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04/06/2013 - 10:45am
Sox lineup: Iglesias out, Ciriaco at SS

One day after he was forced out of the game after being hit on the right elbow by a pitch, shortstop Jose Iglesias is out of the lineup against the Blue Jays. In his place, the Sox will give Pedro Ciriaco his first start of the season at short.

Right-hander John Lackey makes his first start in a regular season game since undergoing Tommy John surgery following the 2011 season. He will be caught by catcher David Ross.

The Red Sox lineup against the Blue Jays and left-hander J.A. Happ:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B Will Middlebrooks, 3B Johnny Gomes, DH David Ross, C Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Pedro Ciriaco, SS

John Lackey, SP


04/06/2013 - 2:44am
After injury, Iglesias status up in air

TORONTO – The extent of the injury which Jose Iglesias suffered in the second inning of the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Friday night had yet to be determined after the game, according to Sox manager John Farrell. Iglesias was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a 93 mph Josh Johnson fastball two innings before.

“He got hit in the right forearm there,” Farrell explained. “He tightened up the next couple of innings. We’ll check him in the morning when he comes in.”

Iglesias stayed in the game at the time of the injury, eventually making a standout defensive play in the third inning.

The shortstop managed to go deep in the hole between third base and shortstop to reel in Melky Cabrera’s grounder, proceeding to fire off a throw to second for a...

04/05/2013 - 11:27pm
Bradley injures collarbone: 'I'll be fine'

With just over three minutes left in Friday’s ugly loss to the Cavaliers at TD Garden, things appeared to be getting a whole lot uglier for the Celtics.

Avery Bradley left the court with trainer Ed Lacerte holding his left shoulder.

Bradley had surgery on both shoulders last summer, delaying his return to the Celtics until January this season.

But as it turned out, Bradley was examined and returned to the bench late in the fourth quarter. Doc Rivers said he could’ve returned if absolutely necessary.

So, what was it that caused many Celtics fans to skip a heart beat?

He was elbowed in the collarbone by Kyrie Irving.

“I think he’s fine,” Rivers said. “I think it was more the hit. I was concerned when he grabbed his shoulder that it was his shoulder, and Kyrie informed me that he shot him with an elbow; it had nothing to do with...

04/05/2013 - 10:45pm
Farrell, Red Sox turn back crowd, Blue Jays

TORONTO – Friday night, John Farrell got the last laugh.

On a night that was defined by a constant wave of boos and chants directed at the former Blue Jays manager, Farrell’s Red Sox managed to send most of the 45,328 at Rogers Centre home disappointed via a 6-4 win over the Jays.

After blowing a three-run advantage, the Red Sox took the lead for good in the eighth when Jonny Gomes raced home from third on Mike Napoli’s soft grounder to third baseman Maicer Izturis with one out.

Gomes, who pinch-hit for Daniel Nava with one out in the eighth, had walked before heading to third on Dustin Pedroia’s double to deep center field.

The Red Sox were able to add an insurance run thanks to Will Middlebrooks’...

04/05/2013 - 9:57pm
Out of gas: No KG, Pierce, C's fall to Cavs

Life without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett was ugly Friday night. Very ugly.

Second-year big man Tristan Thompson scored 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while the Celtics went ice cold in the second half and fell to the lowly Cavaliers, 97-91, Friday night at TD Garden. Pierce missed the game with a sore right ankle while Garnett missed his eighth straight game with inflammation in his left ankle. Cleveland won two of the three meetings this season between the two.

The Cavaliers used the Celtics to snap their 10-game losing streak while Boston fell for the third time in four games. The Celtics fell to 39-37 on the season but did not lose any ground on eight-place Milwaukee, which lost to the Knicks in New York. Boston remains in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of the Bucks in the loss column. Boston has six games remaining, including two games on its...

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