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05/11/2011 - 3:02pm
Iglesias to start with Lowrie sick

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview with the Big Show, said that Jose Iglesias will get his first career start at shortstop on Wednesday. That decision is a product of a stomach virus that has made its way across the Sox roster and that now has rendered Jed Lowrie unavailable.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will once again be paired with starter John Lackey. Jesse Litsch -- one of the top pitchers in the majors against right-handers this year -- will be on the mound for the Blue Jays. For complete matchup information, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia...

05/11/2011 - 2:55pm
Francona on Big Show: Fine, no suspension

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on The Big Show, said that Major League Baseball fined him "a little bit," but will not suspend him, in the wake of his ejection from Friday's game against the Twins while arguing a balk ruling.

As he tried to argue with home plate ump Angel Hernandez, who called the balk, crew chief Joe West tried to separate Francona from Hernandez. West tried to stand between Hernandez and Francona, and in the process, he came into contact with the Sox manager.

"I thought I took a charge," joked Francona. "I thought it should have been an offensive foul and no fine. ... One of those things that sometimes happens with Joe. You get aggravated and I move on."

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05/11/2011 - 1:20pm
Shaq reportedly shy about statue at LSU

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal reportedly is resisting plans by LSU to erect a life-sized statue of the 7-footer in front of the university's new basketball practice facility.

According to the website Sports by Brooks, Shaq has donated "multiple millions" funds to his alma mater but always requested that his name not be placed on any of the new facilities he helped fund.

The website reports that the school already has competed the statue of O'Neal dunking the ball in an effort to convince him to accept the honor. There also are plans to have three other statues, representing Pete Maravich, Bob Petit and women's standout Seimone Augustus. O'Neal reportedly has donated the money for the Augustus statue.

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05/11/2011 - 12:47pm
Gammons: Sox missing 'personality chip'

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox.

Gammons said he's trying to figure out why the Sox can't seem to put things together and get over the .500 mark.

"There's something funny about the passion of this team," he said. "I still don't see the offense. They haven't scored 10 runs in a game all year. I don't believe they've been ahead by four runs at the end of the fourth inning all year. So, games have really been struggles for them.

"They probably will click on all cylinders. But for the time being … Is it right to say that it's almost like there's a little chip missing here? I really sense that, that there's a personality chip missing that's different than what they maintained last year when they overachieved."

Added Gammons: "I can't put my finger on it. I thought about it all last week. I kept...

05/11/2011 - 11:16am
Shaq doubtful for Game 5, Rondo will play

MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal didn't play in the second half or overtime of Game 4 of the Celtics' playoff series with the Heat and he's not likely to play in Wednesday night's Game 5 either. It wasn't a coaching decision by Doc Rivers, it was strictly health-related. "It was physical," Rivers said at the team's shootaround Wednesday. "Don’t know yet today. I will say I doubt it. That little stretch of the game it got worse." 

Rivers said that Shaq's condition worsened in the four minutes he played in Game 4 and it doesn't sound like he will be able to play no matter what happens in Game 5 or beyond. "It’s nothing he can do. It’s not like he’s not trying," Rivers said. "He’s done everything you possibly can do to get healthy. Unfortunately for him he just hasn’t been able to do it. When he originally got injured no one thought it was that serious. It just never healed and it still...

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