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04/21/2012 - 12:54pm
Report: Sox closing in on deal for Byrd

According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are closing in on a deal for Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, although no deal has been finalized. An industry source told WEEI.com that the Cubs have been actively attempting to trade Byrd, who has started out the 2011 season 3-for-43 (.070) with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. The source also classified the deal with the Red Sox as 'probable' to happen.

The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal that he signed with the Cubs after hitting .283 with 20 home runs and an .808 OPS for the Rangers. Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2012.

Byrd has played almost exclusively in center field for Chicago over the past three seasons. He finished the '11 season hitting .276 with a .719 OPS to go along with nine home runs in 119 games.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/21/2012 - 12:31pm
Lineup: McDonald back in, playing left field

Darnell McDonald is back in the lineup for the Red Sox, playing left field against the Yankees and their starter, Freddy Garcia. McDonald is just 2-for-24 this season (.083), and has played just once since Monday.

Also of note is Ryan Sweeney returning to the No. 2 spot for the second straight game. The Red Sox have trailed seven times after three innings this season, and have held the lead after six just twice.

Here is Saturday's complete lineup for the Red Sox:

Mike Aviles SS

Ryan Sweeney RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 3B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Cody Ross CF

Darnell McDonald LF

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04/20/2012 - 9:37pm
Hawks clip undermanned Celtics, 97-92

The Celtics were missing three players due to injury (Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Mickael Pietrus), and two more were held out of action by Doc Rivers strictly to obtain some rest (Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) against the Hawks on Friday night. Despite missing five core players, the Celtics were able to linger around for the majority of the game before ultimately falling short, 97-92.

Avery Bradley led an inspired effort with a career-high 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Joe Johnson scored 30 points (11-of-18 shooting) for the Hawks.

Boston trailed the majority of the contest but cut the deficit to just one point, 87-86, with just over two minutes left in the game. If the playoffs started Saturday, the Celtics and Hawks would square off in the first round. Even though the fourth-seeded Celtics are seeded higher than the fifth-seeded Hawks, Atlanta would have homecourt advantage by virtue of having a better record.

Following Friday night's...

04/20/2012 - 9:10pm
Papi on Tito ovation: 'He earned that'

David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis were two Red Sox players that were very happy to see their former manager Terry Francona participate in Friday's celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Francona announced mid-week that he had changed his mind and would take part in the ceremony after initially refusing to participate. 

He came out of the center field garage after Kevin Millar and received the loudest ovation of the day. 

“I was like, ‘Man, I got a nice ovation. How you doin’?’ Then I heard this, ‘Whooooooo.’ It was like a Lear Jet going in my ears,” Millar said. “It was pretty cool and pretty special. I was glad he was here.”

"Great, great, well-deserved," Ortiz said. "He earned that. Tito was here for eight years, won two World Series, got us to the playoffs lots of times. What else can you ask from a manager? Well-deserved."

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04/20/2012 - 8:48pm
Bobby V: Sox still 'very talented team'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine refused to sound any serious alarms after Friday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees that gave them their first four-game home losing streak since Sept. 2010. 

"We're working on getting it together," Valentine said after his team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "It's still a very talented team, good group of guys."

After starting the season, 1-5, the Red Sox appeared to find their footing by clobbering the Rays in three straight games, scoring a record 31 runs in their first three home games of the season. But since, Boston bats have gone silent, scoring eight runs in four straight losses. 

Among those struggling are Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a .103 average and Kevin Youkilis, who is batting just .195. The Red Sox are 4-9 and all alone in the basement of the American League East. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei....

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