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05/12/2010 - 10:36pm
Flyers force Game 7 with 2-1 win over B's

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richards scored in the first period and Daniel Briere followed with a second-period tally, while Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots as the Flyers beat the Bruins 2-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center to force a Game 7 at TD Garden in Boston Friday night. 

 

Milan Lucic scored with one minute left to make it a one-goal game, but the Bruins could not get the equalizer and have lost three straight after leading the series 3-0. It is the first time since 1975 that an NHL series has gone to a Game 7 and the first time in North American professional sports that any team has forced a seventh game after trailing a best-of-seven series 3-0 since the 2004 Red Sox.

 

The Bruins will try to avoid the fate of the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, the 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 2004 New York Yankees when they host Game 7 Friday, with the winner getting home-ice advantage against the Montreal...

05/12/2010 - 6:11pm
Listen & vote on round 2 of Planet Mikey-oke

Planet Mikey-oke is now down to eight WEEI personalities. Round 2 voting is now open with new songs! Do you think you have what it takes to become a Planet Mikey-oke champion? If you think you do, be sure to register for the listener part of the competition. 10 lucky contestants will be selected to compete at Showcase Live in Foxboro on May 26th. The best and most entertaining singer will win the grand prize brought to you by Southwest Airlines!

Clubhouse Insiders, trade in your points for the chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the 3rd Annual WEEI Planet Mikey-oke on May 26th at Showcase Live.  This year’s Planet Mikey-oke is sure to be a night filled with lots of food, drinks, laughs and of course the madness that is Planet Mikey.  To win your opportunity to sit in the VIP section at this year’s Planet Mikey-oke...

05/12/2010 - 5:28pm
Wakefield records strikeout No. 2,000

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield recorded his 2,000th career strikeout when he punched out Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells to conclude the fourth inning. Wakefield became one of just four active pitchers to reach the milestone, joining Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer and Yankees starters Javier Vazquez and Andy Pettitte.

  

"I’m very proud of that," Wakefield said after the game. "It’s a tribute to longevity and I feel very blessed I’ve been able to wear this uniform for a long time and I’ve been able to accomplish 2,000 strikeouts."

 

Wakefield concluded his outing with five strikeouts, and now has 2,002 in his career. In his first start since April 25, he allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, suffering a hard-luck loss in Boston's 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Jays.

 

The pitcher will now wait to find out whether he will get another start...

05/12/2010 - 5:03pm
Ortiz livid at umpires after Red Sox loss

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, collecting his team's only two hits against Toronto starter Shaun Marcum. But his focus after the game was on the fourth and final at-bat.

 

In the ninth inning, against Blue Jays closer Kevin Gregg, Ortiz worked the count full. On an offering that appeared on replays to be perhaps a few inches outside, he was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Dale Scott. After the game, Ortiz continued to fume.

 

"Whatever you guys think is right, just put it down. I’m too mad right now. I’m too [expletive] pissed off right now. Just write down whatever you want. Let’s leave it like that. Y’all know what’s up," Ortiz said. "Thank God I wasn’t hitting right-handed, because that would have hit me in the ribs."

 

Ortiz' teammates were similarly non-plussed by both the controversial call...

05/12/2010 - 4:09pm
Sox waste Wakefield's strong start

Tim Wakefield delivered a strong outing in his first start since April 25, but his three-run, seven-inning effort was not enough as the Red Sox dropped their series finale to the Blue Jays, 3-2. Wakefield allowed just five hits, but with Jays starter Shaun Marcum allowing just two hits in his seven shutout innings, the knuckleballer was left to absorb the loss. Wakefield is now 0-2 this year.

 

All of Toronto's dmaage was done by outfielder Travis Snider, who hit a run-scoring double and two-run homer against Wakefield.

 

The Sox, meanwhile, never threatened, advancing only one baserunner as far as second base through the first eight innings. The team did rally in the ninth, with J.D. Drew delivering an RBI double to center and Adrian Beltre delivering a run-scoring single, but the comeback fell short as the Sox concluded their 10-game stretch at Fenway with a 7-3 record.

 

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