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The New York Rangers made the playoffs for the eighth time in the past nine seasons, and went on a nice postseason run, ultimately losing the Stanley Cup Final in five games. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. The series was close enough, with three overtime losses, that the Rangers can feel like they should be contenders, but it was also clear that there is room for improvement to match the leagues best. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Rangers team that has a good core group, but is looking at some significant roster turnover this summer. Having finished sixth in (Fenwick Close) puck possession during the regular season, along with one of the games premier goaltenders, the Rangers had credentials to justify their strong postseason run and it should keep expectations high for the future. If the Rangers return most of the same roster, wiaBOSTON -- It is Michel Therriens first Game 7 as an NHL coach, compared to No. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. 10 for Bostons Claude Julien. But as the Canadiens coach pointed out, he has been here before. "For us, Game 6 in Montreal was the same thing," Therrien said of the Habs 4-0 do-or-die win, which forced Game 7 Wednesday night at the TD Garden. "Its a matter of attitude and I believe we had the right frame of mind and right mindset for Game 6. The attitude was there. "And I saw a bunch of guys (Tuesday) with the same attitude. This morning again. So were all excited about that challenge. It was a huge challenge for us back home and its another huge challenge for us tonight." Julien, who ties Mike Keenan for the most Game 7s in NHL history among head coaches, was equally excited after the morning skate. "I was ready to play last night and I was excited watching the other games on TV," said the Bruins coach, who is 5-4 in his previous nine Games 7s. "I wish it was an afternoon game versus a night game. "Its the excitement of wanting to play those (games). It depends on how you approach it. Im excited about it. I dont know if having been through a lot of Game 7s is a compliment. But weve been through a lot of them and hopefully we can take advantage of it." The winner will host the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final. Both the Bruins and Canadiens will be looking for a fast start. The team that scores first in Game 7 is 113-40 (.739) all-time, not to mention all six previous games in this series. Boston has a clear edge in Game 7 experience. The Bruins have played in a combined total of 89 Game 7s, compared to 38 for Montreal. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be appearing in his 11th Game 7, passing Martin Brodeur, Andrew Ference and Scott Gomez (10) for the most among active players "Asked about his favourite Game 7 memory, the 37-year-old Chara smiled and replied: "Every one that we win." Ask Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher about his last Game 7 and the 22-year-old forward reaches back to junior hockey for a double-overtime Vancouver Giants win over the Spokane Chiefs. The Habs will look to their leaders, with goalie Carey Price and defenceman P.K. Subban leading the way. "P.K. Subbans been phenomenal since the playoff started ... Hes a gamer," said Therrien. "Hes a guy that will bring his game to another level when the game counts. Hes been a leader on the ice definitely for our club." Prices record this year in elimination games is 4-0, counting Game 6 and three win-or-go-home games at the Sochi Olympics -- against Latvia, the U.S. and Sweden. The 26-year-old gave up just one goal in those games. "Hes calm and he makes our team play with confidence," said Therrien. "It goes with maturity. Hes a young veteran but this year his experience at the Olympics, I thought he was phenomenal. He was a true leader for that team and ended up winning the gold medal. Last game, it was the same thing. It was a huge game for us." All four of Prices post-season shutouts have come against the Bruins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other goalie to earn his first four playoff shutouts against one team is Brodeur (also against Boston). The only other Habs goalie with four post-season shutouts against the Bruins is Jacques Plante (between 1954 and 1958). Boston is taking part in a Game 7 for the seventh consecutive season, setting an NHL record. The Bruins had been tied with the Avalanche, participants in six consecutive years from 1998 through 2003. There was no word on any lineup changes. Asked if defenceman Dennis Seidenberg might return from a knee injury layoff, Julien chose to be a bit fuzzy. "I dont think so," said Julien, who obviously knew the answer. "Id be very surprised." NOTES -- The Game 7 between the Bruins and Canadiens is the ninth between the two franchises, which is a record for two teams among all major sports. Montreal held a 5-3 advantage in the eight prior Game 7s, but the teams split six such games in Boston ... Thirty-eight of the 152 Game 7s in the NHL have required overtime, with a 19-19 split between home and road teams. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. Directly ahead was open field, the end zone and the Seattle Seahawks place in the NFC championship game. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. Hes had three top-10 results this season and feels ready to put it all together and finally hoist a trophy at the top level. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. PAUL, Minn.Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker scored 33 points to help the Charlotte Hornets top the Boston Celtics 104-95 on Monday. It was Walkers second straight game of at least 30 points and Charlottes second straight win. He also added five assists and five rebounds. Cody Zeller chipped in 20 points and seven boards for Charlotte. Jared Sullinger paced Boston with 22 points and eight rebounds as the Celtics fell to 2-7 since trading Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics got 55 points from their bench, led by Jae Crowder and James Young each depositing 13. After not having led since the game was 2-0 through 24 seconds, the Celtics made a late comeback bid. Down by 16 with 7:47 remaining, Bostons 10-0 run that included 3-pointers from Crowder and Young got them within two possessions. I was kind of nervous when I first got in, my first time playing really in the regular season, said Young. I was just trying to go out there in the second half and just be aggressive, everyone told me just to be aggressive. The Hornets called timeout, and Marvin Williams 3-point play on the next possession restored order. That started a 12-3 Charlotte run that ran its lead back to 15 points with 2 1/2 minutes to go. Boston scored the next eight points and did not allow Charlotte to hit another shot from the floor, but the Hornets hit four free throws in the final minute to hang on. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. We made plays. We could have got frustrated, we could have got down but we stayed with the game, said Walker. Jeff Greens layup put the Celtics up 2-0, but the Hornets would go on an 11-0 run soon afterward to take a 15-4 lead. Walker scored seven points in that spurt and finished the quarter with 11 as Charlotte led 24-16 after one. The Hornets expanded their lead in the second quarter by limiting Boston to 35 percent shooting to build a 50-36 advantage at the break. A back-and-forth third quarter ended with a 79-62 lead for the visitors. Williams 3-pointer with 47 seconds left in the period extended the Hornets lead to a game-high 22 points, but Young scored the final five of the quarter to cut the Celtics deficit. Game Notes Charlotte leads the four-game season series 2-0 ... Boston is 0-10 when scoring fewer than 100 points ... Walker has 20 or more points in 10 of his last 15 games ... The Hornets held a 48-33 advantage on the boards ... The Celtics scored 20 points off 16 Charlotte turnovers and only had six giveaways themselves. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
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th Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Carl Hagelin as the forward core, the Rangers will likely be a playoff team next year, but there are enough free agents that it cant be assumed the Rangers will have the same roster. Mix in a buyout of Brad Richards, and potential free agent departures of defenceman Anton Stralman along with forwards Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and others and that will present an opportunity to make some changes. Additionally, the Rangers are known for being big-game hunters and, in a summer in which many big names are already being floated in trade rumours, it would come as no surprise if at least one of those big names found its way to Broadway. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013-2014 regular season ratings at 87.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
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GM/COACH Glen Sather/Alain Vigneault Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Martin St. Louis 74.43 81 30 39 69 50.4% $5.625M Rick Nash 73.50 65 26 13 39 54.2% $7.8M Derek Stepan 71.31 82 17 40 57 53.1% $3.075M Carl Hagelin 67.10 72 17 16 33 54.5% $2.25M Brad Richards 65.55 82 20 31 51 54.1% $6.667M Derek Dorsett 59.31 51 4 4 8 50.5% $1.633M Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Chris Kreider 72.68 66 17 20 37 55.2% RFA $1.325M Mats Zuccarello 72.45 77 19 40 59 53.8% RFA $1.15M Derick Brassard 67.31 81 18 27 45 53.5% RFA $53.2M Benoit Pouliot 65.59 80 15 21 36 53.8% UFA $1.3M Brian Boyle 64.97 82 6 12 18 46.9% UFA $1.7M Dominic Moore 62.10 73 6 12 18 55.2% UFA $1.0M Daniel Carcillo 62.08 57 4 1 5 50.5% UFA $825K Its pretty sweet when the reigning scoring champ insists on a trade to one team, and your team is the beneficiary, but the Rangers probably hoped for more than what they got from Martin St. Louis, who scored one goal and eight points in 19 games with the Blueshirts before a little better production (8 G, 7 A in 25 GP) in the postseason. St. Louis has a brilliant track record -- Joe Thornton is the only player with more points since 2003-2004 -- but St. Louis is also 39 and his production with the Rangers is a little troubling, with his shots on goal way down from earlier in the season in Tampa Bay. St. Louis is going into the final year of his contract, and may have more years left in him, but 0.85 points per game was St. Louis lowest rate since 2005-2006 and its not a given that a player in his late thirties will simply rebound offensively. After leading the NHL playoffs with 83 shots on goal, yet managing only three goals, Rick Nash came under heavy fire for his lack of production. And yet, over the past two seasons, no one gets shots on goal during 5-on-5 play at a higher rate than Nash and his goals/60 is also best in the league. Yes, it was a bad slump in the postseason but Nash, who just turned 30, has strong enough underlying numbers to believe he can still be a top goal-scorer. Derek Stepan got off to a slow start after signing a new contract shortly before the start of the regular season, but finished with 22 points in his last 23 regular season games. Hes a strong two-way player who hasnt missed a regular season game in four years (though he did miss one game after having his jaw broken in the playoffs). A winger whose speed puts pressure on opposing defences, Carl Hagelin is a strong puck possession player, who scored 33 points without netting a single point on the power play. He may not put up huge point totals because of the lack of power play time, but Hagelin creates chances at even strength. Technically, at this moment, Brad Richards is under contract to the Rangers for next season, but the most likely scenario involves Richards being bought out of his contract because his play has declined and there is no earthly way to believe that he can provide value on a contract that runs through 2020. While Derek Dorsetts calling card is his aggressive play -- he has 51 fights over the past four seasons -- hes also taken regular shifts in a defensive role, consistently starting more shifts in the defensive zone and surviving despite that tilted ice. Chris Kreider had a very strong rookie season, with strong possession stats, he showcased his game in the playoffs, scoring 13 points in 15 games once he returned from a broken hand. Kreider doesnt have top-tier finishing skill, but he has a rare combination of size and speed to create chances. It took some time for Mats Zuccarello to establish a regular role in the NHL, but he did last season, playing 77 games and leading the Rangers with 59 points. Zuccarello is short, but he doesnt shy away from physical play and has been high-end in terms of puck possession. Derick Brassard has been a valuable complementary forward for the Rangers, scoring 80 points with solid possession numbers in 129 (regular season plus playoff) games since he was acquired from Columbus. As a third-line centre with offensive upside, Brassard tends to get favourable matchups. There are definitely going to be holes to fill for the Rangers, with four unrestricted free agent forwards, and thats without counting Richards, so there will undoubtedly be some changes. Of all the unrestricted free agents, Dominic Moore may be the best bet to return. Moore was a reliable checker for the Rangers last season and played well in the postseason, so it shouldnt be difficult to find room for him on next years roster. Looking outside the roster, a trade for Joe Thornton -- who does have some history with Rick Nash -- would be a way to upgrade down the middle and keep the Rangers among the best teams in the Eastern Conference. It might require some financial maneuvering, but would also be worth the trouble. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Ryan McDonagh 75.65 77 14 29 43 51.1% $4.7M Dan Girardi 66.91 81 5 19 24 49.9% $5.5M Marc Staal 64.22 72 3 11 14 54.4% $3.975M Kevin Klein 58.44 77 2 7 9 46.5% $2.9M Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Raphael Diaz 63.21 63 2 13 15 49.7% UFA $1.225M Anton Stralman 62.74 81 1 12 13 56.5% UFA $1.7M John Moore 61.73 74 4 11 15 51.6% RFA $965K Justin Falk 55.54 21 0 2 2 45.2% RFA $975K Not only did Ryan McDonagh set career highs in goals (14) and assists (29), but he also did so while facing the oppositions best lines, starting more shifts in the defensive zone and still managed positive possession stats. The 25-year-old rising star is a terrific skater and can handle physical play. Often partnered with McDonagh, Dan Girardi is an interesting case. Hes something of an underdog story, undrafted out of junior, and only half a dozen defencemen had more combined hits and blocked shots last season than Girardis 365, so he isnt shy about sacrificing his body. However, his critics will note that others -- particularly McDonagh -- tend to fare better when playing without Girardi and cite hit and block totals as evidence that the puck is in the Rangers end too often when Girardi is on the ice. Maybe the solution is to find less demanding matchups for Girardi, because he has a six-year contract extension that kicks in next season, so hell likely be around a while. Mostly healthy last season, aside from suffering one concussion, Marc Staal had a solid season alongside Anton Stralman, though 20:31 average ice time per game was below his standard. As he gets more comfortable, and puts injuries further in the rearview, Staal could resume playing big minutes. Once he arrived in New York, in a trade for Michael Del Zotto, Kevin Klein was relegated to the third pair, so he didnt play as much as he had in Nashville, and while Kleins regular season was mediocre, he put up strong possession numbers in the playoffs. The question for the Rangers is whether its worth paying Klein at this rate to play as a third pair defenceman, or can he move up the depth chart, if necessary? 23-year-old John Moore hasnt yet risen above a third-pairing role, but hes been effective with that sheltered usage. There could be more opportunity for him to move up, depending on what happens with the rest of the Rangers defensive unit. A big stay-at-home defenceman, Justin Falk didnt play much in the 21 games that he did dress last season, so his future with the Rangers, or in the NHL, could be in doubt. Perhaps the biggest issue facing the Rangers defence is the pending unrestricted free agency of Anton Stralman, something of a hockey nomad who finally found his game in the past couple seasons, putting up elite-level possession stats while handling a top-four role on the Blueshirts blueline. Stralmans strong play may price him out of the Rangers range, so his departure would leave a hole that needs to be filled. Returning Goaltenders Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Henrik Lundqvist 77.88 63 33 24 5 2.36 .920 $8.5M Cam Talbot 76.24 21 12 6 1 1.64 .941 $563K Pretty much from the time he arrived in the NHL, in 2005-2006, Henrik Lundqvist has been among the top puck-stoppers in the game and though he struggled in the first half of last season, posting a .908 save percentage through the end of December, he was lights-out after that, right through the playoffs. Since they signed him to a seven-year contract extension, the Rangers had better hope that 32-year-old Lundqvist ages well. Undrafted out of Alabama-Huntsville, Cam Talbot had three-plus years in the AHL when he was summoned to New York after Martin Birons sudden early-season retirement. Talbot enjoyed a phenomenal year, one that he cant be expected to duplicate, but hes an inexpensive backup for Lundqvist. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats J.T. Miller RW Hartford (AHL) 15-28-43, +10, 41 GP Brady Skjei D Minnesota (Big 10) 6-8-14, +15, 40 GP Jesper Fast RW Hartford (AHL) 17-17-34, +14, 48 GP Conor Allen D Hartford (AHL) 6-25-31, -4, 72 GP Anthony Duclair LW Quebec (QMJHL) 50-49-99, +19, 59 GP Dylan McIlrath D Hartford (AHL) 6-11-17, +2, 62 GP Danny Kristo RW Hartford (AHL) 25-18-43, even, 65 GP Oscar Lindberg C Hartford (AHL) 18-26-44, +2, 75 GP Pavel Buchnevich LW Cherepovets Severstal (KHL) 7-11-18, -1, 40 GP Ryan Haggerty RW RPI (ECAC) 28-15-43, +7, 35 GP Mat Bodie D Union (ECAC) 8-31-39, +28, 40 GP Mackenzie Skapski G Kootenay (WHL) 2.70 GAA, .916 SV%, 53 GP The 15th pick in the 2011 Draft, J.T. Miller has established that he can produce in the AHL, but has 10 points in 56 career NHL games and has taken some criticism from new coach Alain Vigneault. If he sticks around, Miller should have a good shot at a top-nine role next season. Picked 28th in 2012, Brady Skjei is a strong skating defensive defenceman who is still working on the offensive side of his game with the Golden Gophers. A sixth-round pick in 2010, Jesper Fast had a solid showing in his first season in North America, earning 11 games with the Rangers and impressing with his skating. If he gets stronger, improving his physical game, hell have a chance to make the jump soon. Signed as a free agent out of UMass-Amherst, Conor Allen was solid in his first pro campaign, solid enough to get a three-game look with the Rangers and the 24-year-old is as likely as any defenceman in the organization to get called up. Drafted in the third round last summer, Anthony Duclair erupted offensively last season, raising the ceiling on what he might be expected to become once he turns pro. If he can show that his 50-goal season wasnt a fluke, well, that offers interesting potential in the long term. Towering tough guy defenceman Dylan McIlrath was the 10th pick in 2010, and while hes not going to do anything flashy, hes a tough customer who scrapped with Flames heavyweight Brian McGrattan during his two-game trial in the NHL last season. Acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, Danny Kristo is a fast winger who can score, but needs to get stronger if hes going to handle the rigors of NHL action. Picked up in a 2011 trade with Phoenix, Oscar Lindberg is a two-way centre that had a solid showing in his first North American season. It would not be a surprise to see him get some time in New York next year. A third-round pick last summer, Pavel Buchnevich is a skinny skilled winger who had a nice year on a poor team in the KHL. Theres no rush to get him to North America just yet. Signed as a free agent out of national-champion Union College, Mat Bodie is a puck mover who lacks ideal size, but is a good skater and passer who can play an offensive role. Taken in the sixth round last summer, Mackenzie Skapski has played well under a heavy workload over the past couple seasons in Kootenay. Rangers advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFTNo first-round pick. FREE AGENCY According to دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, the Rangers have approximately $54.0M committed to the 2014-2015 salary cap for 13 players. Check out my possible Rangers lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: One top nine forward, four more forwards, one top four defenceman, depth defencemen. What I said the Rangers needed last year: Two-three top nine forwards, depth defencemen. They added: Chris Kreider, Benoit Pouliot, Dominic Moore, Taylor Pyatt, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk. TRADE MARKET J.T. Miller, Kevin Klein, John Moore. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
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.Y. -- As if the worst start in franchise history isnt bad enough, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black braced his teams win-starved fans for potentially more tough times. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. -- Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the Dodgers starting pitchers in their two-game season-opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
.C. -- Gleason Fournier scored the shootout winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 Friday in American Hockey League action.CLEVELAND -- Sporting sunglasses, a teal shirt and a backpack hanging from his shoulder, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon looked like a tourist as he arrived late for his news conference. Maddon didnt have time to slip into his uniform and had a valid excuse. The Rays have been on the road. In the past week, theyve gone from Tampa to New York to Toronto to Texas to Cleveland, a journey covering 3,627 miles. On Wednesday night, the Rays hope to book a trip to Boston. Getting a complete game from starter David Price, Tampa Bay beat Texas 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday night, earning the Rays a wild-card spot for the third time in four years and a chance to face the Indians, making their first appearance in October since 2007. Forced to win almost every day down the stretch as they went neck-and-neck-and-neck with the Indians and Rangers in a thrilling wild-card scramble in the final weeks of September, the Rays won in Toronto on Sunday before travelling deep in the heart of Texas and surviving a win-or-go-home scenario. "Ill tell you what," said Maddon, whose team went 14-5 after Sept. 12. "Weve already played this wild-card game a couple times. We did it in Toronto a couple days ago. We did it yesterday in Texas, and were going to come here tomorrow and do it again. I dont know if theres a battle-tested component to that, if you get immune to whatever that pressure is and you go play." Wednesdays winner will meet the Red Sox in Game 1 of the division series on Friday. The Rays always believed theyd be in position to make a run at a first World Series title. And although theyve racked up some frequent-flyer miles and lived out of their suitcases to keep their season alive, theyre confident their season isnt about to end. "When you get into this momentum kind of a thing on a daily basis and youre playing great competition and youre going from city to city to city and its an adverse territory, all of this stuff is what you train for and you really dig and you love it," Maddon said. "You dont have time to get nervous or overthink, youve just got to get ready and go play -- and for our guys, they kind of like that moment right now." Like the Rays, the Indians had to scrap their way into the post-season. Cleveland ended a topsy-turvy regular season under manager Terry Francona by ripping off 10 wins in a row, playing error-free ball during the stretch. Now, when every mistake is magnified and theres no room for lapses, the Indians want to keep rolling and will start rookie Danny Salazar in their biggest game in six seasons. "This team wasnt expected to do anything," said right fielder Nick Swisher, one of the teeams high-profile free-agent signings. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. "Just to be where we are right now is awesome, man." Tampa won four of the six games against Cleveland this season, but the teams havent met since early June. Rays starter Alex Cobb (11-3) was asked what he learned about the Indians in his one start against them on April 6. "That was so long ago, I dont know if that really applies anymore," he said. "Plus," Maddon said, interrupting his young right-hander. "That was before you got hit in the head." Fortunately, the Rays can now make light of the scary situation involving Cobb, who was struck in the head by a line drive hit by Kansas Citys Eric Hosmer on June 15. Cobb missed 50 games with a concussion, but hes been a different pitcher since the injury, going 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in nine starts. Cobb said two months of rest may have helped, but he was also driven to pitch in the post-season after missing out in 2011 when he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his ribs. "Watching the post-season and just the feeling of being left out is indescribable," he said. "Its a terrible feeling that you dont want to have again, so I think it was extra motivation to get back and it definitely fueled the fire even more to get back to the post-season and know that we have a special group that can go far." The Indians feel just as strongly about making this an unforgettable season, perhaps even ending Clevelands 65-year drought between World Series titles. Francona has no hesitation in handing the ball to Salazar (2-3), an unflappable 23-year-old who began the season at Double-A Akron but zoomed to the majors and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his debut. The Rays have never faced him. "Believe me, we wouldnt pitch him if we werent confident in him giving us the best chance to win," Francona said. "Danny has done nothing to make us think he cant handle this. Hes so poised. If I had stuff like him, Id be poised, too. But theres a difference between throwing 100 mph and being able to get major league hitters out. Danny can do that." NOTES: Indians CF and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn did some agility drills and ran the bases before working out with his teammates. He pulled up with a leg injury on Sunday in Minnesota, and his status for Wednesday is not yet known. ... The teams have to have their 25-man rosters set by 10 a.m. Wednesday. .... Francona followed up on his joke about the Indians avoiding chicken and beer during his September surge, a jab at his final days in Boston. "I lied about that," he said. "We have had some chicken." دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
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