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05/30/2012 - 11:47pm
Opportunity lost: Rondo brilliant, C's lose

Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Udonis Haslem scored the go-ahead dunk during a 9-0 run in overtime as the Heat handed the Celtics a crushing 115-111 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat, who were led by 34 points from LeBron James, lead the Celtics 2-0 as the series shifts back to Boston for Game 3 on Friday.

Rajon Rondo posted one of the greatest playoff performances in the legendary history of the Celtics and the NBA, scoring 44 points, dishing 10 assists and hauling down eight rebounds while playing all 53 minutes. Rondo was 16-of-24 from the field and kept the Celtics in the game late, as Paul Pierce and Keyon Dooling fouled out. Again, the officials were a significant point of controversy as the Celtics were whistled for 33 fouls while the Heat were called for just 18. The most blatant missed called came late in overtime with the game tied as Rondo drove the basket. Replays showed...

05/30/2012 - 11:29pm
Source: Pedroia eyeing return next week

According to a team source, Dustin Pedroia is targeting next Monday's off day as the date in which a determination will be made if the second baseman is to play with his injured right thumb. Pedroia was optimistic that he would not be going on the 15-day disabled list due to a slight tear in his thumb's adductor muscle.

Pedroia, who did take a few swings Tuesday, will not swing a bat for the next few days while the swelling and bruising subsides. He was outfitted with a specially-made brace -- made by technicians at Newton-Wellesley Orthopedic Associates earlier in the day Wednesday -- which he will use when he begins hitting again. While not swinging a bat, Pedroia has been instructed wear a more cumbersome brace.

Pedroia said that the initial injury occurred in the Red Sox' May 2 game against Oakland when he fouled off a 2-0 fastball from Ryan Cook the seventh inning. After that game, X-rays taken on the Sox' second baseman's thumb didn't reveal...

05/30/2012 - 10:15pm
Gonzalez, homers pace Sox past Tigers

Adrian Gonzalez' RBI ground-rule double with two outs in the seventh inning gave the Red Sox the lead for good on the way to their 6-4 win over the Tigers, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The win pushes the Sox two games over .500, and just 2 1/2 games out of first-place in the American League East.

Gonzalez' seventh-inning hit was his second double of the game, with this one scoring Daniel Nava with the game-winner. Nava had reached via a two-out walk.

Gonzalez was also involved in the play that tied the game for the Tigers earlier in the seventh, when he couldn't quite hold on to Miguel Cabrera's pop-up down the right field line despite a sliding attempt, allowing Gerald Laird to score the game-tying run.

Helping the Red Sox' cause were a pair of two-run, fourth-inning home runs, by David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks, along with Kevin Youkilis' solo shot in the eighth inning.

Despite allowing 10 hits for the first time in his...

05/30/2012 - 3:54pm
Lineup: Gonzalez back in RF, Salty sits

After a start at first base in Tuesday's win over Justin Verlander and the Tigers, Adrian Gonzalez returns to right field on Wednesday as the Sox (25-24) look to win a third straight over Detroit and move a season-best two games over .500.

This will be the eighth start at right field this season for Gonzalez, as Kevin Youkilis starts at first and Will Middlebrooks returns to third base after a night off against Verlander.

Jon Lester (3-4, 4.72) starts for the Sox and will be opposed by rookie Drew Smyly.

LINEUP:

Nava, LF

Aviles, SS

Gonzalez, RF

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 1B

Middlebrooks, 3B

Byrd, CF

Shoppach, C

Punto, 2B

Lester -- SP

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05/30/2012 - 2:48pm
Bobby V: Pedroia back sooner than projected

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly appearance on WEEI's The Big Show, said that Dustin Pedroia is showing early signs of healing from his torn adductor muscle in his right thumb, giving the team confidence that the second baseman might not need to be placed on the disabled list.

"We just had a meeting before I came here, [GM Ben Cherington] and I and Dustin. He’s on the mend. He heals pretty quickly. He’s a determined guy," said Valentine. "I don't think he's going to have to swing for a day or two, but I think he’ll be back a lot sooner than projected."

Valentine said that Mike Aviles will bat second on Wednesday night, and that the team expects Nick Punto to be able to fill in while Pedroia is down.

"I don’t think there will be anything in stone," Valentine said of who will handle second base. "We’ll have to be flexible and adapt to playing without...

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