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05/22/2010 - 10:20pm
Daisuke loses no-hitter, Sox still win

Daisuke Matsuzaka starter went 7 2/3 innings without giving up a single hit before Juan Castro blooped a single over the out-stretched glove of Marco Scutaro, into left field, to break up what would have been the first no-hitter by an American League pitcher in a National League park since the advent of interleague play.

 

Matsuzaka managed to finished off his outing by inducing a fly out from Ross Gload, closing out his line having allowed just the one hit while walking four and striking out five. He threw 112 pitches, 73 strikes. The performance helped pace the Red Sox to a 5-0 win over the Phillies, at Philadelphia.

 

“Dice did a good job,” said Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who has already caught four n0-hitters. “He stayed powerful through the zone. He stayed aggressive, continued to stay aggressive, and had a good mix of his pitches.”

 

The no-hitter was almost ended earlier...

05/22/2010 - 5:44pm
Welker: Rehab 'going good so far'

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker reiterated his stance on Saturday that there is no set timetable for his return, but feels like his rehab is "going good so far." Speak at his football camp in Braintree, Welker told reporters his plan was to "keep working hard, keep doing the things I've been doing to get to where I am right now."

"It's a long process, but I feel like we're making a lot of strides," said Welker, who injured his left knee in the regular-season finale against the Texans and sat out the playoff loss to the Ravens. "I’m just trying to stay pain free.

“It’s gone as good as expected so far. Hopefully we stay on that track and keep on progressing every day.”

For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


05/22/2010 - 4:21pm
Lineup: Ellsbury leading off, Ortiz at first

Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the Red Sox lineup, Saturday against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, batting leadoff and playing center field. The Red Sox lineup against the Philadelphia right-hander is as follows: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Drew RF, Ortiz 1B, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Varitek C, Scutaro SS, Matsuzaka P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.


05/22/2010 - 2:33pm
Ference, Thomas have surgery, Sobotka next

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Saturday that defenseman Andrew Ference and underwent successful right hernia repair surgery and goaltender Tim Thomas underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Ference's surgery was performed by Dr. David Berger at Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to need two months to recover. Thomas's surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly a the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and recovery time is three to four months. There had been no indication throughout the year that Thomas was injured after rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask took over full time duties in the last half of the season and playoffs.

 

Chiarelli also announced that center Vladimir Sobotka will have left should stabilization surgery on May 25 that will performed by Dr. Peter Asnis and Dr. Thomas Hlovacs at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

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05/21/2010 - 11:03pm
With Ellsbury ready, Sox designate Van Every

With outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury ready to be activated by the Red Sox on Saturday, the team will designate outfielder Jonathan Van Every for assignment. Van Every appeared in 21 games, primarily as a defensive replacement, hitting .211/.286/.421/.707 with a homer. He also pitched an inning, allowing two runs in a blowout loss to the Yankees on May 8. 

 

Ellsbury has been out since April 11 due to the a hairline fracture of four ribs incurred in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre. He was placed on the D.L. on April 20. 


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