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05/19/2011 - 9:32pm
Sox agree to terms with Millwood

The Red Sox have agreed to terms with veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood on a minor league contract. Should Millwood pitch in the majors for the Sox, the deal would be worth a prorated base salary of $500,000, with additional performance bonuses built into the deal.

Millwood, who opted out of a minor league deal with the Yankees in early May after going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts in their minor league system (including an 8.00 ERA with 14 hits allowed in nine innings in Triple-A), has a career 159-137 record with a 4.11 ERA in 14 seasons with the Braves, Phillies, Indians, Rangers and Orioles.

Though a workhorse, Millwood has suffered diminished effectiveness in recent years, and last year he went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 190 2/3 innings while striking out 132 for the Orioles. His 16 losses were the most in the AL, while his 1.51 WHIP was the fourth-worst in the majors.

The 36-year-old went unsigned until reaching his minor...

05/19/2011 - 7:41pm
Bergeron takes warmup, will play
By: DJ Bean

TAMPA -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took the ice for warmups Thursday night, indicating he will return to the Bruins' lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 4 of the conference semifinals. 

"If you see him out there in the warmup tonight, I'm not just sending him out there for a skate," coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate. "He's going to be playing." 

Bergeron skated with his usual line of Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi in the warmup. Rich Peverley skated on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, a sign that Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch. In 11 games this postseason, Bergeron has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points.
 
For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

05/19/2011 - 4:59pm
Sox, Cubs to 'turn back clock' for Sat. game

The Red Sox announced Thursday that they will “turn back the clock” for their game Saturday against the Cubs to mark 93 years since the clubs’ last matchup at Fenway Park. Both the Red Sox and Cubs will wear uniforms that replicate the style worn in 1918, the last time these two teams faced each other in Boston. There are also plans for additional elements of the Saturday pre-game ceremony and game presentation that will be reminiscent of the fans’ experience in 1918.
 
The Red Sox and Cubs last played at Fenway Park on Sept. 11, 1918, in the sixth and final game of that year’s World Series. Concluding a season that was abbreviated because of the ongoing World War I conflict, the Red Sox won two of the series’ first three games in Chicago. Boston returned home to take Game Four, before the Cubs staved off elimination in Game Five. The Red Sox then closed out the series in Game Six with a 2-1 victory, clinching...

05/19/2011 - 3:23pm
Lineup: Drew returns to right vs. Verlander

With the Tigers throwing out right-handed ace Justin Verlander in their last game at Fenway Park this season, the Red Sox will counter by returning left-handed bat J.D. Drew to right field and his usual sixth spot in the batting order. Shortstop Jed Lowrie moves back down to seventh to make room for Drew. Jason Varitek will hit ninth and catch Boston starter Josh Beckett, who comes in with a 2-0 record and 0.34 ERA in four starts at Fenway this year. The Red Sox captain has caught all but one of Beckett's starts thus far in 2011. 

Here's how the rest of the lineup fills out for Thursday night's game:

RED SOX

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF

Jed Lowrie SS

Carl Crawford LF

Jason Varitek C

Josh Beckett SP

For more Red Sox news, check out the team page at weei.com/...

05/19/2011 - 1:58pm
Report: Bergeron to play in Game 3

TAMPA -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning after missing the first two games with a mild concussion, according to a report by ESPN.

Bergeron, who suffered the mild concussion on a hit from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, participated in the team's morning skate Thursday at St. Pete Times Forum, doing drills and taking faceoffs as the B's prepare for Game 3 with the series tied, 1-1. Coach Claude Julien said that Bergeron is "feeling pretty good" and is "getting real close," but said that a decision on whether Bergeron is ready for game action will be made either Thursday or Friday.

"He's still day-to-day," Julien said. "Until I'm told that he's cleared -- he obviously had to skate this morning, and we had to see...

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