Julien to name alternate captains by the weekend

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Julien to name alternate captains by the weekend

WILMINGTON -- Claude Julien has a long laundry list of things to accomplish in a six-day training camp to get ready for the NHL season, but hashing out the second alternate captain for the Black and Gold hasnt been one of them.

Zdeno Chara has been the Bruins captain since arriving prior to the 2006-07 season, and that wont be changing anytime soon. Patrice Bergeron holds the first 'A' letter on his sweater and is the acknowledged second-in-command among the players within the organizations leadership structure.

Mark Recchi had been the easy choice as the third captain until he retired after Bostons Stanley Cup victory. Last season Julien went with a different tact and split the second 'A' between the veteran defenseman Andrew Ference and third line center Chris Kelly, and alternated responsibilities between home and road games.

On the Bruins there are, of course, many candidates that could fill that kind of symbolic leadership role. Shawn Thornton acts, plays and leads like a captain on the Bruins at all times, but isnt on the ice quite as much as some of the other players that are captain-type material.

Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Gregory Campbell and Dennis Seidenberg are among a second wave of alternate captain candidates looking to shoulder more responsibility among their teammates. All would make fine choices while playing their part with a Stanley Cup championship on their hockey resume.

Will he do something similar to last year when he split the alternate captain duties between Ference and Kelly?

Probably, said Julien. On my list of 'to dos,' that is really low. Maybe ask me on Saturday morning or Friday after practice, because thats when things will be more of a priority.

But weve got a lot of the same guys and it could be FerenceKelly unless we get together with the guys and decide to do something else. I dont think theres a big reason to make a lot of changes that way.

So it sounds like it will once again be Kelly and Ference alternating while assisting Chara and Bergeron with the honorable A on their Black and Gold sweater.

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

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David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

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

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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.