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03/02/2013 - 2:19pm
Thornton a healthy scratch vs. Lightning
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch Saturday against the Lightning, with Jay Pandolfo playing in his place on Gregory Campbell‘s line.

Though Thornton missed two games in February due to a concussion, Saturday marks the first time this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Pandolfo is playing in his second game of the season.

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03/02/2013 - 12:10pm
Farrell: Ortiz may play end of next week

John Farrell told reporters in Fort Myers Saturday that David Ortiz – who is conducting his second round of baserunning drills, Saturday — may be ready to participate in a spring training game by the end of of next week. For reference sake, the Red Sox play night games at JetBlue Park both Friday and Saturday, against the Twins and Orioles, respectively.

If Ortiz was to return on the predicted timetable, it would leave him three weeks of at-bats prior to Opening Day in New York. Farrell surmised that the minimum number of games the designated hitter would need to prepare for the opener would be two weeks’ worth.

Ortiz has experienced no setbacks throughout spring training in regarding his recovering from an Achilles ailment, other than having to leave camp for a few days earlier this week due to a personal matter. (See video below of Ortiz executing agility drills.)

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03/02/2013 - 11:29am
Doc gives Pierce attitude adjustment in win

Doc Rivers saw it. Paul Pierce knew it.

The Celtics captain was sulking in the third quarter as the Warriors came out fast and took the lead after Boston controlled most of the first half.

Both knew it had to change and fast.

“Yeah, I think I was the one that kind of brought the body tone down a little bit, because I made some bad turnovers there to start the third quarter, kind of got me down,” Pierce said. “So it was up to me to kind of get it back, get the team back on. That’s what I try to do, I cant have any lapses like that because it really affect the team and I realize that, so I have to do a better job in that department.”

“He started out playing great and then when I subbed him and brought him back in, I don’t know what happened. We were turning the ball over and he was struggling,” Rivers said. “It was funny, in the third quater,...

03/02/2013 - 1:59am
Farrell: De La Rosa will open '13 in minors

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The stuff is unquestionably major league-caliber.

Rubby De La Rosa showed an electrifying three-pitch mix on Friday against the Pirates, mixing a 94-96 mph fastball with a knee-buckling curve and a nasty, diving changeup at which opposing hitters waved helplessly. It was a three-pitch mix that screamed of top-of-the-rotation potential, the raw materials to be an impact starting pitcher in the big leagues.

The Sox, naturally, are enthused about that possibility. However, there’s a matter of timing regarding the 23-year-old.

After De La Rosa recorded his second straight outing of two scoreless innings (an appearance in which he struck out two and allowed a double), manager John...

03/02/2013 - 12:20am
Farrell: Lester 'very different' from '12

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s only been two spring training starts, but Red Sox manager John Farrell says that the difference between Jon Lester this spring and last year has been very apparent. Lester, coming off a year when he went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA, has now logged five scoreless innings this spring, including three against the Pirates on Friday night. While the left-hander incorporated his full pitch mix — including his curveball, changeup and cutter against Pittsburgh — it was the location of his fastball that Farrell considered the most telling sign of Friday night.

“With each time Jon gets on the mound, whether it’s in side work or in game action, he’s been down in the zone consistently...

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