Lester 'pleased' with first spring outing

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Lester 'pleased' with first spring outing

FORT MYERS, Fla. Pitching two scoreless innings against Northeastern University isn't going to affect Jon Lester's season one way or another.

Still, the lefty was pleased to get the first outing of the spring over and done with.

"I guess the main thing is that it's good to get the first one out of the way," said Lester after the Red Sox had blanked Northeastern 25-0. "I felt good. Obviously, I feel strong. I was pleased with it."

In his two innings, Lester allowed one hit and struck out two.

Pitching for the first time in game conditions since last September and facing a college team, Lester kept his goals modest.

"Just trying to throw strikes," said Lester. "Trying to throw downhill and not overthrow. All and all, I felt pretty good about where I was at."

Lester enjoyed the experience of breaking in JetBlue Park, becoming the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a pitch at the team's new spring training home.

"Everything seemed good," said Lester. "The bullpen's kind of eerie because it's the same (as Fenway). Obviously, you get out there and it's a little different because of the stands and all that. But everything's awesome.

"The people who built the stadium did a great job and the fans that show up . . . I think we take for granted that every night it's sold out, whether it down here or up in Boston. It's awesome to see them pack the seats. Like I said, you can't beat the field. It's beautiful."

In reviewing the spring so far, Lester noted that this year has been "a little more high-paced, more intense," than in recent springs.

"I don't think that's (suggesting) anything bad about spring training in the past," he said. "I think that's just the way our (last) two managers have different personalities. Bobby's more high-paced, running from field-to-field and (Terry Francona) was more laid-
back. I think there's a time and place for both.

"But I think it's been good. I think we've gotten a lot done in the last two weeks. I think guys are ready to get this thing going."

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.