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06/17/2010 - 7:13am
Mashup: A-Rod returns, but concerns linger

Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup Wednesday night after resting his hip/groin for four days, but when he didn't run hard on his ninth-inning double, more red flags were raised. Read more about that, plus check out a compilation video looking at Kobe Bryant's consistently arrogant behavior at press conferences. It can be found at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/16/2010 - 10:02pm
Lester pitches Sox past D-backs

For the eighth time in 14 starts, Red Sox starter Jon Lester allowed four or fewer hits, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs on four knocks over seven innings in his club's 6-2 victory. Lester had an impressive four-pitch mix that was most notable for a tremendous changeup that he used to record several key outs.

 

The Sox gave Lester an early measure of support, with Dustin Pedroia launching his first homer (a two-run shot) in over a month, and both J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre delivering run-scoring hits with two outs in the third. That was all the backing Lester would need, although he did receive more in the form of a two-run homer from Kevin Youkilis in the seventh.

 

For more on the game, click here to read Closing Time.


06/16/2010 - 8:50pm
Sox announce signing of 10 draft picks

The Red Sox announced the signings of 10 draft picks, including top selection Kolbrin Vitek (1st round, No. 20 overall) and their second pick, Bryce Brentz (supplemental first round, No. 36). Both players signed for the Major League Baseball slot recommendations. Vitek will get a bonus of $1.359 million, while Brentz will receive $889,200. Those two players will both be on the Lowell Spinners roster.

 

For details of all 10 picks, click here.


06/16/2010 - 8:38pm
Ray: 'I take sole credit' for Game 6

LOS ANGELES -- Ray Allen took the blame for the bench not scoring a single point through three quarters on Tuesday in an 89-67 loss to the Lakers in Game 6 at Staples Center. The Celtics' bench was outscored 24-0 through three periods as the Lakers built a 25-point lead. 

 

"I take sole credit in the starting five for that because as the starters we didn't set a good precedent," Allen said Wednesday. "It's on us me, Rondo, Kevin, Paul sitting right there, that's the guys. You can look around at the guys coming off the bench or our coaching staff, but we've got to start the game on parallel, like getting back on defense, moving the ball on offense. Those are things that we have to do."

 

For more, including video from Wednesday, visit the Green Street blog. 


06/16/2010 - 7:49pm
Odom: Game 7 will be 'historic'

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to overcome history and beat the Celtics in a seventh and deciding game on Thursday night at Staples Center. And several of the Lakers spoke about that opportunity Wednesday in Los Angeles on the day off between Games 6 and 7. 

 

"Historic, especially when you're talking about these organizations and these teams, what they stand for, the pride," Lamar Odom said. "This is what you envisioned when you were a kid playing in your backyard. This was what it was all about."

 

The Celtics are perfect against the Lakers in four previous Game 7s, winning most recently in 1984. The Lakers earned the right to have Game 7 on their home court because they won 57 games while the Celtics won 50 during the regular season. 

 

"We won a lot of games to have this game, and the way things worked out with us, we had a better record in the...

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