Sox Streak Ended, Celtics To Try Again To Close Out Magic

As good as Daisuke Matsuzaka was in his last start against the Phillies, he was almost as bad last night against the Royals. He didn’t even make it through the fifth inning last night, walking eight Royals in 4 2/3 innings in the Red Sox 4-3loss to Kansas City at Fenway. Get the full coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

The Matsuzaka mystery won’t go away – Alex Speier says that the Japanese righty  remains the source of absolute befuddlement.

There’s nothing worse than ‘Bad Dice-K’ – Joe Haggerty notes that even Matsuzaka was puzzled by his outing.

He’ll call the shots – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook has former internet project manager Amiel Sawdaye set to direct his first draft for the Red Sox.

At Big Papi’s, Ortiz takes a moment to thank those who stuck by him – Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox slugger reaching out to thank those who supported him during his horid April. Needless to say, media members weren’t among those receiving thanks.

Bill Hall doing it all and Manny Delcarmen in groove – Rich Thompson with a pair of secondary articles on guys who have been big contributors to the Red Sox in supporting roles.

V-Mart ready for Friday return – CSN’s notebook has Victor Martinez set to return to the lineup tonight.

The Celtics will try tonight for the third time to close out the Orlando Magic and return to the NBA finals. Game six will be held at the TD Garden (ESPN, 8:30) and crows will no doubt look to fire up the Celtics early.

Beat ’em to punch, Celtics – Is it alright to say that I absolutely love this column from RON BORGES? I do, this excerpt puts this perfectly:

At the time, Cedric Maxwell explained what resulted when he said, “Before Kevin McHale hit Kurt Rambis, the Lakers were just running across the street whenever they wanted. Now they stop at the corner, push the button, wait for the light and look both ways.”

Now it’s Howard’s turn to learn physical play is a two-way street. It’s time for him to eat some bloody chicklets.

And he brought it on himself. Not by scoring and rebounding. Not by pushing and shoving. But by acting as if he has carte blanche to hurt people in the guise of “playing hard.”

It is exactly what needs to happen tonight.

Tommy Heinsohn’s points at refs – Gotta love it. I really would’ve loved to have been there when Steve Bulpett talked to Tommy about this series. The ending is classic too.

Ex-coach Van Gundy turns new career into a no-lose situation – Chad Finn’s media column has Jeff Van Gundy talking about his new career as an in-game analyst, his desire to get back into coaching, but only when he can handle losing better, and why Orlando fans much more negative feedback in this series than Celtics fans have.

Celts, a bit banged up, looking to recover – Bill Doyle looks at the Celtics concerned heading into tonight’s game six, along with injury updates for Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels.

Celtics can blame themselves – Steve Bulpett says that yes, the Celtics were hosed by the officials in game five, but they still have only themselves to blame for the loss.

Rondo is taking his shots – Julian Benbow’s Globe notebook has the Celtics point guard taking some big hits from Dwight Howard in the last few games.

So let’s see, both Dan Shaughnessy and Jim Donaldson wrote columns today about the possibility of a Celtics choke and joining the Bruins in the 3-0 infamy club? Shocking. Pass and Pass.

Glenn Ordway pretty much guaranteed a double-digit Celtics win tonight, (health of Rondo and others the only qualifier) and that the Celtics would go on to win the NBA title. It’d be nice if he was right.

Headed to Boston? Seguin talks Bruins, scoring, and chasing a cup as a rookie – DJ Bean talks to potential Bruin Tyler Seguin about the possibility of coming to Boston.

Derrick Burgess: Veteran voice – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots officially announcing the signing of Derrick Burgess, and a few other Patriots notes.