TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said after his team's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Tuesday night that Carl Crawford had flown from Fort Myers, Fla. to Boston to get his left elbow checked. Valentine said the examination was just precautionary.
"Just a little more soreness in his elbow," he said. "Will not keep him form having his at-bats on schedule."
Crawford continues to rehab from a surgically-repaired left wrist, and is thought be close to getting some at-bats at the JetBlue Park complex. Valentine said today the the team is still not ready to announce any sort of timetable regarding when the outfielder might be playing in games.
"Whenever he was supposed to play in a game, I think he'll play in a game. Probably at DH," the manager said. "That's probably just from what I've heard here. He probably won't throw for a week or so."
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Daniel Bard went five-plus innings and yielded eight hits and five runs in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday night in Toronto.
Bard, making his first start of his major league career, allowed one run in the first, two in the third and two more in the sixth (both of which scored after Bard departed in favor of reliever Justin Thomas) on the way to the loss, the fourth in the last five games for the Red Sox.
Dustin Pedroia (three hits), Adrian Gonzalez (one double, three RBI) and Kevin Youkilis (two hits) led the Boston offense.
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The Celtics shot a remarkable 61 percent from the floor, as Paul Pierce poured in 27 and Kevin Garnett added 24 to lead Boston past Miami, 115-107, Tuesday night in South Florida. Lebron James had a game-high 36 for the Heat, who fell to 40-16.
Rajon Rondo added 18 points and 15 assists, giving the Celtics point guard double digits in assists for the 18th straight game, the longest streak in the NBA since John Stockton had 29 straight in 1992. The Celtics won their third straight to improve 33-24 and are 18-7 in the NBA since the All Star break, the third-best mark in the league.
After handing the Heat their worst loss of the season, 91-72, in Boston on April 1, the Celtics came out determined to go one step further Tuesday, blowing out LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company on their home court. After falling behind 9-3, the Celtics scored the next 10 points and outscored the Heat, 30-13, to take a 33-22 lead after one quarter. ...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in Miami for his team's contest on the Heat, reflected in the WEEI pregame show about the controversy enmeshing the city of Miami related to the comments made by Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
"Sometimes we joke around and we should be able to do that and sometimes we say the wrong thing. It's going to happen to me, I’m sure, at some point, or all of us. If you do it every day, the odds of it happening are greater. Ozzie tends to do it more than others," Rivers told Celtics play-by-play man Sean Grande. "But I try and look at the guy’s heart, look there first before I jump on the anger bandwagon."
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TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine reported that Daisuke Matsuzaka continued to make progress from his Tommy John surgery, hitting 94 mph on the radar gun in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Fort Myers.
Matsuzaka, who underwent surgery last June, threw 49 pitches and, according to Valentine, displayed a good feel for his changeup.
Another pitcher on rehab assignment, Andrew Miller, is slated to join Triple-A Pawtucket. Miller, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, pitched a perfect inning for Single-A Greenville Monday night. Lefty Rich Hill also continued his road back from Tommy John surgery followed up his first rehab outing -- in which he struck out the side for Greenville in his only inning -- by giving up a run on two hits, striking out a pair for the Single-A team Tuesday.
Valentine also reported shortstop Mike Aviles, who was replaced in the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday by Nick Punto, is suffering from a mild left...
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