McQuaid out for Game 1; Rask, Boychuk practice


McQuaid out for Game 1; Rask, Boychuk practice

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins roster picture is taking shape with their first playoff tilt against the Capitals scheduled for Thursday night.

Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask both practiced fully with the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning, but once again Adam McQuaid was missing from practice with an upper-body injury.

Claude Julien confirmed that McQuaid is definitely out for Game 1 against the Caps with an injury stemming from the charging hit he took from Caps forward Jason Chimera at the end of March.

McQuaid didnt skate today, so hes not going to be a part of our lineup tomorrow, said Julien.

Rask seems a very big question mark. It looks like he's not going to be ready to begin the playoffs while recovering from a groinabdomen strain. That leaves the door open for Anton Khudobin as backup to Tim Thomas.

Johnny Boychuk (left knee) is trending toward inclusion in Thursdays pregame warm-ups and a spot in the lineup, but Julien indicated that decision wont be made until Thursday.

We keep seeing Johnny and Tuukka out there on the practice ice and we have an opportunity maybe to make a decision on Boychuk. I stress opportunity because its not 100 percent, said Julien. Hes doing fairly well, so we want to remain optimistic about him.

Unless somebody tells me something about Rask today or tomorrow, I dont anticipate having him in the lineup for Game 1.

The lineup at practice remained the same as Tuesday:




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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