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05/31/2012 - 9:33pm
Salt and pepper: Sox drop finale to Tigers

Quintin Berry had three hits, scored the go-ahead run and made a key running grab in front of the center-field wall as the Tigers salvaged the finale of the four-game series with a 7-3 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drilled his 10th homer of the year and added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who won 3-of-4 in the series, stand at 26-25 and finished May with a 15-14 mark. 

Josh Beckett pitched seven innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs, walking one and striking out one to fall to 4-5 on the season.

The Red Sox staked Beckett to a two-run lead in the second when the red-hot Saltalamacchia drilled his 10th homer of the season to deep right-center, coming just a few feet from hitting the Jordan's Furniture billboard to the right of the yellow line. Saltalamacchia drove a 94 mph fastball from Max Scherzer (5-3) to the seats for his fifth homer in 11 games and his sixth in his last 15 games. Two outs later,...

05/31/2012 - 8:10pm
Strong start for Daisuke in Pawtucket

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, back in the Pawtucket rotation after receiving a cortisone injection a little more than a week ago, delivered his second straight outing in which he gave up almost nothing. After allowing one hit in five shutout innings on Saturday, Matsuzaka allowed just two hits in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday. He did permit a solo homer to Lew Ford (who was traded by the Red Sox in 2000), but otherwise proved nearly flawless. He permitted just the one run, struck out four and walked none.

In his last two starts, Matsuzaka has allowed one run in 10 1/3 innings (0.87 ERA), with opponents hitting .091 against him. In 10 1/3 innings, he's struck out six and walked one. Overall, in seven rehab starts, Matsuzaka has a 3.53 ERA, 28 strikeouts and eight walks in 35 2/3 innings.

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05/31/2012 - 3:25pm
Doc: Pierce attacked as much as LeBron

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that his team came away from their Game 2 more encouraged than discouraged, despite losing 115-111 in overtime. Still, there are numerous areas to improve including: defending the 3-point arc, getting Kevin Garnett more involved and maintaing their offensive rhythm that got away from them in the third quarter.

Of particular importance for Rivers is the notion that Paul Pierce needs to get to the free throw. He had his first free throws of the series late in the first half and he went to the line six times, a far cry from the 24 attempts by LeBron James.

"Not going to touch that," Rivers said on a conference call when asked about the officials. "I think Paul Pierce attacked just as much as LeBron James. I’ll leave it at that, OK?

"They are going to shoot a lot of free throws but we have to as well. I thought [Rajon] Rondo was extremely aggressive last night, and I thought Paul was...

05/31/2012 - 2:31pm
Middlebrooks sits, Podsednik leads off

Rookie Will Middlebrooks will get a day off against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, as the Red Sox will have Kevin Youkilis at third and Adrian Gonzalez at first base, with Ryan Sweeney in right field. The decision to sit Middlebrooks may be in part a reflection on Scherzer's dominance against righties. Righties are hitting .243/.299/.402/.701 against him while striking out 36.4 percent of the time; lefties are hitting a robust .358/.418/.569/.987 against him while striking out 23.6 percent of the time.

With the Sox trying to load their lineup with left-handed hitters, Scott Podsednik will play center and lead off. The lineup features just two right-handed hitters: Youkilis and shortstop Mike Aviles. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for Josh Beckett.

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05/31/2012 - 2:10pm
Brady: 'No budging' Light out of retirement

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady will be working with a new left tackle in 2012 for the first time in his career after Matt Light retired this spring. Brady acknowledged Thursday after practice at Patriots organized team activity that he tried to talk Light out of retirement but to no avail. 

"Matt was an incredible player for this team and organization," Brady said. "It's sad when you see a guy move on to other parts of their life. Some go to other teams, some retire. Matt chose to retire. That was a big decision in his life. I said before, I tried to talk him out of it, but there was no budging. Matt's pretty stubborn. It made him a good player, but I certainly wasn't talking him out of it."

Brady said he still takes heat in practice from teammates when he makes a mistake, including receivers like Wes Welker. 

"Probably Wes," Brady said. "Wes gives it to me pretty good. All the guys that are...

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