Paille 'dinged' after first-period hit


Paille 'dinged' after first-period hit

BOSTON -- Daniel Paille cant seem to catch a break.

The fourth line left winger had just shed the cage on his helmet in Winnipeg on Tuesday night after his nose was crushed by a slap shot last month against the New York Islanders.

But a healthy, unobstructed period of playing time for Paille appeared to come to an end after he suffer a head injury from a Krystofer Barch hit in Thursday nights 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

Claude Julien intimated that Paille had suffered a head injury that was being treated by doctors, but wouldnt immediately give a diagnosis of the forwards injury.

Its not a concrete update. He got dinged pretty good there, said Julien. Our doctors felt that it was safer to not let him return and examine him a bit further. He wasnt well enough to come back.

I think it was just how he ended up going down, I guess. It looked like there was almost a helmet-to-helmet collision there in slow-motion.

The hit came on Barchs first shift of the game when he took a run at Paille in the first period, and video replays appeared that the fourth line forward suffered a head-to-head collision.

Paille immediately went down and then attempted to stand up with wobbly legs, but in the immediate aftermath both Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell made a B-line for Barch. Thornton memorably dropped Barch with one punch to the face during last years BruinsStars fight-filled game in Boston, and have fought each other multiple times.

So it was Thornton that again dropped gloves with Barch and won the decision over the Florida tough guy in his first game after moving to the Panthers from the Starts organization this week.

I didn't see it. I really didn't, I still haven't seen it. I just saw Paille laying there and obviously the type of team we are, I'm going to err on the side of sticking up for him, said Thornton. I mean, if it was a clean hit, then it was a clean hit. But if it wasn't, I'm glad we got in there. Guys like me and Gregory Campbell are going to step up if one of our teammates is laying there.

If Paille is lost with a concussion or other head injury, its expected that Jordan Caron will jump into the lineup with the Bs fourth line after skating in their 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday.

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment


David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.