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01/25/2011 - 6:57pm
Report: Sox tried to get Bautista from Jays
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox made "multiple offers" to the Blue Jays in an attempt to trade for slugging outfielder Jose Bautista prior to signing free agent Carl Crawford. 

 

Rosenthal notes that between Jayson Werth's signing with the Nationals and the Sox' signing of Crawford, the team pursued a variety of outfield options, including Bautista, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Beltran. 

 

Bautista led the majors with 54 homers last season. Rosenthal is reporting that the team and Bautista's representation are not currently discussing a multi-year deal to keep Bautista, who is has one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent. 

 

For more on the team's interest in Bautista, visit...

01/25/2011 - 6:56pm
Red Sox announce home start times
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced the start times for their home games for the coming 2011 season on Tuesday. All week night and Saturday night games will take start at 7:10 p.m., while Sunday day games will have 1:35 p.m. starts.

 

The team's first home series, which will take place April 8-10 vs. the Yankees, will consist of games at 2:05 p.m., 1:10 p.m. and 8:06 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

 

General ticket sales for the 2011 season begin this Saturday at 10 a.m. For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


01/25/2011 - 6:35pm
Perkins to make season debut Tuesday

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, out since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season against the Lakers, will return to the C's lineup on Tuesday night vs. the Cavaliers. Perkins returns about 10 days before his target date (Feb. 4), but Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was told late Monday by the team's medical staff that Perkins was cleared to play. He won't start and is likely to play between 12-16 minutes. ESPN's Chris Forsberg was first to report the development.

 

"I don’t know how much he’ll help us yet," Rivers said. "He will. Just his presence on the floor. We’re not activating for that. We’re activating him more because they say he’s ready to play." The Celtics were down to one healthy center in Semih Erden with Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal out of the lineup, but Rivers said that wasn't a consideration. 
 

For more on the Celtics, visit...

01/25/2011 - 6:34pm
Daniels likely back with C's in Portland

Marquis Daniels is not with the Celtics as they play the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, but Doc Rivers said that he would likely be back with the team when they start their four-game west coast trip in Portland Thursday. Daniels has been away from the team and is dealing with a family issue. Even with the retrun of Kendrick Perkins the Celtics are down to 10 players for the Cavs game.

 

In addition to Daniels, Shaquille O'Neal (hip) will not play. Jermaine O'Neal and Delonte West are also out with injuries and Avery Bradley is with the team's D-League affiliate in Maine.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


01/25/2011 - 5:52pm
Downright Perky: C's cruise in Perk's return

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter and Kendrick Perkins played 16 minutes off the bench in his return to game action as the Celtics blasted the hapless Cavaliers, 112-95, Tuesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics improved to an Eastern Conference-best 34-10 and 22-3 at home. Cleveland — in its first season in the post-LeBron James era — lost its 18th straight, the longest in the NBA since the Nets lost 19 in a row last season. 

 

Perkins made his 2011 season debut when he replaced Semih Erden with 8:02 left in the first quarter. He played just over five minutes in his first stint of the year. He made 3-of-5 from the field and finished with seven points. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in his first game action since tearing the ACL in his right knee early in Game 6 of the NBA finals last spring against the Lakers. 

 

Rajon Rondo had 11 points and...

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