Watch Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez Make Wild Game-Ending Play Vs. Rays

If you missed Saturday’s crazy ending to the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game, we have you covered.
Boston won it’s second straight from Tampa Bay, 6-5, at Tropicana Field, but it by no means was an easy task. The Red Sox once held a five-run lead thanks to an Andrew Benintendi grand slam, but a bullpen implosion allowed the Rays to tie it all at 5-5 late in the game.
Manager Alex Cora elected to pinch-hit Michael Chavis in the ninth and it paid off big time. The infielder smacked a double to center to move Jackie Bradley Jr. to third before Benintendi plated the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly.
But Tampa Bay made it interesting in the ninth with two runners on and two outs and Willy Adames at the plate. The Rays were in a good position to tie or walk-off with a win, but catcher Christian Vazquez noticed Tommy Pham getting just a bit too comfortable with his lead at first base.
Take a look at what happened next:

That's one way to end a ball game.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2019

Not a bad way to officially seal the first series win for your team.
Boston goes for the sweep Sunday afternoon.

Could Bruce Cassidy Switch Up Bruins Lines Again Ahead Of Game 6?

Could changes be coming to the Boston Bruins lineup for Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs?
While we may not know until moments before the game if head coach Bruce Cassidy plans on rejiggering his lines for Sunday’s match at Scotiabank Arena, there are some signs that a change or two could be made to the Bruins lineup.
Karson Kuhlman and Joakim Nordstrom, both of whom were scratched from the Game 5 lineup, both took part in Saturday afternoon’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. Kuhlman skated as the third-line right wing beside Danton Heinen and Charlie Coyle. Nordstrom, meanwhile, returned to the fourth-line left wing.
Should Kuhlman and Nordstrom be inserted into the lineup, Noel Accari and David Backes likely would be scratched.
But the only thing Cassidy willingly confirmed was that Tuukka Rask would take his place between the pipes for the Bruins.
When asked if Kuhlman could re-enter the lineup Sunday, Cassidy said, “We’re considering it. Certainly he’s played well for us, adds an element of speed and responsibility.”
Cassidy is no stranger to switching up the Bruins’ lines, and it would appear as though he isn’t afraid to do so once again for Game 6. As for which changes he will make and where, Bruins fans will simply have to wait and see.

Michael Chavis Hugs Family After Red Sox Debut In Heartwarming Photos

It’s been a wild 36 hours for Boston Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis.
First, Chavis was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Then, Chavis was penciled into Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, entering as a pinch-hitter of a 5-5 game.
Chavis didn’t waste the opportunity, launching a double into center field for his first hit in the major leagues.
After the game, Chavis was pictured hugging several family members that had come out to witness his first game in the MLB.
Grab some tissues before you take a closer look:

Best part of your ML debut?Having your family there to witness it.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2019

Absolutely precious.

Bruins Discuss What They Have To Do To Win Game 6, Extend Series

The Boston Bruins are up against a wall.
Boston is a game away from elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and potentially could see its season end when the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Easter Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena for Game 6.
Toronto defeated the Bruins at TD Bank 2-1 on Friday night to take a 3-2 series lead. After practice Saturday, Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk talked about what the squad has to do to extend the season.
To see what the Bruins players had to say, check out the video clip above from “NESN Sports Today,” presented by People’s United Bank.

Red Sox Notes: Michael Chavis All Smiles After First Hit, Wild Win Vs. Rays

Michael Chavis played a pivotal role in a game he wasn’t even supposed to be in.
The Boston Red Sox’s top prospect, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, was slated to make his Major League Baseball debut Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. But with the game tied at 5-5 and Jackie Bradley Jr. on first, manager Alex Cora elected to slot Chavis in as a pinch-hitter.
And the move paid off.
The 23-year-old smacked a double to center for his first hit of his MLB career before Andrew Benintendi drove in Bradley with a sacrifice fly, which served as the game-winning run in Boston’s 6-5 win over Tampa Bay.
“That was awesome,” Chavis said of his first hit, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage.
Chavis walked reporters through what was going through his mind when he realized he potentially could be making his debut a bit sooner than anticipated.
“I don’t remember who it was, but they hit a home run and tied up the game.” Chavis said, “So I knew I was going to go in and pinch-hit. I knew (Rays pitcher Jose Alvarado) threw hard … I was jsut ready for velocity … and got a good pitch to hit and didn’t try to do too much with it.”
Alvarado has been a solid backend reliever for Tampa Bay this season, and Chavis knew the kind of guy he was up against when he stepped into the batter’s box.
“It’s kind of a reassurance that I belong,” he said when asked how it felt to hit against Alvarado.
Manager Alex Cora had high praise for Chavis after the game.
“He put a good swing on it,” he said on NESN’s postgame coverage. “There’s no lack of confidence. … He belongs. We saw that in spring training as far as the offensive upside … first big league at-bat … that was very impressive.”
Here are some other notes from Saturday’s Red Sox-Rays game:
— The game ended in wild fashion, with Christian Vazquez picking off Tommy Pham at first base with two on in the ninth inning, with the Sox holding on to a slim, 6-5 lead.

That's one way to end a ball game.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2019

But, was the pick-off play called from the bench?
“I don’t know. I don’t know. We just… whatever,” Cora said with a laugh after the game, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage.
— The five runs scored in the second were the most the Red Sox have scored in a single inning this season.
“We’re feeling good offensively,” Cora said.
— Mitch Moreland left the game in the third inning with what the team is calling back spasms.
The first baseman has been one of Boston’s most dominant players this season, but Cora seemed optimistic Moreland would be just fine, and that he plans to be available for Sunday.
— The win solidified the first time the Sox will come away with a series win this season.
— Benintendi may have been just 1-for-4 at the plate, but he was the team’s biggest offensive contributor.
The outfielder hit a grand slam to open the scoring in the second, and later drove in the game-winning run, accounting for five of Boston’s six runs.

Red Sox’s David Price Looks To Complete Series Sweep Sunday Vs. Rays

With the Boston Red Sox officially have won their first series of 2019 with their 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.
They’ll now try to complete the sweep with a win Sunday.
David Price toes the rubber for Boston on Easter Sunday at Tropicana Field against his former team. Price earned his first win of 2019 Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out seven.
American League ERA leader Tyler Glasnow opposes Price on Sunday, who’s 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA.
To see a full pitching preview for Sunday’s game, check out the “Red Sox Final” video above, presented by Rodenhiser Heating & Cooling.

New England Revolution Put Together Clean Sheet In 1-0 Win Over Rival New York Red Bulls

New England Revolution Put Together Clean Sheet In 1-0 Win Over Rival New York Red Bulls And Record First Shot On Goal By A Center Forward This Season

Something happened on Saturday that hadn’t happened all seasons for the New England Revolution. 
A center forward recorded a shot on goal. 
It was forward Teal Bunbury in the 55th minute recording a shot on target, coincidently it was also New England’s first shot on goal in the match. 
The second and final shot on goal in the match? A shot by Cristian Penilla in the 73rd minute past the outstretched hand of Luis Robles to lift the Revolution over their rivals the New York Red Bull’s. 
“He (Penilla) was in a good mood all day, when he came off the bench he was in a great mood. And he is even in a better mood right now.” Said Coach Brad Friedel on Penilla.
With the win the Revs move to 2-5-1 on their MLS season bringing their point total to 7 which puts them in 9th place in the Eastern Conference Standings. 
The players know how huge the win could be for the team going forward and the icing on the cake was doing it against a heated rival. 
“I think right now, any win for us is huge.” Said Cody Cropper. “We needed this win and at home in front of our fans versus a rival. On “Darby” day if you want to call it that, its chilling. Obviously it gives us goosebumps. It’s huge, it can be a momentum builder.” 
It was a messy one at Gillette Stadium with rain coming down for much of the match creating a slippery playing surface for the players on the turf. 
“The turf is slick, the ball is coming through fast.” Said goalkeeper Cody Cropper.” You really have to trust your instincts, you have to deal with that first ball early. And just believe in your teammates and believe that they are going to be there to help clean up if you make a mistake or help pick you up if you do make a mistake.” 
First Clean Sheet Of The 2019 MLS Season 
For New England this was their first clean sheet since 10/28/18 against the Montreal Impact and their first one of the 2019 MLS season. 
“The goal believe or not in this game was the clean sheet.” Said Head Coach Brad Friedel after the game.”We’ve been leaking too many opportunities on quick attacks. We worked hard on the midfielders and we put Juan in a little bit of a different position. But we worked hard in training on that and making sure that far better back. That was first and foremost. I am really pleased that we got the clean sheet. When you have the clean sheet to build off of then that gives you confidence to create even more chances.” 
The person in net for the shutout? Cody Cropper who recorded 5 saves tying his career and season high. 
”Overall, I think we did the simple things right.” Said goalkeeper Cody Cropper.”Ultimately it comes down to winning the second balls, and winning the battle in the trenches, tonight we did that.”  
For Cropper it was his first clean sheet since 9/9/17, which came against the Impact. The 26-year-old keeper plans on upholding a tradition started by Matthew Reis of bringing in donuts for the team after recording a clean sheet. 
”Obviously I have the duty of bringing in donuts now, that Reisy started back in the day, so go to follow through with that. Teal is already telling me that I need to bring in like 48 donuts, so we will see how that goes.” Said Cropper 
Quick Turnaround With Montreal Impact Coming In On Wednesday
No rest for the weary in New England with the Revolution set to host the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. 
For the Revolution this win over New York can be a building block for them going forward with two more games coming up in less than 7 days. 
“When you are near bottom of the league, it was similar before we played Minnesota. It was important to try to claw back teams that are in front of you. We had result with Atlanta go our way right before the game. And it was just very important with Montreal coming up, they are four points ahead of us, I know it is early in the season but just to keep in touch with everyone and the clean sheet will breath a lot of confidence. So we will try to build off that going into the Montreal game.” Said Friedel after the match when looking forward.
New England and Montreal will face off on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. 
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Red Sox Manager Alex Cora Gives An Injury Update On Mitch Moreland

Mitch Moreland is going to be okay.
The first baseman has been one of the most consistent performers for the Boston Red Sox this season, and it appears he’s going to be alright after leaving Boston’s 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Ray on Saturday night due to back tightness.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora spoke to the media after Boston’s Saturday night win and said Moreland’s doing “okay, just tight” and will be available for Sunday’s game.
To hear Cora’s full comments on Moreland’s health, check out the clip above from “Red Sox Extra Innings Live,” presented by W.B. Mason.

Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan Ejected After Chucking Ball Toward Referee

The NBA playoffs were rife with ejections Saturday, with DeMar DeRozan just the latest player to be tossed.
The Denver Nuggets were dominating the San Antonio Spurs 110-92 with just five minutes left in Game 4 when DeMar DeRozan decided to drive down the lane for a late-game bucket. But DeRozan drew an offensive foul on the play, which clearly didn’t please the guard one bit.
In response, DeRozan hucked the ball in the direction of Scott Foster, the referee that called the foul, out of frustration. He was ejected as a result.
Check it out:

DeMar CHUCKED the ball at the ref and got ejected after getting called for a charge
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 20, 2019

The Nuggets ended up winning Game 4 117-103, with Game 5 set for Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Red Sox Wrap: Boston Survives Late-Inning Rally To Beat Rays In 6-5 Thriller

If we told you Michael Chavis essentially would be the difference maker for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, would you believe it?
Well, believe it.
The Red Sox top prospect blasted a double to center in the top of the ninth inning in a 5-5 game to move Jackie Bradley Jr. to third before Andrew Benintendi plated Bradley on a sacrifice fly to up Boston’s lead to 6-5 — a score it ultimately the Sox would defeat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
But that wasn’t even the biggest story of the game.
The Rays had a chance to win the game in the bottom half of the ninth with two on and two out, but Tommy Pham was picked off by Christian Vazquez when he was caught getting just a bit too comfortable with his lead at first base.
Rick Porcello had his best outing, tossing 5 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs, struck out five and walked just one batter. But was tagged with the no decision after the bullpen imploded and gave away the four-run lead Boston had most of the game.
The Red Sox did suffer a loss despite winning the game when Mitch Moreland exited in the third inning with back spasms.
With the win, the Red Sox improved to 8-13, while the Rays dropped to 14-7.
Here’s how it all went down:
The Rays made it interesting by tying it late in the game, but Chavis came through for the Sox, coupled with a strong outing from Porcello, and that insane ending.
— Porcello pitched around a Pham single in the first, but couldn’t get out of the second inning unscathed.
The right-hander served up a 2-1 fastball to Avisail Garcia that he sent up and out of Tropicana Field to put Tampa Bay on the board and cut Boston’s lead to 5-1.

.@AvisailGarcia LAUNCHES one out of here for his 4th HR of the year!
Catch the #TampaBayRays LIVE now on FOX Sports Sun l FOX Sports Go#RaysUp #MLB
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 20, 2019

Tampa Bay chipped away at its deficit in the fourth when Ji-Man Cho led the inning off with a triple and later was plated when Brandon Lowe sent a triple of his own to right field to make it 5-2. But Porcello got out of the frame without any further damage done.
Porcello ran into some trouble in the fifth when he walked Michael Perez and hit Austin Meadows to bring the tying run to the plate. Pham ended the inning when he grounded out to Rafael Devers who turned the double play to end the threat.
The right-hander’s night was over in the sixth when he gave up a single to Lowe after getting the first two outs of the inning.
— Heath Hembree got the call to the mound and recorded the final out of the frame.
The righty gave up triple to Kevin Kiermaier to begin the seventh and was lifted after Lin made the first out.
— Bobby Poyner relieved Hembree and gave up a walk to Guillermo Heredia before surrendering the fourth Rays triple to clear the bases and bring the game within one.

.@austin_meadows smacks a 2-RBI triple to bring @Raysbaseball within 1!
Catch the #TampaBayRays LIVE now on FOX Sports Sun l FOX Sports Go#RaysUp #MLB
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 21, 2019

— Marcus Walden was the third pitcher of the seventh and got out of the jam by inducing back-to-back strikeouts.
— Matt Barnes gave up the tying run in the eighth on a Yandy Diaz home run to right that wrapped around the foul pole.

Yandy gotta eat! #RaysUp
— Tampa Bay Devil Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 21, 2019

The right-hander responded by striking out the next three batters.
— Ryan Brasier surrendered a lead off single in the ninth and a two-out single, but Vazquez caught Pham taking too big a lead at first and threw down to Steve Pearce to end the game.

That's one way to end a ball game.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2019

— The Red Sox loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second after J.D. Martinez singled followed by back-to-back walks from Charlie Morton. But Tzu-Wei Lin struck out in a three-pitch at-bat. But Sandy Leon was hit to move the runners up and take a 1-0 lead.
But more damage was done by Benintendi when he blasted the first pitch he saw from Morton to left-center field for a grand slam. The play was reviewed for fan interference, but didn’t change and Boston found itself up 5-0.

See ya later!
— NESN (@NESN) April 20, 2019

— The Red Sox tried to extend their 5-4 lead when Pearce, who entered the game after Moreland’s exit, doubled to lead off the eighth before Martinez drew a walk to put two on with nobody out. Pearce moved to third on a Xander Bogaerts line shot to second that resulted in a double play that certainly saved the Rays from falling into a deeper hole. Devers popped out to strand Pearce and end the inning.
— Bradley began the ninth with a single in a 5-5 game and after Lin recorded the first out of the inning, Chavis made his Major League Baseball debut and wasted no time in collecting his first hit with a deep double to center.

Welcome to the show @MichaelChavis11!
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2019

Benintendi drove in his fifth run with a sacrifice fly to plate Bradley and make it 6-5.
— Mookie Betts had two hits on the night, while Benintendi, Pearce, Martinez, Devers, Bradley and Chavis all had one.
*Insert big grin emoji*

In his first MLB at-bat, Michael Chavis hits a missile to the CF wall for a double against maybe the most dominant pitcher in baseball this year, Jose Alvarado.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) April 21, 2019

Boston closes out its three-game set with the Rays on Sunday afternoon when David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox opposite of Tyler Glasnow. First pitch from Tropicana Field is set for 2:10 p.m. ET.