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06/23/2010 - 11:52pm
Sox beat up Jimenez, but Rockies win

Jason Giambi hit his fifth career walk-off home run, a two-run blast off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, leading the Rockies to an 8-6 win over the Red Sox Tuesday night at Coors Field. Giambi, who was pinch-hitting, hit his homer after Ian Stewart had tied the game with a homer off of Papelbon on the second pitch of the ninth. It marked the first time in 23 chances this season that Colorado has claimed a win when trailing after seven innings.

 

The ninth-inning collapse ruined what had been a spirited comeback by the Red Sox, who touched up Colorado starter Ubalado Jimenez for four runs in the sixth inning. Leading the charge against the likely starter for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game were outfielders Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald. Nava got things going with a two-run double in the fourth, coming after the Rockies had managed to jump out to a 4-0 lead against Red Sox starter John Lackey....

06/23/2010 - 6:21pm
Beckett could return by late July/early August
By: DJ Bean

Josh Beckett came away from his 55-pitch side session pleased, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters Wednesday. Francona said that Beckett, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 with back issues, will throw a simulated game on Saturday before pitching to teammates next Thursday and beginning his rehab. He would make three or four rehab starts before returning to the Red Sox. Depending on how many rehab starts he makes, Beckett could be activated by late July or early August.

 

Here is some of what Beckett told reporters prior to the Red Sox' 8-6 loss to the Rockies Wednesday:

 

“Today felt good. Things are getting back to normal. It’s not like you’re trying to get past this, but not get too far. Today was much more normal. Go out and play catch, get on the mound and throw a side.”

 

(On throwing all his pitches) “My curveball was iffy. I threw some good...

06/23/2010 - 5:28pm
Algerian player slaps female reporter

Following his team's 1-0 loss to the United States Wednesday at the World Cup and last-place finish in Group C, Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female journalist in the face in the interview zone. The reporter, Asma Halimi of the Alergian newspaper Competition, retaliated by striking Saifi in the mouth.

 

Halimi and Saifi previously had a dispute about an article she had written that was critical of the player.

 

"I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me," Halimi told Yahoo! Sports. "So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first."

 

Halimi said she planned to file a complaint with FIFI and Algerian officials.


06/23/2010 - 5:24pm
Lineups: Ortiz at first vs. Jimenez
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox will have their work cut out for them when they face the best pitcher this season has to offer in the form of Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez. David Ortiz is hitting cleanup and playing first base, while Kevin Youkilis will be on the bench with Adrian Beltre at third base. Jimenez enters the contest 13-1 with a 1.15 ERA.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, 1B

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Daniel Nava, LF

7. Josh Reddick, RF

8. Darnell McDonald, CF

9. John Lackey, SP

 

For more on the Red Sox, including batter/pitcher matchups, check the Full Count blog. Also, stop by the Red Sox team page...

06/23/2010 - 4:57pm
Ainge on Big Show: No Doc decision yet

Danny Ainge said on The Big Show that Doc Rivers has not made a decision on his coaching future and that he wants him to take his time. "The reality is that [Rivers] has not made a decision," Ainge said. "I don't want him to make a decision too soon." Ainge also said that the Phoenix Suns have not contacted him about their vacant general manager job and that he is staying in Boston.

 

"I have a contract," Ainge said. "I love what I'm doing and I love the people I work with. I have a great relationship with the ownership and we still have things to accomplish here. That's just a rumor that has no substance whatsoever."

 

Ainge said that though he does own land in Phoenix he does not have a home there. For more on the Celtics check Green Street


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