After managing only two hits against the Phillies on Tuesday night, the Red Sox will get some added pop to their lineup this evening. Terry Francona has opted to give slugger Adrian Gonzalez the very rare start in right field in order to make room for David Ortiz at first base. Tito talked to Boston radio this morning about the decision, via NESN:
"I don't want to do it very often. It may not even be in our best
interest to win the game tonight...We're taking a gamble on the
On what made it something he was OK with doing: "This won't be a
trainwreck or we wouldn't have done it. Talking to Gonzo, he's got me
convinced that he's going to be OK, or I would not have done this."
And then there was this gem from Dustin Pedroia yesterday when asked about the posibility of Gonzalez in right and Papi at first, via HBT: "It will be good for us offensively, but damn, I’m going to have to play second, first and right."
It should be a good night for the Phillies to pepper some balls down the right side of the field.
Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.
Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.
Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.
Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)
A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....
earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs
The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.