Matsuzaka scheduled for rehab stint in High-A Salem


Matsuzaka scheduled for rehab stint in High-A Salem

BOSTON -- Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his way back from Tommy John surgery in June, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Salem on Monday.

Daisuke feels really good, said manager Bobby Valentine. The conversation with him is hes ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation. We will still monitor his pitches. He won't have a 30-pitch inning. He says he feels good.

Matsuzaka threw 57 pitches over four scoreless innings, in his last rehab outing, Tuesday in Fort Myers against an Orioles squad. He is expected to throw about 75 on Monday.

Matsuzaka will work on a regular rotation, and is scheduled to make five starts. The Red Sox have 30 days for his rehab assignment .

Matsuzaka is in the sixth year of his six-year, 52 million contract with the Red Sox. He appeared in just eight games, seven starts, in 2011 posting a record of 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA. He made his last start May 16, going 4 13 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and seven walks with two strikeouts, earning a win against the Orioles. He was placed on the disabled list on May 18, and underwent Tommy John surgery on June 10.

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award


HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs


Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.