The only two members of the Red Sox' 25-man roster — not including starting pitchers — to not play in the Sox' 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Angels Thursday morning, J.D. Drew and Bobby Jenks, didn't participate due to physical issues, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
Drew, who initially had gotten the day off with Mike Cameron starting in right field, was victimized by vertigo, a condition the outfielder has sporadically struggled without throughout the past few years.
"He wasn't available," Francona said. "There were some opportunities to certainly use him, but he wasn't doing too well. He came down and tried to hit in the fifth but was all over the place."
Jenks was unavailable, according to Francona, due to the pitcher's arm cramping while warming up.
"He was actually coming in the game and we got a call his arm cramped up, so that kind of put a wrench into things, also,"...
Bobby Abreu's bases-loaded, 13th-inning single — rifled just past second baseman Dustin Pedroia at 2:38 a.m. Thursday — gave the Angels a 5-3 win over the Red Sox in game that included a two-hour, 35-minute rain delay. Abreu's two-out, two-run hit came against Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was making his first-ever major league relief appearance.
The actual game-time was five hours, marking the longest contest at Fenway Park since a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sept. 10, 2008 (5:02).
The Sox extended the game into extra innings thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury, who ripped a 3-2 fastball from Angels reliever Jordan Walden into right field with two outs in the ninth inning, scoring Carl Crawford from second base. The hosts initially drew within a run in the ninth when Jed Lowrie, who had led off the frame with a single, scored thanks to catcher Hank Conger's errant throw to third following Walden's wild pitch. Mike Cameron, who was at first after following...
Speaking moments after his team was blasted by the Bruins, 5-1, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Flyers owner Ed Snider came close to conceding that his team can't expect another miraculous comeback from a 3-0 hole.
"It’s an awful lot to expect and Boston is playing very well and we’re going to have to step up our game in order to compete with them," he told reporters in the Flyers dressing room after the Bruins moved to the brink of the Eastern Conference finals for a third straight year. "It’s a really difficult thing to do and they would be the first team in history to do it two years in a row."
Snider was asked if he was stunned at how badly his team looked, falling behind 2-0 in the opening 63 seconds of the game.
"I don’t think there’s a lack of urgency, I just think that Boston is playing very well and maybe we weren’t quite as prepared as we should have...
The Red Sox and Angels resumed their game Wednesday night after going through a 2-hour, 35-minute rain delay which began at 8:30 p.m. The score at the time of the delay was 0-0, with the teams leaving the field with one out in the top of the fifth inning.
Matt Albers replaced Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, who allowed just one hit over his 4 1/3 innings. Beckett, who struck out three and walked three, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning thanks when Alberto Callaspo grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Angels starter Ervin Santana didn't allow a hit over four innings, striking out seven, walking one and hitting Kevin Youkilis, who is now tied with Mo Vaughn for the most career hit-by-pitches in a Red Sox career (71). Rich Thompson came on for Santana after the delay.
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On Wednesday, the Bruins took just the series lead that they have been associated with for nearly a year. In holding a 3-0 edge over the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bruins have the very lead that they blew a season ago when they were eliminated by Philadelphia in seven games. The Bruins are trying to block out the comparisons to last year, but given where they stand, it's only natural.
"About half the guys weren't here last year. It's different," center David Krejci said after the team's 5-1 win. "We have better depth in our lineup, and we showed it in the first round. Hopefully that's going to help us in the second round, too."
While the roster itself is different, many of the veterans who were on the squad know that the B's did learn from last season's collapse — even ones who weren't playing.
"We learned last year that the fourth win is the hardest," Tim Thomas said....
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