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Eduardo Rodriguez to Make Major League Debut for Red Sox in Texas

By on May 27, 2015 at 8:07pm
Eduardo Rodriguez (photo credit to BostonGlobe.com) Eduardo Rodriguez (photo credit to BostonGlobe.com)

Despite getting swept in three games by the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox have at least something to look forward to on their plane ride from Minneapolis to Arlington, Texas: the pitching debut of Eduardo Rodriguez.

Manager John Farrell announced before Wednesday’s 6-4 loss that Rodriguez will be called up to get his first Major League start against the Texas Rangers Thursday evening.

The Red Sox will be throwing a six-man rotation for this turn, but this will likely be Rodriguez’s only start this go-around. Farrell said that this current stretch of 20 consecutive games played offers a good time to get a spot starter up, giving each pitcher in the rotation an extra day of rest. Continue reading Eduardo Rodriguez to Make Major League Debut for Red Sox in Texas »

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NFL: Houston Texans-Training Camp

The NFL announced yesterday that the Houston Texans will be on this season’s version on Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is an HBO series that chronicles an NFL team through training camp each season. The series focuses on all aspects of an NFL team coming together, from roster cuts to preseason games to the first day of training camp.

The Texans being on Hard Knocks will have a bit of a New England flavor to it as defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, head coach Bill O’Brien, and quarterback Ryan Mallett all reside in Houston. Romeo Crennel, the three time Super Bowl champion as New England’s defensive coordinator, will also be on the show, he serves the same position with Houston.

Patriots fans will get their first glimpse of Wilfork in another uniform and get to see if one of Tom Brady’s former backups, Mallett, can win the starting job. O’Brien should also be interesting to watch as many former Bill Belichick coordinators have failed as head coaches in the NFL. Considering the Patriots will likely never be featured on the show, this will give fans a chance to see some semblance of how a Patriots camp might look from the inside.

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The Associated Press has reported that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four game suspension will not be heard for Wednesday. Wednesday is the 10 day deadline for both sides to set a date for an appeal, the appeal does not have t be heard in that window. The date can be pushed back if both sides mutually agree to do so.

The delay most likely has to do with two factors in the appeal process. The first is Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy’s appeal for his 10 game ban on May 28 due to domestic violence. The league and players association will get Hardy’s hearing done before moving to Brady’s. Continue reading Tom Brady Appeal Won’t Be Heard Before Wednesday »

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Staff photo by Ted Fitzgerald

On Wednesday, the Bruins officially announced that Don Sweeney will be their new General Manager. This makes him the eighth GM in Bruins history. This past season ended in disaster, just missing the playoffs then firing GM Peter Chiarelli shortly after, and all the rumors about Claude Julien getting fired as well.

So Sweeney has to deal with all of this and deal with all of it soon so he can end the Chiarelli era in Boston and begin an era of his own. There are a few things he has to deal with before anything else.

Keeping Claude?

It is best for the Bruins organization if Sweeney officially makes up his mind on whether he is going to keep Claude Julien as his Head Coach this season or if he will end up with the same fate as Chiarelli. Continue reading A Few Things That Don Sweeney Needs to Address Right Away »

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The Bruins announced Wednesday morning that they promoted Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney to General Manager position.

Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs praised Sweeney: “Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire. He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen.”

“Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin”, Jacobs continued, “and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out.”

The 2015-16 season will be the tenth for Sweeney in the Bruins front office. The Harvard economics graduate played for the Bruins for 15 seasons as a defenseman.

The promotion of Sweeney increases the chances that coach Claude Julien will stay in place, although no announcement has been made on that front. It also means Jacobs and team President Cam Neely believe in their core and don’t want to completely change the make up of the roster. That doesn’t mean a major trade or two won’t happen, however. Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic could still be trade bait, but them moving on is a bit less likely than if a team hired an external candidate.

 

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When Robert Kraft strolled to the podium at the NFL Owners’ meetings on Tuesday, one could expect just about anything. Since the “Deflategate” controversy and league penalties, one of the league’s most powerful owners was at odds with the offices on Park Avenue in New York.

Given his harsh statements toward the league prior to Super Bowl XLIX and his statements both after the league sanctions and to Peter King over the weekend,  he was viewed as an owner that would not only appeal the penalties, but possibly (although unlikely) go all the way to court.

Instead, Kraft did a 180 and announced that the team would accept the NFL penalties “reluctantly.” These penalties include the loss of a first and fourth round draft pick as well as a $1 million fine. Quarterback Tom Brady is still going ahead with his appeal of a four game ban.

Kraft said in part: ““I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he (Roger Goodell) has given to us and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric, and we won’t appeal.’’

A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Kraft and Goodell had met prior to this press conference and even hugged. Many believe that Kraft offered to accept the team penalties in exchange for a lessening or eliminating of Brady’s suspension. So far, nothing has changed on the Brady front.

The reaction among fans was mixed. Some felt Kraft was doing the right thing by accepting the penalties and trying to move on. Others felt he was turning his back on his team for the good of his fellow owners and profits. Still more were puzzled at why an owner who had insisted on innocence was now accepting some measure of guilt by taking the penalties.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Kraft still may feel his team is innocent, but that he would not win the appeal fight. If he was able to cut a deal and get Brady on the field for week one, then it is understandable. If not, then it is tough to justify spending so much time publicly fighting something to then just change course unless Kraft either knows members of his organization are guilty or he didn’t have the support of other owner’s in his fight.

One has to wonder also how Bill Belichick feels about all this. His press conference the Saturday after the allegations broke was the strongest public defense any member of the organization has done. He is also someone who highly values draft picks and has now lost two of them. And it is safe to say he would have been able to get the Patriots to play well without Brady in the first two or four weeks of the upcoming season. Now it seems all his efforts to prove his operation’s innocence has been for not.

The next crucial date in this saga will be Brady’s appeal. If the four games hold up, then Kraft’s acceptance is not only a loss for New England, but likely to ruffle the feathers of his two most important employees, Belichick and Brady. If the suspension is reduced, then Kraft will be praised for putting Brady above himself. Until then, it is likely we won’t hear anything from either side.

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NHL free agency begins July 1st and it’s a date many fans and media outlets look forward to. Any player not under contract with their current team  is free to seek offers and sign with any other team in the league.The Boston Bruins currently have eight players from their starting roster this past season who are not under contract for next season, qualifying them for free agency. Greg Campbell, Dan Paille, Carl Soderberg, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski are unrestricted free agents (UFA). Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, and Brett Connolly are the Bruins restricted free agents (RFA).

Back-up goaltender Niklas Svedberg was also qualified to hit the NHL market, but he has already fled the country and signed in the KHL.

That leaves the Bruins with five forwards and three defenseman to re-sign or not to re-sign. Continue reading The Eight Bruins Free Agents and What They Should do with Them »

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