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01/25/2011 - 10:52pm
Perk: 'It felt real good,' but 'I can do better'

Kendrick Perkins was the happiest person in the Garden on Tuesday night as he made a successful return to game action in 16 minutes of the Celtics' 112-95 romp over the Cavaliers. Perkins came in with 8:02 left in the first quarter to replace Semih Erden and played his first five minutes of the season. Perkins — who had reconstructive ACL surgery on his right knee — scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in his first game since injuring the knee in Game 6 of the NBA finals last June. 

 

"I've got to play a few more games first. I surprised myself on a few plays today, just finishing, a couple of rebounds, it felt real good," he said. "I know I can do better, I could do more. I was mad at myself, I didn't block any shots today. I was a little winded and a little off-key. I'll get better."

 

Perkins also admitted he was very tired after the game since he didn't sleep on Monday...

01/25/2011 - 6:59pm
Cashman: Red Sox better than Yanks
By: DJ Bean

During a question and answer session with fans in New York on Tuesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated that at the moment, he feels the Red Sox have a better roster than the Yankees.

 

With the Yankees still looking to solidify their starting rotation, Cashman was asked by a local radio host who had the better squad without the Yanks adding another starter. The general manager replied, "Red Sox," and later in the conversation added, "They’ve got guys they can run 1 through 6, and I’m looking for a fourth.” 

 

“The biggest problem we have right now is I need a starting pitcher,” Cashman added. "Everybody knows that. I’m going to work on trying to get that. It might come from someone who has decided right now they don’t want to play, it might come from a trade, it might come from within. Time will tell.” 

 

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01/25/2011 - 6:57pm
Report: Sox tried to get Bautista from Jays
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox made "multiple offers" to the Blue Jays in an attempt to trade for slugging outfielder Jose Bautista prior to signing free agent Carl Crawford. 

 

Rosenthal notes that between Jayson Werth's signing with the Nationals and the Sox' signing of Crawford, the team pursued a variety of outfield options, including Bautista, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Beltran. 

 

Bautista led the majors with 54 homers last season. Rosenthal is reporting that the team and Bautista's representation are not currently discussing a multi-year deal to keep Bautista, who is has one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent. 

 

For more on the team's interest in Bautista, visit...

01/25/2011 - 6:56pm
Red Sox announce home start times
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced the start times for their home games for the coming 2011 season on Tuesday. All week night and Saturday night games will take start at 7:10 p.m., while Sunday day games will have 1:35 p.m. starts.

 

The team's first home series, which will take place April 8-10 vs. the Yankees, will consist of games at 2:05 p.m., 1:10 p.m. and 8:06 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

 

General ticket sales for the 2011 season begin this Saturday at 10 a.m. For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


01/25/2011 - 6:35pm
Perkins to make season debut Tuesday

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, out since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season against the Lakers, will return to the C's lineup on Tuesday night vs. the Cavaliers. Perkins returns about 10 days before his target date (Feb. 4), but Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was told late Monday by the team's medical staff that Perkins was cleared to play. He won't start and is likely to play between 12-16 minutes. ESPN's Chris Forsberg was first to report the development.

 

"I don’t know how much he’ll help us yet," Rivers said. "He will. Just his presence on the floor. We’re not activating for that. We’re activating him more because they say he’s ready to play." The Celtics were down to one healthy center in Semih Erden with Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal out of the lineup, but Rivers said that wasn't a consideration. 
 

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