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05/25/2010 - 1:04am
Pierce on last shot: 'I just screwed it up'

Paul Pierce took responsibility for the final play of regulation that resulted in no shot for the Celtics and allowed the Magic to survive to overtime, where they outlasted the Celtics for a 96-92 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

 

With the game tied, 86-86, Pierce had the ball in his hands and was supposed to run a play that called for a pick and roll with Ray Allen but Pierce never got the ball to Allen and Jameer Nelson knocked it away and as time expired.

 

"We didn't want to call a time out," Pierce said the Celtics' decision to forego a timeout. "It was a pick and roll, me and Ray Allen and I pretty much screwed it up, turned the ball over. That's all it is, couldn't get the final shot. Sometimes it happens that way. That's no excuse and we still had opportunities in overtime and we didn't take advantage."

 

Pierce still finished with a team-high 32 points. For more...

05/24/2010 - 11:49pm
No roster move expected for injured Martinez

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after his team's 6-1 win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field that he didn't expect the the Sox would have to make a roster move for Victor Martinez, who suffered a contusion on his left big toe on a second-inning foul ball off the bat of Tampa Bay's Reid Brignac. X-rays were negative.

 

"The news is really good. When we’re watching him and you guys saw the same thing I did. He was hurting. He’s day to day, like we all are," Francona said. "I think it’s to the point where I don’t think we have to make a roster move. [Jason Varitek] catches tomorrow, obviously. But I think in a pinch, Victor will be available. We'll certainly check with him in the morning, but I think we dodged a bullet there."

 

Martinez, who said he suffered an injury to the same toe a few years ago when fouling a ball off his foot, was...

05/24/2010 - 11:43pm
Magic survival act: Orlando wins in OT

Dwight Howard had 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks and Jameer Nelson added 23 points as the Orlando Magic beat the Celtics, 96-92, in overtime Monday night at TD Garden to force Game 5 Wednesday night in Orlando. 

 

The Celtics tied the game on a Paul Pierce three-point play with one minute, 16 seconds left in regulation. Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points and 11 rebounds in nearly 47 minutes of play while Ray Allen kept the Celtics alive late by hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts to finish with 22.  

 

The Magic led by as many as 10 in the first half and by seven in the fourth quarter only to have the Celtics come back each time. 

 

The Celtics had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but Pierce lost control of the ball as he was dribbling for a final shot and the clock expired. 

 

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05/24/2010 - 10:52pm
Sox to designate McDonald for Cameron

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox plan to activate outfielder Mike Cameron on Monday. In order to make room for the 37-year-old on the roster, the Sox will designate outfielder Darnell McDonald for assignment. 

 

"While I was here I had a good time. I got  chance to play every day. Like I said, it's a tough situation for everybody," said McDonald. "[Terry Francona] expressed that to me. It's one of those things. Like I said, I hope some other doors have opened up from getting an opportunity here.

 

"I have nothing but love for the people here, the fans especially. It was a great opportunity. You never know. Obviously I want to be in the big leagues, and hopefully I showed some people I can play in the big leagues and that I'll get another chance to do it."

 

Cameron has been on the disabled list since April 20 with a lower abdomen strain. He is hitting .233/....

05/24/2010 - 10:19pm
Buchholz, Red Sox best Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz only allowed one run on six hits over six innings, while David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis continued their hot-hitting ways, each homering, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the first-place Rays, Monday night at Tropicana Field. The only blemish against Buchholz, who struck out eight while throwing 108 pitches, was a fourth-inning solo homer from Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena. The Red Sox offense was able to drive Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis out of the game after just 3 2/3 innings, having scored five runs on seven hits off of the Rays' pitcher. It marked just the 10th time this season Tampa Bay has had to turn to its bullpen before the seventh inning. Besides Ortiz and Youkilis, the other two stars for the Red Sox' offense were Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Beltre, notching three hits apiece. For more see Closing Time at the...

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