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02/23/2013 - 9:21am
Red Sox regulars in Grapefruit League opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox will sport a lineup of mostly regulars for the debut of John Lackey in the 1:35 p.m. game against the Rays at JetBlue Park.

Here is the starting lineup for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener:

CF Jacoby Ellsbury 2B Dustin Pedroia RF Shane Victorino C Jarrod Saltalamacchia LF Jonny Gomes SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks 1B Lyle Overbay DH Ryan Sweeney

P John Lackey

The Rays will be sending a back-up unit of players as most of their regulars will stay behind for a split-squad game against the Pirates in Port Charlotte.

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


02/23/2013 - 7:49am
Pedro: De La Rosa has chance to be 'special'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pedro Martinez has taken to Rubby De La Rosa, and not only because the pair just discovered they’re related (cousins on Pedro’s mother side).

The new Red Sox special assistant and the 23-year-old pitching prospect have been inseparable throughout camp, with Martinez constantly at the ready whenever De La Rosa might need a round of advice. And, besides bloodlines, there’s a reason for the former ace’s interest — he sees a bit of himself in the youngster.

“Anything you want to do in baseball, as far as pitching, that kid has a chance,” Martinez said. “He has an opportunity to be someone special. Not just a regular player, but special. When you see someone like De La Rosa you think someone special, like a [Roger] Clemens, a Juan...

02/23/2013 - 7:01am
Without KG, Green leads Celtics past Suns

Getting his first start in nearly two years, Jeff Green helped lead the Celtics to a 113-88 win over the Suns in Phoenix Friday night.

Green scored 31 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the floor, with Chris Wilcox, Avery Bradley and Jason Terry each chipping in which 13 points. Newly-acquired Jordan Crawford netted 10 points in in his Celtics debut.

"Jeff was phenomenal," Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters. "We started the game running a set we had never run in our lives. We literally drew it up right before the game. They just had the basketball IQ to keep working and they actually showed us options we didn't know we had."

Green was starting in place of Kevin Garnett, who was getting the night off with the Celtics playing their third game in four nights. The forward's performance also helped...

02/22/2013 - 6:39pm
Farrell: Saturday 'significant day' for Lackey

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Farrell wasn’t going to sugarcoat the magnitude of John Lackey’s start Saturday against the Rays at JetBlue Park.

“For anybody who’s gone through Tommy John, you can identify with some of the things he’s gone through,” said Farrell, who underwent two Tommy John surgeries. “Certainly the rehab can be very lonely. I’m hopeful that John, inside that tomorrow, will be able to reflect back on the year-plus that he’s worked his tail off to get to the point where he’s back in a major-league setting. Tomorrow’s a significant day for him, and certainly for us as we form this rotation going through camp.”

Lackey is slated to pitch just one inning, but considering the righty hasn’t thrown in a major league game since Sept. 25,...

02/22/2013 - 6:11pm
Ainge: 'I didn't want to move' Pierce, KG

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge didn’t want to trade Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett at the NBA trade deadline — not for pennies on the dollar, he told the Big Show.

“We really like those guys,” said Ainge on Friday evening. “I like Kevin and I like Paul a lot, and I didn't want to move them.”

Ainge wouldn’t discuss how close he ever came to trading Garnett to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan — other than to say, “I never talked to Kevin” — or dealing Pierce to the Nets for Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a pick.

"You don't just give them away,” he said. “There is great value in those guys.”

So, Ainge apparently wasn’t offered a deal that matched...

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