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06/10/2011 - 3:07am
Ortiz blames media for being hit by pitch

NEW YORK -- For the first time in his career, David Ortiz was hit by a pitch against the Yankees when CC Sabathia plunked the designated hitter in the fourth inning of the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Yanks Thursday night.

Many identified the cause for the hit by pitch as Ortiz flipping his bat following a home run in the first game of the teams' series, or the fact that the Red Sox pitchers hit five Yankees batters in the three games at Yankee Stadium (including three by Sox starter Josh Beckett in the series finale). But the Red Sox DH chose to pinpoint another cause for the fastball that found Ortiz' right thigh.

"I want to thank you guys -- not all of you, most of you -- for the stat today of me not getting hit by the Yankees. Finally got hit," Ortiz said after informing the media he would not be taking questions but simply giving his statement. "Hope you [expletives] are happy."

Beckett also chose to go down a similar...

06/10/2011 - 1:59am
Beckett bests CC on way to a Sox sweep

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning against Yankees starter CC Sabathia and reliever David Robertson on the way to an 8-3 win over the Yanks and a sweep of the teams' three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The victory, which came after a three-hour, 27-minute rain delay, gives the Red Sox a two-game lead over the Yankees in the race for first place in the American League.

Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Josh Beckett, who rebounded from giving up a a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the first inning to finish with another stellar outing. This time Beckett last seven innings, allowing just the two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking two.

Beckett, who threw 104 pitches, lowered his ERA to 2.06, while also giving him an ERA of 0.83 in three starts against the Yankees. 

Sabathia, meanwhile, saw what was shaping up as an impressive outing go the other way in a hurry,...

06/10/2011 - 12:12am
Mavs beat Heat, edge closer to title

Dirk Nowitzki submitted another masterful performance, and as a result the Mavericks are within one game of becoming NBA champions. Nowitzki had 29 points, including a dunk that put the Mavs ahead for good with 2:45 left, to give Dallas a 112-103 win over the Heat on Thursday night and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Mavericks can clinch their first championship in Game 6 Sunday night in Miami. Dwyane Wade, who battled a hip injury he suffered in the first quarter, ended up with 23 points, while LeBron James had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a losing effort.


06/09/2011 - 9:30pm
Vigneault: 'My guy' Luongo is starting Gm. 5
By: DJ Bean

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday at Rogers Arena that he will not be making a goaltending change prior to Friday's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Vezina finalist Roberto Luongo has allowed 12 goals over his last two games (both lopsided Bruins wins), but Vigneault said he will not be turning to Cory Schneider, as he did in the first round after Luongo struggled in Games 4 and 5.

"My gut at that time told me that putting Schneids in was the right thing to do, but it was just a one-[time] thing," Vigneault said. "Roberto is the guy. He's my guy, and he's playing. It's that simple." 

Schneider replaced Luongo after the Bruins' scored their fourth goal in Wednesday's Game 4 at TD Garden. The Marblehead native and former BC netminder stopped all nine shots he saw.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


06/09/2011 - 8:04pm
Pedroia has bone bruise on right knee cap

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox announced that after being examined by team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, Dustin Pedroia has been diagnosed with having a bone bruise on his right knee cap. The second baseman will rejoin the team in Toronto Friday.

Pedroia, who had been complaining about the knee recently after initially hurting when falling to the ground May 16 in the Red Sox' game with the Orioles at Fenway Park, was sent to Boston for further examination Thursday. The trip was meant to ensure that the infielder could continue playing without further damaging any of the cartilage that had given him problems last season..

"That knee has actually been kind of sore, it was sore last year. When he broke his foot it kind of became a non-issue and got better because he rested it so much. It...

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