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05/05/2012 - 12:34am
Valentine: Sox 'playing a good game'

The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park on Monday after a roadtrip that saw them go 6-1 in Minnesota and Chicago. Yet since arriving at home, the Red Sox have seen a reversal of fortune, falling to 1-3 on their current homestand with a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Orioles on Friday night.

Asked if he was surprised that the team had seemingly failed to sustain the momentum accumulated during the roadtrip, Valentine objected.

"I don’t believe in that nonsense," he said. "There’s been pretty good pitchers who have pitched against, and they’ve held us down a little. We’re playing a good game. We’re playing the same baseball. It’s not like we’re playing any different baseball. We’re not getting those big hits because we’re not getting any pitches to do it with."

Sox starter Jon Lester, meanwhile, acknowledged frustration that the team had not continued its winning ways in Boston...

05/05/2012 - 12:00am
Bradley leaves with injured shoulder

Celtics' guard Avery Bradley has been dealing with a reoccurring left shoulder injury and it flared up again in the third quarter of the Celtics' 90-84 win over the Hawks in Game 3 of their first round series.

Bradley left the game with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and went back to the locker room with team doctor Brian McKeon. The team originally said he would return, but then that prognosis changed in the fourth quarter. Bradley told a pack of reporters he was fine as he left the arena.

"Usually they're able to, like a leg, they'll snap it back," coach Doc Rivers said. "It wouldn't go back in. So, we'll find out more [Saturday.]"

Without Bradley, Ray Allen played 36 minutes in his first game back from bone spurs and Paul Pierce played over 47 minutes. Rivers is giving the team the day off to rest for Sunday's Game 4 at the Garden.

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05/04/2012 - 11:49pm
Orioles outlast Sox in battle of bullpens

While the Red Sox bullpen entered Friday on its best run of the year, having allowed just two runs in 28 innings (0.64 ERA) over 10 games, it picked the wrong opponent against whom to play chicken. After all, the only team that had outpitched the Red Sox bullpen during that stretch was an Orioles team that had a 0.43 ERA over that span and a major league-best 1.73 mark for the year.

And so it was that while the Red Sox relief unit did some sterling work in shutting down Baltimore from the eighth through twelfth innings, a falter by Franklin Morales in the 13th allowed the Orioles to claim a 6-4 win in 13 innings. A Chris Davis RBI single to right scored Matt Wieters with the go-ahead run, and a sac fly by Mark Reynolds (who homered earlier against Sox starter Jon Lester) led to the final margin of victory.

Though the Orioles offense finally broke through in the 13th, it was Baltimore's bullpen that proved the decisive force in the game. After...

05/04/2012 - 10:32pm
Survival test: Rondo, Ray spur C's win

Rajon Rondo returned from his suspension and recorded his 20th career triple double and the seventh of his playoff career, leading the Celtics over the Hawks, 90-84, in overtime Friday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Rondo had the first two baskets of overtime and finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. Paul Pierce made all 14 free throw attempts to finish with 21 while Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Garnett's putback slam of a Rondo miss with 28.1 seconds left in overtime helped seal the win for Boston.

Ray Allen played 38 minutes in his first game since April 10, scoring 13 points. He made his return to game action when he came in for Avery Bradley with 4:40 left in the first. He had an immediate impact, hitting a 14-foot baseline jumper. He finished the first quarter 2-for-4 but the rest of the team was 4-for-17 as the...

05/04/2012 - 6:23pm
UPDATE: Minor neck issue delays Daisuke

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is on a minor league rehab assignment while working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is slated to make his third rehab start on Monday in Pawtucket against Rochester, the Triple-A affiliate of the Twins. The Red Sox had hoped to get a start for Matsuzaka as soon as Friday against Toledo, but ended up pushing the start back by two factors.

Though thunderstorms were in the forecast for Toledo for Friday -- something of which the team was mindful that it might have to shift the locale and possibly date of Matsuzaka's first start against Triple-A competition -- Sox manager Bobby Valentine said on Friday that the decision to delay Matsuzaka's start occurred without influence of the weather. The manager said that the right-hander is dealing with "a little neck issue" on the left side of his neck.

"Daisuke came up [to Boston after his last rehab start in Portland on Saturday] and he had a little...

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