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04/07/2013 - 10:04am
Lineup: Iglesias back, Nava at first for Sox

Shortstop Jose Iglesias returns to the lineup for the rubber match of the Red Sox’ three-game series against the Blue Jays, while Mike Napoli will serve as the team’s designated hitter, with Daniel Nava getting the start at first base. Jon Lester will take the mound for the Sox, paired for his second straight start with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as the Sox get ready to take on 2012 National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.

Here is the complete lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, DH Will Middlebrooks, 3B Daniel Nava, 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Jose Iglesias, SS

Jon Lester, SP...

04/07/2013 - 9:12am
Report: Infection issue could keep Gronk out

Rob Gronkowski might have to have the plate in his left forearm removed because of infection concerns, and as a result, his readiness for the 2013 season could be in jeopardy, according to a report from the Boston Herald.

The tight end, who initially broke his left forearm in a Nov. 18 win over the Colts, reportedly suffered an infection in the wake of January surgery. As a result, he’s nearing the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital.

However, according to the Herald, doctors aren’t certain that the infection has been eliminated. If the infection is cleared, the tight end should be good to go for a new plate, and should be ready to continue his rehab without an issue. However, if it is still a problem, doctors will have to wait until the infection is cleared before installing a new plate, which would require another surgical procedure. If that happens, the two...

04/06/2013 - 9:52pm
Habs beat Bruins to take season series
By: DJ Bean

The Canadiens stayed ahead of the Bruins in the standings with a 2-1 win over the B’s Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

With the win, the Canadiens (38 games played) have 55 points to the Bruins’s 52 through 37 games. Saturday marked the fourth and final meeting between the two teams in the regular season, with the Canadiens taking three wins vs. Boston.

Montreal jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Alex Galchenyuk and Michael Ryder, with Daniel Paille scoring the Bruins’ only goal in the second period. Carey Price made 26 saves, with Tuukka Rask stopping 27 shots in the losing effort.

Here’s what went right and wrong for the Bruins in the loss:

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- After some really promising showings of late, Matt Bartkowski had a rather rough first period. Bartkowski didn’t look to see if there were any Bruins on his side of the ice as he...

04/06/2013 - 5:08pm
Lackey cautiously optimistic regarding injury

TORONTO – John Lackey admitted after throwing his final pitch of his Saturday start – a fifth-inning slider to Jose Reyes – a most unappetizing thought shot through his mind.

“A year and a half of getting to this point and having to do it again,” the Red Sox starter said. He later added, “Yeah, it scared the crap out of me, for sure.”

After throwing his 76th pitch of the afternoon, Lackey immediately found his arm hanging by his side. The pitch before he had experienced some discomfort, but on that last one something in the right biceps (just above his surgically-repaired elbow) cramped up.

“A pretty good cramp. It’s all in the biceps. It’s not the elbow,” he said after the Red Sox’ 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. “It’s frustrating, scary, when it happened, for sure. … It’s sore, but hopefully not too...

04/06/2013 - 3:45pm
Red Sox have no answers for Happ, Jays

TORONTO – While Saturday proved to be by far the most lackluster performance by the Red Sox during this young season, their 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays before a Rogers Centre crowd of 45,797 seemed secondary.

The Red Sox may have lost one of their starting pitchers for a significant period, with John Lackey injuring his right arm on a 2-2 pitch to Jose Reyes in the fifth inning. After delivering the low-and-inside slider, Lackey walked around the mound with his right arm dangling.

The righty, who was making his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Nov. 1, 2011, could be seen grabbing at his biceps before being ushered off the field by Red Sox’ trainer Rick Jameyson.

Lackey could actually be seen expressing discomfort in regards to his right arm during the previous two pitches...

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