GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

June 22, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Eyes on 11-0

The Red Sox will face Tigers RHP Max Scherzer tonight in Detroit at 7:15 p.m. He is having a heck of a season. He is 10-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 starts.

An interesting note on Scherzer, he has heterochromia, which according to dictionary.com is “a difference in coloration in two structures or two parts of the same structure that are normally alike in color.”

Simply put, Scherzer’s right eye is blue and his left eye is brown.

Miller can relate

Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller understands what his former UNC teammate Daniel Bard is going through.

Boston has shut down Bard, the once dominant Red Sox reliever, for an indefinite time because of control problems.

After Bard was optioned to Double-A Portland after a very brief stint with Boston this year, he walked 13 batters in 3.2 innings (five relief appearances). Bard has been hampered with control issues since early last season.

Miller had his own control problems, especially when he was a starter.

“I can certainly relate to what he’s going through,” Miller said. “I think it’s tough, but he certainly got the drive and work ethic to get through it. Hopefully, things are going in the right direction. I certainly stay in touch with him. I’m pulling for him.”

“At some point, he’s going to grind it out and he’s going to be back here and he’s going to be as good as ever. It doesn’t always happen overnight. You’ve got to put the work in and he’s certainly going to do that.”

Game 5 rating

Bruins and Blackhawks Game 4, broadcast on NBC, earned a 4.6 household rating nationally and a 28.9 in Boston, according to Chad Finn of Boston.com. Those definitely are strong ratings.

On the Air

Rockport golfer Abby Hood will be appearing on North Shore 104.9’s North Shore Sports Desk this morning (8:00-9:00 a.m.) as the Cape Ann Savings Bank Student Athlete of the Week.

-Compiled by Christopher Smith