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March 28, 2013

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Record Setter

Gloucester’s Dylan Maki continues to have a strong spring with the Northeastern University baseball team.

Just a month after the Huskies senior captain and right-handed pitcher struck out Red Sox all star Dustin Pedroia looking in the annual spring clash between Northeastern and the Red Sox, he set the school’s career save record in the Huskies’ 4-2 win over Boston College Tuesday.

Maki closed the door in the ninth inning for his third save of the year, and now school record 13th career save.

Maki has a team high 10 appearances out of the bullpen this season for the 12-11 Huskies. He has posted a 1-1 record with a 2.51 ERA, three saves and 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched.

Lester to start opener

In an unsurprising move the Red Sox officially announced on Wednesday that Jon Lester will be the team’s opening day starter on Monday against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium (1 p.m.).

Lester will square off against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

On Wednesday, Red Sox manager John Farrell admitted that Lester taking the hill on opening day was the plan all along.

“The way he was lined up, he was probably targeted all along,” Farrell said. “But at the same time, we didn’t want that to be a focal point. His work that was needed and the adjustments he has continued to reinforce and repeat on the mound were the priorities, and we felt like it was important to focus on the needs of spring training for every pitcher, including Jon.”

Lester has looked strong during spring training and is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season.

Subban safe

While the Boston Bruins will be looking to make a deal before next week’s trade deadline, rookie goalie Malcolm Subban will not be dealt according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“I can tell you this: I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli said. “He’s young. He’s a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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