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04/18/2011 - 7:19am
Drew leading off, Crawford seventh vs. Jays

Right fielder J.D. Drew will serve as the Red Sox' third leadoff hitter in as many days against the Toronto Blue Jays on Patriots' Day. Drew has enjoyed tremendous success against Jays starter Ricky Romero (.450 average, .560 OBP). Meanwhile, Carl Crawford is 2-for-14 against the Toronto southpaw and has struggled to a 3-for-32 mark from the leadoff spot with the Sox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Crawford, LF
Varitek, C
Ellsbury, CF

Matsuzaka, SP


04/18/2011 - 6:42am
Mashup: Helmet sells for $2 million

In what is believed to be the highest price paid for a piece of football memorabilia, an autographed Houston Oilers helmet was auctioned for $2 million late last week. Houston lawyer Steve Mostyn outbid his wife Amber for the helmet signed by coach Bum Phillips and players.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


04/17/2011 - 11:09pm
Ray Allen: 'Tonight, I was just the option'

Ray Allen had no hesitation in letting the game-winning 3-pointer fly from the left wing with 11.6 seconds remaining, needing just a 2-pointer for the lead. Allen broke free from a screen and flashed open in time for Paul Pierce to find him and feed him the ball for the shot that gave the Celtics an 87-85 win in Game 1 at an electrified TD Garden Sunday night. 

“Due to the experience that we have, having played together, we’ve ran that play many times in different situations," Allen explained. "Sometimes the shot goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes Paul has the ball in his hands and he shoots it and he scores it. There are so many different options off of that play that when we went to it, we knew exactly what to expect.

"We don’t pre-determine, me setting the screen getting Paul open, sometimes he gets the layup all the way to the hoop. Sometimes my guy switches and I end up being open, Baby [Glen...

04/17/2011 - 10:00pm
Knicks guard Billups strains left knee

Adding injury to insult, Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups strained his left knee in the final minute of the his team's 87-85 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Underneath the basket, Billups dropped to one knee and could not return to the bench without the help of the Knicks' training staff. While Billups told reporters after the game he "has no clue" if he will be able to return in the series, the Knicks announced that Billups would be reevaulated on Monday to see if he will be available for Game 2 on Tuesday night.

For more on the NBA Playoffs, visit weei.com/celtics.


04/17/2011 - 8:46pm
Opening shot: Ray rescues C's in Game 1

Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds remaining capped a stunning rally in the final minute as the Celtics rallied for an 87-85 win over the Knicks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Anthony Carter drilled a 3-pointer with 37.8 seconds reamining to put the Knicks up 85-82 before the Celtics got an alley-oop from Rajon Rondo to Kevin Garnett on the in-bounds play to begin the rally. 

Allen finished with a team-high 24 as all five Celtics starters finished in double figures. Carmelo Anthony, whose offensive foul with 21.0 seconds remaining gave the Celtics a chance, missed a 3 at the buzzer. 

Jermaine O'Neal started at center and had a monster game for the Celtics, making all five of his shots from the field to finish with 10 points in 21 minutes. He also blocked three shots and led a defensive effort in the third quarter that saw the Celtics hold the Knicks to 5-of-25 shooting, helping Boston overcome a 51-39...

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