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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) is ejected from the game for using a foreign substance during the second inning of Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 5-1.

Lackey shines, NY’s Pineda ejected, Red Sox win

By The Sports Xchange on April 23, 2014, at 10:39 p.m.
BOSTON — New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda was the early story but Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey stole the show at frigid Fenway Park on Wednesday night. Pineda was tossed in the second inning of the Red Sox’s 5-1 win for having a foreign substance on his neck. …
Boston Red Sox right fielder Daniel Nava (29) rounds the bases on his home run during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 10.

Red Sox send struggling Nava to Triple-A

By Wire Service Reports on April 23, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.
Boston Red Sox struggling outfielder Daniel Nava was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced Wednesday. Nava, 31, is 10-for-67 (.149) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBIs, six walks and seven runs scored in 17 games for the Red Sox this season. He has played right field (15 …

Ingram unsure if Saints will exercise 2015 option

By Wire Service Reports on April 23, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
The New Orleans Saints have not made a decision whether to pick up the fifth-year option on running back Mark Ingram. The option would cost the team just over $5.2 million in base salary for 2015. “I’m not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option,” Ingram told the …

Oldest former Major League Baseball player Conrado Marrero dies in Cuba at 102

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
HAVANA — Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died Wednesday at his home in Havana, his grandson said. Marrero, who played for the Washington Senators, was two days short of …

Spring’s homer in 11th lifts Sea Dogs to fifth straight win

on April 22, 2014, at 11:14 p.m.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs (12-4) needed a few more innings, but powered past the Binghamton Mets (9-7) 5-3 in 11 innings, Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton. The win marked the sixth straight and first extra-inning game of the season for the Sea Dogs. The battle …
Jordan Caron (right) of the Boston Bruins scores on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Tuesday. The Bruins won 3-0.

Rask shuts out Red Wings; Bruins lead series 2-1

By Paul Harris, The Sports Xchange on April 22, 2014, at 10:59 p.m.
DETROIT — Boston is wary of the Detroit Red Wings’ speed, but it was the Bruins who were the swifter team on Tuesday night. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout and Boston beat Detroit 3-0 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Game …
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a double two-run double against his former team in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees won 9-3.

Ellsbury propels Yankees past Red Sox

By Pete Caldera, The Record (Hackensack) on April 22, 2014, at 10:57 p.m.
BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury had already reminded the Fenway Park fans what they were missing _– a triple off the wall, a sprawling catch in center field to save an extra-base hit — when the Red Sox paid tribute to his Boston years. A sellout crowd cheered the Ellsbury video …

TV Radio schedule for April 24, 2014

on April 22, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE NEW YORK YANKEES at BOSTON, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV, NESN-TV; Time Warner Cable Access-TV (Ch. 9), WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WDME Dover-Foxcroft (103.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY Millinocket (1240 AM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 …

Sea Dogs win fifth straight game

on April 22, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs (11-4) made it five straight wins, defeating the Binghamton Mets (9-6) 7-4 on Monday night in the series opener at NYSEG Stadium. Portland made history in the first inning, turning their first triple play in franchise history. The Sea Dogs clinched a winning …

Major League Baseball’s new replay system good for a ‘Popsicle headache’

By Pete Warner on April 22, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a Popsicle headache from this new MLB replay system. Here is what I see so far… A manager doesn’t like an umpire call … he slowly heads out to the field, turning just right so he can see his dugout … the …
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) gets tagged out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty (3) to end the eighth inning at Fenway Park.

Orioles rough up Buchholz, beat Red Sox on Patriot’s Day

By The Sports Xchange on April 21, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
BOSTON — The Baltimore Orioles jumped on Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz for six runs in the third inning, driving him from the game with just one out in the inning, on their way to a 7-6 win Monday at Fenway Park. In the traditional early start on Patriot’s …

Wawrinka fights back to beat Federer in Monte Carlo final

From wire reports on April 20, 2014, at 8:18 p.m.
MONTE CARLO — Stanislas Wawrinka signaled his French Open ambitions by beating Roger Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday. Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the …
Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) controls the puck while defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday.

Quick start propels Bruins past Red Wings to tie series

By Doug Alden, The Sports Xchange on April 20, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
BOSTON, Mass. — Boston abandoned the cautious approach against Detroit’s speed and returned to the style that led the Bruins to the top record during the NHL’s regular season. The Bruins appeared big and bad once again Sunday, outmuscling the Red Wings early and getting to the net often during …

TV, radio sports schedule for April 21, 2014

on April 20, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BALTIMORE at BOSTON, 11 a.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor (620 AM), WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WSYY Millinocket (1240 AM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WEZQ-FM, Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (, WBYA Islesboro (105.5 FM), WFAU …
Chris Davis (19) of Baltimore slides past the tag of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) during the third inning of Friday night's game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Orioles won 8-4.

Schoop sparks Orioles past Red Sox

By Ken Powtak, The Sports Xchange on April 18, 2014, at 10:53 p.m.
BOSTON — Light-hitting third baseman Jonathan Schoop went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and winning pitcher Chris Tillman labored through five tough innings on a chilly Friday night in Fenway Park to lift the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the struggling Boston Red Sox. Right fielder Nick Markakis had …
Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) maintains his concentration as he is crashed into by Boston's Jarome Inginla during Friday's NHL playoff game at TD Garden in Boston. Howard, a former University of Maine standout, helped the Red Wings shut out the Bruins 1-0.

Red Wings’ Howard shuts out Bruins 1-0 in playoff opener

By Wire Service Reports on April 18, 2014, at 10:29 p.m.
BOSTON — Center Pavel Datsyuk broke a scoreless tie with a goal with 3:01 left in regulation and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night to take 1-0 lead in the opening round of Eastern Conference playoffs. Detroit goaltender Jimmy …

Sports briefs for April 18, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 18, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
NCAA could give transfers extra year The NCAA’s Division I Leadership Council recommended that some athletes who transfer to other schools via hardships should be allowed an extra year of eligibility. The council proposed that athletes forced to sit out a year after transferring should be given a sixth year …

NBA settles ties for draft order

By Wire Service Report on April 18, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
Four ties among teams that finished the regular season with identical records were broken Friday through random drawings to help determine the order of this year’s NBA Draft, which is June 26. Here are the results of the drawings: Utah (25-57) won a tiebreaker with Boston. Brooklyn (44-38) won a …

Rangers open playoffs with win over Flyers

By Wire Service Reports on April 18, 2014, at 7:05 a.m.
NEW YORK — Brad Richards scored the go-ahead power-play goal midway into the third period and set up two other tallies as New York maintained its home dominance of Philadelphia with a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Derek Stepan scored with the man advantage …
Jon Lester (31) of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during Thursday night's game at U.S Cellular Field. Boston won 3-1.

Red Sox rally behind Lester in 9th, beat White Sox

By Meghan Montemurro, The Sports Xchange on April 17, 2014, at 11:40 p.m.
CHICAGO — Anytime David Ross gets to be behind the plate for one of Jon Lester’s starts, the catcher has total confidence that the left-hander will put the Boston Red Sox in a position to win. Lester certainly did not disappoint Thursday against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular …
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