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05/09/2012 - 4:42pm
Middlebrooks back in lineup, batting fifth

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, after leaving Tuesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, is back in the lineup and batting fifth against the Royals on Wednesday. Though lefty Bruce Chen is on the hill for Kansas City, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start against the southpaw as the catcher for Jon Lester, and Ryan Sweeney will be in right field.

That likely reflects not just the desire of the Sox to get playing time for Saltalamacchia and Sweeney amidst a southpaw-heavy stretch of the schedule, but also that Chen hasn't produced dramatic left-right splits this year. Righties are hitting .260/.284/.500/.784 against him, while left-handed hitters own a .257/.316/.400/.716 line against the 34-year-old

For matchup information on how the Royals have done against Lester and how the Sox have fared against Chen,...

05/09/2012 - 4:19pm
Sox PA announcer killed in car crash

Carl Beane, the public address announcer at Fenway Park since 2003, was killed in a single car crash in Sturbridge on Wednesday. 

Beane, 59, was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge shortly after the crash. Officers were alerted to the crash on Holland Street at around 12:40 on Wednesday afternoon by golfers at Hemlock Ridge Golf Course, which is located close to the scene of the accident. 

Beane, a native of Agawam, began his broadcasting career in 1972. 

 

 


05/09/2012 - 4:18pm
Hawks owner: Garnett 'dirtiest guy' in NBA

While speaking at a charity luncheon in Atlanta, Hawks owner Michael Gearon Jr. called Celtics center Kevin Garnett "the dirtiest guy in the league," according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report (via Celtics Town).

"We don't get any calls, which I know everybody always hears," said Gearon. "But I'll give you a stat. [Tuesday] night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston [Tuesday] night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we're athletic."

The Celtics were...

05/09/2012 - 3:20pm
Valentine addresses Beckett rumor

Bobby Valentine made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Wednesday and was asked about radio reports that suggested Josh Beckett was seen playing golf last Thursday, a day after the Sox announced Beckett would miss a start with a sore lat muscle.

"I don’t know that I’m aware of it. I’m aware of the story being out there," Valentine said. “I haven’t gotten to Josh about that yet. I’m trying to sort out my feelings. Golf is as much a part of the pitching culture as the curveball, I know that for sure. You know, when we decided for Josh not to make his start, it wasn’t that he was injured. It was just a precautionary situation. His lat was a little tight. Again, I don’t know the specifics of this situation. I don’t know if he was out in a charity match and just putting or if he was wailing away or if he felt that might have loosened him up. I have no idea what the situation actually is so...

05/09/2012 - 12:59pm
Stephen A. on M&M: C's 'a superior team'

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Celtics-Hawks playoff series. The Celtics lost Game 5 Tuesday night in Atlanta when Rajon Rondo lost the ball in the closing seconds, but they are one win away from eliminating the Hawks.

"The Celtics are just a better team, they're a superior team," Smith said. "If you have a reason to be concerned, it's regarding the health of Paul Pierce. That's it. Rajon Rondo making the mistake that he made, no big deal, it happens. I have a bigger problem with his lack of a perimeter shot, like I've always had. [There's] nothing about his game as a point guard that fazes me in the slightest."

Smith predicts big things from Rondo in Game 6 Thursday night, and he sees the Hawks' season coming to an end.

"I think Rajon Rondo is one of the best point guards in the game, and he's going to be hellacious tomorrow, because he has big-time attitude whenever...

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