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07/08/2012 - 5:14pm
Lineup: Ciriaco batting second for Red Sox

The Red Sox will try to split their series with the Yankees on Sunday night as they end the first half of the season. Newcomer Pedro Ciriaco, on the heels of his memorable 4-for-5 debut on Saturday night, will start again and bat second in the Red Sox order. Adrian Gonzalez will bat cleanup as he tries to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.

The Red Sox will go up against Yankees starter Ivan Nova. The right-handed 25-year-old is 9-3 this season with a 4.05 ERA. He’s 1-2 with a 5.70 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox.

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Here is the Red Sox lineup:

Nava, LF
Ciriaco, 2B

Ortiz, DH
Gonzalez, 1B
Ross, RF

07/08/2012 - 1:45pm
Report: C's interested in Courtney Lee

Celtics coach Doc Rivers met with free agent guard Courtney Lee on Saturday and the Celtics could try to swing a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets, reported. Despite agreeing to terms with free agent guard Jason Terry, the Celtics are in the market for another shooting guard after Ray Allen rejected them for Miami. Avery Bradley will have additional surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday and he may not be ready for the start of training camp.

The 26-year-old Lee has played with the Magic, Nets and Rockets in his four-year career and has produced consistent numbers. One of the league's better cutters and defenders, Lee is also deadly from the corner 3-point spot.

In order to acquire Lee, the Celtics would have to work out a sign-and-trade. Their options are limited but they do have a few pieces to...

07/08/2012 - 8:47am
Second opinions confirm Pedroia diagnosis

According to a major league source, the diagnosis of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a hyperextended right thumb was confirmed by a pair of second opinions. Pedroia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Yankees, has seen both Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland and Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona, with both doctors concurring that he endured a hyperextension to the volar plate of his thumb while diving for a ball.

Pedroia said on Friday that he expected to be back in "a few weeks" after wearing an immobilizing cast on his right thumb. The second baseman, who earlier in the year was dealing with a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb, is hitting .266/.326/.400/.726 this year in what has been an injury-marred season to date.

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07/07/2012 - 10:53pm
Salvage effort: Ciriaco, Sox split DH

Pedro Ciriaco had four hits, including the go-ahead three-run double in the sixth, and drove in four as the Red Sox rallied from another first-inning hole to beat the Yankees, 9-5, and salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader at Fenway on Saturday. Ciriaco, who was treated to adoring chants of "Pedro, Pedro, Pedro" in his final two at-bats, also had a pair of spectacular plays in the field at shortstop as part of the win. 

Another role player, Mauro Gomez, also had three hits, including two doubles, as the Red Sox won their first game of the year against the Yankees in five tries. Gomez and Ciriaco were pressed into duty with injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks. 

The game didn't start that well as Felix Doubront gave up a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the first inning, giving the Yankees 12 first-inning runs in the first three games of the series. But Doubront quickly settled down. After a double...

07/07/2012 - 6:00pm
McClure: Sox pitchers 'trying too much'

Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure came out defensive after Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Yankees, in which another starting pitcher struggled badly in the first inning. Franklin Morales had his worst outing of the season, allowing back-to-back homers to Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones as the Yankees scored four times in the first on their way to a 6-1 win. 

On Friday night, Josh Beckett needed 33 pitches to get through a first inning in which he allowed five runs, four hits while hitting a batter. The Red Sox have a team ERA of 6.21 in the first inning this season, allowing 58 earned runs in 84 games.

"It's a little rough," McClure said. "They're trying as hard as they can, maybe trying a little too much. It gets a little frustrating but it's more frustrating for them. They're the ones out there. It's harder on them. It's not a lack of effort. It's not a lack of preparation. It might be just trying too hard. It's a tough...

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