Morales makes solid debut for Red Sox

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Morales makes solid debut for Red Sox

BRADENTON, Fla. -- After missing the first 2 12 weeks of Grapefruit League play with shoulder weakness and then a scare about an irregular heartbeat, Franklin Morales has some catching up to do.

Wednesday, he made his first game appearance, throwing an inning of relief in the Red Soc' 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Morales pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout.

"I feel good, feel strong,'' reported Morales. "I need to throw my pitches and everything's going to be fine.''
Earlier in the day, manager Bobby Valentine said Morales had enough time to get ready for the April 5 opener in Detroit, and the lefty reliever concurred.

"If I feel good, it doesn't matter about the spring workload,'' he said. "If my shoulder's good, all I need to do is see some hitters and let it go."

Morales was able to throw his sinker, his split-finger fastball and curve with decent command, making Wednesday a good first step.

"I feel confident and I feel comfortable," he said. "I was able to throw any one of my three pitches for a strike."

Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

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Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time.