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06/08/2010 - 10:10pm
Wakefield dazzles as Sox stifle Indians

CLEVELAND -- Tim Wakefield retired 15 straight batters in one stretch en route to his second victory of the season, making Red Sox history in the process, as Boston defeated the Indians at Progressive Field, 3-2.

 

Wakefield pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving his 2,777 in his Red Sox career. When he recorded the second out of the seventh inning, he surpassed Roger Clemens for the most innings thrown in franchise history. Wakefield allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and walked none while striking out six in improving to 2-4 on the season. He recorded career win No. 177 with the Sox, 15 behind Clemens and Cy Young for the most as a Sox.

 

All three runs of offensive support that Wakefield received were of the unearned variety. With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Indians centerfielder Trevor Crowe dropped a Victor Martinez fly ball, opening the door for the Sox to string together four straight two-out hits....

06/08/2010 - 9:28pm
Wakefield sets Sox innings record

CLEVELAND -- Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield set a new franchise record for the most innings thrown in a Boston uniform when he recorded the second out of the seventh inning. Indians first baseman Russell Branyan's pop-up to shortstop Marco Scutaro gave Wakefield 2,776 2/3 innings in his Boston career, moving him ahead of Roger Clemens for the most innings thrown by a Red Sox.

 

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06/08/2010 - 9:08pm
Strasburg fans 14 in Nats debut

Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 and allowed two runs in seven innings in his major league debut for the Washington Nationals. The right-hander, taken with the first pick of the 2009 draft, allowed four hits, with the Pirates touching him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning on Delwyn Young's two-run homer. But Strasburg was otherwise dominant, allowing four hits and walking none.

 

Strasburg recorded the most strikeouts in a major league debut since Astros pitcher J.R. Richard punched out 15 on Sept. 5, 1971. Strasburg exited the game with a 4-2 lead after seven innings, having thrown 94 pitches.


06/08/2010 - 8:29pm
Doc 'miffed, amazed' by Lakers complaints

Doc Rivers took objection with the complaints of several Lakers following Game 2 after Kobe Bryant was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, limiting his effectiveness in the final period. 

 

"I'm just miffed and amazed how the other team complained about the fouls since we've been the team in foul trouble for two games," Rivers said Tuesday night prior to Game 3. "Maybe they do different math there or something. I don't get that one." 

 

In the Game 1 loss to the Lakers, the Celtics had several players with three fouls before halftime and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each played most of the fourth quarter one foul from disqualification. The Celtics had 28 fouls called on them in Game 1 to 26 for the Lakers. In Game 2, the Lakers actually took 15 more free throw attempts than Boston, 41-26. 

 

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06/08/2010 - 7:59pm
Gruden: 'Celtics in six'

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden visited the Celtics locker room about an hour before tipoff of Game 3 of the NBA finals. Gruden, a self-confessed "diehard Celtics fan," was asked for his prediction for the series.

 

"Celtics in six," said the winning coach of Super Bowl XXXVII. "No disrespect to the Lakers, but the Celtics are the tougher team. Rondo is like a quarterback out there."

 

Gruden was asked by WEEI.com for his thoughts on the Tom Brady contract situation.

 

"They'll sign him, what would you do?" asked Gruden. "Come on, who are they going to play? This is Tom Brady we're talking about. Not a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks out there."

 

For more Celtics news check out the Green Street Blog.

 

 


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