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04/16/2012 - 7:54am
Youkilis 'confused' about Valentine's criticism

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was early to arrive at the Red Sox clubhouse Monday morning, and he responded to comments from manager Bobby Valentine the day before that Youkilis does not appear as "into the game" as in years past.

"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said in an interview for WHDH-TV's Sports Xtra. "But [Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."

Responded Youkilis: "That's not what I see. I go out every day and play as hard as I can. I take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat like it's my last. I don't think my game has changed at all. I still get upset with myself and still get mad. That's just not how I go about my game of baseball....

04/16/2012 - 6:40am
Mashup: Ex-Celtic Schintzius dead at 43

Former Celtics center Dwayne Schintzius died Sunday in Tampa from respiratory failure at the age of 43. According to his father, Schintzius had been being treated for complications from a failed bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.

"He just went peacefullly," Ken Schintzius said. "He didn't suffer."

Schintzius, 7-foot-2, was a star at the University of Florida, helping the Gators to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1987. However, after being suspended, he quit the team midway through his senior season after a dispute with his coach. A first-round draft pick of the Spurs in 1990 (24th overall), Schintzius played for six NBA teams in eight years, ending his NBA career with a 16-game stint with the Celtics in 1998-99.

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04/15/2012 - 8:38pm
Bobby V: Youk not 'as into game' as in past

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview for WHDH-TV's Sports Xtra, said that third baseman Kevin Youkilis seemed to be less "into the game" than in the past.

"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said in the interview. "But [Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."

Youkilis, 33, is hitting .200 with a .265 OBP, .233 slugging mark and .498 OPS this year, though he's 6-for-18 with three walks and two doubles in his last five games.

The interview can be seen in its entirety at 11:25 p.m. Sunday night on WHDH-TV Channel 7 in Boston.

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04/15/2012 - 7:14pm
Reserve supply: Rondo, Bradley lead C's

With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen back in Boston resting one night after the Celtics clinched a playoff berth, Boston found a way to beat the lowly Bobcats, 94-82, Sunday night in Charlotte. Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley each had 22 points while Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 16 assists to pick up the slack. All 11 players who dressed scored for the Celtics, who are now a half-game up on Atlanta for home court in the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

The Celtics also dropped their magic number for clinching the Atlantic Division to three games. Any combination of Celtics wins and losses by Philadelphia will give Boston its fifth straight Atlantic Division title. 

Allen was home resting his sore ankle, which has caused him to miss the last four games, while Pierce was resting his foot, which was stepped on in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over the Nets. Garnett was just getting a night off. 

The Celtics raced out...

04/15/2012 - 3:52pm
Ortiz, Ross power Sox over Rays

David Ortiz capped a 3-for-4 day by slamming a go-ahead double off the center field wall in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Cody Ross reached base three times while blasting his second homer (this one a three-run shot) in as many days as the Red Sox claimed their third straight victory over the Rays, this one by a 6-4 count.

Ortiz had hits in each of his first three plate appearances (double, single, double) against Rays phenom Matt Moore, extending his streak of consecutive at-bats with a hit to seven (Ortiz had hits in each of his final four at-bats on Saturday). The streak ended when the DH was retired on a groundout to first in his final plate appearance, but Ortiz is now hitting .444 in nine games.

The Sox, who came back from their season-opening six-game roadtrip with just two homers, continued to flex their muscle at home. Ross smashed a three-run homer across Lansdowne Street in the second inning, and Mike Aviles went deep for the...

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