Aceves struggles in start vs. Phillies

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Aceves struggles in start vs. Phillies

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alfredo Aceves had his worst outing of the spring Saturday afternoon. More to the point, he had the worst outing of any Red Sox pitcher since Grapefruit League play began.

But he wasn't trying to kid anybody afterward.

"This was one of those days where nothing went good,'' he said. It was bad game and I'm moving on.''

There's no telling how damaging Saturday's outing might be in the long run for Aceves's bid to make the Red Sox starting rotation.

But there's no getting away from how bad it was, either.

He pitched three innings against the Philadelphia Phillies and gave up 10 hits and nine earned runs while walking one, hitting one and throwing a wild pitch. He also yielded three homers, all of them solo.

Aceves entered the game with a 1.00 ERA and by the time he left, it had ballooned to 7.50.

"Today, I was a little up,'' he acknowledged. "I checked out the video after the outing and I was up.''

Making matters worse for Aceves and his bid for the rotation was that, across the state, Felix Doubront allowed just one run over six innings against the Miami Marlins.

"Every single day is important,'' he said. "Right now, we're almost at the end of spring training. Personaly, I take it day-by-day.''

Despite his clear preference to start rather relieve, he insisted he wasn't focused on where he'll end up when the season begins.

"For me, no, I'm not thinking about that,'' he said. "I'm taking it day-by-day.''

Aceves dismissed any suggestion that the pounding he absorbed was the result of experiencing a "dead arm,'' which is common for pitchers at this point in the spring.

"I feel good,'' he said, "and I saw the ball jump out of my hand.''

Aceves stressed that "one outing is not going to tell you the value of a pitcher.''

Now he just has to hope that the people doing the evaluating for the Red Sox are thinking the same way.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

© 2016 by STATS and The Associated Press.

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season. 

The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster. 

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.

More to come...