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05/23/2011 - 5:29pm
Mankins: I've already spoken with Solder

NORTON — Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins said he's already spoken with first-round pick Nate Solder in an attempt to try and make the rookie feel at ease.

Speaking before Joe Andruzzi's Charity Golf Tournament at TPC Boston on Monday afternoon, Mankins said he's all for helping out a teammate, especially one who is caught up in the throes of the lockout and hasn't had a chance to get into the system yet.

"Yeah, I have spoken to Nate. He seems like a great guy. I gave him a little advice. Tried to help him out the best you can in the situation that we're in right now," Mankins said of Solder, a left tackle who was selected in the first round of last month's draft by New England. "I'm more than willing to help any young guy who needs anything. Look — he's in a tough situation right now. He doesn't know what's going on. he has no coaches to talk to. He's just trying to make it in this league, and if...

05/23/2011 - 4:39pm
Report: Tommy John surgery for Daisuke?

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Daisuke Matsuzaka has asked for a second opinion from a Japanese surgeon after getting the original evaluation from Boston doctors that he he had a tear in his elbow ligament and would need rest and rehab for at least a month. There is, Heyman writes, a possibility that Matsuzaka may need Tommy John surgery to fix the elbow ligament, although the pitcher will see a doctor of his choosing first to determine if rehab is a viable option.

At the time of the injury, both Matsuzaka and a team source indicated that the pitcher was not expected to require surgery. He is due to be re-examined by team doctors next week, when he is two weeks removed from his initial exam.

To read the ...

05/23/2011 - 3:16pm
Lineup: Drew back in as Sox face Masterson

J.D. Drew returns to the Red Sox lineup as the Sox take on the Indians in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field, Monday night. Drew and the rest of the Red Sox will be taking on their former teammate Justin Masterson, who comes into the game with a 5-2 mark and an 2.52 ERA in nine starts this season. Left-handed hitters, however, still have been giving Masterson a difficult time, totaling a .326 batting average against the righty this year.

Here is the lineup the Red Sox will send out against Masterson:

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

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Clay Buchholz P

For how each of the hitters have fared...

05/23/2011 - 12:45pm
Amonte on M&M: Kaberle needs 'to battle'

CSNNE hockey analyst and former NHL star Tony Amonte joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about the Bruins-Lightning series, which is tied heading into Monday night's Game 5 at TD Garden.

"It's just really been a series of mistakes and capitalizing on those mistakes," Amonte said. "And I think both teams have done that."

Amonte pointed to an uninspired power play at the start of the second period as the beginning of the downfall for the B's in Game 4 Saturday. Said Amonte: "They come out for a two-minute power play on fresh ice. There should be no question there, getting the puck in, getting it set up. They actually hurt themselves on the power play. They didn't get the puck in. The effort wasn't there. And that set the tempo for that whole period. They come out of that 3-3 and now they're in trouble. They're scrambling after that."

Added Amonte: "I just think that they went into the locker room...

05/23/2011 - 12:27pm
Boucher: Roloson 'knows what's coming'
By: DJ Bean

Lightning coach Guy Boucher once again danced around the subject when asked who is starting goaltender would be in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Bruins. The coach said starter Dwayne Roloson, who was pulled in Games 2 and 4, is "prepared," but offered little else as to whether it would be Roloson or Mike Smith between the pipes for Monday night.

"We're preparing like usual," Boucher said. "[Roloson] is preparing like he's prepared for other games. We're prepared."

Boucher did note that he knows his starter, but wouldn't say who it was.

"We had a good talk," Boucher said of Roloson. "He knows what's coming."

For more on the Eastern Conference finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


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