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06/10/2012 - 12:20am
Bass: 'I would love to be back here'

MIAMI -- Brandon Bass has a player option for next season and all indications are that he will exercise it after averaging career highs in points and rebounds. After the Celtics season ended abruptly in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Bass said he hasn't thought too much about the future but he also made it clear that he wants to return.

"I do," he said when asked if he thought he would be back. "I would love to be back here. The fans here are unbelievable. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for." 

Bass added, "This group here was like family. For the first time in a long time it felt like family. We had fights, we had ups, we had downs but at the end of the day we fought for each other. I’m just grateful to be a part of this group."

Bass said he would consider himself a Celtics vet if he was able to return next year. He's played on three other...

06/09/2012 - 11:14pm
End story: LeBron, Bosh end C's dreams

MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 31 while Chris Bosh added 19 monumentally big points off the bench as the Heat beat the Celtics, 101-88, Saturday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at American Airlines Arena. Rajon Rondo scored 22, dished out 14 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fourth triple-double of the playoffs but it wasn't enough as the Celtics watched their dreams of an 18th championship end in South Florida.

The Celtics, who led by seven at the half, were outscored 28-15 in the fourth quarter. The Heat, who head back to the finals for the second straight year, went on an 18-4 run as the Celtics ran out of gas down the stretch. Dwyane Wade had 23 for the Heat, who open the finals on the road in Oklahoma City Tuesday night. 

It was a game that had eerie similarities to Game 7 of the 2010 NBA finals, when the Celtics controlled the first half but couldn't close out the game. In that game Pau Gasol was big down the stretch...

06/09/2012 - 8:38pm
Pedroia: 'I'll get hits - don't worry'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-4 with an infield hit on Saturday, and he is now 2-for-20 since his return from a torn muscle in his right thumb. The 28-year-old said that his struggles reflect issues with timing after his layoff rather than either lingering pain from the injury or an issue with the brace that he is wearing on his thumb.

"I'll get hits -- don't worry," said Pedroia. "I feel all right. My timing's still a little off. I'm a little late on the heater and a little early on offspeed pitches. I'll have one at-bat where it clicks and take off. ... The last few days I've hit the ball actually pretty good. Today I really didn't. But I've got to start finding a way to get on base and help us score runs."

Pedroia said that his thumb feels "good. It's healing." 

Pedroia also noted that despite coming up limping after beating out an infield single on Saturday, his ankle is fine. In his...

06/09/2012 - 7:01pm
Gonzalez, Nats again shut down Sox

One night after Stephen Strasburg's overpowering performance, fellow Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez delivered a gem of his own, stifling the Red Sox over 6 1/3 innings in which he allowed just three hits as Washington claimed a road victory in Fenway Park by a 4-2 count. The loss dropped the Sox back below .500, at 29-30, for the first time since May 25.

Gonzalez permitted two runs, both of which scored after he left the game with runners on the corners, one out and a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh. He walked just two and struck out five, and the Sox were just 3-for-25 against him, and opponents are now hitting just .155 against him this year, the lowest mark of any starter in th majors. With the victory, Gonzalez improved to 8-2 with a 2.35 ERA.

His excellence spoiled an impressive return to the majors by Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his first big league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery 365 days earlier. Aside from a first-pitch...

06/09/2012 - 4:40pm
Kalish activated from DL and optioned

Ryan Kalish is once again a baseball player, rather than someone who requires the special label of a rehabber.

The Red Sox activated Kalish from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket, a move that reflects the fact that the 24-year-old is once again healthy in his return from neck and then shoulder surgeries in late-2011. He had been in Pawtucket, but as a member of the big league roster (on the 60-day disabled list) on a rehab assignment.

In nine games across three levels (three each in High-A, Double-A and Triple-A), Kalish is hitting .375 with a .512 OBP, .750 slugging mark and 1.262 OPS. He has reached base in 11 of 16 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket and earlier this week slugged homers in back-to-back games.

Additionally, the Red Sox transferred outfielder Jason Repko to the 60-day disabled list.

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