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05/23/2012 - 6:26pm
Bard: 'I don't feel like myself out there'

BALTIMORE -- Starter Daniel Bard, in the wake of earning the victory in a 6-5 Red Sox victory over the Orioles, said that he remains confident in his abilities on the mound and in his mental approach to starting. At the same time, while he limited Baltimore to two runs but permitted four walks while striking out two, he acknowledged that his mechanics are out of whack and that, as a consequence, he is struggling through his outings.

Bard now has 29 walks and 28 strikeouts this year, a startling ratio for a pitcher who was a dominant presence as a reliever.

"I don’t feel like myself out there pitching right now,” he acknowledged. “Mentally, I feel good, I’m throwing pitches with conviction, physically my mechanics are just a little out of whack and not in sync.”

Still, at a time when he has struggled to repeat his mechanics (thus resulting in command woes), Bard said that he can take satisfaction in a...

05/23/2012 - 4:22pm
First-round pick Jones signs with Patriots

The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed first-round pick Chandler Jones, Jones, a defensive end from Syracuse, was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 draft with the 21st pick overall.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones, a three-year starter at Syracuse, finished his college career with 147 total tackles, 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2011, he was named All-Big East after finishing with 38 total tackles and 4.5 sacks despite being limited to just seven games.

Jones is the fifth member of New England's rookie class to sign, joining second-round selection Tavon Wilson, sixth-rounder Nate Ebner and seventh-round picks Alfonzo Dennard and Jeremy Ebert. (First-rounder Dont'a Hightower and third-rounder Jake Bequette are the only unsigned players.)

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05/23/2012 - 4:06pm
Bottom's up: Unlikely HRs lead Sox past O's

BALTIMORE -- An unlikely trio at the bottom of the lineup for the Red Sox put on a surprising display of power, as Daniel Nava (solo shot in the sixth), Scott Podsednik (solo homer in the eighth) and Kelly Shoppach (two-run homer in the sixth) each went deep in leading Boston past Baltimore, 6-5. The Sox concluded their eight-game roadtrip with 16 homers, going 5-3 on the trip, which came at the back end of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

With the game tied, 2-2, in the top of the sixth, Nava continued his excellent two-week stretch by lining a solo homer into the bleachers in right-center at Camden Yards for his second homer of the year. After a Podsednik single, Shoppach bashed a two-run homer to left. While the Sox gave two runs back in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-4 game, Podsednik lined a homer to right for an insurance run that proved vital in the eighth. It was Podsednik's first homer since 2010.

The show of power made a winner...

05/23/2012 - 2:49pm
Garnett, Rondo earn All-Defensive honors

Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second team in voting conducted by the league's coaches. Avery Bradley received a first-place vote but finished well behind in the balloting.

Garnett has been on the First Team in three of the other four years he has been with the Celtics. This is the fourth time in his career that Rondo has named to an All-Defensive Team with first-place honors the last two seasons.

Here are the results:

              2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position        Player, Team                1st        2nd                 Points
Forward        LeBron James, Miami           24        5            ...

05/23/2012 - 11:54am
Doc on KG: Let media 'stir that pot'

PHILADELPHIA -- Predictably, the Celtics were barraged by the Philadelphia media at their morning shootaround about comments from Kevin Garnett following Monday's Game 5 win that put Boston on the brink of the Eastern Conference finals. Garnett, who leads the Celtics into Game 6 Wednesday night, called Philadelphia fans "fair-weather" and said they don't match up anywhere close to Boston fans. 

"I have no reaction to that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I'll let you guys stir that pot. Have at it, have fun with it. I don't think either fan base likes each other anyway, so I don't think it added anything. I said [Tuesday], 'What are they going to do? Hate us more?' So, what's the difference?"

"I don't know anything about that," Ray Allen added. "You have to ask [Garnett] that question. I don't have any reaction because I don't know anything about it."

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