Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected from his team's game against the A's Tuesday night in the fourth inning after coming out to argue Dustin Pedroia being caught stealing on a pickoff move by Oakland starting pitcher Brett Anderson.
Both Pedroia and Francona disputed the assertion by the umpires that Anderson's move to first was not a balk. By rule, the manager is not allowed to argue a balk call, resulting in an immediate ejection by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds. At the time of the out -- which was completed when A's first baseman Daric Barton threw to shortstop Cliff Pennington -- there was nobody out with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and Oakland holding a 1-0 lead.
It was Francona's first ejection since August 25, 2010, and the 30th ejection of his managerial career.
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Rajon Rondo had 18 of his team-high 30 points in the first half while Paul Pierce scored 12 of his 20 in a third-quarter spurt that helped offset one of the great individual performances in Knicks history and lead the Celtics to a 96-93 win in Game 2 of their Eastern quarterfinal series Tuesday night at TD Garden. Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points and hauled in 17 rebounds to give the shorthanded Knicks a chance.
Kevin Garnett was huge in the closing moments. His dunk on a feed from Pierce with 1:14 left gave the Celtics a 92-91 lead. Jared Jeffries drove in for a lay-up with 19.3 seconds remaining to put the Knicks up, 93-92. Garnett came back with a floater over Jeffries to put the C's back on top with 13.3 left. Garnett then stole the ball from Jeffries in the paint with 4.4 seconds remaining to seal the game. Delonte West hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to close it out. Ray Allen connected on all four 3-pointers and finished with...
Here's the Patriots regular-season schedule for 2011:
Mon. Sept. 12 at Miami, 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 18 vs. San Diego, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 25. at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 2 at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 9 vs. N.Y. Jets, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 16 vs. Dallas, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 6 vs. N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 13 at N.Y. Jets, 8:20 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 21 vs. Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 27 at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 4 vs. Indianapolis, 8:20 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 11 at Washington, 1 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 18 at Denver, 4:15 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 24 vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 1 vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.
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The red-hot Jed Lowrie will get the nod in the leadoff spot for the Red Sox in Oakland Tuesday night with left-hander Brett Anderson taking the hill for the A's. Also of note is Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew getting the night off, with Darnell McDonald getting the start in center field, with Mike Cameron playing right field.
Among players in the Red Sox' starting lineup, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (0-for-10) and Kevin Youkilis (2-for-10) have the most at-bats against Anderson. Ellsbury is 0-for-9 against the lefty.
The following is the Red Sox' lineup:
Jed Lowrie SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Cameron RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Darnell McDonald CF
John Lackey P
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Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups was officially ruled out of Game 2 against the Celtics and will be evaluated when the team returns to New York. "I don't know about [Game 3 on Friday]," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's day to day." Billups strained his left knee late in Game 1 when he collided with Jermaine O'Neal. He missed practice on Monday.
Toney Douglas will start in his place. "It's not something you like, but I've got a lot of confidence in Toney," D'Antoni said. "The game plan won't change a lot."
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