Stevens: ‘we have to play every possession better’ to close out series — Celtics Wire

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was careful to emphasize the Celtics still have work to do to be the best version of themselves.

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YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays — Toronto Sun

BUFFALO — The vaunted but struggling New York Yankees came here for the first time on Monday night and didn’t like what they saw, apparently. Read More

YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays — Toronto Sun

BUFFALO — The vaunted but struggling New York Yankees came here for the first time on Monday night and didn’t like what they saw, apparently.

From a 10-run sixth inning inflicted on them by the Blue Jays to what they hinted was a minor league experience at Sahlen Field, the 12-7 defeat in Buffalo didn’t sit well with the visitors.

YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays

The Bronx Bombers didn’t like the temporary lighting — which certainly isn’t up to Yankee Stadium standards and those of other parks around Major League Baseball — and they openly questioned whether Jays hitters had an idea about what pitchers were coming as they batted around in an explosive sixth.

“A lot of it had to do with he had a tough time seeing the signs,” Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka said on a Zoom call, when asked following the game about his pitchers’ struggles. “It’s pretty dark there. Once it really got dark, yeah.

“I had the stickers on my fingers but it still seemed like it didn’t help much.”

In a stadium where lighting is an issue, catchers often wear bright stickers on their fingers to help the pitchers see the signs, something Jays backstop Danny Jansen has been employing most of the season.https://www.youtube.com/embed/MMTn0g6a48o?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

“I know, (pitcher Jonathan) Holder when he came in was having a hard time seeing the signs, lighting wise,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Then there was the issue of the lengthy, savvy Jays at bats, which had more than one Yankee wondering what was up.

“Um, I mean, I’m not sure,” Higashioka said. “I guess I’ll have to take a look to see if they were maybe tipping, or something. We were a little erratic that inning.”

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Ottavito, the biggest victim of the Jays’ 10-run sixth, the most runs they scored in an inning since 2010, acknowledged it didn’t make sense to him.

“It’s just bizarre,” Ottavito said. “Myself and (fellow reliever Chad Green) didn’t get any swing and misses that whole inning and we’re both well above average swing and miss pitchers.

“Not getting swing and misses, it’s either and indication that my stuff wasn’t good, my location wasn’t good or that they had something on me. They either had a great approach or they knew what was coming, any of that.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4lJqB7Ogo8?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

Originally, several Jays players griped about having to play in Buffalo, where the home of the triple-A Bisons is decidedly minor league. But the team spent some serious coin on upgrades, the players feel mostly comfortable, and the Jays have certainly forged a noticeable home-field advantage in Buffalo.

They are now 9-5 at Sahlen Field, where their 6.1 runs per game average at home leads the major leagues.

The lighting, meanwhile, was always going to be a potential issue, even though the team upgraded the existing system prior to their home opener. It’s still darker than most major league stadiums, but few will feel sorry for the Yankees, as a witty Tweet from Jays pitching prospect Adam Kloffenstein suggests.

Reports are saying the lighting was at its worst in the 6th inning https://t.co/GqpkmUpA3q— Adam Kloffenstein (@KingKloff) September 8, 2020

“Reports are saying the lighting was at its worst in the sixth inning,” Kloffenstein (@KingKloff) tweeted.

Ouch.

rlongley@postmedia.com

Yankees complain about lighting, tipped pitches after loss to Blue Jays — Portal4News

The New York Yankees were left wondering what happened after blowing a four-run lead against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, and a few players have some ideas as to what went wrong. Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka believes the lighting at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field played a role in a disastrous sixth inning that saw the […]

Yankees complain about lighting, tipped pitches after loss to Blue Jays — Portal4News

he New York Yankees were left wondering what happened after blowing a four-run lead against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, and a few players have some ideas as to what went wrong.

Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka believes the lighting at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field played a role in a disastrous sixth inning that saw the Blue Jays score 10 runs.

“A lot of it had to do with (that) he had a tough time seeing the signs,” Higashioka said when asked about New York’s pitching struggles postgame, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. “It’s pretty dark there. Once it really got dark, yeah. I had the stickers on my fingers but it still seemed like it didn’t help much.”

He added: “I guess I’ll have to take a look to see if they were maybe tipping or something. We were a little erratic that inning.”

The lighting at Sahlen Field was a question mark before the Blue Jays decided to play their home games for the 2020 campaign in Buffalo, and improvements were made to bring the ballpark up to MLB standards.

Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino, who was charged with six earned runs without registering a single out, acknowledged Toronto’s hitters may have known what was coming.

“It’s just bizarre,” Ottavino said. “Myself and (fellow reliever Chad Green) didn’t get any swing and misses that whole inning and we’re both well above average swing and miss pitchers.

“Not getting swing and misses, it’s either an indication that my stuff wasn’t good, my location wasn’t good, or that they had something on me. They either had a great approach or they knew what was coming, any of that.”

New York has now lost 14 of its last 19 games.

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Ankle sprain puts Raptors’ Ibaka in walking boot, questionable for Game 6 — Toronto Sun

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Serge Ibaka arrived at his media availability on Tuesday in a walking boot.

He sprained his left ankle midway through the second half in Monday’s Game 5 loss and is officially listed as questionable for Game 6 on Wednesday.

Ankle sprain puts Raptors’ Ibaka in walking boot, questionable for Game 6

Head coach Nick Nurse seemed to be suggesting the injury is not a serious one.

“I think we’ll certainly wait and see there,” Nurse said of coming up with alternatives should Ibaka not be able to go. “But just like always, we go to the next guy.

“Don’t know who that is yet. We’ve obviously played Chris Boucher some in this series. Could be Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson), could be somebody else, but we’ll just wait and see on that. Same as always: If he’s there, we’ll play him. I think there’s a good chance of that. If he’s not, then we’ll move on to the next guy and see if we can get him ready to go.”

“We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.” Serge Ibaka isn’t sure how his ankle will hold up for tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/qvqLXb3hTF— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) September 8, 2020

Ibaka has been an underappreciated source of consistent production for the Raptors into this second round of the playoffs.

He’s Nurse’s first or second reserve off the bench and with starting centre Marc Gasol struggling to find his whole game — he’s still doing his stellar job on defence and passing the basketball — Ibaka has been more important than ever.

Through nine playoff games, Ibaka is averaging 12 points a night and just over eight rebounds.

Like Nurse, Fred VanVleet suggested he would be surprised if Ibaka is not in uniform Wednesday given his reputation as a guy who takes care of himself and his body better than most.

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