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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.

 

For more on the game,...

05/12/2010 - 12:43pm
Bruins aim for 'right frame of mind' in Game 6

PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins are hoping to avoid the pressure of a do-or-die Game 7 back in Boston on Friday night by beating the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wachovia Center. The Bruins now lead the series, 3-2, after dropping the last two games while the Flyers have gained momentum with star Simon Gagne back in the lineup. 

 

"I don't think there was anything special [Tuesday] night. We didn't do a team dinner but I think our guys, in order to have success, we can't be tense," Bruins coach Claude Julien said following this morning's optional pre-game skate at the Wachovia Center. "Being relaxed is maybe not even the right word but in the right frame of mind and hopefully that's what we show tonight when we start the game." 

 

For the Flyers, head coach Peter Laviolette indicated that forward Claude Giroux would be ready for Game 6 after being held out of the third period on Monday after a...

05/12/2010 - 11:52am
Francona discusses injuries with D&H

The injury bug that crept up and hit Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron has found it's way to Josh Beckett, and Terry Francona joined Dale & Holley (featuring Rob Bradford) on Wednesday to discuss the state of health for the three Red Sox starters. 

 

Beckett is the most recent recipient of an "injury" and Francona said Beckett was "moving around a little bit better than he was last night." Tim Wakefield will make the start in place of Beckett, and that will give Francona and his staff an extra day to figure out the next step with the struggling pitcher. 

 

"Because of the off day and because of Wake pitching we can slot in [Clay Buchholz], [Jon] Lester and [John] Lackey, and they all still get an extra days rest, which is good." Francona said. "Then we can make a decision on Beckett. Is he ready to pitch when we go to New York? If he is, does he just slot in? If not, we would...

05/12/2010 - 8:23am
Mashup: HS hoops star exposed as fraud

We've got a couple of offbeat stories from the world of high school athletics to lead off Wednesday's Morning Mashup. In Texas, a basketball standout was discovered to be a 22-year-old man who had graduated from high school in Florida three years earlier. And in Southern California, a pole vaulter was disqualified after winning her event, costing her team a league title, because she wore a friendship bracelet. The coach of the eventual championship team pointed out the infraction and now is getting some heat for it. Also, New England native and Boston College product Charlie Davies was left off the roster of the U.S. World Cup team because he has not yet fully recovered from injuries sustained in a car crash last year. Check out those stories and more at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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