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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...

05/04/2012 - 6:07pm
Sox pitcher Price suspended 50 games

Red Sox minor leaguer Mathew Price was suspended for 50 games due to a violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program by twice testing positive for a drug of abuse. Major League Baseball announced the suspension today.

Price was drafted out of Virginia Tech in the eighth round of the 2010 draft and signed for a $415,000 bonus. However, after he signed, a known pre-existing elbow issue ended up requiring Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2010. Price completed his rehab and made three appearances last year (two in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League and one in Single-A Greenville), striking out four in 3 1/3 innings while allowing five hits and walking two.

The Sox felt that Price’s stuff was among the best of any of the pitchers whom they signed in the 2010 draft. He was scouted with a sinking 93-94 mph fastball, with a boost to 94-95 mph towards the end...

05/04/2012 - 5:10pm
Beckett: Lat was sore prior to last start

Josh Beckett said prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Orioles Friday that the sore right lat muscle that was forcing him to miss his scheduled start Saturday was feeling better.

"It felt a lot better today," the Sox pitcher said, "so I'm pretty optimistic that this next start is going to be fine."

Beckett explained that his lat actually felt sore prior to his last outing, during which he tied a career high by throwing 126 pitches. He surmised that the length of the 6 2/3-inning start didn't worsen the condition, saying, "It was there before. I just wasn't very smart about it."

"It's kind of been there for about a week, kind of leading into my last start," Beckett added. "You can always on your start day make yourself believe things are better than they are. I really want to pitch. I ended up making things worse.

"You really don't give yourself a chance to think about [...

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