Peverley looking at full practice soon

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Peverley looking at full practice soon

BOSTON -- Rich Peverley is making progress coming back from his knee sprain, and he is the living embodiment of the returning cavalry to a banged up Black and Gold bunch.

The right wing took some face-offs and skated around with his Bruins teammates during Monday morning skate at TD Garden, and hes in his fifth week since suffering a sprained knee that was supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Claude Julien said if Peverley responded well to another day on the ice then he could be ready to practice with his Bruins teammates with full-contact as quickly as Tuesday.

Peverley is day-to-day. There is no exact time for when hes going to play again, but hes looking better every day. Theres the rehab part of it, so he started skating last Wednesday, said Julien. When youve been off for that long you dont come back overnight, so were giving him a chance.

Well wait for the medical experts to tell us when he can take contact, and how much he can take contact. Thats what they are called day-to-day.

Thats a welcomed piece of news to a Bruins team that needs the versatile Peverley once again contributing to the power play, penalty kill and 5-on-5 minutes that he gives Boston on the ice. Its also a welcomed piece of news to a forward that hadnt missed a single NHL game due to injury until this season with the Bruins while battling a series of lower-body injuries.

Peverley said hell be taking things slowly because hes never rehabbed a nee injury before, and doesnt instinctively know when its time for the next step in his recovery. Hes missed 22 games with assorted injuries this season, but Peverley is hoping he wont miss many more with the playoffs on the horizon. He could fit every nicely riding alongside Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly on Bostons third line, but hell have to regain full health in his knee first.

Im really anxious to come back. Its been difficult to sit and watchespecially when the team has been losing, said Peverley. Im feeling better every day, but there hasnt really been a timetable quite yet.

But it goes without saying I want to get a few games under my belt before the playoffs get started. The plan is to get into some games at the end of the regular season rather than just drop me into a playoff-type situation at the end of the season.

Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.

Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.

The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.

Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.

The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.

As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.

“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.

“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"

 

Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.