. "I wasn't really worried about what was going on. I don't really feed into that. I just try to handle what I have to do in the building. We have enough on our plate as it is. That'll handle itself. 'Terrance Knighton' is not anywhere in the documents so it doesn't have anything to do with me."

As was the case during last preseason, with Deflategate hearings hanging over Brady's head, the Patriots quarterback didn't appear at all distracted by the continuing proceedings. He went 9-for-14 in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 periods during Thursday's practice, working with a group of offenive weapons that was without tight end Rob Gronkowski and receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. 

Knighton said on Thursday that Brady has ben equally impressive off the field in the short time he's been able to spend with the future Hall of Famer. 

"[Conversations hav been] a little bit about our past playing against each other, me getting the better of him, him getting the better of me," Knighton said. "He's won that matchp more times than I have, but it's always good to be around guys like that, pick their brain and see what type of professional they are.

"Playing with a Peyton Manning and a Demarcus Ware, you learn a lot from those guys, Hall of Famers. I'm just trying tp pick [Brady's] brain, and just watch him out of the corner of my eye, and see how he prepares and how me moves around."