C's Allen getting used to season on the road


C's Allen getting used to season on the road

On Friday night the Boston Celtics played their first home game of the regular season. On Saturday, they were back on the road again.

The Celtics will play their fifth game in eight days on Sunday in Washington, D.C. against the Wizards. Four of those games were scheduled away from TD Garden.

With all the traveling, including back-to-back games in Miami and New Orleans, the Celtics home opener felt more like another stop along the way than time at home for Ray Allen.

Whos home? he joked on Friday night. And then we leave again tomorrow. Its hard to think that way because when youre home, Im already thinking about tomorrow and I have to pack, so youre not really home.

Allen didnt unpack from the first road trip and doesnt plan on doing so until the team returns to Boston for a five-game homestand, starting on Monday with the second half of a back-to-back against the Wizards.They will play 11 of their 16 games in January at TD Garden.

Right now, wheres my wallet at? Is it in my car or is it in my travel bag? said Allen. My bags are still in the back of my truck, so it is a state of mind. Sometimes when youre home youre not really home, especially when you know youre going back again.

Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night


Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which David Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.