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Breakfast Pod: Bruins' Stanley Cup Final talk

Breakfast Pod: Bruins' Stanley Cup Final talk

It's all about the Bruins and the momentum they've captured after taking Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

1:12 - Joe Haggerty joins Trenni Kusnierek and Gary Tanguay break down the Bruins Game 1 win over the Blues

7:16 - Tom Giles and Joe Haggerty give us the Stanley Cup Final Game 1 heroes and zeros

12:31 - DJ Bean and Joe Haggerty discuss what has changed about Tuukka Rask since the Bruins 2013 Stanley Cup Final appearance.
 

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How we see it: our experts pick the Stanley Cup Final

How we see it: our experts pick the Stanley Cup Final

With the puck finally ready to drop tonight on the Stanley Cup Final, our NBC Sports Boston panel of experts make their picks. See a pattern here?

 

Matt Barnes closes out Red Sox' win, but don't call him the closer

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Matt Barnes closes out Red Sox' win, but don't call him the closer

SEATTLE - Matt Barnes jogged out of the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth with the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead. 

The reliever got the save. 

But Alex Cora still won’t call him the closer. 

When asked after the game if he is ready to name a closer, the Sox manager simply said, “No”. 

Cora talked with Barnes a month ago about his role, which appears to be one where they will use him in a similar fashion as they did Friday night. The Mariners had their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters due up. 

“He already knows what it’s all about,” Cora said. “I talked to him about a month ago about how we’ll use him. Two-three-four in the ninth had a lot to do with it.”

Barnes said he didn’t know when he’d be called upon until the phone rang. 

“We kind of had an idea of where I was going to pitch,” Barnes said.  “I didn’t know it was going to be the ninth inning before tonight.”

With that said, the reliever said he felt ready.

“You just kind of prepare, mentally lock in for a few innings in a scenario in which you could possibly be used.”

Cora said Barnes will be available to pitch again if needed on Saturday. 

But that doesn’t mean Barnes will get the closing call and he’s OK with that.

"If it’s not me in the ninth inning on a given night then we have 100% faith in the other guy that’s going to take the ball and close a game out for us.”

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