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05/05/2011 - 6:36pm
Lackey: 'I just didn't pitch very well'

Speaking after the Red Sox' 11-0 loss to the Angels Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, Sox starting pitcher John Lackey lamented the fact he simply didn't execute well in giving up eight runs on 10 hits over four innings against his former team.

"I didn't locate as well," Lackey said when comparing the outing to his previous meetings with the Angels, which had resulted in four wins in as many starts. "I probably fell into a few patterns. They might have been sitting on a few things."

When asked if the Angels, who had scored just eight earned runs in 29 1/3 innings against Lackey coming into the series finale, adjusted their approach this time around, the righty responded: "If I pitch the way I can pitch, it doesn't matter how they approach me. I just didn't pitch very well."

Lackey also talked about the importance of giving the Sox a quality start with the team coming off a loss that wasn't completed until 2:45...

05/05/2011 - 5:55pm
Wakefield to start Friday, Daisuke Sunday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced after his team's 11-0 loss to the Angels Thursday afternoon that Tim Wakefield will get the start against the Twins Friday after the regularly scheduled starter, Daisuke Matsuzaka, was forced to throw a 20-pitch inning in relief Wednesday night.

Wakefield also appeared in Wednesday night's Red Sox loss, throwing 12 pitches in 2/3 innings after having made his first start of the season May 1 against Seattle. In the outing vs. the Mariners, the knuckleballer lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on three hits.

Clay Buchholz will pitch Saturday, leading into Matsuzaka's first start since he experienced elbow soreness on April 29. 

"Just want to try and put a day in between for Dice for obvious reasons, because he pitched last night," Francona said. 

In other post-game news, the results from the MRI taken on Bobby Jenks right arm were encouraging, according to Francona,...

05/05/2011 - 5:11pm
Pats legend Bruschi to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Patriots legend Tedy Bruschi will be part of an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, later this month. Bruschi will be climbing to bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project, a group whose mission is to honor and empower men and women who have been wounded in service.

Among those joining Bruschi will be former Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher, as well as other wounded warriors, including two of whom have lost a leg in service.

“Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro will be memorable, but to be able to experience it with service members that have sacrificed so much for our country is what I’m truly looking forward to,” said Bruschi via statement. “These men and women are beyond inspiring, and I am thankful to the NFL for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The group has taken practice climbs throughout the United States, and is expected to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro...

05/05/2011 - 4:49pm
Angels pound Lackey, beat Red Sox

The Red Sox dropped their second game to the Angels in as many days Thursday afternoon, with this one being decided early thanks to four straight three-run innings. The end result was an 11-0 loss for the Sox in the teams' series finale at Fenway Park, dropping the hosts to 14-17 for the season.

Sox starter John Lackey struggled throughout his 97-pitch outing, giving up eight runs on 10 hits over four innings before giving way to newly-promoted reliever Scott Atchison. The reliever followed by allowing three runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

The Angels managed five extra-base hits, including a two-run homer from Mark Trumbo, but also used an aggressive running attack to come away with four stolen bases. LA finished going 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

The Red Sox' offense wasn't nearly as potent as its counterparts, allowing former Sox hurler Joel Pineiro to claim the victory by holding the hosts to no runs on three hits...

05/05/2011 - 3:02pm
Doc: All C's, including Shaq, good for Game 3

WALTHAM -- After a lengthy film session and practice Thursday at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, coach Doc Rivers pronounced everyone ready to play in Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat at TD Garden. 

Most notably, Shaquille O'Neal — according to Rivers — will be able to make his playoff debut for the Celtics after missing the first round and first two games of the Heat series with a sore right calf. Rivers said Paul Pierce also will be able to play, despite a sore Achilles that cropped up during the Game 2 loss Tuesday night in Miami. Pierce, however, was held out of Thursday's practice as a precaution. 

"Everybody's good," Rivers said. "Everybody is feeling pretty good. Shaq went through practice. We didn't do anything today, we just watched film and walked over [some] stuff. Then, the second unit worked on their stuff, but right now we expect every single guy, including Shaq, to play in Game 3....

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