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All four major Boston pro sports teams are in action tonight, for possibly the only time ever. The Red Sox will try to get their season going against the Orioles, the Patriots will be deciding which gargantuan corn-fed college behemoth to draft, the Celtics are in Miami for a playoff game with Kevin Garnett due back from his suspension, and the Bruins will try to clinch their playoff series against Buffalo, despite only having had the lead for less than 20 total minutes in the first 4 games.
Also, the New England Revolution held a practice today!
I’ll be chaining myself to the couch and burning through the batteries of my TV remote control tonight so you won’t have to.
Check here for live updates on all the action tonight.
The NFL draft is the first event of the evening, with the endless pundit coverage starting at 6:30. The Patriots have 3 second round picks, numbers 44, 47 and 53 overall, and a third round pick, #90 overall, to make tonight. The draft now drags on for 3 days for some reason, with rounds 2 and 3 tonight, and the rest tomorrow. In the first round last night, New England selected bluegrass picker Del McCoury, or first baseman/pitcher David McCarty, or someone like that.
Who will be the four new Patriots? We’ll find out soon, unless you have a life and will just wait to read it in the paper tomorrow like a normal human being.
And the drafting is well under way! Here are the results from the second round so far:
NFL Draft, Round 2:
Rams: Roger Saffold, OT Indiana
Minnesota: Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Tampa: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
KC: Dexter McCluster, WR, Mississippi
Philly: Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Cleveland: TJ Ward, Oregon
Miami: Koa Misi, OLB, Utah
Buffalo: Torrell Troup, NT, UCF
And the Patriots have drafted Rob Gronkowski, TE from Arizona!
Info on Gronkowski, from AZ Central: “He missed all of last season with a back injury that required surgery and sat out three games in 2008 with mononucleosis. In less than two full seasons, Gronkowski caught 75 passes for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Patriots’ only tight end who played in an NFL game is Alge Crumpler. Benjamin Watson.”
Hmm, didn’t play this year because of a back injury, okay. Belichick remains a genius, right?
Sergio Kindle, OLB Texas, to the Ravens.
DT Lamarr Houston to the Raiders.
Zane Beadles, G, to Denver.
DT Linval Joseph from ECU to the NY Giants
OLB Daryl Washington from TCU to Arizona, as the Patriots traded again: The Patriots have acquired picks #58 and #89 from Arizona in exchange for #47.
And Notre Dame doofus Jimmy Clausen finally goes, taken by Carolina.
Taylor Mays, S, USC to the 49ers.
KC takes CB Javier Arenas from Alabama.
Minnesota takes RN Toby Gerhart from Stanford.
OLB Jason Worilds goes to the Steelers.
The Patriots take Jermaine Cunningham, a DE from Florida! Everything you ever wanted to know about 6’3″ 252 OLB Jermaine Cunningham: “Cunningham does not take up a lot of space; he is 6’3 and 250 pounds–the build of a prototypical pass-rusher (although he did well to add 15 pounds of bulk in between his junior and senior campaigns). He is quick off the end (he has been clocked as fast as 4.59 in the 40-yard dash while generally running between 4.60 and 4.70) and can mix up offensive linemen by changing direction extremely well. Cunningham has had some minor injury trouble throughout his career and he was also arrested in December of 2007 for misdemeanor battery stemming from a restaurant fracas.”
Fracas is a great word.
The Bengals next take Cunningham’s DE teammate Carlos Dunlap.
The Cowboys pick ILB Sean Lee from Penn State, and the Packers follow with DT Mike Neal from Purdue.
The Ravens draft mountain-sized DT Terrence Cody from Alabama.
Houston takes RB Ben Tate from Auburn.
The Browns choose Montario Hardesty, RB from TN. Classic name.
And the Seahawks follow by taking the second Tate in the last 3 picks, WR Golden Tate of Notre Dame, speaking of cool names.
The Jets are next, and they pick huge OT Vladimir Ducasse, from the University of Massachusetts.
Now the Patriots are on the clock. Their choice: OLB Brandon Spikes, another Florida defensive player. Brandon Spikes on wikipedia.
The Colts take LB Pat Angerer from Iowa, and with the final pick of the second round, New Orleans choose OL Charles Brown. Don’t let ol’ Charlie Brown kick field goals, the holder will pull the ball away!
Rams: CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida
Lions: CB Amari Speivy, Iowa
Tampa: Myron Lewis, S, Vanderbilt
KC: Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
Raiders: Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
Ravens: Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
Green Bay: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Buffalo: Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
Miami: John Jerry, OT, Mississippi
Jaguars: D’Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech
Bears: Major Wright, S, Florida
Giants: Chad Jones, S, LSU
Titans: Damian Williams, WR, USC
Panthers: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
Chargers: Donald Butler, ILB, Washington
Broncos: JD Walton, C, Baylor
Houston: Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona
Steelers: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
Falcons, Cory Peters, DT, Kentucky
Cinn: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas
Browns: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Eagles: Daniel Te´o-Nesheim, DE, Washington
Denver: Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
Arizona: Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
Carolina: Armanti Edwards, WR, Appalachian State
Patriots: Taylor Price WR, Ohio
Draftcountdown.com claims: “Strengths: Good height and bulk — Smooth and athletic — Excellent speed and acceleration with a burst — Vertical threat who can separate — Great ball skills and body control — Terrific leaper — Good strength — Tough and not afraid to work across the middle — Nice awareness — Has a lot of confidence — Mature — Superb Work Ethic — Durable — Upside.
Weaknesses: Does not have natural hands — Marginal quickness and agility — Not much wiggle and won’t make people miss — Still very raw as a route runner — Limited experience as a return man — Can be more physical and aggressive — Isn’t much of a blocker — Just average production.”
SF: Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State
Cleveland: Shaun Lauvao, G, Arizona State
KC: Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Colts: Kevin Thomas, CB, USC
Saints: Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami
Bengals: Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Titans: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
Atlanta: Mike Johnson, G, Alabama
And that’s it for the third round. Only one more day of the NFL draft left! What will shut-ins do with themselves after tomorrow?
And from Fenway, here are the lineups, via the Boston Glob:
RED SOX (6-10)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 8.44).
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.15)
Ortiz back in the lineup against the RHP for the 2-14 Woe-rioles.
The puck is dropped in Buffalo, and the game’s getting underway at Fenway.
And already, Adam Mair scores for the Sabres! 1-0 bad guys.
In Fenway, Nick Markakis lines a two-out double off Lester, with no one on base. Miguel Tejada crushes one just foul, still a man on second with 2 outs in the top of the first.
Tejada fans at a pitch at his ankles, to end the top of the first. 0-0.
Celtics: Miami and Boston tied 4-4 early on.
Scutaro and Drew down quickly in the bottom o the first. And now Pedroia flies out, inning over. 0-0 after 1.
The Bruins continue to trail Buffalo 1-0, midway through the first period. Buffalo has scored the first goal in each of the 5 games of this series.
The Celtics trail Miami 21-18 with less than 3 minutes left in the first quarter.
Ty Wigginton with a leadoff walk for Baltimore. Matt Weiters forces him at second for the first out. With the runner going on the pitch Nolan Reimold grounds one to Scutaro, who for some reason tries to get the runner at second. His toss is way late, and everyone is safe. 2 on 1 out for Garrett Atkins.
The Celtics trail the Heat 29-27 at the end of the first quarter. Dwayne Wade is going nuts, with 15 points in the first quarter. Pierce hit a 3 with 7 seconds left to bring the C’s closer.
Atkins grounds one to Beltre, who tags the runner and guns to first for the double play to end the inning. 0-0 in the second.
The Bruins still trail 1-0 with 1:30 to play in the first period. Buffalo is outshooting them 10-4. And now Sobotka loses it in his zone, Jason Pominville scores, Buffalo leads 2-0. Booooo!
Youkilis and V-Martinez go down quickly in the second. Ortiz steps in, and belts one to deep left! It’s gone, home run into the Monster seats! First of the year for the slumping Ortiz! 1-0 Sox in the second.
Beltre taps out to first to end the inning. But Ortiz makes it 1-0 Sox after 2.
The Bruins trail 2-0 after the first period.
In Miami, Rasheed Wallace scores to tie the game at 31-31 in the second, then Rondo hits two free throws to give the Celtics the lead!
Lester sets down the Orioles 1-2-3 in the third. Still 1-0 Boston.
Hermida leads off the bottom of the third with a walk.
Davis and Rondo hit buckets to put the Celtics up 37-31! Dwyane Wade hasn’t scored since late in the first, still stuck on 15 points.
Reddick grounds out to second, Hermida taking third. Scutaro bloops a single into shallow right! Hermida holds third. Drew is up next and he hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Hermida. 2-0 Sox in the third.
Pedroia follows, working the count full, then lofting one to right-center that Adam “Not Pacman” Jones easily tracks down. 2-0 good guys after 3.
After Ray Allen hits 2 FTs, the odious Quentin Richardson answers with a 3 to keep the Heat in shouting range, 39-34. The teams trade baskets, then Richardson scores again, cutting it to 41-38 with 5:32 left in the half. Timeout Celtics.
Still 2-0 in Buffalo, three minutes into the second period.
In Miami, everyone starts missing shots. Finally Ray Allen is called for a foul, and Mario “Supernintendo” Chalmers hits to free throws to cut the lead to 41-40. Garnett scores, but Michael Beasley answers for the Heat. Ray Allen and Pierce each hit one of two from the line, pushing the lead back out to 45-42 with 3:21 left in the half.
Bruins on the power play! They get some pressure, but no goals. 13:09 left in the second. Now Sturm is called for high sticking, and the Sabres go on the power play. Buffalo immediately gets pressure, and hit the post! Rask stumbles, puck loose! And the Sabres hit the post again! Bruins catching a couple of breaks, and just barely hanging on in this game.
With 2 out and no one on, Lester looks to be cruising, retiring 5 straight. But suddenly, Wigginton walks and Weiters cracks a base hit, and now there are two on for Noland Reimold. And Lester walks him, and the bases are loaded.
In Miami, the Celtics lead 48-46 with a minute to go in the half. But Dorrell Wright drills a 3-pointer to give Miami the lead. Dorrell Wright? The Celts turn it over, Miami can’t score, and at the half, suddenly the Heat are up 1.
Mike Grier from B.U. scores for Buffalo. 3-0, ugh. That’s probably it for this one.
Garrett Atkins up again with the bases loaded. He rips one foul down the third base line. Lester now at 70 pitches. A couple more fouls, building the tension. Then Lester catches him looking, called strike three to end the inning! 2-0 Sox in the 4th.
Since Sturm’s penalty, the Sabres have assaulted the Bruins, outshooting them 8-0 (not counting two off the post) and building the lead to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0. Now bozo defenseman Craig Rivet is called for a 2-minute penalty for roughing and generally being a jerk. Perhaps one more chance to get back in this one?
Youkilis leads off the bottom of the 4th by cracking a liner toward Tejada at third. He flails at it and knocks it down, but can’t do anything else with it. Youkils safe on the error. Martinez flies out to center, Ortiz hits into a DP. So much for the stirring comeback. Oh well, 2-0 Sox after 4.
Buffalo kills off the penalty, allowing only one shot by Satan. Miroslav, that is. A little over 6 minutes left in the second now, looking quite grim.
Lester starts the 5th by hitting Cesar Izturis. But then he makes up for it by picking him off! Izturis breaks for second, but Youkilis throws him out. Lou Montanez is next and Lester blows a fastball by him for called strike 3. Then he gets Adam Jones swinging, his 6th strikeout of the night. 2-0 Sox in the 5th.
Very quiet in Buffalo now, as the Sabres have total control, outshooting the Bruins 25-12 so far. Second period ends, still 3-0.
At Fenway, Beltre leads off with an infield single, and then Hermida hits one that Tejada again can’t handle. That’ll be another infield single plus another error on Tejada, and Beltre gets all the way to third! Josh Reddick follows by grounding one to first. Atkins steps on the bag, then fires to second to try to getthe runner. Hermida gets into a rundown, and Beltre scores, making it 3-0 despite the double play. Looks like Atkins could have got the out at home for the 3-2 double play that would have prevented the run. Garrett Atkins might be the Sox MVP tonight.
Scutaro is next and he hits a chopper that Ty Wigginton can’t handle, as the infield follies continue for the O’s, Scutaro safe on the infield hit. Guthrie is likely considering a lawsuit against his teammates for cruel and unusual non-support. But he gets Drew to fly out to end the inning. 3-0 Sox after 5.
The second half is under way in Miami. The Heat start the half with a Beasley tip-in, followed by Wade blocking Kendrick Perkins, then later stealing it from him. Beasley hits 2 FTs, and suddenly Miami leads 53-48. With the Celts fading, Ray Allen steps up and nails a 3! After a couple of turnovers (mm, turnovers!) Pierce hits a jumper to tie it. Wade answers with a 3 though, his first bucket in a long time, and then Carlos Arroyo hits to put Miami up 5 with 8:44 left in the third.
Ray Allen steps up again and hits another 3! With the lead cut to 2, the teams stumble around, committing offensive fouls and missing shots, until Wade drills another 3 to put the Heat back up by 5 with 7:35 left in the quarter.
Garnett hits two shots in a row, then Rondo steals it from Quentin Richardson and dunks, to put the Celtics up 62-61! Time out Miami. Ha-ha, Richardson. After the timeout, Garnett steals it, then rebounds Pierce’s miss. Allen hits a jumper, and the Celts lead by 3.
Until Wade answers with another 3! He ties it at 64 with 5:18 left in the third.
With one out and no one on in the top of the 6th, Tejada makes up for one of his defensive miscues by grounding a base hit. Lester at 100 pitches now, and Dan Bard starting to get ready in the bullpen. Ty Wigginton smacks a single, adding to Lester’s troubles. Matt Weiters in next, representing the tying run. Lester blazes a fastball over the outside corner for called strike 3! Reimold is next, and he also represents the tying run. Lester works the count full, then misses, walking Reimold to load the bases. And Francona’s out to pull him from the game. Bard will come in.
For the Heat, Chalmers scores, to give them the lead. Ray Allen answers with the bucket and the foul, then hits the FT to put the Celts back up by 1. But someone named Joel Anthony scores for Miami, and they are back in front 68-67 with less than 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
In Buffalo, the Bruins still trial by three in the third. They finally get some pressure, but Ryan Miller just scoffs as he stymies and thwarts them at every turn: Boychuk, Ference, Sobotka– save, save save. Hunwick, Hunwick, Ryder– save, save, save.
Score remains 3-0 with about 11 minutes left in the game.
Bard faces Garrett Atkins, and the Sox MVP continues to help the team by popping out to Reddick in CF. 3-0 Sox in the 6th.
In Miami, both teams futz around for a couple of minutes, trading baskets and turnovers and mistakes. Davis hits a couple of free throws to put the Celts up 71-70. Then Pierce scores, Rondo steals and feeds Pierce again, and he scores while being fouled by Wade! Pierce hits the free throw, and suddenly Boston’s up 76-70 late in the third. And Wade gets a technical! Miami starting to lose it here.
Pierce also makes the tech, and the Celts are now up by 7. Wade saves some face by hitting a bucket with 35 seconds left in the quarter, but with time running out, Pierce hits a 3-pointer! At the end of 3, Boston leads 80-72!
Pedroia leads off the bottom of the 6th by cracking a shot to left. Lou Montanez comes racing over, leaps and makes a nice catch. Guthrie gets Youkilis too, but then walks Martinez, and will surely now get yanked from the game by Orioles manager William Shatner, I mean Dave Tremblay. No, the pitching coach comes out for a chat, but Guthrie’s staying in to face Ortiz.
And he almost hits him in the face with a high and tight fastball! Ortiz has to hit the deck. He gets up and bounces out to Tejada, ending the 6th. 3-0 Sox.
In the 4th quarter, Pierce drills a 3-pointer to put the Celts up 85-76. But Beasley scores, then Wade steals it from Pierce and goes flying in for the dunk! And now Pierce turns it over again!
The Heat can’t score, but on the next possession, Pierce is called for a charge! What the hell, Paul?
Beasley scores for Miami, then Pierce saves some face by hitting a big bucket to put the Celts up 87-82 with less than 8 minutes left.
Leading off the 7th, Cesar Izturis drops down a bunt, but Beltre charges, barehands it, and fires off-balance to nail him. Lou Montanez smacks a single over Pedroia’s head, then steals second, the 1,076th consecutive stolen base the Red Sox have allowed.
Bard shrugs it off, and fires a fastball. Adam Jones promptly crushes it high over the Monster seats, and now the Orioles are back in it, trailing only 3-2.
In Buffalo, the Bruins finally get on the scoreboard! With less than 4 minutes left, Johnny Boychuk drills a slapper past Miller to cut the lead to 3-1. Back in it?
Um, no. Boston pulls the goalie with 2 minutes to go, but Tyler Ennis ends the threat by scoring an empty-net goal to make it 4-1. And that’s the way it ends. 4-1 Buffalo, Boston leads the series 3 games to 2. Game 6 will be in Boston on Monday night.
The Celtics lead Miami 91-86 with 5:21 left after Garnett hits a jumper. But Wade answers with a floater, and Dorell Wright hits 2 free throws with 3:46 left to put Miami in front.
Pierce hits one of 2 from the line to tie, but Udonis Haslem hits a jumper and the Heat lead by one with 3 minutes to play. Ray Allen answers, drilling a 3-pointer!
Haslem hits one of 2, then Pierce nails a 3! With 1:45 left , the Celtics lead 98-95.
At Fenway, Okajima comes in. He gets Markakis to fly out, but Tejada singles. Wigginton is up, tying run on base. Okajima gets him swinging to end the inning! 3-2 Sox in the 7th.
Back in Miami, Dorrell Wright nails a 3-pointer with 1:30 to go, tying the game at 98! Allen and Pierce both miss from long range, and Miami has the ball with under a minute to go. The Celts get a stop, as Haslem misses and Pierce rebounds! Celtics call timeout with 40 seconds left.
On the next possession, Ray misses another 3, and the Heat get the rebound. Wade looks for his shot, and fires a 3, but he misses too. Wade falls to the floor with a leg injury and has to be helped off the court.
Celtics ball, 11 seconds left in the game, tied at 98.
Pierce gets the ball near the top of the key, guarded by Wright. Pierce dribbles the clock down, then makes his move with 3 seconds left, driving to the right, then pulling up– he hits it at the buzzer! Celtics win! Paul Pierce drains a jumper at the buzzer to win the game and put the Celts up 3 games to none!
32 points for Pierce, 25 for Ray Allen.
Okay, since the other games are done now, I’m not using that annoying red font anymore.
At Fenway, the Sox get the leadoff man on when Beltre walks. Folk Hero Darnell McDonald pinch-hits for Hermida, and bunts Beltre to second. Bill Hall (two syllables, four L’s) also walks, on four pitches. That’s Bill Hall, ball, ball, ball, ball, Hall walks and the letter L is wearing out on my keyboard.
Scutaro up, two men on base, but he grounds into a rally-killing double play to end the inning.
Okajima stays in for the 8th. Matt Weiters belts a shot into the left-center gap, and cruises into second with a double. And the Orioles will bring in a pinch-runner for Weiters. Wait, who is that running out there onto the field, he looks familiar… is it? Yes it is, it’s Julio Lugo, making his triumphant return to Fenway! After his inevitable 5-minute standing ovation, the Sox will change pitchers, bringing in Manny Delcarmen.
MDC promptly issues a four-pitch walk to Reimold, putting the go-ahead run on base. Two on, no one out for Garrett Atkins. Surely Atkins can’t continue to help the Red Sox cause, he is due for a hit.
Hmm, you know, it might be a good time to try to pick Lugo off second base?
Atkins bunts, Beltre fields it, and fires to second! The runner beats his throw by about two seconds, but is somehow called out by the ump! Tremblay is out to register his dismay at the call, but he’ll get nowhere.
First and third, one out, and Luke Scott, who now somewhat disturbingly kind of resembles Corey-Feldman, is up to pinch hit for Izturis.
Delcamen gets ahead 1-2, then misses with two in a row. Papelbon gets ready in the bullpen. Scott hits a bouncer to the right side, Pedroia doesn’t have time to get the double play or to get the runner going home, he has to flip to Delcarmen for the out at first, as Lugo scores the tying run. That blown save costs Lester a shot at the win, and yet another game at Fenway is tied in the late innings.
Lou Montanez follows with a routine groundout to Scutaro to end the inning, but the Orioles have tied it at 3.
JD Drew leads off against Matt Albers, and grounds a base hit to right. Pedroia is next, and with Drew running, he slaps one down the first base line. Atkins fumbles it, but picks it up and steps on the bag for the out, Drew taking second.
Youkilis follows by grounding one to Lugo, and if there were any justice, he’d heave the ball into the stands just for old time’s sake. But no, there is no justice, and Lugo makes the play perfectly and gets Youkilis, as Drew takes third.
Two out and Drew on third, and Tremblay is out to change pitchers.
Will Ohman is in to face Martinez. He chucks one in the dirt, and young Wieters blocks it nicely, then runs out to the mound to politely request that Ohman not do that again. Ohman makes sure by issuing an intentional walk to Martinez.
The Orioles are intentionally walking a batter to get to Big Papi in a late inning clutch situation.
They have the lefty-lefty matchup, and that (and/or a pulse) is about all you’ve needed to get out Ortiz so far this year. Runners on the corners with two out.
Ohman misses with his first two pitches, then misses again. Green light here? We’ll never know, because the pitch isn’t close, and Ortiz walks.
Bases loaded with two outs with Beltre up. He hasn’t exactly covered himself with glory in clutch situations yet this year either. And now Tremblay is out to make yet another pitching change.
Jim Johnson takes over for Baltimore. And on five pitches, he walks Beltre, forcing in the go-ahead run! That’s some pitching by the O’s. Instant legend/future trivia question answer Darnell McDonald is next, but he grounds out to end the inning. After 8, Sox lead 4-3.
Jonathan Papelbon is in to try to close it out. He faces Adam Jones first, and gets ahead 1-2, then misses, Jones just barely checking his swing. On the next pitch he grounds one in the hole between SS and 3rd. Scutaro moves over, backhands it neatly and guns across the diamond to just get the speedy Jones for the first out.
Nick Markakis is the next batter. He drills a liner that one-hops off the Green Monster. Bill Hall is in left field now, in one of his first games out there. He barehands the ball off a hop, spins and fires a bullet to second base. Pedroia slaps the tag, and Markakis is out! Huge play by Hall to gun down the tying run at second!
Miguel Tejada is the last hope for the Orioles tonight. Papelbon falls behind 3-0, then barely hits the top of the strike zone for a called strike. His next pitch is high and inside, not close, and the O’s have the tying run on base again. Justin Turner comes out to pinch-run for Tejada.
Ty Wigginton steps in. On an 0-1 pitch, Papelbon throws one in the dirt that gets past Martinez, and the runner moves up. Ha, no stealing second against us this time! Now Francona orders the intentional walk to Wigginton, putting the go-ahead run on base, and bringing up… who else could it be but Julio Lugo?
Lugo is a lifetime .304 hitter against the Red Sox. Quite a bit less than that FOR the Red Sox. No matter what else happens, if Lugo gets a hit and the Orioles win, this game will always be known as The Lugo Game.
Papelbon fires a high heater, Lugo swings and misses, and the game is over! Sox win! 4-3 the final score.
Lugo does not come back to haunt us. Yet. Rumors are already swirling that the Red Sox paid off Lugo more than $9 million to make that last out against us.
Bill Hall with a huge defensive play, Papelbon gets the save. Manny Delcarmen gets charged with a blown save and gets the win. Orioles pitchers gave up 7 walks tonight, while striking out 0 hitters.
Boston improves to 7-10 on the year, Baltimore drops to a hideous 2-15. Good thing they have so many games left against Boston, New York and Tampa this year.
Summing up: The Celtics beat the Heat on Paul Pierce’s shot at the buzzer, to go up 3 games to none in their playoff series; the Red Sox beat Baltimore 4-3 on a bases loaded walk to Adrian Beltre in the 8th, as Julio Lugo made the last out; The Bruins lost 4-1 to Buffalo, and now lead their series 3-2, with game 6 coming up in Boston on Monday; and the Patriots drafted TE Rob Gronkowski, OLB Jermaine “Bam” Cunningham, LB Brandon Spikes, and WR Taylor Price.
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