Valentine blames himself for Red Sox loss

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Valentine blames himself for Red Sox loss

TORONTO - His starter couldn't get an out in the sixth inning and was charged with five runs. His lineup was without a hit in with runners in scoring position through the first eight innings.
But Bobby Valentine blamed himself for the Red Sox' 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night.
Valentine lifted starter Daniel Bard with two on and none out in the sixth and summoned lefty Justin Thomas to face left-handed-hitting Eric Thames.
When Thames walked and righty J.P. Arincibia was due up next, Valentine elected to stay with Thomas.
The result? A hard-hit single to center, which scored two runs and set up a third when Colby Rasmus followed with a sacrifice fly.
What had been a 3-1 game quickly got away from the Red Sox and became a 6-1 rout.
"I should have brought in Matt Albers there with the bases loaded,'' said Valentine. "It might have still been a 3-1 game if we get a ground ball there for a double play. Maybe we would have won that game.
"It was just a dumb move.''
Valentine added that he also disregarded suggestions that the Sox change their approach to some Jays hitters.
"I should have made an adjustment after three of them said something about throwing away,'' said Valentine. "We just kept throwing inside -- my fault.''
Later, when it was pointed out that Valentine seemed more upset than after any other loss to date, Valentine said: "I don't like being dumb. I like doing what I'm supposed to do."

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.