Boychuk still 'a little foggy' after taking big hit


Boychuk still 'a little foggy' after taking big hit

The worst was feared when Johnny Boychuk didnt return to Saturday nights 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators after getting bulldozed by a Chris Neil hit.

The Bs defenseman was obliterated with a clean, punishing hit when Ottawas bowling ball of a forward caught Boychuk with his head down in the corner, and both players Boychuk and Neil took their time getting up to recover after the car-crash collision.

The 28-year-old Boychuk was sent to the Quiet Room and checked out the Sens team doctors while the third period was unfolding before flying home with the rest of his victorious Bruins teammates.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told that his defenseman was still a little foggy on Sunday afternoon nearly 24 hours after the collision, and that the team would have a full update on Boychuks situation Monday morning.

A source close to Boychuk said that the defenseman is okay and should be good to go for the next tilt, so thats a good piece of news for both the team and the dazed player. But potential concussions and fallout from shots to the head can take days to fully materialize, so nobody will know for certain that defenseman is in the clear until Boychuk suits up with his teammates for team practice.

One encouraging sign for Boychuk: Andrew Bodnarchuk was sent to Providence on Sunday along with Josh Hennessy with the Bs marathon six-game road trip over, and the Bruins wouldnt ship the extra defenseman out if they expected Boychuk to miss meaningful practice time and games.

So the news is good for Boychuk as the concussion word hasnt been uttered yet in any of the chatter from team officials but the true verdict will come down on Monday morning as the Bruins deal with NHL trade deadline day.

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.

John Farrell ejected Saturday night for arguing a balk call


John Farrell ejected Saturday night for arguing a balk call

BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell went ballistic Saturday night in the bottom of the sixth inning at Fenway Park, arguing a balk call that led to a run for the Angels and promptly, Farrell’s ejection.

Home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney called a balk on Fernando Abad with the Sox trailing 4-1 in the seventh, the first inning of work for the Sox bullpen after David Price went six innings. Cameron Maybin scored on the balk.

Dustin Pedroia was among the first to run in and argue the balk call was wrong.

Farrell asked for the umpires to convene and they did, but the decision was not reversed. The Sox skipper and crew chief Bill Miller had spit flying in each other’s face as Farrell unloaded in close quarters for his first ejection of 2017.

Farrell has some history with Miller. On May 17, 2016, in Kansas City, Farrell was tossed by Miller from the dugout because of a balls and strikes argument. 

Farrell and Miller also got into it when Farrell was managing the Blue Jays, on another balls and strikes issue. In the ninth inning of that May 15, 2012 game, Brett Lawrie spiked his helmet and it hit Miller.