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04/08/2011 - 9:58pm
C's get offensive in win over Wizards

One night after being shutdown offensively by the Bulls, the Celtics recovered their offensive game in a 104-88 win over the Wizards. The Celtics shot 51 percent and all five starters were in double figures led by Paul Pierce with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The kept building leads only to let the Wizards right back in the game. Part of the issue was a depleted bench that was already thin with the decision to sit Jermaine O'Neal for one game. That problem became worse after Delonte West was ejected by referee Josh Tiven in the first half. Rondo played 42 minutes, while Pierce checked in with 41.

The win allowed the Celtics to remain in a tie with the Heat for second place in the Eastern Conference heading into their showdown Sunday afternoon in Miami. The Heat kept pace with a win over the Bobcats. With three games...

04/08/2011 - 7:05pm
Cameron: Theo's speech one of best heard

Following the Red Sox' 9-6 win over the Yankees Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, many Sox players were talking about a speech given by general manager Theo Epstein prior to the game.

"On a scale of one to awesome, it was awesome," explained Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard. The pitcher later elaborated, "It was good. I didn't really know what to expect when he wanted to talk. But it turned out to be some good words and probably just what we needed. He's showing he still has faith in us. He has more than just the team money invested, he's emotionally invested. He wants to see us do well just as much as anybody.

"It was like Rudy, except there was no prayer at the end."

The players were originally gathered together to hear Terry Francona, but then the Red Sox manager said that Epstein wanted to say a few words.

"That was one of the best ones I've heard," said Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron....

04/08/2011 - 7:04pm
J. O'Neal sits against Wizards, Krstic starts

Celtics coach Doc Rivers decided to sit Jermaine O'Neal for Friday night's game with the Wizards. Nenad Krstic will start at center in his place. This is just a one-game rest for O'Neal who wanted to play but Rivers decided to hold him out. "We want to keep him healthy," Rivers said. "He’s played a bunch of games. We have [games] Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and he would like to play the entire week. So I thought this would be a good game for him to sit." 

Rivers said he has been happy with the way O'Neal has played since his return from knee surgery, especially defensively. He also said that he would tweak his minutes slightly, by bringing him back sooner after he goes to the bench for the first time rather than have him sit for long stretches.

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


04/08/2011 - 6:37pm
Jenks: Manny went from 'idiot' to 'dumbass'

Bobby Jenks was teammates with Manny Ramirez in Chicago last year. On Friday -- a day Ramirez retired after being told of an issue that arose under MLB's drug-testing policy -- Jenks recalled Ramirez as "a great teammate" and "a really good guy".

But when asked for his thoughts on Ramirez potentially failing a drug test for the second time, Jenks chose words that weren't as complimentary.

"I look at it as this. You do it, you get caught, you're an idiot. If you do it again you're a dumbass," said Jenks. "I mean, it's sad to see. One of the greatest hitters, or one of them, to make the same mistake twice, same bad choice. And within a year and a half of each other? I don't know, you know?"

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.


04/08/2011 - 5:12pm
A first: Sox get in 'W' column, beat Yanks

Dustin Pedroia homered in his first at-bat, had three hits and drove in three runs while four relievers combined for four shutout innings to lift the Red Sox over the Yankees, 9-6, Friday at Fenway Park for their first win in seven tries this season. 

J.D. Drew was one of four Red Sox with two hits, including a two-run single in the seventh to give the Red Sox a cushion. Jonanthan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his first save in the 2011 home opener. 

Adrian Gonzalez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ortiz also had two hits as the Red Sox erased an early 3-1 deficit. The win was credited to starter John Lackey despite the fact that he was rocked for a six runs on seven hits over just five innings. He allowed a long homer to Alex Rodriguez, hit Rodriguez with a pitch and threw a wild pitch. Lackey allowed a long homer to Rodriguez leading off the fifth to tie the game, 6-6, before Saltalamacchia's double scored Kevin Youkilis with the go-...

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