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05/16/2010 - 4:02pm
Listless Red Sox mauled by Tigers

The Red Sox managed just six hits and one run in their series finale against the Tigers, resulting in a 5-1 loss. A once-promising series instead ended up with Boston dropping two of three in Detroit and getting outscored by an 11-1 count over the final 16 innings of the three-game set.

 

Sox starter John Lackey absorbed the loss on a day when his early command issues proved his undoing. The right-hander walked four in the first two innings, including a bases-loaded free pass to former Sox outfielder Johnny Damon in the second inning. He later hung a curve that Tigers shortstop Ramon Santiago hammered for a two-run homer.

 

Lackey (4-2) managed to last seven innings while throwing a season-high 123 pitches. Still, the right-hander has been inconsistent thus far in 2010, as his 4.86 ERA, .284 opponents' batting average, 3.8 walks per nine innings and 5.6 strikeouts per nine innings would all be career-worst marks for a...

05/16/2010 - 3:10pm
C's won't change on Barnes, Carter

ORLANDO — Stan Van Gundy started the chess match early when he suggested that he would have Matt Barnes guard Ray Allen instead of Paul Pierce, who would then become Vince Carter’s assignment. This opens up a number of interesting questions such as: Does Van Gundy think Allen is a bigger threat than Pierce? Would the Celtics switch up their coverages? Then there’s the issue of Barnes’ health. He has been struggling with back spasms. On the latter, Van Gundy said that Barnes is feeling better and will be ready to play. As for the other? “We’ll see,” Van Gundy said before Game 1. The Celtics are unconcerned. They’re not going to change up their assignments. Read the rest of this entry on Green Street.


05/16/2010 - 3:09pm
Ray Allen on respect: Who cares?

ORLANDO — There’s been a lot of talk about respect lately. The Magic feel like they don’t get any, and the Celtics could claim a gripe in that their win over the Cavaliers has been overshadowed by LeBron-mania. Ray Allen, like the rest of the Celtics veterans, isn’t worried about it. "That’s the bottom line, it’s like, who cares?” Allen said before Game 1 of the Conference Finals. ”At the end of the day, you win that fourth game in the Finals and you’re in the back of the building until 4 a.m. that’s when all the talk is in your direction. Again, we have one goal. It’s not for people to talk about us, it’s to be the last team standing.” Read the rest of this entry on Green Street.


05/16/2010 - 2:26pm
Perkins says he's feeling better

ORLANDO -- Kendrick Perkins said that his knee is feeling better than yesterday when he sat out Celtics practice and that he is, "Ready to play," Game One against the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. Perkins' matchup with Dwight Howard will receive a great deal of scrutiny, but as with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce before him, Perkins said it's about the team defense. ""Can't make this into a personal thing," Perkins said. "Obviously it's my job, but we've got to do it as a team."


05/16/2010 - 2:17pm
Gerard Warren: Seymour sold me on Patriots

FOXBORO -- While it's clear that Richard Seymour was hurt by being traded from the Patriots to the Raiders before opening week last season, the defensive lineman painted a good picture of the franchise to someone who wound up signing in New England this summer. 

 

Gerard Warren, a 4-3 down lineman in Oakland's system in 2009, said he was sold on coming to the Patriots and making the transition to a 3-4 scheme, in part, by the high recommendations of Seymour when the two played together last season. 

 

"Just the organization in whole and talking to Richard, when he came out to Oakland, it was like if I ever had the opportunity to come out to New England, it sounded like a place I wanted to be from talking to someone who came from the inside," Warren said. 

 

Warren figures to see an increased role this season after starting defensive lineman Ty Warren was lost for the season after...

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