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05/19/2012 - 10:48pm
Smashing success: Sox slug four HRs in win

Mike Aviles smashed a homer to lead off Saturday's game and the Red Sox did not let up from there, going deep four times en route to a 7-5 victory over the Phillies.

Aviles (7), Will Middlebrooks (5) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6) all hit solo homers, while David Ortiz (9) blasted a two-run homer to straightaway center. That show of strength made a winner of Jon Lester, who logged six innings and pitched around eight hits to limit the Phillies to four runs. Red Sox relievers Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves (whose efforts were sandwiched around one out from Rich Hill) permitted a combined seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief, but allowed just one run between them, thanks in part to a spectacular catch by center fielder Ryan Sweeney, who made a two-on, two-out diving catch to end the seventh and keep two runs off the board.

Lester improved to 3-3 for the year, while Aceves recorded his ninth save by recording the final four outs.

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05/19/2012 - 4:59pm
Lineup: Salty catching, Gonzalez playing right

PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is in his team's lineup against Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton despite having 12 stitches put in his left ear after taking a ball off the side of the head in the seventh inning Friday night.

"Went to the doctors last night and everything came back negative," said Saltalamacchia, who said he had never hit a ball in the side of his head like it did Friday. "No sign of any concussion or anything. Just had to get some stitches and good to go.

"If it hits there again it's going to hurt, but as far as any kind of pain, moving or hitting or anything, it doesn't really bother me."

Saltalamacchia said he thought about trying the hockey mask-style of catching equipment, but decided not to. He said the only other time he has used that style of mask was in high school. "I didn't mind it, but they're just so heavy and after foul ball after foul ball, they're louder than...

05/19/2012 - 12:42pm
Welker: I'm 'completely happy' with situation

PEABODY -- After saying that things had “gotten worse” in his contract talks with the Patriots, Wes Welker appeared to change his tune Saturday morning, saying that was a “probably a bad choice of words,” and adding that he’s “completely happy” with his situation.

“That was probably a bad choice of words, saying they had gotten worse,” the wide receiver said during a break at his football camp Saturday morning at Bishop Fenwick High. “They’ve stayed the same. I’m franchised for the year, and I’m completely happy with that. I’m completely OK with it. I look forward to contributing to the team in 2012.

“I’m excited to be back. I’m excited to be a Patriot. I’m excited to be out there on the field coming up with OTA’s and minicamps with my teammates. I’m looking forward to the 2012 season and us going out there and getting...

05/19/2012 - 12:43am
Iguodala: 'They gave us their best shot'

PHILADELPHIA -- Andre Iguodala was sensational down the stretch for the Sixers, hitting a pair of key 3-pointers to help lead the Sixers past the Celtics, 92-83, wiping out an 18-point second-half deficit and evening the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2. With the Sixers desperately needing a basket, Iguodala nailed a three to tie the game, 79-79. His jumper with 1:22 left, gave the Sixers the lead for good, 85-83 and his three with 36.9 seconds remaining sealed one of the biggest comebacks in Sixers playoff history. 

Iguodala said he and his teammates didn't give up hope despite falling behind 14-0 to start the game and getting booed off their own court by their fans when they fell behind by 15 at halftime.

"I feel like they gave us their best shot in the first half, but we crawled back in and got it," Iguodala said after his 16 points helped the Sixers even the series. "But we’re going to keep...

05/19/2012 - 12:06am
Rivers: 'The free throw line tells the story'

PHILADELPHIA -- After the Celtics blew an 18-point second-half lead in a 92-83 loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference playoff series, there were many areas to blame. They turned it over 17 times and allowed 17 offensive rebounds. They also gave up 36 free throws and the Sixers had a 30-12 advantage at the line after three quarters.

"The free throw line tells the story," Rivers said. "Thirty six attempts to nineteen. That’s tough to win that way. Everything we did was the prescription that you don’t do to beat them. 17-5 offensive rebounds, 17 turnovers, 36 free throws. You would have thought that we were down the whole game if you looked at those numbers, yet we had the lead."

The Celtics were whistled for four fouls in the first three minutes and five seconds of the third quarter as Avery Bradley, Brandon Bass and Rajon all wound up in foul trouble. Kevin Garnett and Ryan Hollins were also...

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