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05/23/2010 - 12:18pm
Report: Jose Lima passes away

ESPNDeportes.com is reporting that former major league pitcher Jose Lima was found dead in his Los Angeles home at the age of 37. According to his wife, the cause of death was a heart attack. 

 

Lima spent 13 seasons in the majors, pitching for the Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers and Mets. He had a career record of 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA. His best season was 1999, when he went 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA for the Astros, earning an All-Star nod and a fourth-place finish in NL Cy Young voting. Lima was known as one of the more engaging and exuberant players in the game, referring to the days on which he pitched as "Lima Time." 

 

 


05/23/2010 - 10:27am
Lineup: Red Sox go without Ortiz

In their series finale against the Phillies, Sunday, the Red Sox will begin their meeting with Philadelphia starter without David Ortiz or Mike Lowell in the starting lineup, while Victor Martinez is back behind the plate, catching Sox starter Tim Wakefield. Here is the Sox' lineup: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Scutaro SS, Wakefield P. For all the matchups visit The Full Count Blog by clicking here.


05/23/2010 - 12:04am
Scutaro: 'They call me Hanley Scutaro now'

Talking to reporters after the Red Sox' 5-0 win over the Phillies, shortstop Marco Scutaro lamented about not being able to reach Juan Castro's bloop into shallow left field, which broke up Daisuke Matsuzaka's no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning.

 

"They call me 'Hanley Scutaro' now," quipped Scutaro, whose out-stretched glove just couldn't reach the Castro blooper. "What do you want me to say? If I was six-feet, I'd probably get it. I'm [Dustin] Pedroia's size, so ..."

 

Asked if he thought he had a shot when Castro hit it, Sctuaro said, "Yeah, I did. What can I say? I know all the country of Japan is hating me right now. Sorry, sorry. My bad, my bad ... I was pretty sure I would catch everything close but I couldn't catch that one. Sorry."

 

For more reaction from both clubhouses on Matsuzaka's no-hit bid...

05/22/2010 - 11:58pm
Barnes: 'Most embarrassing situation'

Matt Barnes was matter-of-fact after the Celtics beat the Magic, 94-71, to go up 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“There’s no excuses. They’ve come out every game and kicked our [butts],” he said. “There’s no excuses. You can’t make excuses for anything. We’re a team with the second-best record in the East, to just come out and get destroyed.”

Barnes said the Magic have to decide if they want to come out and win Game 4 on Monday, noting their season will be over if they play like they did in Game 3.

“I haven’t seen the Magic yet in any of the games that we’ve played against Boston,“ he said. “That’s probably the most embarrassing situation in my basketball career.”
 

For more on the series, visit the Green Street Blog.


05/22/2010 - 11:17pm
Magic's lament: We didn't play hard tonight

The Orlando Magic were not a happy group after getting beat 94-71 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We didn't play hard at all tonight," Jason Williams said. "The first two games we didn't play hard all 48 minutes. It seems like we waited until the second or fourth quarter to start playing hard. Why, I don't know." Williams was the on the other end of the Celtics signature hustle play when Rajon Rondo raced down court and dove on a loose ball, knocking it away from Williams and scoring. "I told [Rondo] after the game, that was the play of the playoffs for me," Kevin Garnett said. "It was just pure heart. Pure hustle. Pure I want it more than you."


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