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06/13/2010 - 9:49pm
Celtics overcome Kobe, win Game 5

Paul Pierce scored a team-high 27 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics beat the Lakers, 92-86, in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night at TD Garden to stand just one win away from hanging their 18th NBA championship banner from the rafters.


Rajon Rondo added 18 for the Celtics, who overcame a blazing third quarter by Kobe Bryant, who drilled his first seven shots out of the locker room and scored the first 19 points of the quarter for the Lakers. Bryant added nine points in the fourth and finished with 38. While Bryant was on fire, the rest of his team went cold and the Celtics expanded their lead to double figures during Bryant's run. Pierce had 11 points as the Celtics increased their lead to 73-65 after three. 


The Celtics lead the finals, 3-2, and can wrap up the championship in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. If they don't win, they will have one...

06/13/2010 - 4:49pm
Youkilis expects to be 'good' for Tuesday

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis missed Sunday's game, the second contest in three games that he has missed after experiencing mild back spasms in Cleveland on Thursday. Youkilis said that he could have been available on Sunday in a bind, but that the team wanted to give him a day off prior to Monday's off day in hopes that he will be fully healthy on Tuesday, when the Sox start a three-game series against Arizona.


"I had swelling, but I told them if they really, really needed me I’d be fine," said Youkilis. "[Manager Terry Francona] wanted to give me an extra day just to make sure it’s 100 percent for Tuesday. I’ll be good."

06/13/2010 - 4:31pm
Sox draftee Ranaudo to pitch for Brewster

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental portion of the first round with the 39th overall pick of the 2010 draft, is slated to pitch for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer, according to the team's website.


Ranaudo, who entered the year as a consensus top-10 pick in the draft but suffered through injuries for Louisiana State University that led him to slip, told last week that he planned to pitch in the Cape League to prove that he is healthy before he and his advisor, Scott Boras, commence contract negotiations with the Sox.


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06/13/2010 - 3:33pm
Hamels Time: Phillies shut down Sox

Raul Ibanez belted a two-run homer and the Phillies got to Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield for five straight hits in a four-run fourth inning as the Phillies salvaged the finale of the three-game interleague series, 5-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.


Cole Hamels (6-5) allowed just five hits and one run over seven innings for the win. Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Sox in the loss, which snapped Boston's four-game winning streak against the Phillies. Boston had outscored Philadelphia, 35-7, in the previous four games. Adrian Beltre had a long homer to left field in the second inning to put Boston up, 1-0, before the Phillies got to Wakefield (2-5) two innings later. 


Following Saturday's spectacular debut, Daniel Nava had two more hits, including a broken-bat RBI single in the ninth, and a double in four at-bats. His first three major league hits were for extra bases. He also made a strong throw to second in the...

06/13/2010 - 1:20pm
Martinez called both historic home runs

After Daniel Nava hit a grand slam on the very first major league pitch he ever saw, there have now been four players in big league history to claim home runs with the bases loaded in their initial major league game — Bill Duggleby (1898), Jeremy Hermida (‘05) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (‘06). Of the group only Kouzmanoff and Nava hit their grand slams on the first big league offering they saw. 


Well, Victor Martinez can top that.


The Red Sox catcher can claim to having not only been present for both of the historic first-pitch home runs, but he has also has proof that he predicted both would take place just prior to their completion.


Saturday, while sitting up in the Red Sox’ clubhouse during the second inning of what would be a 10-2 win over the Phillies, Martinez offered his prediction of Nava’s blast.


“He was standing right next to me when...

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