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Ortiz, Bard understand Beckett's distractions

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Ortiz, Bard understand Beckett's distractions

FORT MYERS, Fla. In a weekend interview, Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett claimed there were snitches in the clubhouse and distractions in his personal life.

Baseball players, just as those in all walks of life, will very likely have to deal with personal issues with varying degrees of severity at one time or another. Sometimes they are happy distractions, sometimes unpleasant.

Becketts wife delivered the couples first child the day after the season ended.

Yeah, he just got caught into the distraction thing, said David Ortiz of Beckett. Theres a lot of things going through your head and this is not an easy thing to do. His wife was pregnant and the unexpected can happen. So it can stress you out a lot.

If Beckett was distracted, it wasnt obvious to everyone.

I didnt notice it, no, said Daniel Bard. He looked the same last year as he did the two years before it. It obviously didnt affect him on the field too much. He was a Cy Young contender pretty late into the season. I thought he had a great year. He had a kid on the way and that was awesome for him. But I didnt notice any difference.

How does a player keep issues from his personal life from creeping into the clubhouse and onto the field?

Well, just make sure you have the baby in April, Ortiz said with a laugh.

I don't think you can ever keep it completely out, Bard said. Everybody has their issues. You wouldnt be at this level if you didnt learn how to separate things. Usually if there is something going on off the field, if its serious in nature, it's going to affect you on the field in some way. I just dont think anyone can completely rise above it. But most guys at this level are pretty good at separating personal from professional and getting everything they need to do done every day.

Still, Ortiz would like to have what happens in the clubhouse stay in the clubhouse.

Definitely, Ortiz said. I think that should by the number one rule. So the organization can take over and little stupid things sometimes doesnt blow up and people look at it bigger than what it is. I think everything that happened here in the clubhouse should stay here.

Otherwise?

It happens the way it happened last year, Ortiz said.

Hopefully, this organization, they take care of business with that. But just do the right thing.

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

OUT
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)

OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)

Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

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Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.

They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.

David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.

The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.

That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.