Bruins prepare off-ice for Saturday's opener


Bruins prepare off-ice for Saturday's opener

WILMINGTON, MA -- The Bruins spent their final warm-up day getting ready for the 48-game regular season with a quick meeting and off-ice workout to keep the energy fresh for Saturday night against the Rangers.

The only Bruins players out on the ice were injured forward Jordan Caron and left wing Milan Lucic, who missed Thursday's practice for the birth of his daughter Valentina Lucic (8 pounds, 1 ounce) after 18 hours of labor for wife Brittany.

"It was good. It was a long day, but thankfully everything went well and smooth. Mother and baby are doing well, and I think I'm really thankful that it happened before the season started," said Lucic. "She started going into labor around 11 p.m. on the 16th and then finally she gave birth around 5:30 p.m. on January 17. I guess it was just meant to be."

So No. 17 for the Bruins' first child's birthday will be January 17. That's pretty perfect, actually.

Every other member of the Bruins team went through a workout and then headed off after five straight days of hard work at Boston's abbreviated training camp.

The excitement level is palpable for both the coaching staff and the players as they prepare for an Eastern Conference statement game against the Blueshirts.

I would have been extremely disappointed had we not gotten to the stage here where were at in giving our fans an exciting half-season. It wont be a long season of 82 games. But an exciting one at 48," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "Its going to be basically playoff hockey from the get-go. Its exciting for the fans. But its exciting for us too. If theres anything Im going to take from it, its going to be fun too.

With Ryan Spooner, Matt Bartkowski, Jamie Tardif and Aaron Johnson headed to Providence, it would appear the Bruins have the team they're looking to start the season with. That means defenseman David Warsofsky and tough guy winger Lane MacDermid have made Boston's rosters as extra players and Jay Pandolfo could be added as an extra forward for at least the beginning of the season.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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