Ortiz to Celtics: "Bring That 'W' Home"

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Ortiz to Celtics: "Bring That 'W' Home"

BOSTON -- Prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday, there was chatter in the clubhouse about Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat later that night.

Many of the Red Sox are Cs fans and plan on watching the deciding battle following their afternoon game at Fenway Park.

When they play great defense, they win, said Kevin Youkilis. So if they play great defense tonight, I think they'll win the game. They've just got to shut them down early and try to get on top. Kevin Garnett is they key to their defense, for sure.

After LeBron James scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heats Game 6 win on Thursday, David Ortiz believes limiting him is the key to Game 7.

Stop LeBron, he said. It sounds easy, but it's not easy.

Youkilis anticipates Garnett will emerge as the star of the game, while Ortiz is leaning toward Rajon Rondo. Garnett is averaging 20.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in the Eastern Conference Finals; Rondo is posting 20.7 points, 10.8 assists, and 6.3 boards.

Rondo is going to make better passes today and he's going to keep the line moving, Ortiz projected.

Both agree the Celtics have the experience and talent to put their Game 6 loss behind them and take care of business in Game 7.

Game 7, you don't worry about any of those other games, said Youkilis. You've just got to go out and play the game that you have to play that day. They've been there before.

Ortiz also offered an encouraging message to his fellow Boston athletes in Miami.

Bring that W home, he said. We'll be watching."

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.