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05/25/2011 - 12:50pm
Marchand: 'Definitely a lot of pressure'

TAMPA -- Bruins rookie standout Brad Marchand admitted Wednesday morning, just hours before Game 6, that the pressure is on the Bruins to close out the Lightning Wednesday night and avoid sending the Eastern Conference finals back to Boston for a Game 7 Friday night at TD Garden. 

"Yeah, we want to," Marchand said. "There's definitely a lot of pressure. If it goes to a Game 7, anything can happen and it's a situation we don't really want to be in. We have to make sure we put our best game forward tonight and give ourselves the best opportunity. 

"We do have to keep our emotions in check. The Stanley Cup finals, that's obviously the end goal but there's still a long ways to go to get there. They're going to have to play an amazing game tonight, there's no question about that. We have to make sure we're really ready to counter these guys and put on a good game here."

If the Bruins beat the Lightning, they...

05/25/2011 - 11:49am
Drew (hamstring) sits; Youk (hand) scratched

J.D. Drew is out of Wednesday's Red Sox lineup after straining his hamstring while catching a foul ball in the ninth inning on Tuesday. The Sox do not consider the injury serious, but decided to take the precaution of having the right fielder out of the lineup for the series finale in Cleveland.

"He kind of strained his hammy a little bit. I don’t think it’s something that is going to be a prolonged absence but he’s not going to play today," manager Terry Francona told reporters in Cleveland. "We’ll go from there."

Drew (who is hitting .232 with a .353 OBP, .352 slugging mark and .705 OPS) will be replaced in the lineup by Mike Cameron (hitting .143 with a .218 OBP, .265 slugging mark and .483 OPS).

Meanwhile, Kevin Youkilis was initially in Wednesday's lineup, but ended up being a late scratch due to a sore left hand, a condition related to a run-saving diving stop he made on a ball down the third...

05/25/2011 - 10:24am
Brickley on D&C: Expect a Game 7 for B's

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his views on the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins are in Tampa for Game 6 Wednesday night, holding a 3-2 series lead.

"I think the Bruins have the edge," Brickley said. "I guess there's a piece of them that says, 'Look, even if we don't win this game, we still have Game 7. We play it on home ice. We know that we've beaten this team three times. We're confident. We're coming off a victory. We've shown that we're a bigger, more physical, stronger team when we execute the way we're supposed to play. We felt that we were a deeper more balanced team coming into this playoff series.'

"So, I think the advantage goes to Boston. They feel they have another level to their game that they haven't reached yet. They really haven't put together that proverbial, perfect 60 minutes. They feel that if they do that, there won't be a Game 7....

05/25/2011 - 10:01am
Grousbeck: 'Rooting hard against the Heat'
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Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning during a charity benefit for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.

After the Celtics lost to the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Grousbeck was asked if he is still watching the playoffs. "I am watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly," he said, adding "I'm rooting hard against the Heat."

Grousbeck said he will be rooting for the Mavericks the rest of the way because of his relationship with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Said Grousbeck: "I love the guy. ... He's just a good guy. He genuinely roots for us against other teams. He is a Celtics fan when he's not a Mavs fan. And we're going to return the favor."

Grousbeck did give the Heat credit. "I thought they outplayed us in the series," he said. "They had more juice. They had more pop. I can't...

05/25/2011 - 9:44am
Pedroia returns for Cleveland finale

Dustin Pedroia, who sat out of Tuesday night's game in the aftermath of a stinger to his left foot, is back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Indians and right-hander Mitch Talbot. J.D. Drew will get the day off in favor of Mike Cameron, with Jed Lowrie (sixth) and Carl Crawford (seventh) each sliding up a spot in the lineup.

For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia, C
Cameron, RF
Sutton, 3B

Lester, SP


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