'No conclusion' to NHLNHLPA meeting with mediators


'No conclusion' to NHLNHLPA meeting with mediators

The NHL and NHLPA met with federal mediators for a second time on Wednesday, and it appears no progress was made once again. That makes the mediators 0-for-2, or 0-for-3 if you also consider they failed to save Twinkies and a whole array of Hostess products last month.
An NHL contingent consisting of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and a team of lawyers met with mediators in one separate room, and 13 NHL players along with Steve Fehr and Donald Fehr met in a different conference room while going over the last few weeks of negotiations.
The two parties, along with the federal mediators, were tracked down in Iselin, New Jersey by dogged members of the hockey media, but there wasnt much to say after the day of meetings had concluded. Daly told reporters there was no conclusion to the mediation process as the NHLPA held discussions among their membership on Wednesday night, but it didnt appear things had changed from last week.
The NHLPA was supposed to get in touch with mediators after discussion among their membership, and the mediators would then get in touch with the NHL if there was reason for further dialogue.
The players were reportedly asked if they would accept the NHLs offer from last week that included a 300 million make whole provision along with a 10-year CBA, five-year contract term limits and strict five percent variances on year-to-year contracts to eliminate back-diving deals. The NHL, however, was quick to say that didnt mean their previous offer was back on the table after Bettman yanked it off during his fire-and-brimstone address with the media last week.
There were discussions of the various issues involved and how far apart we are and where we go from here, said Fehr to reporters following the day of meetings with mediators. I cant tell you that any progress was made.
So instead the lockout will roll into Day No. 89 on Thursday with a possibility that the NHL and NHLPA will meet to continue hammering away at an impasse that both sides dont seem willing to budge from. Or another possibility that they wont meet and will instead push things to next week as the clock ticks loudly on the ultimate fate of the 2012-13 NHL regular season.

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start


Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision


Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.