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04/11/2011 - 11:56pm
After home run, Damon relishes reception

Speaking after his team trounced the Red Sox, 16-5, Monday night at Fenway Park, Rays outfielder Johnny Damon said that the reaction from the fans was different from when he last played in Boston, as a member of the Yankees.

"Coming as a Yankee, it was definitely a lot tougher," Damon said. "They're Red Sox fans, that's what they were born to do and that's what they'll continue to do."

There was a mix of cheers and boos when Damon strode to the plate in the first inning, with the reception not getting a chance to truly define itself thanks to Tampa Bay's No. 2 hitter depositing the first pitch he saw from Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka over the right field fence for his 19th career homer in Fenway.

Damon would finish his night going 3-for-5 with two runs. 

"It was great coming back in here on a different team than the Yankees. It was a little more mixed tonight. I was pretty happy to get the cheers I...

04/11/2011 - 10:40pm
Matsuzaka mashed: Sox annihilated by Rays

Little-known left fielder Sam Fuld had four hits and came within a single of hitting for the cycle while Johnny Damon homered on the first pitch he saw in the first inning as the Rays pounded Daisuke Matsuzaka for eight hits and seven runs in a 16-5 rout of the Red Sox Monday night at Fenway Park. Damon finished with three of the 20 hits for the Rays, who had scored just 20 runs in their first nine games prior to Monday. 

In arguably his worst outing since signing with the Red Sox before the 2007 season, Matsuzaka was shelled, facing 16 batters and retiring just six. After throwing just 10 pitches in the first — all strikes — Matsuzaka allowed the first six batters to reach in the second. The righty allowed two doubles, two singles, a walk before the inning was capped off by Fuld's homer to right. Matsuzaka was eventually pulled after allowing a single and a walk to open the third. 

Tim Wakefield came on in relief and got the...

04/11/2011 - 10:33pm
Celtics to face Knicks in first round

With the Celtics' loss, a Heat victory and a 76ers loss, the Eastern Conference's 3-6 and 2-7 NBA playoff matchups are set prior to all four team's regular-season finales.

The Heat (57-24) captured the No. 2 seed with a 98-90 victory against the Hawks, while the 76ers (41-40) secured the No. 7 seed with a 95-85 loss to the Magic.

Meanwhile, the idle Knicks (42-38) clinched the No. 6 seed and will face the No. 3 Celtics (55-26) in the first round. Prior to Monday night's 95-94 overtime loss to the Wizards, Celtics coach Doc Rivers indicated that their series will begin on Sunday, although the schedule has not been announced. The C's and Knicks will also play each other in their regular-season finale on Wednesday night.

For more on the team, visit weei.com/celtics.


04/11/2011 - 10:10pm
Wizards bench Celtics in OT

Doc Rivers rested the Big Four, Delonte West limped off the floor with a right ankle sprain and the Celtics officially lost the No. 2 seed with a 95-94 overtime road loss to the Wizards, despite double-doubles from Jeff Green and Jermaine O'Neal.

With the loss, the Celtics (55-26) clinched the No. 3 seed and will face the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams also play each other in Boston on Wednesday night. The Heat and the 76ers will face each other in the 2-7 matchup in the playoffs.

Against the Wizards, Jeff Green scored 20 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds. O'Neal produced 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in 36 minutes, while Glen Davis added 20 points in 37 minutes as a starter. John Wall led the Wizards (23-58) with 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

For more on the team, visit weei.com/celtics.


04/11/2011 - 8:51pm
West leaves Celtics game with ankle injury

After Wizards center JaVale McGee ran over him at midcourt in the third quarter, Celtics guard Delonte West left the game with a sprained right ankle and will not return to action on Monday night.

In late February, West injured the same right ankle in practice and missed eight games before returning on March 16. Even after reentering the Celtics lineup, West told reporters that he still had a chipped bone in his ankle. He had 11 points and five assists in 23 minutes against the Wizards before leaving the game.

For more on the team, visit weei.com/celtics.


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