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05/21/2012 - 11:37am
Bradley 'game-time decision' for Game 5

WALTHAM -- The Celtics reported that all players were on hand and accounted for during Monday morning's shootaround at the team's practice facility. 

The team's official website tweeted just before shootaround ended that Avery Bradley (left shoulder) was a "game-time decision" for Monday's Game 5 against the Sixers at TD Garden. 

Bradley did not practice on Sunday after suffering a recurrence of his left shoulder injury during the third quarter of Friday's loss in Philadelphia. 

If Bradley were not available for Game 5, it's assumed Ray Allen would return to the starting lineup for the first time in the playoffs. Allen hasn't started since April 4 against the Spurs, coming off the bench in the last four games he played in the regular season and all eight games to date in the playoffs. 

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05/21/2012 - 7:52am
Mashup: Rangers coach criticizes Devils, refs

Rangers coach John Tortorella is not happy with what he perceives to be embellishing on the part of the Devils in the Eastern Conference finals. Tortorella was attempting to defend Rangers forward Brandon Prust, who received a one-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov during New York's 3-0 victory in Saturday's Game 3. The Devils defenseman went down the ice clutching his head but eventually got up and did not miss a shift.

"We tell our players, 'Don't stay down on the ice. Get up," Tortorella said during a Sunday press conference. "I'll leave it at that. If we want to start discussing officials with the media, I have a long list here."

Tortorella then went on to complain about picks he said the Devils are running during power players as well as two questionable hits from Devils players in Game 3.

Informed of Tortorella's comments, Devils coach Pete DeBoer responded: "Comical."

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05/20/2012 - 6:43pm
Report: Sox players held 'heated' meeting

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, David Ortiz called a players-only meeting on May 11, a day after Josh Beckett allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians at Fenway Park. 

The meeting was described as "heated" by one player, as hitters reportedly told pitchers to "step it up." 

The Sox -- 13-19 at the time of the meeting -- won their next five games and since the meeting have won seven of nine.

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05/20/2012 - 6:29pm
Daisuke skips start after receiving shot

According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine -- speaking after Sunday's 5-1 win over the Phillies -- Daisuke Matsuzaka won't make what was scheduled to be his final rehab start Tuesday, as the pitcher received an injection in his ailing right trapezius muscle.

Because of the ailment, the Red Sox will be allowed to restart the pitcher's rehab clock after he sits out seven days. Matsuzaka's rehab assignment was slated to end Wednesday. According to Major League Baseball rules, the only way a player's rehab assignment can be extended is if it can be proven to the league that there is a physical issue which has to be dealt with. 

"He got another injection today in the right trap that's been bothering him for quite a while," Valentine told reporters, "and we've got to make sure that's 100 percent before he's going out there again."

When speaking with the media Friday, Matsuzaka suggested his right elbow was in good health...

05/20/2012 - 4:28pm
Saltalamacchia, Beckett fuel Sox win

Josh Beckett turned in his second straight solid outing, allowing just one run over 7 2/3 innings on the way to a 5-1 Red Sox win over the Phillies Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Beckett, who was coming off seven shutout innings in his last outing, allowed seven hits while striking out five and walking one. The righty, who didn't allow a three-ball count until the eighth inning, lowered his ERA to 4.38 while also coming away with a single in his three at-bats.

Offensively, the Sox were once again led by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox catcher launched his seventh home run of the season (and second in as many days), a three-run blast, in the third inning against Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee. Saltalamacchia came into the game with the best OPS among American League catchers (.873).

Also homering for the Red Sox was Mike Aviles, who led off the game with his eighth homer of the season. Aviles is now 10-for-25 in his last six games, boosting...

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