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05/06/2010 - 4:58am
Varitek: Criticism of Ortiz is 'B.S.'

Red Sox captain Jason Varitek suggested that the criticism of teammate David Ortiz following his team's 5-1 win over the Angels on Tuesday was out of line. Though the Sox rallied late for the victory, much of the postgame conversation revolved around whether it was time for Ortiz -- who went 0-for-4 on Tuesday with two strikeouts and two double play grounders -- should be benched. Varitek objected to the line of thinking.

 

“We win a game [Tuesday] night and [the struggle of Ortiz] is the top story. That’s B.S. That was a huge win for us,” said Sox catcher Jason Varitek. “He’s a part of our team. He’s not our whole team. He had a night like he did [Wednesday], he hit a huge valuable run that was our go-ahead run. I’m very happy for him.”

 

On Wednesday, Ortiz remained in the lineup and hit a homer while going 2-for-3 with a walk.

 

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05/06/2010 - 12:23am
Scutaro expects knee fine after awkward slide

Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro remained on the ground for a few moments after trying to slide around the tag of Angels catcher Mike Napoli on a play at the plate. On the play -- in which Scutaro was waved in from second with one out on a sharp single to left by Kevin Youkilis, and got gunned down by a sizable margin at the plate -- Scutaro said that he hit his right knee hard on the dirt, resulting in some sweeling.

 

"I was trying to slide around and my knee got stuck," he said.

 

Still, Scutaro said that he expected to be "fine" and did not anticipate any reason why he would not be available to play on Thursday.

 

Third base coach Tim Bogar's decision to send Scutaro with one out on a ball that was sharply hit to left came under some scrutiny. Manager Terry Francona, however, insisted that Bogar made the right decision, noting that the shortstop appeared to bounce over the plate....

05/05/2010 - 11:20pm
Report: Krejci done with broken wrist

PHILADELPHIA -- David Krejci was taken to a local hospital for treatment of an undisclosed injury following a hit by Philadelphia's Mike Richards in the first period. Krejci was on just his second shift of the game when he was drilled in the shoulder by Richards in the neutral zone. Just before the hit, Krejci found Milan Lucic, who then fed Miroslav Satan for the go-ahead goal at 5:45 of the first period. 

 

"It was a clean hit and there are no issues there," Bruins coach Claude Julien said afterward.

 

The Bruins have not confirmed a CSNPhilly report that Krejci suffered a broken wrist and is scheduled to have corrective surgery in Baltimore. 

 

The Bruins also played most of the game without defenseman Adam McQuaid, who was being evaluated by Bruins medical staff after the game for an undisclosed injury. Both Krejci and...

05/05/2010 - 9:48pm
Lackey overpowers former club as Sox win

Red Sox starter John Lackey allowed just two hits and one run in seven dominating innings of work, helping lead his new club past his former one in Boston's 3-1 victory over the Angels Wednesday night at Fenway. Lackey (3-1) recorded 14 of his 21 outs by ground balls and now has turned in five quality starts this year, tied for the most in the American League.

 

Though the Sox got just three runs on 11 hits, Lackey was able to make that offensive output stand up. David Ortiz delivered an opposite-field homer as one of his two hits, and Adrian Beltre continued his hot streak (.435 average in his last 12 games) by crushing a homer to center.

 

Jonathan Papelbon delivered a perfect ninth for his eighth save of the young season.

 

For details, see Closing Time.


05/05/2010 - 9:30pm
Flying high: Bruins one win from sweep

PHILADELPHIA -- Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan scored 94 seconds apart in the first six minutes of the first period to erase Boston's only deficit of the series as the Bruins dominated the lifeless Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. 

 

Philadelphia gained its first and only lead of the series when Aaron Asham scored at 2:32 of the first period. But Wheeler scored less than two minutes later to tie the game. Satan scored his fifth of the playoffs at 5:45 to give the Bruins the lead for good. 

 

Mark Recchi added a power-play goal for insurance early in the third and Patrice Bergeron scored an empty-net goal late for the final tally. Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask turned away 34 of 35 shots.

 

The Bruins can clinch the series in a four-game sweep here on Friday night in Game 4 of the...

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