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05/08/2011 - 4:31pm
Getting offensive: Sox top Twins 9-5

 

For perhaps the third time in the still-young 2011, the Red Sox offense single-handedly won the Hometowne Team a game as it put together nine runs to tie its season high in a 9-5 win over the Twins in Sunday’s matinee. Five runs ties for the second-most amount that Boston has allowed this season in a win.

Four of the top five hitters in the Red Sox lineup (Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz) had two hits or more with Ellsbury and Gonzalez each racketing up three hits of their own, tying season highs for both. Boston chased Minnesota starter and former Red Sox farmhand Carl Pavanoafter allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs over five innings of work.

It originally looked like Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was going to be the Mr. Hyde version of himself after he allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning alone. However, the Japanese...

05/08/2011 - 4:30pm
Birthday boy Gonzalez leads Sox to win

Adrian Gonzalez celebrated his 29th birthday in style, notching three hits, including his fifth home run of the season, helping the Red Sox to a 9-5 win over the Twins Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. It was the Sox' second straight win over Minnesota, and it moved the hosts to 16-18 on the season.

Besides Gonzalez, whose solo homer in the fifth inning was placed over the left-field wall, the other offensive star for the Red Sox was Jacoby Ellsbury. The leadoff hitter claimed three hits, along with a stolen base. Other members of the Red Sox who contributed to the 13-hit attack with multiple-hit performances were David Ortiz (2-for-4) and Kevin Youkilis (2-for-4, 4 runs). Every Red Sox starter came away with a hit except catcher Jason Varitek.

Earning the win was Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who finished his six-inning outing by giving up four runs on five hits, striking out four and walking two. Matsuzaka fell into an early hole when he...

05/08/2011 - 2:00pm
Rivers: Wade 'didn't intend to hurt Rondo'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said on Sunday that he didn't watch the part of the play in Game 3 when Rajon Rondo dislocated his elbow. "I fast-forwarded it when that part came," Rivers said. "I don’t want to see it." 

As to whether he thought Dwyane's Wade actions on the play crossed a line, Rivers said: "I watched that part of it. It was a hard foul. Let’s put it like this: He didn’t intend to hurt Rondo. I don’t honestly believe in 99 percent of cases in our league the player ever intends to hurt anybody. But he did, and it just happens." 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
 


05/08/2011 - 12:33pm
Julien: McQuaid 'should' return for Game 1
By: DJ Bean

Though the Bruins are going to be without center Patrice Bergeron (concussion) for at least the beginning of their Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Lightning, they will likely see one player return from injury. On Sunday, coach Claude Julien echoed general manager Peter Chiarelli's comments from a day earlier, telling reporters that the team expects to have Adam McQuaid back in the lineup.

"McQuaid should be back for the start of the series," Julien told reporters. "Things are looking really good for him."

McQuaid has been out for the Bruins since leaving Game 2 of the conference semifinals in the first period. The rookie defenseman went head-first into the boards after tripping over his stick on an attempted hit on Flyers forward Mike Richards. 

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05/08/2011 - 11:53am
Scutaro on DL, 'will be down for a while'

Shortstop Marco Scutaro had an MRI Sunday morning and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The team expects him to be out indefinitely, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.  

"He's over getting get an MRI," Francona said before Sunday's game with the Twins. "His left oblique had been a little tender for a few days and after the rain delay [Saturday] he went back out, and I don't know the exact incident, it started grabbing at him, and actually started grabbing at him pretty good.

"Even knowing the MRI wasn't going to be till this morning, we know he's going to be down for a while with his symptoms so we got [Jose] Iglesias here." 

The Red Sox had to call up rookie Jose Iglesias since Yamaico Navarro also sustained an oblique strain and was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Saturday by Triple-A Pawtucket. 

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