Red Sox Hold On To Win At The Metrodome

Joe Mauer & Twins Cannot Complete The Comeback

Mike Lowell and the Boston Red Sox have won five of their last seven games as Brad Penny and Boston held onto a victory at the Metrodome on Memorial Day by the final score of 6-5.

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 20 games as Boston pounded Francisco Liriano of the Twins early on to stake a 5-1 lead.  A late surge by Joe Mauer and the Twins wasn’t enough as Boston takes the first game of their series in Minnesota.

Full recap.

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Ortiz Gets First HR of Season

The Sox brought their bats and Ortiz can sleep easier after an 8-3 victory that included HR’s by Tek (2), Ortiz, Bay, & Lowell.  Not to mention Ellsbury caught 12 fly balls tying a major league record for putouts in a 9 inning game.  Brad Penny was good going 6.2 and letting up 2ER on 9 hits.

Garnett Scheduled For Surgery Next Week

With Celtics Eliminated, KG Can Finally Have Surgery

There will be no more waiting and seeing for Kevin Garnett as the Boston Celtics were eliminated by the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Garnett is now scheduled to have surgery sometime next week due to the C’s Game 7 loss to the Magic.  KG was waiting to see if his right knee could get healthy enough to play later on in the postseason.  However, that won’t be a problem anymore as the Celtics forward is slated to have right knee bone spur surgery.

The surgery will not require an extensive rehab for Garnett as the Celtics brass assume that their defensive centerpiece will be at full strength come October.

What Now For Boston Sports Fans?

With The C’s & B’s Now Done, What Can Boston Sports Fans Look Forward To?

The Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins sports seasons both came to a screeching halt this past week as both teams find themselves eliminate from the playoffs.  Now, with only two major Boston sports teams in action, the Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution, what can sports fans look forward to?

Well, these times certaintly would be more interesting and more exciting if the Bruins and Celtics were still fighting for their playoff lives but the fans of Boston must remember that times weren’t always this good. The Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays this week at Fenway Park as the Red Sox look to regain the AL East lead.  

Terry Francona has the best bullpen in baseball and with stars like Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Jason Bay all primed for great seasons, what can Red Sox fans NOT be excited about.  I mean, we haven’t even seen a single home run from David Ortiz yet this season and for everyone other than Tim Wakefield, the Sox starting rotation has been a mess.  But the local nine are 22-16 and trail the Blue Jays by 3.5 games. These summer months should be exciting as the Sox should make a push for another World Series title.  

But, as we all know it, the Red Sox can’t be the only team to tide our curiosity over.  So that’s why we have the New England Patriots and the offseason’s of both the Bruins and Celtics to help us get through these tough times.  

The New England Patriots have already begun their workouts as training camp looms in the distance. Questions that arise for this years squad are the health of Tom Brady, the need for a go-to running back, and the development of the defensive secondary.

For the Bruins and Celtics, fans must keep a watchful eye on the wheeling and dealing both teams do. There are going to be a lot of difficult decisions for Peter Chiarelli and Danny Ainge come this offseason in the sense of what direction both franchises choose to follow. The Bruins look to have the advantage of either team heading into the offseason and next year as the Black and Gold are young and primed to repeat as a top-seeded playoff contender.  The Celtics, however, have limited time left with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett.  Danny Ainge must decide whether or not to keep the likes of Glen Davis and Leon Powe around for the future or whether he should make moves immediately to help bring at least one more championship to the hub before the Big 3 leave town.  

Although many hearts were recently broken from the Boston sports teams losing, sports fans can still find ways to quell their curiosity in these spring and summer months as Beantown has plenty of stories to tide us over until football season begins.

Happy sporting.

Celtics Eventually Fall In Game 7

   Defending Champions Knocked Off Their Throne By Magic

A wise man once said that all good things must come to an end.  That’s exactly what happened to Paul Pierce and the Celtics on Sunday night as the defending NBA champions lost 101-82 to the Orlando Magic.

It turned out that Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu were just too much for the depleted Celtics as the Magic now advance to the Eastern Conference finals to face Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Howard scored 12 points and had 16 rebounds for Stan Van Gundy and the Magic as Turkoglu led the offensive charge with 25 points and 12 assists.

Ray Allen finally found his shooting touch in Game 7, after having his stroke mysteriously leave him for the first six games of the series.  Allen scored 23 points as Pierce added 16 of his own but it wasn’t enough for Doc Rivers and the C’s.  

Looking back on the series, the Boston Celtics should have never been able to matchup with the explosive Magic.  But through nit and grit, the C’s clawed their way to a Game 7 at the Garden before their legs ran out and the wind stopped leading their sail as the Celtics ship came to port on Sunday.

Without Kevin Garnett the Celtics were 0-2 on the season against the Magic, however, in the playoffs they were 3-4, one win away from taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Celtics couldn’t control the high-flying Magic in Game 7 as Orlando shot 66.7 percent from the field in the fourth quarter to seal the deal in Boston.

With the season now over, the Celtics will look to re-sign Glen Davis, Leon Powe, and Eddie House.  More importantly, the C’s will look to get healthy in time for the 2009-2010 campaign as the careers of Garnett, Pierce, and Allen may be soon reaching their twilights.

Thank you for a memorable season Boston, you are still champions in my book.

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Sox Miss Opportunities Against Mariners

Mike Lowell & Boston May Be Sleepless After Loss In Seattle

The Boston Red Sox failed to capitalize on opportunities throughout the game, wasting Justin Masterson’s impressive outing by falling to the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth.

A Franklin Guiterrez single drove home the winning run in the ninth to lift the Mariners over the Sox as Seattle took the rubber game of the three game series.  Full Recap.

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The Bruins Are Sent Home

This is a tough one to swallow. 

The Bruins had the foundation of a team that could win it all, a goalie who could carry the team, a strong defense, and scoring capabilities.  They found an opponent in Carolina who was just as determined as they were and it took a game seven with an overtime to decide it.   It was a disappointing end to a good season.  I think it brought hockey back to the hub for many fans and the foundation is laid for next season but its over for now folks and it ended a bit earlier then most would have liked. We have had championships in all our major sports except hockey. It does leave more to desire but here in Boston we want it all and we want it all right now. This time we have no choice but to wait until next year.

At least we have the Celtics & Red Sox.  We are certainly spoiled here in Boston!

The Bruins will go into hibernation until the Fall.

West Coast Games Got You Up Late?

These west coast games make it tough for us on the east coast to stay up without being a zombie at work in the morning!  Did you know that there are tons of displaced Red Sox fan’s in other areas.  In fact California is our #2 ship to state!  Here is a great photo sent to us recently of some Chowdaheadz living on the left coast:

Red Sox Rally To Snatch Win Over Angels

Sox Win Completes Another Boston Sports Trifecta

Jason Varitek took a hanging breaking ball from Scot Shields and drove it to the gap plating home J.D. Drew and delivering the Boston Red Sox their 21st win of the season by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Drew also had a homerun for Terry Francona and the Red Sox as the Boston’s right-fielder went 2-for-4 on the game as Boston rallied for two runs in the eighth to tie the game and take a one-run advantage going into the ninth as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a hitless inning to record his ninth save of the season.

Boston has now won four out of their last five, thanks in large part to the strong efforts from Boston’s relief corps.   Justin Masterson pitched six innings for the Sox as Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez, and Papelbon combined to only allow one hit in three innings of work as Ramirez recorded the win.

Tim Wakefield is on the rubber tonight for the Sox, looking to win his fifth game of the season by taking on Matt Palmer of the Angels.

Celtics Beat Magic With Fourth Quarter Rally

Celtics Mount Comeback After Trailing By 14 In Final Quarter
After stealing Game 4 from the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on Sunday, the Boston Celtics decided they weren’t done with their¬†thievery quiet yet as the Celtics had enough gas left in the tank to finish off the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
The Boston Celtics trailed by 14 with 8:49 to play but a 12-point fourth quarter from Stephon Marbury and 13-0 run starting with little over five mintues remaining gave the Celtics a 92-88 victory as the C’s stole another win away from the Magic in Game 5.
Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 left to give Boston it’s first lead since the first quarter as the C’s never relinquished the advantage by hitting all six of their free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Glen Davis led all Celtics players with 22 points as Paul Pierce had 19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Boston shot 42 percent from the field but the C’s couldn’t seem to hit a shot until the final quarter. Doc Rivers and the Celtics outscored the Magic by 12 points in the fourth quarter which was capped off by a 14-point rally. ¬†
Boston now holds a 3-2 series advantage as the two teams head to Amway Arena to play Game 6 as the C’s look to finish off the Magic in Orlando.
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Bruins Move Closer To Series Comeback

B’s Dominate Canes To Force Game 7 In Boston

The top-seeded Boston Bruins refused to be sucker punched out of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes as Mark Recchi and company jumped on the Canes early and often on their way to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Boston staked an 2-0 advantage early on thanks in large part to Recchi and Steve Montador.  Carolina got on the scoreboard early in the second but Marc Savards goal halfway through the second period gave Boston all the scoring it would need as Chuck Kobasew added a goal late in the second to give Claude Julien and Bruins some breathing room for the final period.

Tim Thomas made 31 stops for the B’s as Patrice Bergeron had two assists. Aaron Ward, the victim of a cheap punch by Carolina’s Scott Walker in Game 5, played 20 minutes for the Black and Gold even with a broken orbital bone.

The two teams will square off in Game 7 of the series on Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden to determine who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

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