Pedroia not thinking about captaincy

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Pedroia not thinking about captaincy

FORT MYERS, Fla. Dustin Pedroia was asked if he would like to be team captain, given Jason Variteks unlikely return to the team.

I dont even think about that stuff, Pedroia said. Its Day One for me. I just want to have a good practice and help the team.

Which is probably a good thing. Manager Bobby Valentine is not sold on the concept of team captain, citing the 2011 World Series champion and captain-less St. Louis Cardinals.

Pedroia, who was very close to former manager Terry Francona, is starting his first big league season with a new manager.

Its different. Its the only thing Ive known, Pedroia said. Things change. Its tough to see him go especially the way it ended. Hell always be a close friend whatever he chooses to do forward. Im pulling for him.

He is still getting to know Valentine. The two talked a couple of times in the offseason, and had dinner together in Arizona.

I dont know, Pedroia said. Ive been here a day and half. Ive met him a couple of times. From what I hear he is thinking about baseball nonstop and thinking about fundamentals and getting this team where it needs to be. Its going to be exciting.

Valentine is just one of many new faces in camp. How does Pedroia see the team developing the necessary chemistry to win?

It takes time, he said. dont know these guys that well. The guys who do know each other stick together and the more your relationship builds with the new guys it will be that much stronger.

We got some guys who have been here a while. Well play hard. Thats what we do.

Like most of those teammates who were here last season, Pedroia is eager to put 2011 and the September collapse behind him, focusing on a fresh start for this season.

Im excited to go play again, he said. Last year the end was tough but we have to regroup together and come out and play good baseball all year long.

Play the game the right way Thats basically it. I dont have answers to what went on last year. Last year is over. It was tough. Theres not a day that goes by that I dont think about it. You have to try to turn the page and not think about it and play well and play for your teammates.

It remains to be seen, though, with whom Pedroia will be turning double plays. Mike Aviles, Nick Punto, and Jose Iglesias are candidates, after Marco Scutaros trade to Colorado in January.

Its going to be fine, Pedroia said. Scoot did a great job but we have Mike and Nick to step up and play good ball for us. Well be fine.

On Jacoby Ellsburys 2011 season, finishing second in American League MVP voting, Pedroia said:

He had an unbelievable year. We need him to do the same thing. I get on him all the time and tell him anybody can do it once. Hell be fine. Hes motivated, trust me.

C's Mickey sent to D-League

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C's Mickey sent to D-League

Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.

“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”

Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.

The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.

“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.

Stevens added, “he’s done a good job.  He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”

Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.

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.

 

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