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06/02/2012 - 3:20pm
Pedroia tests thumb with batting practice

Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the first time since being sidelined with a slightly torn muscle in the adductor muscle in his right thumb, Saturday at Rogers Centre in Toronto. 

The plan is to evaluate how much swelling occurs after Saturday's batting practice session, and if the thumb is deemed OK Pedroia will conduct another round of BP Sunday. 

The hope since an MRI showed the tear was for Pedroia to be in position to re-evaluated during Monday's off-day, with the chance of the second baseman returning to the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday against Baltimore.

While swing a bat Pedroia will wear a brace molded for his hand in the position it forms to when grabbing a bat. It also possesses a strip of foam material on the inside to cushion impact.

Pedroia initially injured the thumb on May 2 while fouling off a Ryan Cook pitch. X-rays after that game against Oakland showed no damage, but the subsequent MRI almost three...

06/02/2012 - 8:32am
Youkilis: 'A lot of people hate'

Talking to MLB.com prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Blue Jays, Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis said he is unfazed by the recent rumors suggesting he may be traded.

"You could get traded at any time," Youkilis said. "You're not better than the game. If you were better than the game, you would never be able to be traded. It's part of the business."

Youkilis appeared upset regarding the reaction of some toward him this season, while also going out of his way to praise the Red Sox fans.

"You can't worry about it. A lot of people hate and said some things around here. What are you going to do?" Youkilis said. "People have been hating here for a long time. And it's not fans. It's other people that hate all the time. What are you going to do? One day you're...

06/02/2012 - 1:58am
Lineup: Gonzalez in right, Youkilis at first

Adrian Gonzalez is back in right field for the Red Sox Saturday, marking the ninth game he has played in the outfield this season. The Sox carry a 6-2 mark with Gonzalez in right this season.

With Gonzalez in right field, Kevin Youkilis returns to the lineup to play first base, with Will Middlebrooks manning third base. 

The Red Sox, who will start Felix Doubront on the mound, will go up against Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek. The righty won his last meeting with the Red Sox, April 10, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. He carries a 4.55 ERA, having given up nine runs over three innings against the Rangers in his latest start. For all the matchups, click here.

The following is the Red Sox' lineup:

Daniel Nava LF

Mike Aviles SS

Adrian Gonzalez RF

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06/02/2012 - 1:18am
KG: '[Expletive] jungle was rockin' in win

An inspired and fired up Kevin Garnett let everyone know exactly how proud he was of the Celtics fan base that supported the team Friday night in their 101-91 win over the Heat Friday night at TD Garden in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics avoided falling behind 3-0 in the series and could tie the series on Sunday with another home-court win. 

“It’s whatever, it’s desperation," Garnett said. "You know, at this point it's desperation, desperation basketball. Next game, Game 4, it's going to be even more. You have to anticipate them making adjustments, were going to make some adjustments. But the tenacity, the desperation has to be there. We're playing at home, we have to give it our all out and it will be out. The jungle was rockin’ tonight. I want to thank all the fans who came out. The [expletive] jungle was rockin’ tonight! I loved it. [Expletive] loved it.”

Garnett...

06/01/2012 - 11:20pm
Brass knuckles: KG, Daniels key C's win

Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 10 assists while Marquis Daniels provided a key spark off the bench with nine points in 16 minutes to help the Celtics hold off the Heat, 101-91, in Game 3 Friday night at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett added 24 points and 11 rebounds while Paul Pierce chipped in with 23 as the Celtics cut the Heat lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1 while improving to 7-1 at home in the playoffs this season.

LeBron James had 34 points while Dwyane Wade added 18 for the Heat, who lost for the first time since Game 3 of their series against the Pacers.  It was all James in the first quarter as he hit seven of his first nine shots and had 16 points in the opening period to lead the Heat out to a 28-22 lead. The Celtics were struggling badly with their transition defense and were getting beaten up the court after nearly every made basket. 

But Marquis Daniels and Keyon Dooling came into the game and provided a spark of...

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