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05/19/2010 - 6:51am
Mashup: Hanley Ramirez takes heat

Marlins shortstop (and former Red Sox farmhand) Hanley Ramirez does not have many supporters in his dispute with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Ramirez was benched following his lazy jog after a ball he booted in Monday's game, and he lashed out at his manager afterward. But Gonzalez isn't backing down. One national writer calls this Gonzalez' "finest hour." Read more about that, plus find out where the Red Sox rank on Forbes' list of the most valuable sports team brands. Those stories, plus videos, trivia and more, can be found at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


05/19/2010 - 1:45am
Was Pierce's Twitter account hacked?

ORLANDO — At some point during his postgame press conference, a post on Paul Pierce’s Twitter page appeared that read: "Anybody got a BROOM?" A reporter picked up on it and asked Dwight Howard in his press conference about it, to which Howard replied, “Am I supposed to comment on that?” Pressed for a comment Howard said, “Pride comes before a fall. Just know that.” However, it appears that Pierce's account may have been hacked. A company called Athlete Interactive, which manages digital media for several athletes, including Pierce, put on its Twitter page: "That is NOT @paulpierce34 tweeting — the previous four tweets are all courtesy of a hack. Looking into it."

 

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning at about 11:30, a tweet from Pierce's account read:...

05/19/2010 - 1:24am
Pierce: We deserved the criticism

ORLANDO -- After the Celtics beat the Magic to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals, Paul Pierce addressed the criticism the Celtics took during the regular season. "It doesn't matter what people said about us, what people wrote about us, what people said on television," he said. "We know that the team we have is championship-caliber and it's coming together at the right time. But the things that were said were probably deserved. We didn't play well. We didn't play consistent. A lot of the flak we got was probably deserved."


05/19/2010 - 1:00am
Drew, Beckett optimistic regarding injuries

NEW YORK -- Both starting pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder J.D. Drew both left the Red Sox' 7-6 win over the Yankees Tuesday night with injuries -- Beckett with tightness in his lower back, and Drew with a tight left hamstring. Both players, however, said after the game they don't expect to miss any time. 

 

Beckett, who missed his last start due to back spasms, felt his back tighten up in the fifth inning after throwing a changeup to Alex Rodriguez which the Yankees third baseman flew out to left field on. The Sox starter would stay in for one more batter, giving up a two-run double to Robinson Cano, before informing pitching coach John Farrell about his ailment, leading to the call for Manny Delcarmen out of the bullpen.

 

"I just told him what I had and what had happened, and we just made a group decision that it probably wasn't best for my body or the team to continue," said Beckett, who finished his...

05/18/2010 - 11:19pm
Sox hold on for comeback win in Bronx

For the second straight night, the Red Sox found themselves in a massive five-run hole early. For the second straight night, they wiped out that deficit to take a two-run lead into the ninth inning, which they entrusted to closer Jonathan Papebon.

 

But one night after Papelbon allowed four runs in the ninth in a brutal loss, the closer bent but did not break. He allowed one run, but stranded the tying run on third base, allowing the Sox to claim a dramatic 7-6 victory.

 

The Sox rallied against Yankees relievers Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, with significant help from the faltering Yankees defense. Boston pushed across four runs in the eighth against Chamberlain, a rally that was commenced by a fielding error by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. That opened the door for an RBI double by J.D. Drew (2-for-4), a two-run single from Kevin Youkilis (2-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI) and a game-tying single from David...

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