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06/08/2010 - 8:08pm
Strasburg fans 14 in Nats debut

Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 and allowed two runs in seven innings in his major league debut for the Washington Nationals. The right-hander, taken with the first pick of the 2009 draft, allowed four hits, with the Pirates touching him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning on Delwyn Young's two-run homer. But Strasburg was otherwise dominant, allowing four hits and walking none.

 

Strasburg recorded the most strikeouts in a major league debut since Astros pitcher J.R. Richard punched out 15 on Sept. 5, 1971. Strasburg exited the game with a 4-2 lead after seven innings, having thrown 94 pitches.


06/08/2010 - 7:29pm
Doc 'miffed, amazed' by Lakers complaints

Doc Rivers took objection with the complaints of several Lakers following Game 2 after Kobe Bryant was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, limiting his effectiveness in the final period. 

 

"I'm just miffed and amazed how the other team complained about the fouls since we've been the team in foul trouble for two games," Rivers said Tuesday night prior to Game 3. "Maybe they do different math there or something. I don't get that one." 

 

In the Game 1 loss to the Lakers, the Celtics had several players with three fouls before halftime and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each played most of the fourth quarter one foul from disqualification. The Celtics had 28 fouls called on them in Game 1 to 26 for the Lakers. In Game 2, the Lakers actually took 15 more free throw attempts than Boston, 41-26. 

 

For more, including audio from Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson,...

06/08/2010 - 6:59pm
Gruden: 'Celtics in six'

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden visited the Celtics locker room about an hour before tipoff of Game 3 of the NBA finals. Gruden, a self-confessed "diehard Celtics fan," was asked for his prediction for the series.

 

"Celtics in six," said the winning coach of Super Bowl XXXVII. "No disrespect to the Lakers, but the Celtics are the tougher team. Rondo is like a quarterback out there."

 

Gruden was asked by WEEI.com for his thoughts on the Tom Brady contract situation.

 

"They'll sign him, what would you do?" asked Gruden. "Come on, who are they going to play? This is Tom Brady we're talking about. Not a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks out there."

 

For more Celtics news check out the Green Street Blog.

 

 


06/08/2010 - 6:44pm
Source: Sox' 2nd pick to sign for $890K

According to a baseball source, outfielder Bryce Brentz, whom the Red Sox selected with their second pick of the 2010 draft (No. 36 overall), has informed the team that he will sign for the Major League Baseball recommended slot bonus. The amount of the bonus is approximately $890,000. A year ago, the No. 36 overall pick (college pitcher Aaron Miller) signed for $889,200 with the Dodgers.

 

Brentz led the NCAA in homers (28) as a sophomore, before struggling at times while dealing with a hairline fracture (described by some as a high ankle sprain) as a junior. Still, he ended the year hitting 15 homers, and after drafting him on Monday, Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said that Brentz has "light tower power." 

 

For more on the Sox' first day of the draft,...

06/08/2010 - 3:37pm
Sox notes: Ellsbury getting second opinion
By: DJ Bean

Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is leaving the team to fly to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his broken ribs from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Ellsbury has played in only nine games this season thanks to a hard collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11 in Kansas City. The outfielder will not join the team in Cleveland following the evaluation and will instead return to Boston.

 

Meanwhile, closer Jonathan Papelbon, placed on the family leave/bereavement list on Monday, spoke with manager Terry Francona on Tuesday and worked out at Fenway Park. It is unknown whether Papelbon will join the Sox in Cleveland on Thursday, when he can once again be activated. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count blog. 


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