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05/11/2011 - 11:06pm
Lackey demoralized after latest loss

After the Red Sox' 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday night, a demoralized John Lackey talked about his recent struggles. 

“I’ll keep working hard. It’s got to turn sometime," said Lackey, who allowed nine runs on nine hits with five walks over 6 2/3 innings. "Everything in my life (stinks) right now, to be honest with you.”

Lackey, whose ERA rose to 8.01, has now given up 19 hits and 17 runs over his last two starts (10 2/3 innings).

He succumbed to five runs in the seventh inning, with the Blue Jays driving Lackey from the game with a John McDonald two-run double with two outs in the frame. McDonald, who came into the game having gone 3-for-19 against the starter, also hit a solo home run off of Lackey in the fourth inning.

When asked about the frustration Lackey might have considering his past success against the Blue Jays' infielder, the pitcher was direct.

“Everybody has had...

05/11/2011 - 10:01pm
Doc: I'll 'probably' be back

Just minutes after being eliminated in a stunning 16-0 game-ending run in Game 5 by the Miami Heat, Doc Rivers announced that he is leaning heavily toward returning as the Celtics head coach next season. 

"I'm leaning heavily to coming back," Rivers said. "I haven't made decision but I can tell you I probably will [return]. I've kind of come to that [decision] over the last couple of weeks. I'm a Celtic and I love our guys. And I want to win again here, I do. I'm competitive as hell and I have a competitive group. So, we'll see but I can tell you that's where I'm at today. I may change my mind tomorrow but that's where I'm at today."

Rivers reflected on the intense fight that his team put forward with players like Rajon Rondo, Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal battling injuries throughout the series. 

"I know we gave a lot in Game 3 and I never felt like we could ever get all that effort back from all...

05/11/2011 - 9:58pm
Struggles continue for Lackey, Red Sox

TORONTO -- John Lackey's struggles continued, with the Red Sox starter taking his fifth loss of the season as the Red Sox dropped a 9-3 decision to the Blue Jays in the teams' series finale Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Lackey saw his ERA go to 8.01, giving up nine runs on nine hits 6 2/3 innings while throwing 118 pitches. The righty also walked five while striking out just one. He was ultimately driven from the game in the seventh inning, having allowed five runs in the frame. In Lackey's last two starts he has allowed 19 hits and 17 runs over 10 2/3 innings.

After allowing the Blue Jays to jump out to a 4-1 lead, the Red Sox did come back thanks to back-to-back home runs by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz in the sixth inning. Both players had homered Tuesday night, with Gonzalez now having gone deep six times in the last nine games.

Jacoby Ellsbury saw his 19-game hit streak come to an end, going 0-for-4. The Red Sox fall to 17-20....

05/11/2011 - 9:37pm
LeDone: James shocks, eliminates C's

LeBron James highlighted a shocking 16-0 game-ending run with a pair of long 3-pointers over Paul Pierce late in the fourth quarter as the Heat eliminated the Celtics with a 97-87 win in Game 5 Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. James finished with 33 points while Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the winner of the Bulls-Hawks in the other Eastern semifinal.  

For three quarters, the Celtics seemed poised to post one of the most remarkable and unlikely playoff wins in their long, proud history. With starters Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal on the bench for most of the second half with bad backs, the Celtics entered the final four minutes with a five-point lead. The Celtics led 87-81 on a Nenad Krstic jumper with 4:29 left. They did not score again.  

After making just one of 10 shots from the field in Game 4 and finishing with just seven...

05/11/2011 - 8:41pm
Wakefield oldest player to play for Red Sox

TORONTO -- By making a relief appearance with two outs in the seventh inning in the Red Sox' game against the Blue Jays Wednesday night, Tim Wakefield became the oldest player ever to appear in a game for the Red Sox. Wakefield, who is 44 years, 282 days old, passed Deacon McGuire, a first baseman who played until August 24, 1908.

The knuckleballer relieved starter John Lackey with two outs in the seventh and two runners on, with the score 7-3 Blue Jays. He allowed a two-run single to Rajai Davis before striking out Yunel Escobar to end the seventh.

Wakefield came into the game with 193 career victories, carrying an 0-1 mark with a 5.73 ERA in 10 appearances (2 starts).

For more Red Sox news, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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