J.D. Martinez is off to a great start for the Boston Red Sox this season.
Martinez collected his 1,000th hit Sunday in the form of a three-run shot to center field against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. The Red Sox’s outfielder now has two home runs on the season with seven RBIs.
Take a look:
Of course J.D.'s 1000th career hit is a dinger!
Congrats, @JDMartinez14! pic.twitter.com/AZ4oChqNai
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) March 31, 2019
Not a bad way to ring in 1,000 hits.
In his first season with Boston in 2018, Martinez batted .330 with 130 RBIs and 43 homers. He’s looking to match those totals this season, and he’s well on his way to doing that.
Martinez won the American League Silver Slugger Award at two different positions last season along with the AL Hank Aaron Award. It’s no surprise he already is on a roll this season.
Former Boston Bruins center, Tyler Seguin, has some pretty fantastic memories of winning the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.
The memories of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup victory will sit in the minds of both players and fans forever. Seguin, now with the Dallas Stars, was able to reflect on the 2011 Cup victory after losing in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
“There’s memories and things walking into this locker room that I’ll never forget,” Seguin told Louie DeBrusk and Scott Oake of SportsNet.
The 27-year-old went on to reminisce about smoking a cigar after the victory with his good pal Brad Marchand
To hear everything Seguin had to say about winning the Cup in Boston, fast forward to 2:45:
The Seguin era in Boston didn’t last very long, with the Bruins famously trading the forward on July 4, 2013 for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow. In his rookie season with the squad, Seguin recorded 11 goals and 11 assists for the team. But no one can take winning a Stanley Cup away from him.
Craig Kimbrel may not be part of the Boston Red Sox’s roster anymore, but that didn’t stop him from reaching out to Matt Barnes on Friday night.
The Red Sox pitcher closed out Friday’s thrilling 7-6 win over the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park, earning his first save of the year, and first since the 2017 season. After the game, Barnes revealed his former teammate — who amassed 108 saves over his three seasons in Boston — sent him a text congratulating him on the save.
“I was fortunate enough to have Craig here for multiple years,” Barnes said, via MassLive. “Learned a lot from him and the way he goes about his business and conducts himself. So I try to pull on some of that stuff. He’s been a great friend.”
While Barnes officially hasn’t been named the Red Sox’s next closer, Boston manager Alex Cora showed he had enough confidence in his pitcher to close out a game that’s in a high-leverage situation.
The Boston Bruins are inching closer and closer to locking up second place in the Atlantic Division, which in turn would give them home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Boston, which has dropped two of its last three, will look to further solidify its standing over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a road tilt against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.
Sunday marks the Bruins’ final back-to-back of the season with just four games remaining in the regular season.
Here’s how to watch Bruins-Red Wings:
When: Sunday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Dustin Pedroia is making great progress and will begin his Single-A Greenville rehab assignment April 4.
The Boston Red Sox second baseman began the 2019 Major League Baseball season on the injured list as he continues to recover from knee procedures he underwent last year. Pedroia appeared in just three games in 2018 before re-injuring his knee and being shut down for the season.
According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the 35-year-old played in “eight successful innings” Sunday morning, and has nine more scheduled for Tuesday.
Pedroia has said he was hopeful to return by April 9 — the Sox’s home opener — but manager Alex Cora wouldn’t say yes or no as to whether his second baseman would be ready by then.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Cora told Bradford.
His response is fair. Cora likely doesn’t want to provide any false hope to fans and especially Pedroia, who’s probably the most anxious to return to the diamond.
Boston Red Sox Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia To Rehab With Single-A Greenville Drive
On Sunday Boston Red Sox Manager told members of the media that infielder Dustin Pedroia would be rehabbing with the Greenville Drive on Thursday.
Pedroia according to Cora played eight innings in an extended Spring Training game on Sunday morning and from all accounts it went very well.
Prior to the Drive season opener on Thursday Pedroia will attempt to play a full 9 innings in an extended Spring game on Tuesday and barring no set-backs, will join Single-A Greenville.
Now for PawSox fans wondering why not Triple-A, well that answer is very simple.
Games in Greenville tend to have good weather and are rarely cancelled giving Pedroia a more definitive chance of getting a rehab game in. If it had been with Pawtucket the weather would have been rather unpredictable.
Pawtucket opens up their season on Thursday at Syracuse and then they travel to Buffalo before returning home to McCoy on April 11th.
Dustin Pedroia talking to the media after his rehab game at McCoy in 2018
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After a few rough starts for the Red Sox pitching staff, it’s clear that Boston needs to make some adjustments moving forward. Manager Alex Cora knows that, and is looking at how the team can improve.
The Red Sox’s manager said everyone is accountable for the team’s lackluster performance against the Seattle Mariner on Saturday, which ultimately ended in a 6-5 loss for the Sox. Cora said the team needs to a better job of adjusting, or the team could pay the price.
To hear more from Cora about the team’s pitching, check out the “Red Sox Gameday Live” video above, presented by DCU.
Liverpool secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday to return to the top of the Premier League table.
Roberto Firmino headed the Reds into the lead after 16 minutes of play, nodding in from Andy Robertson’s first-rate delivery from the left.
Lucas Moura levelled for Spurs with 20 minutes left on the clock when he swept beyond Alisson Becker after Christian Eriksen had failed to connect with Kieran Trippier’s low cross.
The contest looked to be heading for draw until Hugo Lloris pushed Mohamed Salah’s header against the shins of Toby Alderweireld and over the line to give Liverpool what could prove a crucial victory in the race to be crowned champions.
The result takes the Reds two points ahead of Manchester City, though they’ve played a game more than their title rivals.
You just can't call it…#PL pic.twitter.com/tK6cWmRn5P
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 31, 2019
Read the full game report on LiverpoolFC.com >>
Photo Credit: New England Revolution
Revolution Leftovers:Brian Wright Leads Legion To First Victory, DeJuan Jones Gets His First MLS Start
This weekend was a monumental one for the New England Revolution first team as they were able to capture their first win of their MLS campaign with a 2-1 victory over Minnesota United FC.
Saturday’s win over the Loons was a rather special one for Revs rookie DeJuan Jones.
Jones made his first MLS start after seeing his debut in the previous week against Cincinnati and was able to record a secondary assist on a Brandon Bye goal, the game winner.
“I saw a great run. He’s cutting in, so the center back in front of me couldn’t see him. I just wanted to play a nice weighted ball onto him and give him an opportunity to shoot it across.” said Jones on the play.
For a 21-year-old making his first start in MLS Jones was bound to be a little shaky at first, something he admits happened to start the match.
Jones on 11 passes was only able to complete a team low 36.4% of them in the first half. But to his credit, he finished the match with a 52.2% passing accuracy on 23 passes.
“First half, my touches were kind of off – kind of just getting use to the game. Then, second half, got some confidence from my teammates, from my coaches. Then, came out and started getting more touches, seeing the field more, and Teal made a great run. I just played him in the space, he took a shot – or a cross – and then Brandon was there to finish up the play, so it’s great.” said Jones.
As for what caused Jones to get the opportunity and his chances of seeing time going forward? Well it will all come down to his performance in training.
“You never know when opportunities are going to arise. An opportunity arose for DeJuan, and I thought he played very well today.” said Head Coach Brad Friedel.
Brian Wright Gives Birmingham Legion FC Their First Victory In Franchise History
The Jay Heaps led Birmingham Legion FC played a match on Sunday, March 31st and were able to capture their first victory in the franchises history.
The Legion of course, were led by one of New England’s players that are on loan with the USL Championship club.
Both Brian Wright and Zachery Herivaux started for the Legion. Herivaux playing a 7 on the right side and Wright playing more of a 9 with the Legion running a 4-2-4 formation.
Brian Wright from all accounts was able to put on an absolute show for Birmingham. Wright lended an assist in the 36th minute with a low cross in for Chandler Hoffman.
Then in the 87th minute in a 2-2 game Wright was able to set himself up perfectly on the first touch to slam home the 3-2 game winner.
Through 2 appearances, 1 start, 121 minutes logged with the Legion Wright has attempted 4 shots, 3 on target (team high), with one goal and one assist.
Herivaux on the other hand, has not recorded any offensive stats per the Legion, put has started two games with a full 180 minutes under his belt. Herivaux however has been fairly decent in the passing game with an 85.7% passing accuracy on 77 passes and has created 3 chances, 3rd on the team.
The New England Revolution’s next match is Saturday at 7:30 PM at Columbus Crew SC.
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Eduardo Rodriguez wasn’t exactly on point in the Boston Red Sox’s 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday at T-Mobile Park, and was willing to admit it after the game.
Not only did he not have command of his fastball, Rodriguez admitted that the Mariners were having a field day with his change-up. The southpaw lasted just 4 1/3 innings Saturday, allowing six runs, five of them earned, and eight hits before being pulled from the game.
Pitching coach Dana LeVangie and manager Alex Cora also chimed in on his performance, agreeing that the lefty still has plenty of good stuff left to give.
To hear more about ERod’s lackluster performance, check out the “Red Sox First Pitch” video above, presented by Men’s Warehouse.