Crawford's visit to orthopedist a 'fact-finding mission'

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Crawford's visit to orthopedist a 'fact-finding mission'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carl Crawford's pending visit to noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews was termed a "fact-finding mission,'' according to manager Bobby Valentine.
Prior to gametime Wednesday, the Red Sox didn't have a set time or date for Crawford's visit to Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., where the outfielder is set to get a second opinion on his sore left elbow.
Crawford has had the elbow looked at in Boston twice in the last week, but has decided he wants to have someone else examine him.
"The only thing I heard,'' said Valentine, "is that he hadn't been throwing for a couple of days (in extended spring training) and then he was shagging and picked up a ball and kind of lobbed it in. He still felt something, so that's what raised concerns.
"Sometimes it's that you haven't thrown in a few days and you didn't warm up and you weren't expecting to throw and you throw and it's an owie. It's not like he's gone out and tried to throw and said, 'I can't throw.' And I bet if this was the seventh game of the World Series and he had to advance it in, he could advance it forward.''
The Red Sox performed an MRI on the elbow during Crawford's first visit back to Boston prior to the home opener. He was unsure whether a second one was performed Tuesday when Crawford was re-examined in Boston.
Asked if surgery loomed as a possibility for Crawford, Valentine reacted with surprise.
"I haven't heard any reason that's there's a surgical procedure (that might) be necessary,'' he said. "I haven't heard that. Hope not.''

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...