WINNIPEG The Bruins are going according to the plan expected when Tuukka Rask got the final home start backstopping the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend. The Bs youngster is getting the call between the pipes against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre and will look to improve on 4-3-1 record and 2.09 goals against average and .924 save percentage that are creeping up the ranks.
Ondrej Pavelec is in goal for the Jets countering Rask, and fared pretty well against the Bruins in the two teams first matchup in Boston several weeks ago. No expected chances in a Bs lineup thats gone nuclear with a 14-0-1 record over their last 15 games, but could be headed for a letdown after Monday nights emotional win in Pittsburgh.
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Andrew Benintendi excelled in his early-game action against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the Red Sox' 8-1 win. Benintendi finished the contest 2 of 2 with a triple and two RBIs. Dustin Pedroia helped Benintendi at the top of the lineup. Pedroia was 2 of 2 with a double and two RBIs.
Kyle Kendrick got the Red Sox pitching staff off to a strong start in his four-inning appearance. The 32-year-old righty had six strikeouts and allowed five hits with one earned run. Kendricks performance should ease some anxiety in Boston, as Drew Pomeranz headed to the disabled list.
Reliever Ben Taylor, 24, pitched the final two innings for the Sox, and had four strikouts with three hits allowed and no runs.
Chris Sale will pitch Friday for the Red Sox at 4:05 a.m against the Nationals.
BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.
Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.
Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.
Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.
She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.
"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.
Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.
Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.
Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.
Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.