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.
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."
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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.”
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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."
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  than field goals  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,...
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
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.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
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
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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