Farrell on Lester, Buchholz, Lackey


Farrell on Lester, Buchholz, Lackey

Red Sox manager John Farrell knows the Red Sox pitching staff more than most people do since his days as the team's pitching coach.

For that reason, he must have noticed a few things they were doing wrong out on the mound watching from the visitors dugout. CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam asks him how "mystified" he was at their struggles. Here's part of the answer:

"Across the field you saw some things that were tangible that you'd like to say that we could make an adjustment and fix things to get back to the late action to Lester's cutter, the sink action to his two-seamer," Farrell said. "He got spread out, got a little bit flat, the ball was on the same plane through the strike zone, and that's why I think you saw the number of extra base hits that he surrendered this year."

So just how content is Farrell with where the staff as a whole is now? Well, it appears as though Boston is looking to add some outside pieces if the players fit.

"As we go into Spring training, if we don't add anyone else, we're likely to stretch out Franklin Morales, to bring him in as a starter ... I think there's still every intent and every potential to talk about every free agent starting pitcher that may be out there. I know we've continued to explore some things in other avenues, but that's where, as I mentioned, Ben has been extremely busy, and is doing one heck of a job to address the needs that are here. And we came in knowing that starting pitching was one that we'd like to add to if it made sense."

Check out the video for more, including Farrell's expectations for John Lackey.

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy


Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.