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05/23/2010 - 11:27am
Lineup: Red Sox go without Ortiz

In their series finale against the Phillies, Sunday, the Red Sox will begin their meeting with Philadelphia starter without David Ortiz or Mike Lowell in the starting lineup, while Victor Martinez is back behind the plate, catching Sox starter Tim Wakefield. Here is the Sox' lineup: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Scutaro SS, Wakefield P. For all the matchups visit The Full Count Blog by clicking here.


05/23/2010 - 1:04am
Scutaro: 'They call me Hanley Scutaro now'

Talking to reporters after the Red Sox' 5-0 win over the Phillies, shortstop Marco Scutaro lamented about not being able to reach Juan Castro's bloop into shallow left field, which broke up Daisuke Matsuzaka's no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning.

 

"They call me 'Hanley Scutaro' now," quipped Scutaro, whose out-stretched glove just couldn't reach the Castro blooper. "What do you want me to say? If I was six-feet, I'd probably get it. I'm [Dustin] Pedroia's size, so ..."

 

Asked if he thought he had a shot when Castro hit it, Sctuaro said, "Yeah, I did. What can I say? I know all the country of Japan is hating me right now. Sorry, sorry. My bad, my bad ... I was pretty sure I would catch everything close but I couldn't catch that one. Sorry."

 

For more reaction from both clubhouses on Matsuzaka's no-hit bid...

05/23/2010 - 12:58am
Barnes: 'Most embarrassing situation'

Matt Barnes was matter-of-fact after the Celtics beat the Magic, 94-71, to go up 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“There’s no excuses. They’ve come out every game and kicked our [butts],” he said. “There’s no excuses. You can’t make excuses for anything. We’re a team with the second-best record in the East, to just come out and get destroyed.”

Barnes said the Magic have to decide if they want to come out and win Game 4 on Monday, noting their season will be over if they play like they did in Game 3.

“I haven’t seen the Magic yet in any of the games that we’ve played against Boston,“ he said. “That’s probably the most embarrassing situation in my basketball career.”
 

For more on the series, visit the Green Street Blog.


05/23/2010 - 12:17am
Magic's lament: We didn't play hard tonight

The Orlando Magic were not a happy group after getting beat 94-71 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We didn't play hard at all tonight," Jason Williams said. "The first two games we didn't play hard all 48 minutes. It seems like we waited until the second or fourth quarter to start playing hard. Why, I don't know." Williams was the on the other end of the Celtics signature hustle play when Rajon Rondo raced down court and dove on a loose ball, knocking it away from Williams and scoring. "I told [Rondo] after the game, that was the play of the playoffs for me," Kevin Garnett said. "It was just pure heart. Pure hustle. Pure I want it more than you."


05/22/2010 - 11:07pm
Too easy: Celtics crush Magic for 3-0 lead

The Celtics scored the first seven points of the game and used a 14-0 spurt midway through the first quarter en route to a 94-71 embarrassment of the Orlando Magic Saturday night at TD Garden to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. 

 

Rajon Rondo had another spectacular game with 11 points, 12 assists, four steals, and a loose ball scramble with Jason Williams in the first half that was finished off by a stunning bank-shot that electrified the crowd. Glen Davis added a game-high 17 points off the bench while Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson each had 15 for the Magic, which had more turnovers [6] than field goals [4] in the first quarter as Boston raced out to a 27-12 lead. Boston would eventually lead by as much as 32 in the fourth quarter on consecutive 3-pointers by Rasheed Wallace. 

 

With chants of 'Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA' ringing through the Garden over the last quarter of the game,...

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