PHILADELPHIA -- In an epic second-half collapse, the Celtics let a chance to take a stranglehold of the series slip through their hands in a 92-83 loss to the Sixers Friday night in Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center. Andre Iguodala hit a key 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining to cap a huge Philadelphia second-half comeback that had them erase an 18-point deficit.
Paul Pierce had 24 points for the Celtics, who now find themselves tied, 2-2, in the best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game 5 is Monday back in Boston.
Like Game 2, the Celtics came out blazing hot, racing out to a 14-0 lead in the opening four minutes. The Celtics made their five shots while the Sixers missed their first four shots. Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley had two rebounds apiece as the Celtics would build their lead to 15 four times in the first quarter and lead, 24-12, after 12 minutes.
Brandon Bass was a beast in the opening quarter, scoring...
PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in eight games a Red Sox starter allowed more than four runs, with Daniel Bard giving up five in what ultimately resulted in a 6-4 win for the Phillies over the Sox in the teams' series opener at Citizens Bank Park Friday night.
Bard struggled with his command throughout the game, walking five, including three of the first four batters he faced. The Sox' righty would surrender four runs in the first inning and one solo home run, to Hunter Pence in the fifth. The Pence homer was only the second given up by Bard this season.
Earning the win for the Phillies was Cole Hamels, who allowed three runs over seven innings. Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon came on to get his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was thrown out in the ninth inning for arguing a play at first base in which Marlon Byrd was ruled out. The ejection, which came from first base umpire Gary...
PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was forced to leave his team's game with the Phillies Friday night in the fifth inning after being struck in the left side of his head with a baseball. The team identified the injury as a left ear laceration.
The ball that struck Saltalamacchia was a result of Red Sox starter Daniel Bard hitting Philadelphia batter Carlos Ruiz, and then deflecting off Ruiz' forearm and into the Sox' catcher. Saltalamacchia immediately sprawled out on the ground, face first, with Red Sox head trainer Rick Jameyson attending to the catcher shortly thereafter.
Saltalmacchia was replaced by Kelly Shoppach.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Daisuke Matsuzaka said prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Phillies that he is physically sound and optimistic after Thursday's rehab start.
Matsuzaka, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, pitched 6 2/3 innings in his most recent outing, giving up five runs (4 earned) while striking out three, and not walking a batter. The righty allowed two home runs, including a three-run blast.
"The last start I felt very confident out there," he said through translator Jeff Cutler. "I felt like I was able to grasp something that I was missing in the previous starts. So I am definitely getting closer to making it back to the majors. It depends on how I feel in my next start and how I feel at that point."
When asked how he felt physically, Matsuzaka said, "It's the first time in a long time that I threw as deep into the game as I did [Thursday night]. But I feel fine right now. Nothing awkward, no...
PHILADELPHIA -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, now set to face the team with whom he spent his first six big league seasons as a member of the Phillies, suggested that he'd been circling Boston's trip to Citizens Bank Park since he signed his four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies as a free agent this offseason.
"I’ve been looking forward to this series since the day that I signed here," said Papelbon, who cited as the basis of his enthusiasm the possibility of "facing old teammates, bragging rights. It’s like, you play with your brother in the backyard for so many years, you want to have those bragging rights. I don’t want to have to hear it from Pedroia or someone like that, text messages. I want to be giving it to him. It will be fun."
Papelbon said that he did not anticipate any anxiety should he be on the mound against his former teammates.
"I’m just going to go out...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Kirk, Gerry and Gary Tanguay welcome Pats QB Jimmy G to the program, and then discuss the Pats' QB situation in this upload of the entire 8am hour of Wednesday's show.
Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox weren't going to rush out to sign Tebow after his baseball workout yesterday. Lou and Christian talk about how obviously bad Tebow would be in the MLB and why this is just a stunt.
Dont'a Hightower calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about stepping up in the Patriots locker room, how his new locker means he's following the footsteps of some big names, and how the Patriots defense is shaping up heading into the season.
LaGarrette Blount calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about the end of the preseason, what the locker room is like during these cut-periods, and the overall feel of the Patriots offense heading into the season.
We discuss what worked and what didn't work for the Sox as they blew the lead, but then came back to win an afternoon game at Fenway.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
College football is back, so Anthony and Austin talk about what they're looking forward to as the season starts up. Also, they ask a very, very important question -- is the Alabama dynasty finally dead?
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.