Lee wants to 'get a little revenge' on Sixers


Lee wants to 'get a little revenge' on Sixers

BOSTON Courtney Lee can often be found on the floor getting shots up before most games.

But he arrived prior toSaturday night's game against Philadelphia a little earlier than usual, as clear a sign as any to where his head was at.

Lee refuses to dwell on the open 3-pointer he missed in the closing seconds of Boston's 95-94 overtime loss to Philadelphia Frida night.

But that doesn't mean he's forgotten about it, either.

In fact, it may very well be exactly what he needs to get on track offensively.

"I'm always working, trying to get better," he toldCSNNE.com. "In a way, it's good that we see these guys (Philadelphia) so soon after, get a little revenge."

Lee added, "we had a lot of missed opportunities in that game, myself included. That's my shot right there."

Lee was referring to the open corner 3-pointer he air balled with about 26 seconds to play, a shot that is one of his favorites.

A year ago, he was second in the NBA to former Celtic Ray Allen in 3-point shooting percentage in the corner.

A career 38 percent shooter from 3-point range, Lee is connecting on a career-low 25.9 percent this season.

While the late-game miss against Philadelphia weighs on his mind now, he's more concerned about continuing to find ways to help the Celtics win games.

"I'm not worried about my shot too much. I know it's going to come," he said. "I just have to find ways to help this team win if my shot's not falling, that's all. It'll all work out in the end."

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason


Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015. 

Saturday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Porcello goes for 22nd, Holt at 3B


Saturday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Porcello goes for 22nd, Holt at 3B

Closing in on the A.L. East title, the Red Sox look to make it 10 wins in a row tonight when they play the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

Right hander Rick Porcello (21-4, 3.08 ERA) goes for his 22nd win for the Red Sox, opposed by Rays right-hander Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.41). Porcello is coming off a complete game victory in Baltimore.

The Red Sox began the day with a magic number of four to clinch the A.L. East with eight games to play. They could clinch a wild-card spot tonight with a victory and a Baltimore Orioles loss. 

Brock Holt starts at third base and Chris Young is in left field for Boston.

The lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Brock Holt 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Rick Porcello RHP 

Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller 1B
Corey Dickerson LF
Nick Franklin DH
Mikey Mahtook RF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Curt Casali C
Matt Andriese RHP