Bruins place Zach Hamill on waivers


Bruins place Zach Hamill on waivers

Zach Hamill showed flashes of his first round potential early in his most recent stint with the Bruins, but it obviously didnt last as the Bs placed the forward on re-entry waivers Monday.

A source confirmed to that Hamill was placed on waivers at noon on Monday after it was first reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Hamill can be claimed by any team before noon tomorrow, and the claiming team would assume the rest of Hamills 1,316,667 annual cap hit.

The aim is to send the 23-year-old Hamill back to the Providence Bruins in the AHL, but hell have to pass by the other 29 NHL teams after playing more than 10 games andor 30 days with the Bs during his longest stint in Boston.

There is some question as to whether the former 2007 top-10 first round pick will get through waivers given his relative young age and affordable price tag, but his time in Boston had run its course. Hamill was originally called up to the Bruins when Rich Peverley was fighting injuries, and had points in two of his first three games in Boston this season.

But Hamill had gone 13 games without a point through the two months of January and February, and appeared to have a difficult time gathering the NHL strength to survive in the NHL. Perhaps the perfect example of this occurred in last weekends loss to the Penguins when Hamill was in the exact perfect spot to pounce on a rebound in the third period of a one-goal game.

But Hamill was buried by Tyler Kennedy right in front of the Pittsburgh net before he could even squeeze a shot off against Marc-Andre Fleury. Some might have screamed out interference or for some other soft-hearted penalty on the play.

But its more than likely the Bruins evaluators saw that as a hockey player unable to stand in and make a play when things got nasty in front of the net. Thats unacceptable on a team that plays physical, in-your-face hockey in the style embraced by the Bruins, and its something the 5-foot-11, 173-pound Hamill needs to improve at if he hopes to win a full-time NHL gig. The newly recalled Jordan Caron will take over as the spare forward for the Bruins moving forward.

Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks


Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks

New York’s mistake helped the Red Sox, and they weren’t playing the Yankees.

The Red Sox struck out 20 in a game for the third time in franchise history on Thursday night, and they were able to do so only after MLB’s replay team — based in Manhattan — gave Craig Kimbrel an extra batter to strike out in the ninth inning.

A 6-2 win over the Rangers featured 16 strikeouts for Red Sox pitching heading into the top of the ninth at Fenway Park. Kimbrel came on for a non-save situation because he had five days off previously.

There’s always that outside chance for a four-strikeout inning, and it happened. Even for a four-strikeout inning, however, this was bizarre.

The first batter, lefthanded hitting Nomar Mazara, swung and missed at a back-foot breaking ball for strike 3 — a literal back-foot breaking ball, because it hit him in that foot after he whiffed on the pitch.

On a swing and a miss with a pitch that hits the batter, the ball should be dead. He should not have been able to reach first base. But the umpires didn’t catch the ball hitting Mazara, and instead saw it as a wild pitch. 

Sox manager John Farrell asked for a review and the umpires went for one, but came back empty-handed. The crew was told, erroneously, that the play could not be looked at and the batter was awarded first base.

“It was just a swinging strike three, ball that go away and he obviously reached first base,” crew chief Alfonso Marquez told pool reporter Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. “The only thing that I can tell you, and the only thing I will say is, this was a replay issue. New York will come out with a statement.”

You could say it worked out just fine. Kimbrel went on to strike out the next three, and got the Sox to 20 Ks.

Kimbrel and Tim Wakefield are the only Red Sox pitchers to fan four batters in a single inning. Wakefield did it in the ninth inning on Aug. 10, 1999. 

Kimbrel did it once before as well, when he was with the Braves on Sept. 26, 2012.

No one has struck out five in a major league inning, although Kimbrel has as good a chance as anyone.

“The guy strikes out the world,” Matt Barnes said. “It’s ridiculous. … His fastball is seemingly unhittable. Complement that with the breaking ball he’s got, which comes right off that same plane, when he’s commanding it like he is, the numbers kind of speak for themselves. It’s kind of ridiculous. It’s fun to watch.”

The Sox have struck out 20 in a nine-inning game three times since 1913. Roger Clemens' two 20-strikeout games are the other two.