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05/23/2012 - 3:06pm
Bottom's up: Unlikely HRs lead Sox past O's

BALTIMORE -- An unlikely trio at the bottom of the lineup for the Red Sox put on a surprising display of power, as Daniel Nava (solo shot in the sixth), Scott Podsednik (solo homer in the eighth) and Kelly Shoppach (two-run homer in the sixth) each went deep in leading Boston past Baltimore, 6-5. The Sox concluded their eight-game roadtrip with 16 homers, going 5-3 on the trip, which came at the back end of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

With the game tied, 2-2, in the top of the sixth, Nava continued his excellent two-week stretch by lining a solo homer into the bleachers in right-center at Camden Yards for his second homer of the year. After a Podsednik single, Shoppach bashed a two-run homer to left. While the Sox gave two runs back in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-4 game, Podsednik lined a homer to right for an insurance run that proved vital in the eighth. It was Podsednik's first homer since 2010.

The show of power made a winner...

05/23/2012 - 1:49pm
Garnett, Rondo earn All-Defensive honors

Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second team in voting conducted by the league's coaches. Avery Bradley received a first-place vote but finished well behind in the balloting.

Garnett has been on the First Team in three of the other four years he has been with the Celtics. This is the fourth time in his career that Rondo has named to an All-Defensive Team with first-place honors the last two seasons.

Here are the results:

              2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position        Player, Team                1st        2nd                 Points
Forward        LeBron James, Miami           24        5            ...

05/23/2012 - 10:54am
Doc on KG: Let media 'stir that pot'

PHILADELPHIA -- Predictably, the Celtics were barraged by the Philadelphia media at their morning shootaround about comments from Kevin Garnett following Monday's Game 5 win that put Boston on the brink of the Eastern Conference finals. Garnett, who leads the Celtics into Game 6 Wednesday night, called Philadelphia fans "fair-weather" and said they don't match up anywhere close to Boston fans. 

"I have no reaction to that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I'll let you guys stir that pot. Have at it, have fun with it. I don't think either fan base likes each other anyway, so I don't think it added anything. I said [Tuesday], 'What are they going to do? Hate us more?' So, what's the difference?"

"I don't know anything about that," Ray Allen added. "You have to ask [Garnett] that question. I don't have any reaction because I don't know anything about it."

Wednesday morning,...

05/23/2012 - 10:31am
Bradley: 'Right now, I'm not playing' Game 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Celtics guard Avery Bradley said at Wednesday morning's team shootaround that he has felt little improvement in his ailing left shoulder and he will almost surely miss his second straight game of the series as Boston attempts to close out Philadelphia in Game 6 here at Wells Fargo Center. 

"Right now, I'm not playing," Bradley said, as he received treatment from strength trainer Bryan Doo. "I'm definitely frustrated but all I can do is keep getting stronger and keep improving for my team. I'm just trying to get it better. It's been the same. I just have to keep trying to get is stronger everyday. I just want to make sure I'm 100 percent for my time. I'm just taking it day-by-day right now."

"He's a little better, not much," coach Doc Rivers added. "I don't think he'll play. He won't do anything in shootaround for sure, and then do what we did the other night. We'll let him warm up and see if...

05/23/2012 - 8:45am
Valentine on D&C: Gonzalez back in right

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning, hours before the rubber game of a three-game series in Baltimore, and talked about his lineup adjustments. The Sox started Adrian Gonzalez in right field and the returning Kevin Youkilis at first base Tuesday night, and Valentine said he plans to return to that lineup Wednesday -- with newcomer Scott Podsednik again in center -- once he checks with Gonzalez and "makes sure his legs are underneath him."

However, the manager acknowledged this isn't a lineup he plans to feature regularly.

"I don't think it's an everyday thing," he said. "I think it's something that could be used throughout the year, but no, I don't think it's an everyday solution."

General manager Ben Cherington said recently that Youkilis will return as the starting third baseman, despite rookie Will Middlebrooks' impressive play while Youkilis was on the DL.

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