The Red Sox were able to snap their five-game losing streak Monday night in Minnesota. Cody Ross led the team with two home runs, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning, leading the Sox to a 6-5 win over the Twins. He also homered in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5. Daniel Bard pitched 2/3 of an inning in the eighth to earn the win. He didn’t allow a hit and walked one batter, but is still scheduled to start Friday. Alfredo Aceves came on for the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Valentine lightens mood– Scott Lauber has in his notebook how Bobby V joked with Aceves when visiting him on the mound in the ninth inning.
Daniel Bard silences Minnesota in relief but increases chatter to return to bullpen– Didler Morais has with Bard’s performance Monday night the talk of him moving back to the bullpen will continue.
For Cody Ross game-winning homer was a blast from the past– Alex Speier has how Ross’ home run to the opposite field was something he learned to do a number of years ago while in the Tigers organization.
Decision time is closing in on Aaron Cook, Red Sox– Rob Bradford looks at the decision the Red Sox have with starting pitcher Aaron Cook. If the team does not call him up to the big leagues by May 1 he has an opt-out in his contract.
Bobby Valentine can’t rescue ship going down– Gerry Callahan looks at the decision to hire Bobby V as manager, and how things have not worked out thus far.
It’s not Valentine’s fault– Bill Reynolds says the start the Red Sox have had is not the fault of their manager.
Both the Bruins and Celtics were off Monday night. The Celtics will host the Heat tonight as the regular season is winding down. The team already knows they will face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, but who gets home court as being the No. 4 seed remains to be seen. The Bruins are in preparation for their decisive Game 7 with the Capitals tomorrow night at TD Garden.
Emphasis on health, not homecourt– Steve Bulpett in his Celtics notebook has with Doc Rivers resting his start players of late shows he is more concerned with the teams health rather than the homecourt advantage.
Homecourt or health: For Celtics it’s no challenge– Paul Flannery says the Celtics will need to continue being a good road team in the playoffs as they will be on the road a lot considering they have chosen health over homecourt.
Newly aquired Williams looks to start fresh with Celtics– A. Sherrod Blakely takes a look at the newest member of the Celtics, Sean Williams.
One big history lesson– Ron Borges takes a look at tomorrow night’s Game 7 and says all the teams’ Game 7’s last year mean nothing now.
Bruins need vintage Tim Thomas in Game 7– DJ Bean has in what has been an extremely close series the Bruins need Tim Thomas to be the Tim Thomas of last year’s Stanley Cup run.
Bergeron a money player– James Murphy says the Bruins can count on Bergeron to be a force in tomorrow night’s Game 7.
Selfless Bergeron has proved to be the model Bruin– Matt Kalman looks at how Bergeron has made his case for being named one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL.