EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 12, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — KING KANE

Chicago Blackhawks superstar right winger Patrick Kane was the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. He has scored 424 points in 446 regular season NHL games.

The Bruins picked Zach Hamill eighth overall in that same draft. Hamill has just four points in 20 NHL regular season games. Hamill played this season for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, the affiliate of the Nashville Predators.

The Bruins and Blackhawks play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals today in Chicago at 8 p.m. The game is on NBC (Channel 7).

STRIKEOUT MACHINES

Some fans don’t like Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew because of being J.D Drew’s brother who was a player with little intensity.

The two brothers are similar, said Royals catcher and former Sox farmhand George Kottaras who has played with Stephen in Oakland and J.D. in Boston.

“Similar, kind of quiet, kind of do their thing,” Kottaras said.

That said, fans shouldn’t care about whether Stephen has the same personality as his brother. They should be more focused on his production.

And right now, he isn’t producing.

Stephen entered yesterday’s game batting .232 with a .325 on-base percentage and .401 slugging percentage. He had struck out 56 times in his first 177 at-bats and 51 games, including 10 times in his previous four games.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks also has been a strikeout machine, with 56 in his first 181 at-bats and 47 games entering yesterday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan produced the quote of the day when asked about the New England Patriots signing former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

“If they want to replace (Tom) Brady with him, that’s fine,” Ryan said, according to NFL.com.

WEBSITE UPDATE

Andover resident Ernie Paicopolos, who is featured in today’s sports section for the involvement in a new book featuring Red Sox fans, is the editor-in-chief of the popular Red Sox website FenwayNation.com, which has received more than four million hits per year with visitors from more than 100 different countries.

Paicopolos said his website recently started an affiliation with YardBarker, which is affiliated with FoxSports.

“Which exposes us to a little wider group of readers eventually,” Paicopolos said.

Paicopolos certainly is enjoying writing about this year’s Red Sox team as opposed to the 2012 squad, which won just 69 games and finished last in the AL East.

“I’m blissfully happy that I was 100 percent wrong about this team,” said Paicopolos who entered this season thinking the 2013 Red Sox would finish in fourth place in the East.

SOFTBALL POSTPONED TO TODAY

The Division 1 state semifinal game between Central Catholic and Milford was postponed last night. It will be played today at 7 p.m. at Taunton High School.

15 YEAR OLD MAJOR LEAGUER

I stumbled upon an interesting article in the retro.cincinnati.com about Joe Nuxhall who is the youngest person ever to play Major League Baseball in the modern era.

Nuxhall was just 15 years old when he made his MLB pitching debut for the Cincinnati Reds against the Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1944. The Reds had needed additional players because others on the team had gone off to World War II.

Nuxhall recorded two outs but allowed five runs on two hits, five walks and one wild pitch.

He didn’t pitch in the majors again until 1952 at the age of 23. He finished his 16-year major league career with a 3.90 ERA.

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