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05/15/2011 - 11:51pm
Sox finally reach .500, sweep Yankees

NEW YORK -- It took 40 games, but for the first time in 2011, the Red Sox have as many wins as they do losses on the heels of a 7-5 win in the Bronx that gave them a three-game sweep against the Yankees.

It was a muscle-flexing victory for the Sox, as the team clubbed three home runs to power its way to the triumph. With the Sox trailing 4-1 in the top of the third, Kevin Youkilis followed an Adrian Gonzalez walk by blasting an 89 mph fastball out to left field for a game-tying three-run blast, his seventh of the year. Two innings later, David Ortiz gave the Sox the lead with a broken bat homer down the right-field line against Yankees starter Freddy Garcia for a 5-4 lead.

The Sox would plate an insurance run courtesy of an Alex Rodriguez error, but they returned the gift-wrapped favor in the bottom of the seventh when Carl Crawford misplayed a double to left to allow a run to score.

With the Sox clinging to a 6-5 lead, Jarrod Saltalamacchia...

05/15/2011 - 6:09pm
Posada apologizes: 'I let some people down'

Prior to Sunday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees, catcher Jorge Posada told reporters that he had apologized to New York manager Joe Girardi for removing himself from the lineup on Saturday night, saying, "I let some people down." Posada, who is not in the lineup for Sunday night's game, said he just "had a bad day [Saturday]," but added that he was ready to move on. "What's done is done. You have to acknowledge that," he told reporters. "You have to take care of your actions."

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05/15/2011 - 4:03pm
Youkilis back in lineup against Yankees

NEW YORK -- Though he was replaced in the field in the ninth inning of Saturday night's game to rest his sore left hip, Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup for the Red Sox on Sunday night against Yankees starter Freddy Garcia. He will bat cleanup in what has become an increasingly settled Sox batting order.

If there was a time when Carl Crawford would have seemed a natural fit for the top of the batting order, Sunday night might have been it. Crawford has the best track record of any Red Sox hitter against Garcia, having a .333 average, .400 OBP, .667 slugging mark and 1.067 OPS in 20 career plate appearances against the big right-hander.

But the Sox appear to have found comfort in their current lineup dynamic, and so it will be the usual array of suspects, arranged in the usual way, that the Sox will feature on Sunday night. For the 17th time in 21 games, the the top spots of the order will be manned by (in order) Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin...

05/15/2011 - 1:22pm
Julien: Bergeron won't be rushed back
By: DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron skated for the second straight day on Sunday, an encouraging sign as the Bruins await the concussed center's return to the lineup. Coach Claude Julien made clear Sunday at TD Garden that while Bergeron is progressing, the team has zero intention of rushing the 25-year-old back into the lineup. 

"If he’s not 100 percent, he will never play," Julien said. "Whether it’s regular season or playoffs, our organization, even before they tightened up the rules on that, there is no way we would ever do that to a player. That is too important to his personal lifestyle and the life he is going to lead after hockey that, that will always come before the game. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it should be. 

"We believe in that and we are going to continue to enforce it, so the day you see Bergy back in our lineup, he will be 100 percent. If he’s not, you’re not going to see...

05/15/2011 - 12:44am
Lightning expect Bergeron back for Game 2

The Bruins are keeping quiet about it but Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said following his team's 5-2 win in Game 1 Saturday night that the Lightning expect the return of Patrice Bergeron in time for Game 2 Tuesday night. 

"They're a really good team. They came out hard and they're going to come out harder the next game," Boucher said. "I'm expecting [Patrice] Bergeron to be in the lineup. I know Tim Thomas is going to make miracles. I'd be shocked if he doesn't come out with probably his best game of the playoffs. They have a lot of pride and they came back in the first series [vs. Canadiens] from two games. It's only one game. We've done nothing yet." 

Bergeron was diagnosed with a mild concussion following a hit by Claude Giroux in the third period of Game 4 against the Flyers on May 6. He took part in a light skate Saturday morning but was scratched for Game 1 on Saturday night. 

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