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05/11/2011 - 9:58pm
Struggles continue for Lackey, Red Sox

TORONTO -- John Lackey's struggles continued, with the Red Sox starter taking his fifth loss of the season as the Red Sox dropped a 9-3 decision to the Blue Jays in the teams' series finale Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Lackey saw his ERA go to 8.01, giving up nine runs on nine hits 6 2/3 innings while throwing 118 pitches. The righty also walked five while striking out just one. He was ultimately driven from the game in the seventh inning, having allowed five runs in the frame. In Lackey's last two starts he has allowed 19 hits and 17 runs over 10 2/3 innings.

After allowing the Blue Jays to jump out to a 4-1 lead, the Red Sox did come back thanks to back-to-back home runs by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz in the sixth inning. Both players had homered Tuesday night, with Gonzalez now having gone deep six times in the last nine games.

Jacoby Ellsbury saw his 19-game hit streak come to an end, going 0-for-4. The Red Sox fall to 17-20....

05/11/2011 - 9:37pm
LeDone: James shocks, eliminates C's

LeBron James highlighted a shocking 16-0 game-ending run with a pair of long 3-pointers over Paul Pierce late in the fourth quarter as the Heat eliminated the Celtics with a 97-87 win in Game 5 Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. James finished with 33 points while Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the winner of the Bulls-Hawks in the other Eastern semifinal.  

For three quarters, the Celtics seemed poised to post one of the most remarkable and unlikely playoff wins in their long, proud history. With starters Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal on the bench for most of the second half with bad backs, the Celtics entered the final four minutes with a five-point lead. The Celtics led 87-81 on a Nenad Krstic jumper with 4:29 left. They did not score again.  

After making just one of 10 shots from the field in Game 4 and finishing with just seven...

05/11/2011 - 8:41pm
Wakefield oldest player to play for Red Sox

TORONTO -- By making a relief appearance with two outs in the seventh inning in the Red Sox' game against the Blue Jays Wednesday night, Tim Wakefield became the oldest player ever to appear in a game for the Red Sox. Wakefield, who is 44 years, 282 days old, passed Deacon McGuire, a first baseman who played until August 24, 1908.

The knuckleballer relieved starter John Lackey with two outs in the seventh and two runners on, with the score 7-3 Blue Jays. He allowed a two-run single to Rajai Davis before striking out Yunel Escobar to end the seventh.

Wakefield came into the game with 193 career victories, carrying an 0-1 mark with a 5.73 ERA in 10 appearances (2 starts).

For more Red Sox news, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


05/11/2011 - 6:08pm
Matsuzaka embracing additional rest

TORONTO -- Speaking before the Red Sox series finale against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Wednesday, Daisuke Matsuzaka said he embraced the idea of getting additional rest prior to his next start, which is scheduled to take place Monday at Fenway Park against the Orioles. The righty will be working on seven days rest, having last gone Sunday when he allowed four runs over six innings.

"I don't consider any part of it negative," Matsuzaka told WEEI.com through translator Kenta Yamada. "More rest means I get more chance for preparations. It's more of a break so I can get better prepared for the next game."

Matsuzaka insinuated he will use the extra time to continue to work on aspects of his game, such as fine-tuing his two-seam fastball. The pitcher identifies the pitch as the biggest difference-maker for him, allowing him to make it deeper into games, as was evidenced in him throwing it almost half the time during his eight-...

05/11/2011 - 3:02pm
Iglesias to start with Lowrie sick

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview with the Big Show, said that Jose Iglesias will get his first career start at shortstop on Wednesday. That decision is a product of a stomach virus that has made its way across the Sox roster and that now has rendered Jed Lowrie unavailable.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will once again be paired with starter John Lackey. Jesse Litsch -- one of the top pitchers in the majors against right-handers this year -- will be on the mound for the Blue Jays. For complete matchup information, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia...

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