Cherington 'comfortable' with pitching depth

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Cherington 'comfortable' with pitching depth

If spring training were to start tomorrow, the Red Sox would be happy with their current pitching depth, general manager Ben Cherington said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

This offseason, the Sox have added right-handers Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon to the 40-man roster. They've also signed righties Aaron Cook, Justin Germano, Charlie Haeger, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Vicente Padilla, Carlos Silva and Chorye Spoone, and left-handers Jesse Carlson and Justin Thomas, to minor league contracts.

Generally, I think what were looking to do is build as much pitching depth as we can, Cherington said. I think we have been able to sign some guys that have been very effective major-league pitchers at different points and for whatever reason struggled last season . . . Our hope is that we can put them in a position to get back, or get closer back, to their previous form if they can. One or more of those guys should be able to help us.

But, since spring training is still more than a month away, the Sox are not likely to stand pat.

I dont want to rule anything out, Cherington said. I think if spring training opened tomorrow, wed be comfortable with where we are with our pitching depth. We feel like we have a number of options, both on the roster and off the roster, for the last spots in the rotation and in the bullpen. And also a very strong returning core to pitch at the front of the rotation and the back of the bullpen. So, if spring training opened tomorrow, wed feel good about where we are. But it doesnt open tomorrow. So well keep our mind open and eyes open to possible upgrades. But theres nothing on the front burner right now.

Padilla, the Sox latest addition, will report to spring training intending to be a starter. He was limited to just nine games, and 8 23 innings, all out of the bullpen last season, and none after May 13. His season was cut short by surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

Hes going to come to camp as a starter, Cherington said. Hell be part of that mix competing for the last couple spots. Hes pitched out of the bullpen, too. He knows that theresa chance if he makes the team and we need him more in the pen, that he may end up more in the pen. So I think right now hes focused on coming to camp as a starter and trying to make the team in one role or another. But hell come to camp as a starter.

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.