Chance Seidenberg sees action this weekend


Chance Seidenberg sees action this weekend

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Dennis Seidenberg watched Mark Stuart go through all kinds of trouble and scary worst case scenarios two years ago with an infection in his hand, so he didnt waste any time when he noticed redness and swelling around a six-inch gash on his left leg.

The infection appeared days after the skate blade of Tim Thomas had cut open the German defenseman in their victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and the Bruins medical staff immediately put him on IV antibiotics.

The infected cut has caused Seidenberg to miss at least one game against the Washington Capitals, but the blueliner said hes a strong possibility for at least one of the games against the New York teams this weekend. The Bruins face the Islanders on Saturday and the Rangers on Sunday, and Seidenberg said its a matter of when hes cleared by team doctors.

Theyre taking a look at it every day and when it looks good enough theyll let me play. I feel fine and this is precautionary, said Seidenberg, who will be on oral antibiotics for the next week to effectively knock out the infection. I told the doctors as soon as I saw the redness around the cut, so it seems like we caught it early.

With Adam McQuaid out for the weekend after suffering a cut over his eye and Seidenberg potentially out Saturday against the Islanders, it may provide an opportunity for both Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau to get a little playing time moving forward. But with Seidenbergs status day-to-day, it appears that hell be back in that top D pairing with Zdeno Chara sooner rather than later.

Seidenberg is day-to-day. Hes feeling good. Its not a matter of injury as much as its making sure the infection is taking care of properly, said Claude Julien. We need to be cautious so he doesnt take a step back. The doctors will keep checking it on a daily basis, and when they feel comfortable theyll give me the green flag to put him in.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win


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Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.