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06/27/2012 - 12:26pm
Bobby V: Lackey timetable, Salty's candidacy

Speaking before his team's game against the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine suggested that John Lackey -- who is recovering from Tommy John surgery -- could be pitching before the start of 2013.

"Threw a light bullpen yesterday and he's in the weight room. He's working extremely hard in his conditioning effort and in his rehabilitation effort," said Valentine of Lackey, who underwent the surgery last October. "I think the projections of him pitching before the year is out -- the calendar year -- I think he's right on schedule. I don't know about the reason, but he'll be pitching somewhere before the year is over … They said we shoot for him pitching somewhere before the year is ore and all reports are that he's either on schedule or just a little ahead of schedule."

Valentine also surmised Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- who is currently leading al American League catchers with 14...

06/27/2012 - 11:20am
Ainge: 'We did not make a promise'

WALTHAM -- Danny Ainge said the Celtics did not make a promise to draft Iowa State forward Royce White, as had been reported.

"As a general rule I do not make promises," Ainge said. "I have before, it’s been a while, and we did not make a promise, no. On draft day I’ll have 10 contingency plans and we’re exploring all the trade possibilities and if you make a commitment you’re just taking yourself out of that game. You better be sure you have a chance to get that player."

Ainge said the Celtics were prepared to move up or trade back in the draft and he feels there will be players who can help fill a role with their picks at 21 and 22 in the first round.

"We have our rankings and I’m aware of all the mock drafts and what people are prognosticating. We have our rankings and that’s really all I care about," Ainge said. "We don’t consider them sliding, they’re...

06/27/2012 - 11:12am
Ainge: 'There's no deadline' for Garnett

WALTHAM -- With July 1 looming, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said there was nothing new on the Kevin Garnett front. "No news to report," Ainge said. "We’re having conversations with Kevin but we don’t have any answers on whether he’s coming back or not."

Ainge said he didn't think a decision will happen quickly and aded, "There’s no deadline with Kevin. The sooner we can get Kevin done there better it will be for us. But we don’t want to rush him, we don’t want to pressure him. You guys know Kevin."

Even as a free agent, Garnett carries a cap hold of over $22 million, which would take away the Celtics cap space until a decision is made. Ainge still thinks it's a matter of Garnett returning to the Celtics or choosing to retire. July 1 is the date when free agents can begin talking to other teams. They can't sign new deals until July 11 when the league...

06/27/2012 - 10:45am
Lineup: Saltalamacchia sits vs. Romero

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit a key seventh-inning home run in Tuesday's comeback victory over Blue Jays, is not in the lineup for the Wednesday afternoon series finale between the Red Sox (39-35) and Jays (38-36) at Fenway Park. Kelly Shoppach will start at catcher and hit ninth in the lineup for the Sox, who will begin a seven-game road trip at Seattle on Thursday night. 

Jon Lester (4-5, 4.48) starts for the Sox. Lester has struggled at Fenway this season, posting an ERA of 5.66 in eight starts. He will be opposed by Ricky Romero (8-1, 4.34), who allowed just a single run on three hits in 8.1 innings in beating Lester and the Red Sox on April 11.

LINEUP:

Nava, LF

Pedroia, 2B

Ortiz, DH

Ross, RF

Gonzalez, 1B

Middlebrooks, 3B

Aviles, SS

McDonald, CF

Shoppach, C

Lester -- SP

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06/27/2012 - 10:21am
Valentine: Six-man rotation 'til All-Star break

Bobby Valentine was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning, a day after the Red Sox moved to 39-35 on the season with a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays. Daisuke Matsuzaka did not earn a victory in the comeback win for the Sox, but allowed just a single run and six hits in 5.1 innings pitched. 

"I thought his performance was better, he worked quicker, he threw more strikes with his breaking ball, he threw off-speed pitches when he was behind in the count and he challenged hitters with his fastball," said Valentine of Matsuzaka, who walked just one hitter while striking out five on Tuesday. "I don't think there's much more you can ask of a pitcher and that was a good job against a very good lineup."

With Kevin Youkilis now in Chicago, it would appear that there would be a more consistent lineup for the Sox, with Will Middlebrooks at third base and Adrian Gonzalez out of right field and ...

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