Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the day with some news, headlines and more news from the city of Boston.
* Paced by BrandonBass, who deposited 27 points, Boston defeated Philadelphia, 101-85 on Monday in Game No. 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Boston now leads the series, 3-2, and will attempt to conclude the series on Wednesday when both squads return to the hardwood in Philadelphia for an 8PM match.
* Excluding Bass, Kevin Garnettpoured in 20 points, Rajon Rondoadded 13 points and dished out 14 assists, and Paul Piercefinished the contest with 16 points and four defensive rebounds.
* According to the NBA stat crew, Bass netted 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter, which is the highest point total during this particular NBA postseason in one quarter. LeBron Jamestallied 17 points against the New York Knicks in his team’s first round series, but that particular statistic has officially been erased.
* Trailing Baltimore late in the game, Boston’s bats sparked a three-run rally — two in the seventh, one in the eighth — to earn an 8-6 victory against the first place Orioles on Monday. David Ortizhit his 10th home run of the season, while Mike Avilesrecorded his 28th RBI in the win.
* The Sox have now won four of their last five contests, and will look to earn their 22nd win of the season on Tuesday when Felix Doubrontpitches against Brian Matusz at 7:05PM.
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.”
Ah… it’s Thursday, which means we’re one day closer to the end of the work week. However, this is a rather solemn day, as Bostonians mourn the loss of the Boston Bruins, so let’s try to brighten the mood with headlines and news!
* As stated above, the Boston Bruins quest toward a seventh Stanley Cup championship ended on Wednesday evening at the TD Garden when the Washington Capitals defeated them, 2-1 in overtime. Joel Ward scored the clincher at 2:57 in the extra session, which punched the Capitals ticket to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
* After the seventh game concluded – James Murphy of ESPNBoston provided a ‘to-do‘ list of things the Bruins need to focus on during the offseason. Also, ESPN’s Barry Melrose provided his ‘two-cents‘ on the Caps 22-year-old goaltender Braden Holtby.
* The Boston Red Sox earned their first regular season series sweep of the season on Wednesday, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-6. Clay Buchholzearned second win of the season, while Alfredo Acevesregistered his fourth save. As for the Sox offense, Mike Avileshis his fourth home run of the season, while Dustin Pedroiarecorded a double and triple.
* The Sox will look to extend their three-game winning streak on Thursday when they travel to Chicago to face the White Sox at 8:10pm —Felix Doubrontopposes Philip Humber.
* Finally, the Boston Celtics will conclude their 66-game regular season slate on Thursday when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the TD Garden for an 8PM tip-off.
* Boston will conclude its 66-game slate on Thursday when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the TD Garden. Boston is currently 38-27 in the Eastern Conference, and will most likely begin their first round series against Atlanta on the road, as the Hawks have a better record than the Celtics.
* Josh Beckettearned his second win of the 2012 season, as Boston defeated Minnesota, 11-2. MikeAviles, who hit leadoff, finished the contest with three runs, four hits, two RBIs and one home run, while David Ortiz cranked his third long ball of the season.
* According to reports – Carl Crawfordis seeking a second set of eyes to look at his left elbow. The Red Sox outfielder had returned to Florida to continue his rehab assignment on Tuesday, and according to the manager, there really isn’t anything else to report.
* Boston and Washington will skate for the final time on Wednesday in Game No. 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The winner will advance to the semi-finals.
Happy Patriots Day! It’s going to be a scorcher, but before we melt away, let’s kick-start the day with news and headlines!
* The Boston Red Sox earned their third consecutive win on Sunday, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4. David Ortizrecorded a double, and his 10th RBI, while Cody Rosssmacked his second home run of the season. Also, Mike Avileswent 1-for-4 with a home run and RBI.
* The Boston Celtics concluded the weekend with a 2-1 record, as they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 94-82. Avery Bradleyand Brandon Bassboth registered 22 points, while Rajon Rondotallied 20 points and 16 assists. The Green and White will conclude their road trip on Tuesday when they travel to New York to face the Knicks.
* Finally, the Boston Bruins will attempt to earn their second win against the Washington Capitals on Monday, as both teams return to the ice for Game No. 3 of this best of seven series. Washington won Game No. 2 on Saturday, 2-1 in double OT, while Boston captured the first contest, 1-0 in overtime.
Mike Aviles has won Boston’s starting shortstop job, beating out 22-year-old prospect Jose Iglesias, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
In 38 games with Boston in 2011 after coming over in a trade, Aviles hit .317 and scored 17 runs off the bench. Aviles began his career as a shortstop for Kansas city in 2008, when he hit .325 in 102 games for the royals and took 4th in Rookie of the Year voting.
The Red Sox made the smart move, as they have Nick Punto to man the bench and will thus enable Iglesias the ability to play every day and work on his batting mechanics. The Red Sox have an exceptionally deep bench this year, having signed Cody Ross, getting Ryan Sweeney in a trade with Oakland, and Punto coming over via free agency. Ultimately, this move will help the Red Sox transition to Iglesias without any real hiccup.
Boston has yet to decide on the final two members of their starting rotation, although Felix Doubront has made a strong case for a position. With the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees loaded with talent, Boston will have to utilize every option available in order to make the playoffs after last season’s collapse.