Red Sox beat Rays in third straight, 6-4


Red Sox beat Rays in third straight, 6-4

BOSTON The Red Sox continued their weekend domination of the Rays, beating Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Red Sox offense. With his 4-for-5 performance Saturday, he has hit safely in seven straight at-bats with a home run and six RBI.

Cody Ross once again put his made-for-Fenway Park swing to work with a three-run homer in the second inning off Matt Moore. It was his second home run in as many at-bats after he his an eighth-inning two-run homer Saturday.

Mike Aviles led off the eighth with a home run, his second homer of the season.

Although the Rays outhit the Sox, 13-8, starter Felix Doubront, and relievers Scott Atchison, Vicente Padilla, Franklin Morales and Alfredo Aceves were able to hold Tampa Bay in check.

Padilla earned the win, his first of the season, with Moore taking the loss. Aceves earned his second save of the season.

The Sox will attempt a sweep of the four-game series in Monday mornings Patriots Day special.

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.

Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.

Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.

“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”

Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.

Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.

Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future. 

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.

*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.

*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.

*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.

*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.

*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.

*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.