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05/24/2010 - 9:19pm
Buchholz, Red Sox best Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz only allowed one run on six hits over six innings, while David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis continued their hot-hitting ways, each homering, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the first-place Rays, Monday night at Tropicana Field. The only blemish against Buchholz, who struck out eight while throwing 108 pitches, was a fourth-inning solo homer from Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena. The Red Sox offense was able to drive Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis out of the game after just 3 2/3 innings, having scored five runs on seven hits off of the Rays' pitcher. It marked just the 10th time this season Tampa Bay has had to turn to its bullpen before the seventh inning. Besides Ortiz and Youkilis, the other two stars for the Red Sox' offense were Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Beltre, notching three hits apiece. For more see Closing Time at the...

05/24/2010 - 8:40pm
Report: Thibodeau the favorite for Hornets

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has become the frontrunner for the New Orleans Hornets' head coaching position.

 

According to the report, the Hornets are moving closer to "formulating" an offer to Thibodeau, who is also believed to be on a short list for the head-coaching job with the New Jersey Nets.  

 

Thibodeau, who has interviewed for numerous head-coaching positions over the past few years, is considered the architect of a Celtics defense that has been the key to another deep postseason run.  

 

Although it has been heavily rumored that Doc Rivers will leave the Celtics at the end of the season to spend more time with his family, the Yahoo! report indicated that Thibodeau has not been given any assurance that he will be a...

05/24/2010 - 8:36pm
SVG on C's holding back: 'A bunch of crap'

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said anyone who thought the Celtics were holding back during the regular season just because they won only 50 games is terribly mistaken. 

 

"I think that's a bunch of crap," Van Gundy said. "I think they had injuries, period. I don't think they were holding anything back. Kevin Garnett had a serious knee injury that takes a lot of time to get back to full strength. When we were at the All Star Game, at that point, I didn't either Garnett or Pierce were at full speed or looked healthy, still. I thought Kevin was still having trouble with mobility in that leg and Paul's foot was bothering him. Injuries mean a lot."

 

Van Gundy saw both Garnett and Paul Pierce during the All Star break in Arlington, Texas. He said he knew at the time, the Celtics weren't at full strength. The Celtics finished fourth in the East with a 50-32 record, behind Cleveland, Orlando and Atlanta....

05/24/2010 - 8:12pm
Report: Mankins won't show for OTAs

Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins won’t attend voluntary organized team activities with the Patriots over the next month without a new contract, his agent told Comcast Sports Net on Monday. Mankins’ agent Frank Bauer said Mankins would not be in attendance, and added that no progress was being made at this time on a new deal.

A Fresno State product who was taken in the first round of the 2005 draft, Mankins signed a five-year deal as a rookie, and was slated to become a free agent. However, with the change in the labor situation — players with four and five years of experience reverted to restricted free agent status — Mankins was instead tendered a one-year deal at $3.26 million by New England.

Technically, the OTA’s are voluntary, and because Mankins has yet to sign his tender, Mankins is under no obligation to attend.

The big day to keep in mind for Mankins’ deal is June 15...

05/24/2010 - 7:40pm
Martinez leaves with left toe contusion

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez was forced to leave his team's game with the Rays Monday night after being struck in the left foot by a Reid Brignac foul ball. The Brignac foul ball off of Martinez' foot came with two outs in the second inning and resulted in Red Sox manager Terry Francona and head trainer Mike Reinold to visit the catcher, who remained in the game.

 

X-rays on the foot proved negative and the team was classifying the injury as a contusion to the left toe.

 

Martinez would eventually be replaced in the third inning after drawing a walk off of Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis, giving way to pinch-runner Jason Varitek. It marked the first time since Martinez came to the Red Sox following last year's trade deadline that Sox starter Clay Buchholz had thrown to Varitek.


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