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July 11, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Olynyk on fire

Celtics first round draft pick Kelly Olynyk has impressed in his first two appearances in the NBA Orlando Summer League for Boston.

The No. 13 pick of the draft, who was traded from the Mavericks to the Celtics in a draft day deal, scored 19 points on Wednesday in the Celtics first summer league loss against the Houston Rockets, and that is his lowest point total of the summer.

Olynyk scored 21 points in a win over Indiana on Tuesday following up a 25 point performance in the Celtics’ opening Summer League contest against host Orlando. Olynyk showed off a wide variety of skills including slick post moves and the athleticism that caught the Celtics eye before last month’s draft.

Record tying

With four hits on Tuesday night, David Ortiz recorded his 1,688th hit as a designated hitter tying him with Harold Baines for first on the all time hit list for designated hitters.

A better game

John Rocker has made a career out of putting his foot in his mouth, and on Wednesday he did so again expressing his views on Major League Baseball in the steroid era.

“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game,” Rocker said on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan. “At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120, whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained. Was there anything more entertaining than 1998 — I don’t care how each man got there — was there anything more entertaining than 1998? Watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase 61 home runs?”

Rocker has a point about the popularity of the game and the way McGwire and Sosa were embraced during the 1998 season, but it’s definitely a better game now that Major League Baseball actually polices the use of performance enhancing drugs.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru