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05/20/2012 - 1:24pm
Doc: 'We should have gone back to Bass'

WALTHAM -- One of the questions following the Celtics' Game 4 collapse was whether they should have gone back to Brandon Bass, who played one of his best games of the playoffs, scoring 15 points in just 22 minutes. Bass got into foul trouble midway through the third quarter and had only three seconds of playing time in the fourth quarter when the Sixers were able to finish their comeback.

"Honestly, if we made one mistake we should have gone back to Bass," coach Doc Rivers said. "The first three games our smaller lineup was better than our bigger lineup. Statistically in Game 4, the big lineup was better. The big lineup is what got us the lead. Both times when we went small it actually hurt us. That’s something as a staff we have to recognize and it’s a tough call. We’re going to have to make a call every game it looks like and there’s no right or wrong to it. It’s going to have to be a gut feeling and I hope...

05/20/2012 - 1:11pm
Source: Lavarnway was in Philadelphia

According to a source, Ryan Lavarnway had been in Philadelphia the past few days as a precaution in case Jarrod Saltalamacchia wasn't able contribute due to the laceration of his left ear. Lavarnway had missed the past two games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway is hitting .269 with two home runs and an OPS of .730 with Pawtucket this season. He last played on May 17 in Durham, N.C., having notched a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Saltalamacchia started both Saturday and Sunday after receiving 12 stitches in his left ear Friday night due to a ball deflecting of Ty Wigginton's forearm. The Red Sox did make a roster move Sunday, promoting outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin while demoting Mauro Gomez due to injuries to both Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney.

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05/20/2012 - 1:08pm
Shoulder keeps Bradley out of practice

WALTHAM -- The Celtics returned to the practice court on Sunday in preparation for Monday's Game 5 at the Garden with everyone except for Avery Bradley, whose injured left shoulder continues to be a concern. Bradley's shoulder popped out again early in the third quarter of Game 4, but he was able to pop it back in quickly after it looked like he was coming out of the game.

"It came out and went right back, which is crazy. It’s a tough thing what he’s going through. A lot of players would not be playing, I’ll say that," Doc Rivers said. "He’s dealing with stuff. It’s just tough. It really is. I swear a lot of people would not be playing and the only reason he is, is because he wants to. I am concerned at some point that he may not be able to anymore. We don’t know what game that is, we don’t know what day he can finish it and we can keep going all the way and he can play and tomorrow could be his...

05/20/2012 - 12:42pm
Sox recall Lin, Gomez optioned

Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was recalled by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday morning to provide some depth to a depleted group. First baseman Mauro Gomez was optioned to Pawtucket.

With Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Darnell McDonald already on the DL, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney have had health issues over the past few days. Ross fouled a ball off his left foot on Friday night, wasn't in the lineup Saturday and will not be on Sunday and Ryan Sweeney underwent a concussion test Sunday following his diving catch on Saturday night. 

Lin is batting .256 for Pawtucket this season. He did appear in one game as a defensive replacement for the Sox on April 14.  

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05/20/2012 - 11:10am
Lineup: Gonzalez back in OF, Ortiz at 1B

Adrian Gonzalez will play right field for the second consecutive game as the Red Sox look win the rubber game of their three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday.

David Ortiz will again play first base for the Sox (19-21), who will face Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95). Lee threw a two-hit shutout the last time he faced the Sox, a 5-0 Phillies win over Josh Beckett last June 28. Beckett (3-4, 4.97) will oppose Lee again on Sunday.

Cody Ross fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning in Friday night's loss and did not return to the game. He did not play on Saturday and is not in the lineup Sunday.


Aviles, SS

Pedroia, 2B

Ortiz, 1B

Gonzalez, RF

Middlebrooks, 3B

Saltalamacchia C

Nava, LF

Byrd, CF

Beckett -- SP

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