Shaughnessy, Buckley not sure why Aceves is still around

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Shaughnessy, Buckley not sure why Aceves is still around

Look out, world. Alfredo Aceves isn't happy, and he doesn't care who knows it. He used live batting practice on Sunday to make a point, got reprimanded, and proceeded to show zero remorse. That much we know. The rest? Like much else with Aceves, still kind of a mystery.

Is he miffed because he's not being used as a starter? Does he have some other beef with new Red Sox manager John Farrell? Did the clubhouse guy screw up his coffee order? With Aceves you never really know. All that can be gathered from his latest show of defiance -- using live batting practice to lob up softballs to Red Sox hitters -- is that it wasn't quite sympatico with the new culture the team is hoping to introduce this season. You know, the one that emphasizes hard work, being a good teammate, generally not being a jerk. That sort of thing.

Steve Buckley and Dan Shaughnessy joined Damon Amendolara on Sports Sunday last night to question why Aceves still has a spot on the roster. Sure he's talented. Certainly a serviceable arm when not experiencing the uncontrollable urge to go rogue or throw a temper tantrum. But, to them, he's not worth the trouble.

"This is a guy who got suspended for three games last year, had a dust up with Dustin Pedroia, and showed up his manager on the mound," Buckley said. "They bring him back, Farrell says 'Clean slate. Lets' start all over again.' I thought Aceves showed up the manager and the coaching staff today on something that was as simple as live batting practice. He kind of wasted everyone's time. That's my opinion."

Shaughnessy agreed.

"It's a little bit surprising to me he's still here," Shaughnessy said. "I would be surprised if he's still her at the end of the week. I just think they should've cut their losses last year with this guy. We know he's got ability. I just dont think it's worth it. I was surprised they didn't do more to sanction him last year."

Let us know in the comment box below whether or not you think it's worth keeping Aceves on the roster.

Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

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Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder.