Reaching Their Goal: Rask masters his role

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Reaching Their Goal: Rask masters his role

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It took a while, but Tuukka Rask has finally reached a comfort zone with playing once or twice a week until his number gets called as the No. 1 goalie someday.
Last year was kind of a struggle where Id put a lot of thought in those games," Rask said. "If I lost a game 2-1, then it would eat me up a little bit and the confidence would go down. Id be thinking about it too much.
"This year Ive learned to put it in the past, good or bad. Thats really worked for me."
And now he appreciates what he and Tim Thomas are achieving. Rask recently had a scoreless streak of 170 minutes and 16 seconds, which lasted more than three weeks, and Thomas ripped off 10 straight wins en route to an ongoing 15-wins-in-16-games stretch.
Weve had a great thing going on for the last couple of years," said Rask. "Were both playing pretty good hockey. We recognize where were at and the way were playing, but were not looking at the stats. We feel like were on top of our game right now.
If you have two good goalies that are playing at the same level night in and night out then thats a great thing for the hockey club. Thats what were trying to accomplish. I think we just try to one-up each other every game now with the way were playing.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

0:41- How much is John Farrell to blame for David Price’s altercations with media members? Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss if the Red Sox manager needs to take more action against his players.

3:58 - Phil Perry joins Tom Curran and Kayce Smith to debate if Tom Brady is better now than he was 10 years ago in the 2007 season. 

10:06 - Kyle Draper joins BST to discuss the report that LeBron James is not happy with Kyrie Irving and ‘wants to kick his ass’ for asking out of Cleveland.

14:42 - How much does David Price dislike being in Boston? What are the chances he opts out of his contract in 2018? Evan Drellich, Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles break it down.

Red Sox acquire third baseman Eduardo Nunez from Giants

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Red Sox acquire third baseman Eduardo Nunez from Giants

BOSTON — On the day Rafael Devers made his major league debut, the Red Sox added another piece to help them at the hot corner — and potentially elsewhere.

The Sox and the San Francisco Giants struck a deal that sends third baseman and utility man Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox in exchange for minor league righties Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Nunez, a 30-year-old from the Dominican Republic, could prove a versatile bench piece, particularly as Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt both struggle. The former is dealing with a hand injury. Dustin Pedroia, red hot, also needs to be spelled occasionally because of his left leg, so Nunez could help out in a variety of ways.

But perhaps the bulk of Nunez’s time with the Sox is to be spent at third base, where he fits as a right-handed complement to the left-handed hitting Devers in a platoon.

Nunez is slashing .299/.326/.414 this season against southpaws, with a  .263/.294/.412 line against them lifetime.

Nunez this year is batting .307 overall, which would be a career-high for him in a single season. But he doesn’t have much pop, with just four home runs this year and double-digits just once in his career (16 last year).

Defensively, Nunez has played shortstop and third base more than any other position in an eight-year career that brought him from the Yankees (four years), Twins (three years) and the Giants (two years) before the Sox. This year, Nunez has played more games at third than any other position, 48, but the seven errors he’s made isn’t an encouraging total.

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez tweeted an endorsement of Nunez, writing “Eduardo Nuñez plays amazing defense in whatever position he is placed. Red Sox are getting a great guy and player.”

The Red Sox and Mariners were in the middle of a night game in Seattle a little after midnight Wednesday morning when Nunez was seen shaking hands with his Giants teammates. 

There’s a small irony at play here. The Giants, of course, recently re-acquired Pablo Sandoval on a minor league deal, with the Sox still paying Sandoval a ton of money. The Giants’ production at third base has actually been worse than the Red Sox’ this season.