Making his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket, Daisuke Matsuzaka ran into a bit of trouble against Columbus, Saturday at McCoy Stadium. The starter, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, allowed five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 90 pitches (54 strikes). He struck out five and walked one.
Matsuzaka carried a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning before succumbing to a two-run homer by Ben Copeland. The starter's final pitch was an 88 mph fastball Russ Canzler hit for another two-run shot, capping Matsuzaka's line.
According McCoy Stadium radar gun readings, the pitcher's fastball topped out at 93 mph.
It was Matsuzaka's fourth overall rehab outing having also pitched one game apiece at Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. The final day he can make a rehab appearance is May 22.
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Hawks owner Michael Gearon, Jr., has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing NBA officiating and calling Kevin Garnett "the dirtiest guy" in the NBA. Gearon made the comments on Wednesday at a public function in the Atlanta area after his team beat the Celtics in Game 5 to force Game 6. He claimed that the Celtics were getting special treatment from the officials.
Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, made the announcement Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Hawks forward Ivan Johnson was fined $25,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward fans. The incident occurred at the end of the Hawks' 83-80 Game 6 loss to the Celtics on Thursday night at TD Garden.
Despite lingering injuries from their first round win over the Hawks, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Avery Bradley will play for the Celtics in their series opener against the Sixers Saturday night at TD Garden.
Pierce is dealing with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Allen is dealing with soreness in his ankle and Avery Bradley has a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
Pierce and Allen were kept out of Friday light practice while all three were cleared after shootaround on Saturday morning, though Allen didn't participate in the shootaround.
"[Allen] is doing all right," Rivers said an hour before Game 1. "He didn't go through shootaround but progressed today. We need them."
David Ortiz was back in the lineup Saturday after leaving Friday night's game in the seventh inning with left heel soreness.
"Just running down the line I took a hard step right when I got to the bag and my heel got sore," said the Red Sox DH, who was hitting third for the Sox against the Indians in the third game of the teams' series. "I iced it last night. I'm OK. It's still a little sore, but I'll try [tonight]."
Red Sox Bobby Valentine said Ortiz assured him he was ready to go.
"When I talked to him he said he's probably not going to be stealing a lot of bases tonight, but he's OK to go," Valentine said. "We have and understanding if he feels anything, if he feels like maybe he should not be swinging, even in the middle of an at-bat, he'll let us go. But he says he's OK to go and the training room thinks he's OK to go."
Valentine also commented on how he would approach playing Ortiz in...
Mike Aviles is back in the Red Sox' starting lineup and is batting ninth as the Sox take on the Indians and Zach McAllister on Saturday. McAllister is starting in place of the injured Josh Tomlin and will make the second major league start of his career.
The Sox' lineup is as follows:
1. Ryan Sweeney, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Cody Ross, RF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Mike Aviles, SS
SP -- Felix Doubront
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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.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
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.
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.
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show