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04/14/2011 - 10:30am
Buchholz: Crawford key to Sox ending slide

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. Buchholz is scheduled to start Friday night at Fenway against the Blue Jays, taking the spot of John Lackey, who was skipped in the rotation. Buchholz was asked if he was surprised to see Lackey skipped, even after a disappointing start to his 2011 season.

"A little bit," Buchholz admitted. "Lackey is that guy on our team that has been around a while -- him and Beckett both -- usually that's the guy you'll run out there to get out of a jam. I don't know the whole reasoning behind it."

As for the 2-9 start of the Sox, Buchholz feels a key to getting back on track is for Carl Crawford to play at the level he had for the majority of his career in Tampa Bay. The left fielder is hitting just .152 through 11 games.

"When CC starts doing what he does, and that's what everyone knows he's going to do when he gets going," said...

04/14/2011 - 10:08am
Rivers on D&C: 'We'll be ready' for Knicks

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. The Celtics and Knicks will play Game 1 of their first-round playoff matchup on Sunday night. Rivers knows that this Knicks team -- winners of seven of the last nine -- is going to be a tough out, in no small measure due to the tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

"Our help defense has to be unbelievable," said Rivers. "They can be very difficult. What makes the Knicks tougher now than before the trade, before the trade you could really focus on one guy, which was Stoudamire. Now you have to really have to pay attention to two other guys in Billups and Carmelo. And that's going to require help defense. They are really tough single-cover guys."

Since the Kendrick Perkins trade, many have questioned if the Celtics have the kind of defense that can win a championship. Rivers, however, pointed to statistics when asked...

04/14/2011 - 7:47am
Mashup: Guillen, Collins rip own teams

Terry Francona is staying calm despite the Red Sox' 2-9 start, but managers of other teams that have had issues early aren't shy about letting off steam. In New York, new Mets boss Terry Collins "went ballistic" in a closed-door team meeting Wednesday night after his team lost to the Rockies to fall to 4-7. And White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had another memorable expletive-laden press conference after his team's 7-4 loss to the A's in 10 innings, in which Chicago gave up three runs each in the ninth and 10th.

Also in the news, the wife of Phillies reliever Ryan Madson wasn't shy about sharing her opinon of Philadelphia fans while at a charity event: "I hate the fans," Sarah Madson said, according to the Naked Philadelphian blog. Added Madson: "There must be something particularly bad about Phillies fans because all the players leave in the offseason."

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04/13/2011 - 11:31pm
C's Davis: Celtics and Knicks will 'brawl'

After scoring 17 points in 27 minutes of a laid-back regular-season finale against the Knicks, Glen Davis is expecting a far more serious game Sunday night when the two teams square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

"A brawl," Davis said. "We're going to fight, especially here. We're going to go there. Knicks-Boston rivalry, it's going to be crazy. This is the series to watch. They're going to be watching our series."

Davis also said that immediately following the 112-102 win Wednesday that gave the Celtics a 56-26 mark for the season, he sat at his locker and thought back to Game 7 of the NBA finals last June when the Celtics came within six minutes of an 18th NBA title before running out of gas against the Lakers. 

"I'm excited man," Davis said. "The regular season is over with. Now it's time for the postseason. This is what it's all about. Game 7 feels like it was just yesterday...

04/13/2011 - 10:18pm
Lots in reserve: C's backups beat Knicks

Avery Bradley scored a career high 20 while Sasha Pavlovic added 19 off the bench as the Celtics had six scorers in double figures in a 112-102 win over the Knicks in their regular season finale Wednesday night at TD Garden. Glen Davis led the starters with 17 as the C's finish the season with a 56-26 mark, good for the No. 3 seed in the East while the Knicks finish 42-40. 

The two teams will square off Sunday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series but Wednesday's regular season finale hardly resembled what will take place when the playoffs begin this weekend. 

Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all sat out the game, with neither Allen nor Garnett dressing for the contest. For the Knicks, they chose to sit regulars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups while Amare Stoudemire, who had 14 for the Knicks, played the first and third quarters after missing the last three games. 

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