Given the busy past 48 hours throughout New England sports-dom, it's probably best if I get down to brass tacks.
MLB: John Lackey went 6 complete innings with 2 walks, three strikeouts and no earned runs in his Wednesday debut for the Red Sox. David Ortiz, fresh off a profanity laced tirade at Tuesday night's press conference had his first hit- a 2-out RBI single that drove in Dustin Pedroia in the 3rd inning for what turned out to be the Red Sox only run of the evening to give Boston the early 1-0 lead. Nick Siwsher would tie the game with an RBI single that drove in Posada in the 7th.
The game would go to extras, where Curtis Granderson would hit a solo homer off of Jonathan Papelbon and padded their lead on a Mark Teixera RBI groundout with a 3-1 lead before Mariano Rivera would close out the game for the Yankees 3-1 win.
Boston goes on a Midwest road trip, starting tomorrow night at Kansas City. Tim Wakefield will start against Kyle Davies in Friday night.
OTHER RED SOX NEWS: Boof Bonser got knocked around in his start for AAA Pawtucket, giving up 3 runs on 76 pitches in 4 and 1/3rd innings against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota's AAA affiliate). Bonser, who was previously on the DL due to a groin strain, threw up to 94 MPH in hisstart.
NBA: Fresh off their embarrassing loss the the Knicks, the Celtics went north of the border where they took on the Toronto Raptors. Rajon Rondo led the scoring for Boston with 21 points followed by Paul Pierce with his 20. Tornoto's Hedo Turkoglu left after- literally- knocking heads with Tony Allen late in the first. Micheal Finley came off the bench for Boston and was good for 14 points and 6 rebounds after nearly not starting when he strained his back handling his luggage at the team's hotel.
The Celtics beat Toronto 115-104 and will take on the Washington Wizards at the Garden on Friday night
NHL: After Monday night's overtime loss to the Capitals, the Bruins headed home to host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. The Sabres got on the board early with a Derek Roy tally in the 1st, but Miroslav Satan would tie the game up with a little over 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd while Dennis Wideman and Mark Recchi would score in the 3rd (Recchi's goal late in the 3rd was initially credited to Zdeno Chara). It's probably worth noting that Patrick Lalime started in goal for Buffalo instead of Ryan Miller. Tukka Rask stopped 32 of 31 shots faced.
Thursday's win moved Boston up to 6th place after Montreal's loss to Carolina- both are tied with 87 points, with the Bruins getting the tie-breaker. The Bruins will host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at the Garden.
NCAA Frozen Four: The finals are now set, with Wisconsin's 8-1 win over Cinderella Rochester Institute of Technology. Boston College handled the Miami of Ohio Redhawks in a 7-1 rout Thursday night, including 3 goals scored in just over a minute and a half in the 3rd period.
The Frozen Four set an indoor hockey record with a crowd of 35,954 present on hand for each game at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The Saturday matchup between the BC Eagles and Wisconsin Badgers will be a rematch of the 2006 NCAA Finals.