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03/11/2010 - 4:27pm
Bay: Boos a 'little harsh'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Upon stepping into the batter’s box in second inning of Thursday's game against the Red Sox at Tradition Field, Jason Bay was announced to the fans at the spring training home of the Mets and was peppered with a smattering of boos. Bay’s reaction? “I thought it was a little harsh,” the former Red Sox outfielder said with a grin. When asked how he would classify the reception, Bay explained, “It was lukewarm, at best.”

 

Upon hearing the explanation, Mets third baseman David Wright yelled over, “For everything you brought to that city, they should cheer for you.” Bay seemed genuinely amused — while still somewhat surprised — coming away from the re-introduction to his former teammates with an understanding of the situation.

 

“They travel well,” Bay said of the Red Sox fans in attendance. “I didn’t expect...

03/11/2010 - 3:06pm
BC's season over with loss to UVA

Boston College's Rakim Sanders scored a game-high 22 points, but the Eagles' season came to a disappointing end with a 68-62 upset by Virginia in the first round of the ACC tournament Thursday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C. Reggie Jackson added 18 points and nine rebounds for eighth-seeded BC, which finishes a frustrating season at 15-16.

 

Ninth-seeded Virginia (15-15) came in having lost nine straight games and missing leading scorer Sylven Landesberg (academic suspension). But the Cavaliers, sparked by Sammy Zeglinski's 21 points, took a seven-point halftime lead and maintained control throughout the final 20 minutes. Virginia advances to play Duke Friday afternoon.

 

BC led by six points midway through the first period, but Virginia closed the period on a 17-4 run to take a 34-27 lead into the locker room. The closest BC got after that was three points, at 49-46 with 8:55 left after a short jumper from Dallas Elmore...

03/11/2010 - 2:35pm
Perkins on D&H: 'Got to get it going'

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics' struggles, which were painfully evident in Wednesday night's blowout loss at home to the Grizzlies. Perkins addressed the team's home woes. "I don't think we feel like we have a sense of urgency," he said. "On the road, you can feel the urgency and focus before the game. [At home], guys are talking more in the locker room. ... You can just tell it's a different kind of focus."

 

Asked about the boos from the home crowd Wednesday night, Perkins said he was surprised they started so early, in the first quarter, but that it didn't bother him. "Not really. I think we deserved to get booed last night," he said. "We didn't give our best performance last night. We've got to do a better job."

 

Asked if he felt the team could coast through the regular season and then...

03/11/2010 - 1:53pm
Bay: Never been as comfortable

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jason Bay said prior to his Mets took on his former team, the Red Sox Thursday that he is "probably" the most comfortable he has been in his career. Just a few weeks into his four-year, $66 million deal (that also carries a vesting option for a fifth year, along with a full no-trade clause), Bay said, "To be honest with you, I feel I've been here a lot longer than the two weeks I have. It's refreshing.

 

"Pittsburgh was up and down. Boston, I had a great time there, but I didn't know where I was going to be. Ultimately now there's a little bit of ease. Even all offseason I was wondering where I was going to be and finally in January I signed the contract and kind of exhaled knowing where I was going to be, but by that point there was a month left in the offseason. The offseason felt like it was a month long because there were so many unknowns. Then being here, you dig your feet in knowing that you're...

03/11/2010 - 10:50am
Rivers on D&C: Celtics 'gave in'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics' embarrassing loss to the Grizzlies the night before. Asked if his team quit, Rivers said it didn't start out that way, but that's how it ended up. "I thought they gave in as the game went on. Yeah, there's no doubt, you can call it 'quit' or whatever," Rivers said. "But I don't think they mailed it in when they showed up. If you look at the first eight minutes of that game, I thought we competed. We missed every shot, every wide-open shot. ... When things went bad, I didn't think we had a lot of resolve to fight it last night, and that was obvious, But when you watch the beginning of the game, the ball was moving. We missed wide-open shot after wide-open shot after wide-open shot. ... What bothered me about it was as we missed shots we hung our heads more and more." Added Rivers: "On the [defensive] end is...

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