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05/08/2010 - 8:22pm
Yankees, Teixeira roll over Red Sox

The Yankees won their 13th game against the Red Sox in the teams' last 15 meetings, this time beating the Sox 14-3, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. The game was delayed 1 hour, 14 minutes due to rain in the fifth inning. The delay, which came with two outs, the visitors leading 6-3, and a 2-2 count to Victor Martinez, cost New York starter CC Sabathia the victory. Highlighting the NY attack was Mark Teixeira, who belted three home runs, and Francisco Cervelli, who finished with five RBI. It was the sixth straight win for the Yankees, who have out-scored their opponents 51-16 during the stretch. It marked the first time since 1997 the Red Sox have started a season 15-16.

 

Clay Buchholz took the loss for the Red Sox, giving up six runs on nine hits over five innings. Hitting home runs for the Red Sox were Darnell McDonald and Victor Martinez. Reliever Ramon Ramirez left...

05/08/2010 - 5:09pm
Perkins: 'Without [Rondo], we'd be dead'

WALTHAM — Between Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett alone, it has never been easy to pinpoint the best player on the Celtics. It’s easy, though, for Kendrick Perkins. Not only does he consider Rajon Rondo to be the C’s top player, he also considers him their lifeline. “I think right now, he’s the best player on our team,” Perkins told WEEI.com following practice on Saturday. “Without Rondo, nothing goes. Pretty much we’ve got to play him the whole game because he just runs the whole team. Without him, we’d be dead.” Visit the Green Street Blog for more.


05/08/2010 - 4:38pm
Doc: 'We've got to get stops'

WALTHAM -- After giving up 124 points to the Cavaliers in Game 3, Doc Rivers got to the root of the Celtics downfall. “Listen, if we’re going to talk about our offense when we just gave up 120 points, then we’ve got problems,” he said. “That was not an offensive problem last night. That was a defensive problem. We score off our defense, off of getting stops, and if you’re going to take the ball out every time, you’re not scoring in the playoffs. You’ve got to get stops and multiple stops to score.” Visit the Green Street Blog for more.


05/08/2010 - 4:06pm
C's supportive of Pierce's offensive struggles

WALTHAM -- The Celtics are standing behind Paul Pierce as he struggles offensively against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Pierce is shooting just 31 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range, and averaging 12.7 points per game (down from 19.6 in the first round). Nonetheless, his teammates are not concerned.

 

“I’m not worried about P,” Kendrick Perkins said after practice on Saturday. “I’ve been around with P a long time. I’ve seen P have a few bad nights and come back and have a 35-point night. So you just never know with P. I know he’s capable of having big games and he always steps up in big games.”

 

Pierce is tasked with more than just scoring against the Cavs. It has been his job to contain LeBron James, who scored 21 points in the first quarter of Game 3 alone. While Doc Rivers wants to feed his captain more often, he understands...

05/08/2010 - 3:47pm
Matsuzaka likes fastball, not relieving

Speaking before the Red Sox' game against the Yankees Saturday afternoon Daisuke Matsuzaka said that despite two subpar pitching lines he is happy with the quality of his pitches thus far in his first two starts, specifically identifying his fastball as encouraging.

 

"When it comes to the fastball it's really in the best place it's been since I've arrived here," Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino. "It's a little frustrating to know how good my fastball is right now and not see the results I would like to see coming out of it. It's all about not necessarily the pitches themselves, but how I go about using them.

 

Matsuzaka, who has allowed 12 runs over his 10 innings of work (all but one coming in two separate innings), has produced similar velocity on his fastball compared to his previous three seasons with the Red Sox, averaging 91.9 mph on the pitch (according to Fangraphs.com). He had been...

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