IN MIDSEASON FORM IN EARLY APRIL
After Marco Scutaro threw one away in the eighth, the Red Sox threw away their shot at a 2-0 start for the first time in 11 years. And after the Yankees rallied for just their third win in their last 12 visits to Fenway, both clubs sit at .500 - a half-game behind the Rays (who walked off against the Orioles). Which must mean it's time to panic in Boston. (Cue David Ortiz.) "Two [expletive] games already and you mother [expletives] are going crazy. What's up with that, man. [Expletive]. There's 160 games left. Ain't that a [expletive]."
More from The Rundown, including a couple of bad breaks ahead of the NBA playoffs, and the curse set to strike this afternoon, after the jump.
BAD BREAKS (NBA EDITION)
In the East...
- Chris Bosh broke his face last night. (Actually, Antawn Jamison's elbow broke it for him. Inadvertently.) He spent the night in a Cleveland hospital, missing the end of a 12-point loss to the Cavs. But because the Bulls also lost to the Bucks, his Raptors still hold a one-game lead with five to play for the last playoff spot in the East. They host the Celtics tonight. (7:00 pm ET)
Later, in the West...
- Kevin Durant took over the league's scoring lead with 45 points in Utah. But because of a ridiculous 42-point, 10-assist, 1-turnover game from Deron Williams - and a ridiculous questionable non-call at the end of overtime - the Thunder lost by one and dropped all the way back to 7th in the West. The Jazz jump up to 2nd, but just 2.5 games separate them.
THE CONTEST IN CONTEXT
The Masters hosts its Par 3 Contest this afternoon (3:00 pm ET on ESPN). Sam Snead won the very first one 50 years ago, but he didn't win any of his three green jackets 50 years ago, because no one who has won the Par 3 Contest has won The Masters that same year. Which might be why Tiger Woods hasn't played in the Par 3 Contest since 2004. He did ace the 9th hole that year to finish tied for the lead with a 4-under 23 - but he didn't participate in the playoff. That didn't help him, though. He still finished tied for 22nd, 11 shots behind Phil Mickelson, who won his first major.
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