It’s Monday, which means a brand new week has officially started! Let’s get things rolling with some news and headlines from the city of Boston, and state of Massachusetts.
* The Boston Red Sox concluded their weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 5-1 victory. Boston defeated Philadelphia two out of three times, and are now 20-21 overall.
* Against Cliff Leeon Sunday, Boston’s bats recorded five runs on nine hits. Mike Avilescranked his eighth home run of the season, and also recorded his 27th RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchiafinished the day 1 for 4, and hit a home run and drove in three runs.
* Boston will continue its current road trip on Monday when they travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles at 7:05PM — Clay Buchholzfaces Tommy Hunter on the bump.
* The Boston Celtics will return to the TD Garden on Monday for Game No. 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. The series is tied, 2-2, and Boston has only won one game at home this series, and one in Philadelphia.
* The Celtics squandered a golden opportunity to earn a two-game cushion on Friday, and know that this particular match is critical, especially after an “idle weekend.”
It’s Friday, which means it’s officially time to celebrate the end of the week, right? OK… OK… before the workday concludes, let’s dish out some headlines, news and more from the Bay State!
* Cody Rossconcluded Thursday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays with four RBIs and one home run, as Boston ended their two-game series with a 5-3 victory. Felix Doubrontlasted 5.2 innings on the bump, and recorded his fourth win of the season, while Marlon Byrd smacked his first long ball in a Sox uniform.
* Boston will continue its current road trip on Friday when they travel to Philadelphia for their first inter-league clash of the season — Daniel Bardwill oppose Cole Hamels — first pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.
* Daisuke Matsuzakaexperienced his longest rehab start on Thursday in North Carolina with the PawSox, as the right-hander pitched 6.2 innings and yielded four earned runs. He also recorded three strikeouts, hit one batter and surrendered two home runs.
* The Boston Celtics will attempt to earn a two-game series lead on Friday when they return to the hardwood for Game. No 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers, which is scheduled for 8:00PM. The Green and White spent their off day recovering from their gigantic victory on Wednesday, and watching film.
It’s Thursday, which means this particular week is slowly motoring along. Here are some news and headlines from the city of Boston!
* The Boston Celtics tallied 32 points in the second, and 29 in the third, as the Green and White captured Game No. 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-91. Kevin Garnettpoured in 27 points, and finished with 13 rebounds, while Paul Pierceadded 24 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
* Boston now owns a 2-1 series lead, and will return to the hardwood on Friday when they attempt to earn a two-game lead against Philly.
* The Boston Red Sox watched their five-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday in Tampa Bay, as the Rays scored twice — once in the second, and once in the sixth — to earn a 2-1 victory. Clay Buchholzlasted five innings, and yielded six hits, two earned runs, but fanned five batters.
* Boston and Tampa Bay will conclude their two-game series on Thursday — Felix Doubrontopposes Matt Moore— first pitch is schedule for 7:10PM.
It’s Monday, which means a new week has officially begun! Let’s get it started with some news and headlines from the city of Boston!
* The Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive game on Sunday, as the local nine pounded the Cleveland Indians, 12-1. Daniel Bardpicked up his third win of the season, as he pitched six innings, allowed one earned run, and fanned two batters, while Jarrod Saltalamacchiarecorded one home run and 5 RBIs.
* Boston has now won 15 games, and will look to earn their eighth win at Fenway Park on Monday when they host the Seattle Mariners — Jon Lesteropposes Jason Vargas— first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.
* According to various reports — Daisuke Matsuzakawill make two more rehab starts with the PawSox before returning to Boston. The right-hander made his most recent start on Saturday, and lasted 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, five runs, but fanned five batters.
* The Boston Celtics will look to earn their second Eastern Conference semi-final victory on Monday when they return to the hardwood at the TD Garden. Boston defeated Philadelphia, 92-91 on Saturday, and were given the day off on Sunday.
* Finally, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Bradywas recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s PeterKing, who wrote in his weekly, “Monday Morning Quarterback” an excerpt about his first start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 30, 2001.
PAWTUCKET, RI – If he keeps pitching like this, there’s a good chance we’ll see Daisuke Matsuzaka back in Boston in the very near future.
Making a rehab start Monday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox, he held the Rochester Red Wings scoreless into the fifth inning, as the PawSox shut out Rochester, 4-0, at McCoy Stadium.
In all, four PawSox pitchers combined on the six-hit shutout.
Matsuzaka went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and three walks. He did have four strikeouts, and when he got into trouble, he was able to work his way out of it.
With two men on base in the top of the fifth, Matsuzaka left the game to a loud ovation from the crowd of 7,789. After Alex Wilson took over on the mound, second baseman Pedro Ciriaco kept the game scoreless with a terrific diving play going to his left, as he atoned for dropping a pop-up in the first inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the PawSox got on the board when Daniel Nava blasted a home run over the right-centerfield wall. It was his third HR of the season. Nava also helped pad the lead during a three-run 6th with an RBI single. Alex Hassan’s double to right-center brought in the other two runs. The PawSox had ten hits on the night, three of them coming off the bat of Ryan Lavarnway.
Wilson picked up the win in relief, throwing 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Daryl Thompson took the loss for the Red Wings.
The first-place PawSox have won four straight. These two teams meet again Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium.