Morning Skate: Friday, December 2


Morning Skate: Friday, December 2

A different look at the game of hockey through the lens of a newspaper photographer that shoots the Montreal Canadiens.

Brian Burke actually offered to rent out a barn so he could have it out with then Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe when the two were feuding over the offer sheet to Dustin Penner. Apparently Gary Bettman had to intervene, which I think is pretty awesome.

ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun stands up to defend Roberto Luongo and says that Bobby Ryan can now relax out in Anaheim after the coaching change.

The Vancouver Canucks reports that there is a delay in the return of Mason Raymond to playing action after being sidelined following the collision with Johnny Boychuk in the Stanley Cup Finals last spring.

Justin Bourne says that Washingtons focus on defense is killing their team, and the evidence is overwhelming that hes correct. An out-of-shape Russian superstar playing when the mood strikes also isnt helping.

Nick Cotsonika has a nice column for Yahoo! Sports about the St. Louis Blues really picking things up under the tutelage of Ken Hitchcock and the new coaching staff.

Kirk Luedeke checks in with Bruins draft pick Zane Gothberg, who is moving up the ranks of Bostons organizational depth at the goaltending position.

For something a little different: With December here I ask if there will ever a greater World Junior forward line than Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Corey Perry for a monstrous Team Canada squad back in 2005?

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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