On Bard's Big Start

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On Bard's Big Start

Are the Red Sox privately hoping for Daniel Bard to fail tonight in Toronto?

That's our UNO Question of the Day here at CSNNE.com, and if you feel like sounding off, head over here and type some words into the comment section.

If you'd like my take, just keep reading.

First of all, here's the argument for "Yes" courtesy of CSNNE's devil's advocate:

"Through four games this season, the Red Sox have found themselves in a bit of a conundrum. Though Alfredo Aceves notched his first save of the season last night, Boston's closer situation is still shaky. They have a potential closer in Daniel Bard, but he's been promised a spot in the starting rotation. But if he struggles as a starter..."

Now, my take: Huh?

Come on. There's no freaking way.

First of all, Aceves is fine. Second of all, who says Bard can even close? The last time we saw this guy in bullpen, he was the worst pitcher on the entire staff, and considering this was September of 2011, that's saying something.

So now, instead of having him succeed as a starter (something you've based your entire offseason around) and help fill a void in the starting rotation (which is another HUGE problem right now) you think the Sox would rather him fall on his face, create another huge controversy, leave another enormous hole in the rotation, and shake up a staff that's already been rocked harder than the city of Pompeii?

You think there's even one person in that front office, clubhouse or wherever right now, actively thinking to themselves: "You know, I really hope Daniel Bard sucks tonight."

If so, I'd love to hear your argument, but I don't see it.

But I will see everyone tomorrow.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

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Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

BOSTON – The Bruins ice a young lineup for their preseason opener against the Blue Jackets, and they got some solid results from the next generation of skaters ready to wear the Black and Gold. It wasn’t enough for the win, however, as Sam Gagner won the game in the shootout for the Blue Jackets by a 3-2 score after both Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk dinged the left post with their first two shootout attempts.

DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik all had very strong games as young players vying for NHL roster spots with a couple of jobs potentially open at the NHL level.

DeBrusk set up Jimmy Hayes for Boston’s first goal, and Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot past Curtis McElhinney in the third period to tie things up.

Sonny Milano opened up the game’s scoring by beating Anton Khudobin to the short side on a play where the B’s backup goaltender was a little bit sloppy with his technique. Hayes scored to tie things up for the Black and Gold on a nifty transition play up the ice that embodied the “play fast” philosophy that Claude Julien is espousing.

Daniel Zaar added a goal for the Blue Jackets midway through the second period that again gave Columbus the slim one goal lead, but that evaporated in the final 20 minutes when Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot from the slot area past the Blue Jackets netminder.

The Bruins will get back at it with another home preseason game at TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.