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05/11/2010 - 11:28pm
Varitek: 'I kicked the game-winning FG'

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek expressed amusement about Boston Mayor Tom Menino's proclamation on Monday that he "split the uprights" to guide the Patriots to a Super Bowl triumph.

 

"I kicked the game-winning field goal," Varitek chuckled. "He probably read a ‘V’ and wasn’t sure which one it was. That’s all I heard, all day long – loosening up, in the bullpen, coming back from the bullpen."

 

Varitek did note that he spent some time as a kicker -- among many other positions -- during his football playing days. He said that his most momentous accomplishments as a kicker (and, for that matter, punter) came as a result of an injury to a teammate when he was a sophomore in high school.

 

"I was a toe kicker," said Varitek. "I have a couple extra points under my belt in high school."


05/11/2010 - 10:56pm
Celtics limit LeBron, win Game 5 over Cavs

The Celtics held LeBron James to just 15 points (3-14 FG) as they beat the Cavaliers, 120-88, in Game 5 in Cleveland. It was the Cavaliers worst home playoff loss in team history. Ray Allen led the Celtics with 25 points (6-9 3PG) and Rajon Rondo scored all 16 points in the second half. Paul Pierce rebounded from his struggles with 21 points and 11 boards. The Celtics are now up 3-2 as they head back to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday.

 

 


05/11/2010 - 10:15pm
Daisuke steps up in Red Sox win

Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in his best outing of the season, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out nine and not walking a batter, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka, who relied heavily on an effective fastball, retired 15 of his first 16 batters, heading into the sixth inning having allowed just a John Buck single. Dustin Pedroia, J.D. Drew, and Jason Varitek -- who swatted his sixth homer of the season -- led the Sox' offense with two hits apiece. Varitek, who raised his batting average to .342, also scored a pair of runs. The Sox managed their offensive output despite going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10 baserunners. Ramon Ramirez and Hideki Okajima each pitched one scoreless inning to close things out for the Sox, who went two games over .500 for the first time this season.

 

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05/11/2010 - 8:49pm
Cameron plays seven innings in center

Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron logged seven innings in center field in the second game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. He went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and strikeout. He handled a pair of fly balls in center field.

 

Prior to the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Cameron feels he will need a four- or five-game rehab assignment before returning to the majors. He will take Wednesday off, then likely return to the lineup on Thursday afternoon.


05/11/2010 - 7:51pm
Doc passes on the torch question

CLEVELAND — For the last few days all the talk around the Celtics has been on the passing of the torch from the Big Three to Rajon Rondo. Funny, but the Celtics don’t look at it that way. “That’s for y’all, I’m just trying to get them to pass the ball to each other,” Doc Rivers said. “That torch stuff, I’m going to leave that alone. As long as they keep passing to each other, I’m good.” Read more coverage on Green Street.


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