Boston Red Sox

Morning Skate: Friday, March 30

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Morning Skate: Friday, March 30

A look at two traditional Canadian NHL franchises (Montreal, Toronto) in the dumpster this season as the playoffs near. Thats a tough blow to the national Canadian media outlets.

Bruce Arthur from the National Post says that the Canadiens are having a tough time living up to their past, but their past is probably part of the problem for a franchise that needs to be humbled a little bit.

Washington Post scribe Katie Carrera writes that Alex Ovechkin says the Capitals are back on track after their victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. Color me as not quite convinced.

Frustrated Leafs fans start a "lets go Blue Jays" chants at the Air Canada Centre during another blowout loss for Toronto. That is starting to get ugly.

Ray Ratto and Drew Rewenda are both firing verbal volleys at each other on the Sharks postgame show after another underachieving performance for the San Jose Sharks. Sorry, but the Sharks have been the poster boys for underperformance in the NHL over the last 10 years and the argument they dont have enough offensive firepower is laughable to me with names like Thornton, Marleau and Couture.

The Vancouver Sun quotes Canucks GM Mike Gillis as saying that Daniel Sedin will be ready to go once the playoffs start.

For something completely different: Will Ferrell announces plans for Anchorman 2 and then talks about it with Dan Patrick on his radio show. Thanks to Ken Fang for bringing it all together.

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

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Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.

Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.