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07/14/2012 - 3:54pm
Gonzalez out, Lillibridge at first

ST. PETERSBURG -- Adrian Gonzalez, who was a late scratch from Friday's game with back spasms, is once again out of the lineup on Saturday against the Rays and All-Star left-hander David Price. The Sox will instead feature Brent Lillibridge at first base and batting eighth.

Clay Buchholz will be back on the mound for the Red Sox after missing the last three weeks due to esophagitis, throwing to catcher Kelly Shoppach. For a look at the batter vs. pitcher matchup histories of the Sox against Price and the Rays against Buchholz, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Ciriaco, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ross, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Aviles, SS
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07/14/2012 - 1:42pm
C's officially re-sign Garnett, Bass, Wilcox

WALTHAM -- While the Celtics aim for resolution of new contracts for Jeff Green and Jason Terry, they did officially welcome back Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox on Saturday.

Garnett's deal is for three years and $34 million, while Bass is back for three years and $20 million. Wilcox signed a one-year deal, believed to be for the league minimum. Those three are expected to form the backbone of the Celtics' frontcourt.

"That was a priority for us this summer, to get KG back," team president Danny Ainge said. "That was a great relief to get him back. He’s such a big part of who we are and going forward we think he has a lot of basketball left in him." 

Garnett was not in Waltham on Saturday, but Bass and Wilcox both expressed relief at being back with the team.

"I knew where I wanted to be," Bass said. "That was back in a green jersey."

Wilcox had emerged as the...

07/14/2012 - 1:03pm
New deals not done yet for Green, Terry

WALTHAM -- The Celtics held a press conference on Saturday morning to announce the free agent signings of Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. What they haven't done officially yet is sign Jeff Green and Jason Terry. Those deals are expected to be done soon, possibly this week, but the delays are the result of the team's maneuvering under the new collective bargaining agreement.

"We hope to resolve those sometime in the near future," team president Danny Ainge said. Ainge later added, "Things are moving forward."

The Celtics have been trying to swing a sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks for Terry, which would enable them to use the mid-level exception on another player. In order to take advantage of more favorable trade terms, they have to be below the luxury tax line of $70.3 million once the deal is complete. 

Green's agent David Falk was purposefully vague about the delay, only alluding to the...

07/14/2012 - 12:55pm
Ainge: Ray left for 'the allure of Miami'

WALTHAM -- The departure of Ray Allen has been interpreted in many ways since the NBA's all-time 3-point field goal shooter decided to leave the Celtics and join the NBA champion Heat on July 6. On Saturday, Celtics' President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge gave his. 

"I don't feel like we lost Ray," Ainge said. "I feel like Ray left us to go to Miami. We appreciate all that Ray has done and all that him and [wife] Shannon have done in our community and we tried to get Ray back and he chose to go to Miami."

Ainge reportedly had a two-year, $12 million deal on the table for Allen but the guard was rumored to have a serious personality conflict with point guard Rajon Rondo and was concerned about his role and playing time next season. 

"No one player makes a team and players choose not to come here all the time," Ainge said. "There are 30 good basketball teams out there and it's a very...

07/13/2012 - 11:40pm
Gonzalez' absence due to stiff back

Although Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't disclose the ailment that kept Adrian Gonzalez out of the Sox' series opening, 3-1 win over the Rays Friday night, WEEI.com has learned the first baseman's absence was due to a stiff back.

The back problem wasn't believed to be serious, with Gonzalez possibly being ready for a return to the Sox' lineup for Saturday night's game. It also wasn't an issue at any time prior to the All-Star break. He had missed the final game of the Yankees series, last Sunday, due to an illness he was still fighting off as of the team's workout Thursday.

Gonzalez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup just before first pitch Friday night at Tropicana Field, being replaced in the cleanup spot by David Ortiz. He did make an appearance in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning with one out and runners on first and third, with Valentine attempting to prevent the Rays from walking Ortiz to get to Gomez. But the decoy didn'...

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