Rask appears to get the call; Thornton in vs. Sabres

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Rask appears to get the call; Thornton in vs. Sabres

BUFFALO An optional morning skate for the Bruins here at the first Niagara Center on Friday morning, with a group of Bs skaters opting for a game of soccer in the bowels of the Buffalo Arena.

Claude Julien wouldnt confirm it, but it appears that Tuukka Rask will be getting the nod after he was the first goaltender off the ice. Rask is riding a five-game losing streak and was pulled from the Feb. 8 blowout loss to the Sabres in Buffalo after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Hes 0-3 with a 4.28 goals against average and an .848 save percentage during the month of February, but a Friday night start against the Sabres will offer him a chance at sweet redemption. It would also leave an important Northeast Division tilt on Saturday nightagainst the Ottawa Senators in the hands of Tim Thomas.

Shawn Thornton took part in the skate on Friday morning, and Claude Julien said the Bs enforcer will be in the lineup after missing practices the last few days while battling the flu.Here are the projected lineups for tonight:

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Kelly-Krejci
Pouliot-Camper-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Rask
Thomas

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

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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.

John Farrell ejected Saturday night for arguing a balk call

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John Farrell ejected Saturday night for arguing a balk call

BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell went ballistic Saturday night in the bottom of the sixth inning at Fenway Park, arguing a balk call that led to a run for the Angels and promptly, Farrell’s ejection.

Home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney called a balk on Fernando Abad with the Sox trailing 4-1 in the seventh, the first inning of work for the Sox bullpen after David Price went six innings. Cameron Maybin scored on the balk.

Dustin Pedroia was among the first to run in and argue the balk call was wrong.

Farrell asked for the umpires to convene and they did, but the decision was not reversed. The Sox skipper and crew chief Bill Miller had spit flying in each other’s face as Farrell unloaded in close quarters for his first ejection of 2017.

Farrell has some history with Miller. On May 17, 2016, in Kansas City, Farrell was tossed by Miller from the dugout because of a balls and strikes argument. 

Farrell and Miller also got into it when Farrell was managing the Blue Jays, on another balls and strikes issue. In the ninth inning of that May 15, 2012 game, Brett Lawrie spiked his helmet and it hit Miller.