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07/05/2010 - 11:52pm
Okajima battling a bad back

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Following the Red Sox' 6-5 loss to the Rays, Sox manager Terry Francona said that reliever Hideki Okajima was unavailable due to a bad back he has been battling. Francona noted that the lefty threw a bullpen session Monday and should be available for duty Tuesday. Okajima declined the opportunity to talk to the media following the Sox' loss. The Red Sox used Ramon Ramirez in what might have been Okajima's spot Monday night, leading into set-up man Daniel Bard. The lefty hasn't pitched since going 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay, June 29 at Fenway Park. For more see the Red Sox team page at

07/05/2010 - 10:52pm
Red Sox drop series opener to Rays

After jumping out to a four-run lead after four innings, Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox let the Rays creep back into the series-opener at Tropicana Field Monday night with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Tampa Bay would come all the way back when reliever Ramon Ramirez allowed back-to-back singles to begin the seventh inning, ultimately resulting in a Jason Bartlett game-winning sacrifice fly to give the hosts a 6-5 win over the Sox. Highlighting the Red Sox' offense were two home runs from Eric Patterson. Matsuzaka finished his outing giving up five runs on eight hits over five innings, finishing having thrown 112 pitches. The Red Sox' offense had driven Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza from the game after just three innings, forcing the righty to leave after allowing four runs and throwing 84 pitches. For more go to Closing Time at the Full Count Blog by clicking here.

07/05/2010 - 9:59pm
Lowrie goes 1-for-2 (2 BBs) for Lowell

In his first game in roughly four months, Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie went 1-for-2 with a single and two walks for the Lowell Spinners of the Single-A Short-Season New York-Penn League in the first game of his rehab assignment. Lowrie batted third and served as the designated hitter for the Spinners.


Lowrie appeared in four games in spring training this year before being sidelined by mononucleosis. The 26-year-old was sidelined for most of the 2009 season after undergoing surgery to remove a bone in his left wrist in April. He played in 32 games in the majors for the Sox, hitting .147 with a .211 OBP and .265 slugging mark.

07/05/2010 - 8:00pm
Celtics drop summer league opener

The Celtics dropped their opener of its 2010 summer league, 87-82, to the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday in Orlando. The Celtics led by 15 points at the end of the first quarter and nine at the end of the third, but were unable to hold on as the Thunder outscored Boston by a 27-12 spread in the final 12 minutes.


Luke Harangody, the Celtics second-round pick in 2010, topped Boston scorers with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Oliver Lafyatte had 14 points and five assists. The Turkish center Semih Erden, who the Celtics signed to a contract on Monday, started and scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in 21:56.


The Celtics summer league schedule continues as they play the 76ers on Tuesday.


For more go to the Celtics team page at



07/05/2010 - 6:04pm
Report: Sheed could change mind
By: DJ Bean

According to a report on, a source has indicated a "possibility" of Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace changing his mind regarding retirement after both coach Doc Rivers and captain Paul Pierce returned to the team.


Should Wallace follow through with his retirement, his contract would be a valuable commodity on the trade market. His deal still has two seasons and $12 million dollars on it. Wallace just finished his 15th NBA season, his first in Boston.


For more on the Celtics, go to the team page at

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