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06/01/2012 - 3:25pm
Ainge: 'We've got other issues' than refs

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Friday to talk about the Celtics' Eastern Conference finals series against the Heat. The series resumes with Game 3 Friday night at TD Garden.

There was a Yahoo! Sports report that Ainge had an intense discussion with NBA vice president of referee operations Joe Borgia following the Celtics' Game 2 loss, which included some questionable calls that went against the C's.

"I wouldn't say it was a heated conversation," Ainge said. "We actually weren't talking about the [Rajon] Rondo call or the [Paul] Pierce call or any of that stuff. We were talking about the way that the rule -- the breakaway rule, or the clear path rule -- is written. So, it was a discussion more on philosophy of where our game has gone on that interpretation and that rule specifically. But I would not call it a heated discussion. Joe and I have known each other for years and...

06/01/2012 - 3:18pm
Lineup: Youkilis gets day off against Alvarez

Kevin Youkilis will be out of the lineup Friday night against the Blue Jays and Henderson Alvarez in the Red Sox' series-opener at Rogers Centre.

Youkilis' absence of the lineup was planned, with Red Sox' manager Bobby Valentine expressing the team's desire to give the third baseman a day off for one of the series three games in Toronto.

Alvarez pitched twice against the Red Sox in his young career, having pitched six shutout innings last season, and allowing one run over six innings earlier this season. He has held Sox batters to a combined .156 batting average against during those two appearances.

Clay Buchholz gets the start for the Red Sox.

The following is the Red Sox' lineup:

Scott Podsednik CF

Daniel Nava LF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Ryan Sweeney RF

Mike Aviles SS

Nick Punto 2B

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06/01/2012 - 1:50pm
Cherington: Youkilis trade report 'inaccurate'

General manager Ben Cherington denied a report that the Red Sox were telling teams they "definitely intend to trade" Kevin Youkilis.

"That’s inaccurate," Cherington e-mailed WEEI.com Friday afternoon. "Some teams have checked in on him. We haven’t told any teams we plan to trade him. It’s our job to listen if teams have interest. He’s swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and [is] a big part of our team and lineup."

CBS Sports senior baseball writer Danny Knobler had tweeted Friday morning: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.

Youkilis is hitting .250 with a .318 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage on the season. He has been solid in nine games since returning from the disabled list, hitting .313/.371/.531 with two home runs.

Youkilis, 33, is in his ninth season in Boston and has career averages of .288/.389/.490, with 133...

06/01/2012 - 12:05pm
Report: Sox tell teams they're trading Youk

According to a report from CBS Sports senior baseball writer Danny Knobler, Kevin Youkilis is officially on the trading block. Tweeted Knobler Friday: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.

Youkilis is hitting .250 with a .318 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage on the season. He has been solid in nine games since returning from the disabled list, hitting .313/.371/.531 with two home runs.

Youkilis, 33, is in his ninth season in Boston and has career averages of .288/.389/.490, with 133 home runs and 562 RBIs. Despite making the 2011 All-Star team, he had a career-worst .258 batting average and was slowed by injuries last season.

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


06/01/2012 - 10:52am
Bosh makes trip, not expected to play

Injured forward Chris Bosh is making the trip to Boston but is not expected to play in Games 3 and 4, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters in Miami on Thursday. Bosh has been out since Game 1 of the conference semifinals with an abdominal injury and while he began workouts last Sunday, the team maintains that he is out indefinitely. 

Miami lost its first two games without Bosh against the Pacers, but the Heat have reeled off five straight victories, including the first two of the conference finals against the Celtics.

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


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