Mar 21, 2011

Halladay has strong outing, Victorino leaves after collision

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Boston 1 

Reigning NL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay went 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and struck out six, as the Phillies topped the Red Sox, 4-1, in Grapefruit League play. 

Josh Barfield hit a two-RBI single in the sixth while Raul Ibanez and Michael Martinez both knocked in a run for Philadelphia. Ryan Madson was credited for a save for finishing out the eighth and allowing one hit in the ninth. 

Jon Lester, the Red Sox opening day starter, was charged for four runs -- three earned -- on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jed Lowrie scored on Drew Sutton's sacrifice fly in the fifth to account for Boston's only run. 

Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino left the game in the top of the fifth inning after colliding with Ibanez on a routine fly ball. Victorino was cut above his left eye, and departed a short time later. 

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Sixers top Pacers behind strong showing from T-Young

Thaddeus Young finished with 18 points and nine rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers held off a late Pacers run to top Indiana, 110-100, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Andre Iguodala, straight off back-to-back triple-doubles, posted 16 points, 10 assists, and four rebounds while Jrue Holiday added 16 points for Philadelphia, which is three games over .500 for the first time this season and now sits just a half-game behind the idle New York Knicks for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

"Our starters have been starting really slow and tonight was huge for us because we got our defense set," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "Iguodala was fantastic."

Jodie Meeks added 15 points while both Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes scored 12 points in the victory, Philadelphia's third straight and seventh in eight games.

Sixers take down C's behind low-post tandem

Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes both finished with 14 points and Philadelphia edged Boston, 89-86, at Wells Fargo Center.

Andre Iguodala added 13 points with nine rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers, who bounced back from Wednesday's overtime loss to the Thunder and have won four of five. Jodie Meeks added 12 points while Jrue Holiday posted nine points and seven assists for the victors.

"That's my guy," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Iguodala. "I am going to put it in his hands and ride him down the stretch."

Jeff Green paced the Celtics with 18 points in a reserve role while Nenad Krstic added 16 points and 15 rebounds for Boston, which had won seven straight and nine of the last ten meetings in Philadelphia.

Green and Krstic are both relatively new to the Celtics as they were a part of the Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City deal at the trade deadline. Kevin Garnett added 14 points while Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss.

Mar 5, 2011

Halladay goes three innings; Phils fall to Pirates

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 3

Neil Walker's two-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Pirates the lead, and Pittsburgh topped Philadelphia, 4-3, in Grapefruit League action.

Lyle Overbay went 3-for-3 with a double and scored two runs while John Bowker added a double to account for Pittsburgh's other run.

Paul Maholm allowed one run on four hits in the three-inning start while Jeff Karstens allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work to record the win.

Roy Halladay threw three innings of one-hit ball for Philadelphia. The reigning National League Cy Young winner walked two batters while striking out four. J.C. Ramirez was tagged for four runs -- all earned -- on five hits in three innings of work in the loss.