The Bruins will be looking to rest Tim Thomas appropriately in the final 20 games of the regular season, and that starts Saturday afternoon as Tuukka Rask gets the start against Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov is 1-2-1 in his last four starts while Rask is riding a six-game losing streak, but Rask seemed to have found himself on the road in Buffalo against the Sabres in his last appearance.
Andrew Ference is out with a lower body injury suffered Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, but Johnny Boychuk will be back in the lineup exactly one week after suffering a train wreck courtesy of Chris Neil.
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BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
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