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05/14/2012 - 9:27pm
Hot then cold: Sixers win ugly Game 2

Evan Turner converted a layup with just over 40 seconds remaining to give the Sixers the lead and then converted two free throws with 12 seconds remaining as Philadelphia edged the Celtics, 82-81, Monday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The series is now tied, 1-1, as it moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ray Allen had 17 points to lead the Celtics, who shot just 40 percent in losing for just the second time in 19 home games. Garnett was called for an offensive foul with 10 seconds to go as the Celtics tried to set up for a game-tying three.

After Turner drove the lane and converted a layup with 40.4 seconds remaining, Allen's fallaway baseline jumper rimmed out with 28 seconds remaining. Allen and Garnett each hit threes in the final 10 seconds but the Sixers sealed the game at the free throw line. 

The Celtics start out red-hot in Game 2. They made...

05/14/2012 - 6:11pm
Bobby V: 'Premature' to talk Youk/WMB

Though he is now eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis continues to work his way back from the lower back strain that sidelined him late in April and rendered him unable to engage in baseball activities until the past couple of days. That being the case, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said there was no need to make a decision about what will happen with playing time for both Youkilis and rookie Will Middlebrooks when the veteran is ready to be activated.

"I think that’s a little premature," said Valentine. We’ll do exactly what’s right. Those things, they usually play themselves out. No need to really make a decision until it’s time to make a decision."

In 18 games this year, Youkilis is hitting .219 with a .292 OBP, .344 slugging mark, .635 OPS, two homers and four extra-base hits. In 10 games since being called up from Pawtucket, Middlebrooks is hitting ....

05/14/2012 - 4:39pm
Cook throws three simulated innings

Aaron Cook said that he threw three simulated innings recently against Red Sox teammates, and anticipates that as soon as he's eligible to come off the disabled list, he will be physically ready to do so.

"It's going well," he said of his recovery from a gash incurred in his start on May 5. "It's just a matter of getting the stitches out and then coming off the DL."

However, the determination about when he will be activated remains unresolved.

"We haven't really talked about that," said Cook. "There's more factors that go into that than just being healthy, I think."

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


05/14/2012 - 3:16pm
Byrd, Shoppach in lineup vs. LHP Vargas

With left-hander Jason Vargas onthe mound for the Mariners, the Red Sox will feature right-handers Marlon Byrd and Kelly Shoppach at the bottom of their order. Switch-hitter Daniel Nava, who was a force over a four-game series against Indians right-handed pitchers, will turn around and bat right-handed against Vargas while batting seventh.

Lester and Shoppach will be paired for the third time this season. In their previous two collaborations, opposing hitters hit just .167/.241/.313/.554 against the Red Sox' Opening Day starter.

For a look at how Mariners hitters have done against Lester and the history of Red Sox hitters against Vargas, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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05/14/2012 - 1:52pm
Welker on M&M: 'I'd like to be' at minicamp

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined Mut & Merloni Monday afternoon and, despite implying recently that he probably would not attend the team's June minicamp while he negotiates a new contract, said he's hoping to make an appearance.

"We're still kind of waiting, but I'd really like to be there," he said. "I don't know. To say I'm going one way or another right now, I'm not going to say definite or anything like that. But I would definitely like to be at those minicamps for sure."

Welker, in town to host the Wes Welker Football Clinic this Saturday and Sunday in Peabody, indicated he harbors no ill toward the organization as negotiations drag on.

"I think we're all on the same page," he said. "And we're all trying to collectively come together and make something happen. I think everybody just needs to know that. We're all on the same...

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