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05/14/2010 - 11:43pm
Sox hoping Beckett will pitch Tuesday

Josh Beckett threw long-toss prior to Friday's game against the Tigers, and he told reporters that he is feeling significant improvement in his recovery from a back spasm that he experienced during batting practice on Monday. He will throw a side session on Saturday, and if he shows no ill effects from that outing, the Red Sox' Opening Day starter would pitch in the second game of the two-game series against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday.

 

That said, the Sox still are hedging their bets in case Beckett is delayed. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who allowed three runs in seven innings on Wednesday, also will be available to make Tuesday's start if Beckett is unavailable.

 

"Any problems at all, [Saturday] will be Wake’s side day, too," Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "Both pitchers are aware of what’s going on. We’ll see how everyone shows up...

05/14/2010 - 11:09pm
Gagne: 'Nervous' Bruins gave Flyers life

Simon Gagne, the hero of Game 7 and of the series for the Flyers, said after Philadelphia's 4-3 win in Game 7 that nerves may have played a role in the too many men on the ice penalty that led to the series-deciding goal.

 

“We expected them to come very hard and they did," Gagne said of Boston's 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes of the game. "Our mistake was maybe taking bad penalties early on, two goals on the power play. It’s not the start you want. After that third goal, we had a timeout and said, ‘Let’s just play one goal at a time and focus on scoring the first goal.’

 

“After that we were sure they would start questioning themselves a little bit and then we went for the second one and then were able to tie the game. I’m sure at that point they started to get...

05/14/2010 - 11:09pm
Cameron homers in rehab game

Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer and added a single in four at-bats, improving to 4-for-12 in his rehab assignment. Cameron also struck out a pair of times, and added an outfield assist.

 

Playing in the fourth game of his Triple-A rehab assignment, the 37-year-old played left field in order to give his legs something of a rest. He had an outfield assist. Cameron appears likely to return to the Red Sox early next week. When he does, manager Terry Francona told reporters, the Sox will let him play left field on days when he feels he needs a break, but otherwise the team would like to have him to play center.


05/14/2010 - 10:41pm
Sobotka on penalty: 'I heard my name'

The too-many-men penalty that the Bruins took at 11:10 of the third period occurred when center Marc Savard had signaled for a change with his stick up heading toward the bench and then passed the bench to continue on the back-check. Center Vladimir Sobotka jumped on the ice and took a few steps before circling around and coming back to the bench, but at that point the referees had called the penalty. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers on the power play 1:42 later for the series-deciding goal.

 

"I don't really know. I knew that [Marc Savard] was changing and I heard my name and I jumped on the ice and we had six guys on the ice," Sobotka said. "I thought he was going for a change but I didn't see that he was on the back-check. ... I just heard my name. I don't want to talk about it."

 

For more on Game 7, visit the Big Bad Blog.


05/14/2010 - 10:07pm
Ortiz, Sox smash Tigers

The Red Sox slammed four home runs on Friday, including a pair by designated hitter David Ortiz, en route to a 7-2 victory over the Tigers.

 

The Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead they would never relinquish in the top of the first inning, with Dustin Pedroia putting his team on the board with a two-run bomb (his eighth of the year), and Ortiz adding a three-run moonshot against starter Max Scherzer. Ortiz later tacked on a solo shot, and now has six homers this season, while Bill Hall went deep in the ninth for his second homer of 2010.

 

That support proved ample for Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Though the right-hander struggled at times with his command, walking five and striking out three in 6.1 innings of work, he allowed just three hits and one run. He is now 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA.

 

 


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