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04/23/2012 - 5:15pm
Byrd, Youkilis in lineup vs. Twins

Newly acquired Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd will make his debut with his new club, batting ninth and playing center field in Minnesota against the Twins. Kevin Youkilis will be in the lineup at third base and batting sixth, a couple days removed from leaving a game early with a contusion of his quadriceps. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for starter Jon Lester, looking to rebound from one of the worst outings of his career (two innings, seven runs). 

For details of the batter vs. pitcher histories for the Sox against Twins starter Jason Marquis and Minnesota against Lester, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

Here are the full lineups:

RED SOX

Aviles, SS
Sweeney, RF
Pedroia, 2B...

04/23/2012 - 3:48pm
Allen dealing with bone spurs on ankle

WALTHAM -- The Celtics conducted practice on Monday, but did so with Ray Allen (ankle), Mickael Pietrus (knee), Rajon Rondo (back) and Greg Stiemsma (foot) all watching from the sidelines. The Celtics still have a chance at grabbing homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs and coach Doc Rivers said he would play Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and any other player who was ready.

However, while Rondo and Pietrus could return to action on Tuesday when the Celtics play Miami, Allen is definitely out. Allen ran on Monday on an AlterG machine that lessens the impact, but he's been dealing with swelling in his ankle since he tried to return last Tuesday against the Knicks. Allen went through shootaround that day but his ankle swelled up after the workout.

"New York, I was frustrated," he said. "Other than that, just give it time and see what it does. Confidence-wise, I can’t do any more than what my body allows. I just...

04/23/2012 - 2:25pm
Report: Lowe's 2004 World Series ring stolen

According to the Fort Myers News-Press, pitcher Derek Lowe's World Series ring and a replica trophy from the Red Sox' 2004 World Series triumph were stolen from his home in Fort Myers. The article said that the value for the two items was $90,000.

Lowe, now with the Indians, was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of each of the three rounds of the playoffs, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to accomplish that feat. The 38-year-old left the Sox after the 2004 season as a free agent, spending the next four years with the Dodgers before going to the Braves in 2009. He was traded to Cleveland this offseason. Lowe lives in Fort Myers during the offseason, something that permitted him to drop by Red Sox camp during spring training for...

04/23/2012 - 2:10pm
Madden: Bobby V 'shell-shocked,' 'a lost soul'

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News joined the Mut & Merloni Show to discuss his report that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine faced a "near player revolt" in spring training after a "very ugly scene" in which he "got all over" shortstop Mike Aviles.

"That was just the way it was described to me," Madden said of the description of an "ugly" incident. "I wasn't there, so I can't tell you how ugly it was, but that was the descriptive word given to me. They said it was very ugly."

Madden -- who covered the current Red Sox manager when he was in charge of the Mets from 1996-2002 -- reported that Valentine had to apologize to Aviles for that exchange, just as he ended up apologizing to third baseman Kevin Youkilis last week. Both incidents, Madden said, highlighted the fact that Valentine is in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory in his early days in Boston.

"I think...

04/23/2012 - 1:14pm
Aviles denies reported incident with Valentine

Reached by phone in Minnesota, Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles disputed a report in the New York Daily News that described a "very ugly scene" in which manager Bobby Valentine "got all over" him during infield drills during spring training. 

"I don't know where that came from," said Aviles. "I don't remember any incident like that. ... There was nothing that comes to mind that would be anything like that other than just normal player/coach interaction."

The report suggested that Valentine had to apologize to Aviles after the incident. But, asked if there was an instance in which the manager had done anything that would have warranted an apology or if Valentine had taken it upon himself to apologize for an incident, Aviles said, "No."

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