Morning Skate: Monday, April 23

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Morning Skate: Monday, April 23

Its allergy season for Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and everybody should know about it.

A great picture of Tyler Seguin celebrating from the Bs Game 6 win in Washington DC. Yes, this is from Andrew Ferences third period goal rather than the OT game-winner. But it still conveys the same message.

Claude Giroux and Braden Holtby lead the Conn Smythe favorites for this seasons field of candidates, but that will likely change significantly over the next couple of days.

Gregory Campbell is Tyler Seguins Zen Master. Oh, yes he is and the Pro Hockey Talks Joe Yerdon is all over it.

James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail wonders whats next for the Pittsburgh Penguins after a disappointing playoff exit.

Daniel Alfredsson hopes to return from a concussion for Game 6 against the New York Rangers. That would give the Senators a gigantic lift.

The city of Vancouver manages to refrain from burning down their city after a first round exit from the playoffs. That, my friends, is progress.

For something completely different: Jennifer Sterger talks about stereotypes of females in the sporting world.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP