Manny Ramirez hit a two run homer in the top of the ninth inning to complete a Red Sox comeback, putting them ahead 6-4, which was the final score from Progressive Field in Cleveland, as Boston topped the Indians. Somewhere, Mike Adams weeps bitterly.
Gordon Edes has the Sox getting some flashbacks to their October comeback against the Tribe. Michael Silverman has the Red Sox bullpen, along with Manny’s home run, bailing out Jon Lester last night. Sean McAdam has the bats of Manny and David Ortiz getting the job done in the ninth inning last night. Tom Yantz has Manny silencing the Cleveland crowd, which had been on him earlier in the game. Bill Ballou says that these Sox are finally starting to look like the championship team from last fall.
Amalie Benjamin looks at the strong start to the season for newly acquired David Aardsma, who also started last season strong, but lost his control in May. Bradford has a peek at the strong effort from Julian Tavarez, who got out of a bases load jam he inherited from Lester. He also has Javier Lopez finally getting the job done against left handed hitters this season. Joe Haggerty has the Sox finally settling into a bit of normalcy.
Rob Bradford has Ramirez keeping things simple, and talking about his future, which he believes is six more years alongside David Ortiz in the Red Sox lineup. Benjamin also has Manny talking about the pitch from Indians closer Joe Borowski that he hit for the game winning home run.
Laurel J. Sweet reports that the Yankees are sending the Ortiz jersey that was dug up in Yankee Stadium up to the Jimmy Fund. Garry Brown says that the Red Sox have made many memorable contributions to Yankee Stadium over the years.
Marvin Pave has the obituary of former Boston Braves standout Tommy Holmes.
Ballou’s notebook has Jed Lowrie set to make his first major league start tonight at third base. Edes’ notebook has David Ortiz getting back into the lineup after a text message exchange with manager Terry Francona. Silverman’s notebook has Ortiz picking up two hits last night in his return to the lineup. McAdam’s notebook has more on Ortiz texting his way back into the lineup. Yantz’s notebook covers the same topic.
The Celtics and Knicks had already had a few incidents this season, so with nothing on the line last night, Doc Rivers wisely gave his big three the night off. It didn’t matter, as young point guard Rajon Rondo scored 23 points to lead the Celtics to a 99-93 victory over New York for Boston’s 65th win of the season.
Mike Fine has NBA Commissioner David Stern citing the Celtics as an example of how to rebuild a team. May’s notebook and Bulpett’s notebook follow similar lines as they report on Masters champ Trevor Immelman talking to the Celtics at halftime last night, and the big three getting their rest before the playoffs start this weekend.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at Bruins rookie Milan Lucic, whose game and confidence continue to build before our eyes. Steve Conroy has the Bruins putting their game three victory behind them and focusing on tying up the series. Mike Loftus has Patrice Bergeron disappointed that he hasn’t been cleared to play, but still understanding the process. Douglas Flynn has some rather radical decisions by Bruins coach Claude Julien paying dividends.
Bud Barth says that without a questionable call in overtime of game two, the Bruins could be in control of this series right now. Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook reports that Bergeron won’t be returning to the lineup anytime soon. Conroy’s notebook has more on Bergeron. Rich Thompson reports that Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon could return tonight.
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