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05/11/2012 - 10:13pm
Ortiz leaves game with sore left heel

Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Friday's game in the bottom of the seventh inning due to soreness in his left heel. Ortiz, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, was replaced by pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald. He has played in all 32 Red Sox games to date this year.

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05/11/2012 - 9:03pm
Source: Red Sox acquire OF Podsednik

The Red Sox have acquired veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations, according to multiple major league sources. Podsednik will give the Red Sox some left-handed hitting outfield depth in their system, as he will be assigned by the Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 36-year-old is hitting .203 with a .289 OBP, .216 slugging mark and .505 OPS this year in 22 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A veteran of parts of 10 years in the big leagues, Podsednik is a career .279/.340/.381/.721 hitter with 301 career steals. He last played in the majors in 2010, when he hit .297/.342/.382/.724 with 35 steals in 134 games. But a foot injury ended his 2010 season prematurely, and another foot injury limited him to 34 minor league games in the Phillies and Blue Jays systems last season.

This year, while he hasn't been hitting, he has been able to play all three outfield positions. The Sox do not have a comparably...

05/11/2012 - 7:37pm
NBA acknowledges Game 6 referee error

The referees in Game 6 of the Celtics first round series with the Hawks had the correct interpretation of a foul call against Marquis Daniels late in the fourth quarter, but the NBA said the refs made a mistake by not calling the foul sooner. Had they done so, the Hawks would have been granted a free throw and possession of the ball. The Celtics led 81-79 with 3.1 seconds left at the time of the call. Daniels again fouled Horford on the next play and Horford made only one of his two shots. [Watch the video here]

Here's the explanation from the league:

"During the last two minutes of the fourth period or overtime, if a personal foul is assessed against the defensive team prior to the ball being released on a throw-in, it is considered an Away-From-The-Play Foul and the offensive team is awarded one free throw and possession of the ball. With 3.1 seconds remaining in the the Boston-Atlanta game...

05/11/2012 - 6:50pm
Schedule set for Celtics series with Sixers

The schedule for the Celtics conference semifinal series with the 76ers is now set. There are no back-to-backs and if there is  Game 7, the teams will have two days off to prepare.

Game 1 - Sat  Philadelphia at Boston  8 p.m.
Game 2 - Mon   Philadelphia at Boston 7 p.m.
Game 3 - Wed  Boston at Philadelphia  7 p.m.
Game 4 - Fri  Boston at Philadelphia  TBD
Game 5 * Mon  May 21    Philadelphia at Boston  TBD   
Game 6 * Wed  May 23    Boston at Philadelphia  TBD    
Game 7 * Sat  May 26    Philadelphia at Boston  TBD     

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05/11/2012 - 6:35pm
Valentine: Won't 'legislate' player off'days

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine revisited the topic of starter Josh Beckett's golf excursion last Thursday, after he'd been scratched from a scheduled Saturday start. Valentine said that Beckett had been scratched as a precaution rather than because of an acute injury, and so he did not feel that the pitcher had done anything to jeopardize his health for his next scheduled start. Moreover, the manager said that so long as a player did not do anything to impair his ability to play, Valentine has no plans to regulate what members of his roster do on their off-days.

"I don’t think that I am making a determination on what people do on their off days, unless it affects the performance of them on the field," Valentine said. "It seems that he was healthy when he played. It seems like it didn’t hurt him. It would be very tough for a manager to start legislating what guys do when they’re away from the park."

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