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09/28/2012 - 9:33pm
Near no-no: Silent Sox smoked by O's

BALTIMORE -- Scott Podsednik's bunt single to lead off the top of the first inning was the only hit that the Red Sox managed, as Orioles starter Chris Tillman dominated en route to an easy 9-1 victory. 

Tillman needed just 100 pitches to sail through eight innings in which he permitted just Podsednik's bunt single while walking two and striking out four. The right-hander improved to 9-2 with a 2.78 ERA. 

Though the Sox manufactured a run in the top of the first, as Podsednik reached second on a throwing error, advanced to third on a sac bunt and scored on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly. But that lead proved short-lived. 

Aaron Cook, in his worst outing of the year, was battered for six runs on five hits (including two homers) and three walks in just one-plus inning of work. Thus concluded a season in which Cook showed early promise before getting hammered down the stretch. He permitted 15 homers in just 94 innings this season...

09/28/2012 - 6:17pm
Ed Reed fined $21K for hit on Branch

The NFL announced Friday afternoon that Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $21,000 for his hit on Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch during last Sunday's game in Baltimore. Reed, who delivered the second-half shot on Branch in the 31-30 win for the Ravens, was ruled to have "struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area," according to the Baltimore Sun. Branch dropped the pass and Reed was given a 15-yard personal foul on the play. However, there didn't appear to be any ill will between the two -- they slapped hands after the incident, and Branch stayed in the game.

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09/28/2012 - 5:35pm
KG: 'I don't have Ray's number anymore'

In his first press conference since the departure of teammate Ray Allen, Celtics center Kevin Garnett told reporters gathered at Media Day, "I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate with him. I’m just being honest with everybody in here. It’s not that I wish him less than or whatever, it’s just what it is."

Allen and Garnett both arrived in Boston prior to the 2007-08 NBA season, when the pair made a championship run alongside Paul Pierce. Garnett illustrated his loyalty to the Celtics, signing a three-year, $36 million extension.

"My No. 1 reason for coming back, obviously, was Doc," said Garnett. "Doc being here is huge. I enjoy playing for him. The guys, the city, the fans here are by far the best fans that I’ve ever been a part of, and all that stuck with me -- along with some family motivation and other things of that nature. ...

"You want to...

09/28/2012 - 4:53pm
Rondo: KG is 'my closest friend on team'

WALTHAM -- Rajon Rondo made it clear Friday at Celtics media day how big of an impact Kevin Garnett has had on him in his career. Rondo said after losing Game 7 of the Eastern finals to the Heat in Miami, the first thing he did when he got on the bus was to ask Garnett if he were coming back.  

"I can probably say Kevin is my closest friend on the team," Rondo began. "Kevin always wants to see me do well. From Day 1, I think my second year when he first came in, he told me he would be disappointed if I wasn't the MVP of the league one day, if I wasn't considered one of the best point guards one day so he's always pushed me and expected more out of me than a lot of people did. He's always showed me how to become a better person each day. Whenever I mess up, Kevin's always the one who tells me you should do this, or conduct yourself this way or handle it that way. 

"He's been kind of like a big brother/mentor and he...

09/28/2012 - 4:47pm
Pierce plans to retire with Garnett in 2015

Celtics captain Paul Pierce told reporters gathered at Media Day that he plans to retire with Kevin Garnett at the end of his teammate's new three-year deal.

Pierce will earn $16.8 million over the 2012-13 NBA season, but the $15.3 million left on his deal the following year is a team option.

"I don’t see it as any additional pressure," said Pierce, 34. "I’m continuing to approach each and every season like I’ve approached it from Day 1. Hopefully, I can be around next year and the year after. The goal is to hopefully retire with Kevin. He just recently signed a three-year deal, so I see my career kind of ending along the path of his.

"But I don’t see any pressure. The pressure I’m putting on myself is far greater than anybody can put on me. I expect to go out and perform well every year, I expect to go out and play at a high level, and I expect to go out here and be one of the best players...

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