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Red Sox beat the Angels yet again, 7-3

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Red Sox beat the Angels yet again, 7-3

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- If only the Red Sox could figure out a way to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim every night.

The Red Sox bashed the Angels for the second straight night, 7-3, pushing their record against the Angels to a perfect 6-0 this season. Since the start of the 2010, the Sox are 15-1 against them.

Jon Lester won his fourth straight start, improving to 4-1 this year. He pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits.

The Sox rallied from behind to score twice against Dan Haren in the sixth. Singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Jed Lowrie produced the runs.

Following a run-scoring double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh, the Sox tacked on four more in the eighth with homers by Gonzalez -- his first after 96 at-bats -- David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro.

Haren took the loss. He has two losses this year and Jered Weaver one -- all at the hands of the Red Sox.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester won his fourth straight start, limiting the Angels to a single run over seven innings to improve to 4-1.

He struck out 11, marking the 15th time in his career that he has registered double-digit strikeouts.

After allowing a solo homer to Mark Trumbo in the second inning, Lester permitted just one more baserunner into scoring position the rest of the way.

HONORABLE MENTION: Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez had a run-scoring single in the sixth to account for the first Red Sox run of the night. He then added a solo homer to lead off the eighth inning, chasing Angels starter Dan Haren.

The homer was his first as a member of the Red Sox at Fenway and just the second of the season overall, coming 96 at-bats after hitting his first.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Hisanori Takahashi
Takahashi entered with no outs in the bottom of the eighth and the Angels trailing 4-1. Four batters -- and two homers later -- the Red Sox lead 7-1 and the game was effectively over.

TURNING POINT
In the seventh inning, with the Sox clinging to a 2-1 lead, Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted a double high off the wall in left-center, scoring Carl Crawford and pushing the Red Sox lead to 4-1.

BY THE NUMBERS
Since being rocked for six runs on Opening Day, Jon Lester has compiled a 1.54 ERA over his last five starts.

QUOTE OF NOTE
"Was I concerned? Well, I knew I'd hit another one before the end of the year.'' -- Adrian Gonzalez after snapping a homerless streak that lasted 96 at-bats.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics can't get it done without Kyrie

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics can't get it done without Kyrie

0:41 - With Kyrie Irving out with shoulder soreness the Celtics looked like a shell of themselves, losing to the 76ers, 89-80. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Michael Holley and D.J. Bean from the TD Garden to break down the loss.

7:43 - Tom Brady is injured! This is not a drill! Brady missed practice on Thursday and remains a question mark for the AFC Championship Game. Tom Giles, Jeff Howe, D.J. Bean and Tom Curran discuss the severity of the injury.

15:09 - Dave Dombrowski’s plan for the upcoming season - or lack of one - has continued to confuse everyone, though he made it clear that he’s not waiting for next year’s huge free agent class. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Tom Curran react to Dealin’ Dave’s comments on the situation.

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE

Kyrie Irving: Sitting out with shoulder injury 'just precautionary'

Kyrie Irving: Sitting out with shoulder injury 'just precautionary'

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving has long since understood the balancing act he must walk between embracing the moment while being mindful of the big picture. 

That’s why the decision to sit out Boston’s 89-80 loss to Philadelphia was one that, while certainly didn’t do Boston any favors against the Sixers on Thursday, it does provide him some much-needed downtime to rest his sore left shoulder.

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The good news is that tests taken on the shoulder show no structural damage. And with the way the schedule is shaping up now, Irving will have plenty of time to rest and be ready to play when the Celtics return to the floor on Sunday to host the Orlando Magic. 

“Just precautionary stuff, making sure everything's alright from a strength perspective,” was how Irving described the injury. “Obviously a few days will put me where I need to be. And we'll just see what goes on for Sunday's game, but you know it's nothing too crazy, just giving me a little discomfort over the last few weeks and I've just been playing through it doing what's best in terms of preparing best for every single game. I thought it was best just to get a few tests and make sure everything's alright so, everything's cool.”

Irving said the tests came back negative which is a huge positive for the Celtics and Irving who was selected as an NBA all-star starter for next month’s game. 

As far as how it happened, Irving said there was no specific event or play in which he suffered a blow to the shoulder or anything like that. 

“Gradual soreness” is how Irving described the injury.  “You know, kinda going into my shot, driving left, just not feeling as confident as I would like to be and just thought it would be best just to take a day or two to get it evaluated, meet with our medical staff, meet with our strength conditioning coach and strengthen it up and then hopefully go on Sunday.”

The Celtics (34-12) have now lost two of the three games they played this season without Irving. It is a small sample size, but there’s no denying the impact that a healthy Irving has on this roster when it comes to impacting winning. 

“First off, I just had to make sure some of the major parts of my shoulder just weren't damaged,” said Irving who added, “And then at this point it's just a strength program and doing what's best with that.” 

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