Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team on Wednesday.
Rondo received 23 first-place votes and 50 points overall, both totals second to Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard among all players. The fourth-year guard led the NBA in steals with 189, a number that also established a single-seaasn franchise record.
Rondo and Howard were joined on the first team by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Gerald Wallace.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona revealed his lineup for Wednesday night during his Wednesday appearance the Dale & Holley show. David Ortiz, despite his struggles, is back at designated hitter, bringing strong career numbers against Angels starter Joel Pineiro (.391 average, 5 walks, 2 HR). And Bill Hall will play center field in place of Darnell McDonald. "We feel like Mac needs a day [off]," Francona said.
Here is the Red Sox lineup. John Lackey is on the hill for the Sox. Check the Full Count blog for a more detailed preview.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins have a chance to put the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-0 hole Wednesday night in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. But to do so, the B's must get the job done on the road, a task they were unable to finish the last time they had the chance. Coach Claude Julien put the team through an optional skate Wednesday morning at the Wachovia Center before addressing the media and the importance of understanding what's at stake in Game 3.
"I think both teams have their approach," Julien said. "Obviously, the Flyers want to get back in the series and there's no doubt they're going to be ready. We don't want to let them back in the series so we need to be ready. It's not a very complicated thing. I think it's a matter of understanding the urgency of both sides and be ready to counter what the other team is going to throw at you."
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PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Mark Stuart skated again on Wednesday morning but has been ruled out by coach Claude Julien for Game 3 at the Wachovia Center. Stuart is nearly ready for game action following surgery and a subsequent infection to his left pinkie in early April.
"He's progressing pretty good right now," Julien said following the morning skate in Philadelphia. "I think it's a matter of every day getting a bit more feedback from him, our trainers and our doctors and see how close we're getting. We know he's not in tonight, Game 4 I don't know. I haven't been told by our medical crew that he's cleared to go. Right now, we're really working on getting him into game shape. Once we get the OK, it'll be our decision."
The Bruins lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-0.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and said that David Ortiz, coming off his woeful performance Tuesday night, would be back in the lineup again Wednesday. Said Francona: "David needs to play tonight. We've got to give David chances where we think he can succeed, to put some good swings on the ball. ... It's a long year, and we've got to try to put guys in a position where they can succeed."
Francona said he isn't discounting the hot start Mike Lowell is having, but the manager doesn't want to get away from his philosophical approach. "I know Mikey wants to play every day," Francona said. "I just think I have to use judgment on physically does he wear down after a couple of games, who's pitching for them, the balance of our team -- there's a ton that goes into it. I agree, Mikey's swinging great. And I'm thrilled. And I hope it continues, because he's...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
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
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
The guys discuss their easiest college classes.
After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
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.
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.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
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