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05/19/2010 - 2:24am
Pierce: We deserved the criticism

ORLANDO -- After the Celtics beat the Magic to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals, Paul Pierce addressed the criticism the Celtics took during the regular season. "It doesn't matter what people said about us, what people wrote about us, what people said on television," he said. "We know that the team we have is championship-caliber and it's coming together at the right time. But the things that were said were probably deserved. We didn't play well. We didn't play consistent. A lot of the flak we got was probably deserved."


05/19/2010 - 2:00am
Drew, Beckett optimistic regarding injuries

NEW YORK -- Both starting pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder J.D. Drew both left the Red Sox' 7-6 win over the Yankees Tuesday night with injuries -- Beckett with tightness in his lower back, and Drew with a tight left hamstring. Both players, however, said after the game they don't expect to miss any time. 

 

Beckett, who missed his last start due to back spasms, felt his back tighten up in the fifth inning after throwing a changeup to Alex Rodriguez which the Yankees third baseman flew out to left field on. The Sox starter would stay in for one more batter, giving up a two-run double to Robinson Cano, before informing pitching coach John Farrell about his ailment, leading to the call for Manny Delcarmen out of the bullpen.

 

"I just told him what I had and what had happened, and we just made a group decision that it probably wasn't best for my body or the team to continue," said Beckett, who finished his...

05/19/2010 - 12:19am
Sox hold on for comeback win in Bronx

For the second straight night, the Red Sox found themselves in a massive five-run hole early. For the second straight night, they wiped out that deficit to take a two-run lead into the ninth inning, which they entrusted to closer Jonathan Papebon.

 

But one night after Papelbon allowed four runs in the ninth in a brutal loss, the closer bent but did not break. He allowed one run, but stranded the tying run on third base, allowing the Sox to claim a dramatic 7-6 victory.

 

The Sox rallied against Yankees relievers Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, with significant help from the faltering Yankees defense. Boston pushed across four runs in the eighth against Chamberlain, a rally that was commenced by a fielding error by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. That opened the door for an RBI double by J.D. Drew (2-for-4), a two-run single from Kevin Youkilis (2-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI) and a game-tying single from David...

05/18/2010 - 11:51pm
Two for two: Celtics take 2-0 series lead

Paul Pierce had 28 points and Rajon Rondo added 25 as the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic, 95-92, to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. It is the first time in their illustrious history that the Celtics have won the first two games of a series on the road. Vince Carter missed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining and Jameer Nelson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Celtics head home for Saturday night's Game 3 in complete command of the series. 

 

The Celtics led by 11 early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Rasheed Wallace but the Magic came all the way back to take a brief lead, 90-89, on Vince Carter's jumper with 3:36 remaining. But Kevin Garnett's fadeaway jumper with 2:46 left put the Celtics up for good, 91-90. The Magic were led by Dwight Howard, who scored a game-high 30 points. 

 

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05/18/2010 - 10:28pm
Beckett leaves game with back tightness

NEW YORK -- Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett left his start against the Yankees Tuesday with two outs in the fifth inning with tightness in his lower back. Beckett had missed his last start with back spasms. The righty, who signaled there was a problem when Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell came to the mound to visit after a two-run double from Robinson Cano, allowed five runs on five hits, walking three and striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. Beckett threw 103 pitches and was replaced by reliever Manny Delcarmen. The Yankees held a 5-0 advantage at the time of the pitcher's exit.


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