EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 21, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — EYES ON 11-0

The Red Sox will face Tigers RHP Max Scherzer tomorrow 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 the 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 4 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.

NICE TWEET

Interesting and humorous tweet by Boston Globe Red Sox writer Pete Abraham the other day. He wrote, “Jagr led the NHL in scoring in 94-95. The AL MVP in 95 was Mo Vaughn, who played his last game 10 years ago. Holy cow.”

B’s eighth best?

Regular season Power Rankings aren’t always the best judge of who the two best teams are. While ESPN.com’s final Power Rankings for the regular season had the Pittsburgh Penguins ranked No. 1, the Bruins were all the way down at No. 8.

The top 10: 1 Chicago; 2. Pittsburgh; 3. Anaheim; 4. St. Louis; 5. Vancouver; 6. Washington; 7. Montreal; 8. Boston; 9. Los Angeles; 10. Toronto.

That said, the Boston Red Sox are the No. 2 in ESPN.com’s MLB Power Rankings this week.

CECCHINI PROMOTED

Red Sox third base prospect Garin Cecchini has been promoted from Single-A Salem to Double-A Portland and will join Portland this weekend, according to WEEI.com.

Cecchini, who turned 22 in April, was batting .350 with an eye-popping .469 on-base percentage, .547 slugging percentage, 5 homers, 33 doubles, 19 homers and 4 triples entering yesterday.

CANNONS FIRE COACH

It was done under the radar but the Boston Cannons recently fired coach Steve Duffy.

New coach John Tucker had been a consultant with the team.

The Cannons started off 1-5 under Duffy. They won their first game under Tucker last week in Charlotte, 15-13, and they will host the New York Lizards today at 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.