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03/31/2012 - 4:15pm
Red Sox to announce rotation Sunday

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday that he plans on announcing the rest of his starting rotation Sunday, with some of the parties involved still having yet to hear about their roles. Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook are all candidates to fill out the fourth and fifth spots, with Doubront out of options and Cook, who is signed to a minor-league deal, carrying an opt-out clause in his deal for May 1.

The decision will also make a difference in how the Red Sox decide to line up their bullpen, which Valentine described as "a little unsettled."

Valentine also said the 25th spot on the roster will be a position player, but once again ruled out the possibility of carrying a third catcher (such as Ryan Lavarnway). Candidates include utilitymen Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears, and outfielder Jason Repko, all of whom are on minor-league deals. Ciriaco and Spears played a different position in each of the first six...

03/31/2012 - 3:30pm
B's beat Isles with big third period
By: DJ Bean

Four goals in the third period were enough give the Bruins two points Saturday, as they picked up a 6-3 win over the Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. With the victory, the Bruins now have points in five straight games (4-0-1). 

David Krejci had a pair of goals for the B's, with Boston also getting goals from Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. The Islanders got two goals from P.A. Parenteau, as a well as a Kyle Okposo tally. 

Marty Turco made the start for the Bruins, making 19 saves on 22 shots and picking up his second win as a member of the B's. 

The Bruins will stay in the state of New York and face the first-place Rangers Sunday.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


03/30/2012 - 10:52pm
Bruins clinch playoff berth

Despite not playing on Friday night, the Bruins clinched a berth in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Boston secured its spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs after the Sabres lost to the Penguins, 5-3.

With five regular-season games remaining, the Bruins sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with 94 points and are atop the standings in the Northeast Division, leading second-place Ottawa by six points. If the season were to end Friday, the Bruins would face the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.

For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.


03/30/2012 - 10:21pm
C's beat Wolves, all alone in first place

The Celtics are all alone in first place in the Atlantic Division for the first time this season after a 100-79 win over the Timberwolves on Friday coupled with a Sixers loss in Washington. They are now 14-5 since the All-Star break and are playing their best basketball of the season.

It was one of their most complete wins of the season as they hung with Minnesota on the boards, held them to 35 percent shooting and turned the ball over only nine times. Rajon Rondo had his 12th straight double-digit assist game with a rather incredible 17 assists and just two turnovers. Avery Bradley scored 17 points starting in place of Ray Allen, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle.

Paul Pierce added 21 points and nine rebound, while Kevin Garnett got the better of his matchup with Kevin Love, scoring 24 points on an efficient 12-for-18 shooting night. Love went for 22 and 11 rebounds, but was 5-for-18 from the floor.

The Celtics are...

03/30/2012 - 6:04pm
Schilling: Valentine not 'right fit' for Red Sox

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who currently works as a baseball analyst on ESPN, called into The Big Show Friday afternoon to address his prediction that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine could face a bad first season earlier this week on Mut & Merloni.

"I had friends on the Mets," Schilling said. "I talked to those guys. I know what they were saying and what it meant and how it played out. And when I have conversations with some of the guys on the [Red Sox] now, and some of the conversations are similar, it leads me to believe that a lot of the same things are the same."

From talking to players and media members, Schilling said he believes not every member of the team is buying into Valentine's method of managing. However, given the roster and pieces in place, Schilling still feels the Red Sox are in...

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