The Red Sox succumbed to a seven-run fourth inning, paving the way to their 12-5 loss to the Royals, Friday night at Fenway Park. Taking the loss for the Sox was starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed nine runs on 12 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Kansas City pounded out 20 hits against Red Sox pitchers, with David DeJesus (4), Mitch Maier (3, HR), and Yuniesky Betancourt (3) leading the way for the visitors. The Red Sox' offensive highlight came in the form of Victor Martinez' two-run homer in the third inning. Marco Scutaro (3 hits), Adrian Beltre (2), Mike Cameron (2), and Martinez (2) all had solid nights at the bat for the Red Sox. Utilityman Bill Hall made his first major league pitching performance, hurling a perfect ninth inning. For a complete see Closing Time at The Full Count Blog.
While the Celtics got good news on the availability of Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace for Game 6 against Orlando, the news was much more pessimistic on Marquis Daniels, who is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion minutes after Davis sustained his own in Game 5 against the Magic.
"Marquis is out and probably out for a while," Rivers said. "If they're putting a uniform on, they're good [to play].
"[Daniels] had tingling in his feet, his hands and couldn't feel either one for a while so that gets dangerous. We don't know how long. He feels good now. Everything's back. That's something you have to be careful with. Eddie [Lacerte] said he's the one, you just can't take a chance."
Brian Scalabrine is dressing for Game 6 and is taking Daniels' spot on the active roster.
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Glen Davis said prior to Game 6 that he will play tonight after suffering a concussion in Game 5. "I'm feeling good," he said. "[The headaches] are all gone." Davis was hit by Magic center Dwight Howard with an elbow and staggered to half court before collasping. "He caught me off guard," Davis said. "That was the big thing. I didn't see it coming." Davis also said that he didn't lose a tooth, but he have a brace in his moutch knocked out. Asked if he thought the play was dirty, Davis said, "I don't know what to think."
Prior to the Red Sox game with the Royals Friday night at Fenway Park Daisuke Matsuzaka clarified what he meant when he referenced having "lower body soreness" throughout his Thursday night outing.
"It doesn't happen that often. I just think it's one of those days where your body feels a little heavier than normal. You feel a little bit lethargic," Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino. "I think that's what it was. But today I think because I relied a lot more on my upper body pitching in the game last night, I think my upper body is a little more tired than usual.
"It's certainly not an injury. I wouldn't even go so far as calling it fatigue. I think that can happen to any player, where you get out of bed in the morning and feel a little bit off. It just so happens yesterday was one of those days ... my body just wouldn't cooperate."
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Brian Scalabrine told WEEI.com that he will be on the 12-man active roster Friday night for Game 6. Scalabrine likely will take the place of Marquis Daniels, who had a concussion in Game 5. Glen Davis also had a concussion, and Rasheed Wallace is struggling with back spasms. Both players are considered game-time decisions.
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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
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DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
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