Barbosa, still fighting flu-like symptoms, back with Celtics

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Barbosa, still fighting flu-like symptoms, back with Celtics

PHILADELPHIA Leandro Barbosa was one of the first players on the floor getting up shots prior to Friday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

It remains to be seen if that's all the action the 6-foot-3 guard gets, as he still recovers from a bout of flu-like symptoms.

"I never had anything like this," Barbosa told CSNNE.com. "This was pretty bad, pretty bad."

Barbosa said he spent some time in a hospital getting four bags of fluids intravenously, which prompted doctors to want to keep him in the hospital overnight.

"But I said no. I didn't want to do that," Barbosa said. "Like I said, I never had anything like this, this bad before."

Even though he is with the team, Barbosa said he doesn't know if coach Doc Rivers will play him.

"My body is still a little weak," Barbosa said. "I'm definitely feeling better, a lot better than I was before. But I'm still not feeling like me, yet."

Barbosa, one of the top reserves off the Celtics bench this season, missed a pair of practices due to his illness, which limited him to just four seconds of action in Boston's 104-94 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.

Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks

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Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks

New York’s mistake helped the Red Sox, and they weren’t playing the Yankees.

The Red Sox struck out 20 in a game for the third time in franchise history on Thursday night, and they were able to do so only after MLB’s replay team — based in Manhattan — gave Craig Kimbrel an extra batter to strike out in the ninth inning.

A 6-2 win over the Rangers featured 16 strikeouts for Red Sox pitching heading into the top of the ninth at Fenway Park. Kimbrel came on for a non-save situation because he had five days off previously.

There’s always that outside chance for a four-strikeout inning, and it happened. Even for a four-strikeout inning, however, this was bizarre.

The first batter, lefthanded hitting Nomar Mazara, swung and missed at a back-foot breaking ball for strike 3 — a literal back-foot breaking ball, because it hit him in that foot after he whiffed on the pitch.

On a swing and a miss with a pitch that hits the batter, the ball should be dead. He should not have been able to reach first base. But the umpires didn’t catch the ball hitting Mazara, and instead saw it as a wild pitch. 

Sox manager John Farrell asked for a review and the umpires went for one, but came back empty-handed. The crew was told, erroneously, that the play could not be looked at and the batter was awarded first base.

“It was just a swinging strike three, ball that go away and he obviously reached first base,” crew chief Alfonso Marquez told pool reporter Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. “The only thing that I can tell you, and the only thing I will say is, this was a replay issue. New York will come out with a statement.”

You could say it worked out just fine. Kimbrel went on to strike out the next three, and got the Sox to 20 Ks.

Kimbrel and Tim Wakefield are the only Red Sox pitchers to fan four batters in a single inning. Wakefield did it in the ninth inning on Aug. 10, 1999. 

Kimbrel did it once before as well, when he was with the Braves on Sept. 26, 2012.

No one has struck out five in a major league inning, although Kimbrel has as good a chance as anyone.

“The guy strikes out the world,” Matt Barnes said. “It’s ridiculous. … His fastball is seemingly unhittable. Complement that with the breaking ball he’s got, which comes right off that same plane, when he’s commanding it like he is, the numbers kind of speak for themselves. It’s kind of ridiculous. It’s fun to watch.”

The Sox have struck out 20 in a nine-inning game three times since 1913. Roger Clemens' two 20-strikeout games are the other two.