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03/25/2012 - 7:58pm
Peverley returns to Bruins' lineup
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Rich Peverley will make his return to the team's lineup Sunday night against the Ducks. Peverley his been out since suffering a right knee sprain on Feb. 15 against the Canadiens.

In 49 games this season, Peverley has nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points.

With Peverley in the lineup, forward Daniel Paille was made a healthy scratch against Anaheim.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


03/25/2012 - 5:49pm
Ray Allen to miss Sunday, Monday games

Ray Allen will miss the next two games with an injured right ankle, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before Sunday's game against the Wizards. 

Allen injured the ankle on March 12 in Los Angeles, late in the victory over the Clippers. He played on it for the next five games of the road trip before missing Friday's game in Philadelphia. Allen is averaging 14.6 points and is shooting a career-best 45.9 percent from 3-point range in 41 games this season.

Mickael Pietrus replaced him in the starting lineup on Friday before he suffered a concussion in the second quarter. Rivers chose to go with second-year guard Avery Bradley as the shooting guard to take Allen's spot in the starting lineup. 

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog. 


03/25/2012 - 5:49pm
Mike Aviles: 'I'll play where I play'

Following the Red Sox' 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays Sunday in Dunedin, Mike Aviles said, regardless of if he wins the starting shortstop job, he has been pleased at how his spring training has evolved.

Aviles came away with three hits in the defeat and is now hitting .333 with an .833 OPS this spring. The shortstop leads the team with 45 at-bats.

"You guys are the ones with the bigger question marks. I don't really have a question that I can play short," he told reporters. "I've always felt like could play short. I feel comfortable, and I'm having fun."

Aviles has made just one error (.982 fielding percentage) while helping turn eight double plays. He has played in 91 innings, double the amount turned in by Iglesias (45).

"I don't even think of it, honestly," he said regarding the perceived competition for the starting shortstop spot with rookie Jose Iglesias. "I just come prepare for the...

03/25/2012 - 5:41pm
Pietrus not cleared for concussion tests

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before Sunday's game with the Wizards that Mickael Pietrus was back in Boston but has not been cleared to undergo tests to determine the severity of the concussion he sustained Friday night in Philadelphia. Those baseline tests are standard to determine where Pietrus is in his recovery and to give an approximate recovery time. Pietrus will not play Sunday against the Wizards and is expected to be out indefinitely while doctors determine the severity of the injury.

"The good news is I know he did an MRI [Saturday] and no one told me anything, that’s good news," said Rivers. "The fact that he had to do one is always a concern, but he was fine."

Pietrus, who speaks with a heavy French accent, is known for his sharp wit and genuine sense of humor in the Celtics locker room and on the court. 

"He sounds great, sounds like Mickael," Rivers quipped before Sunday's game. "I...

03/25/2012 - 5:29pm
Valentine: Bard 'looked like' a starter

After Daniel Bard's six-inning outing against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. Sunday -- in which he surrendered five runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had praise for his pitcher.

"Overall, I liked everything," Valentine told reporters following the Blue Jays' 6-5, 10-inning win. "Had some tough breaks, I thought. Worked his way out of jams. Had some pitches that could've been called strikes, didn't let it affect him. Threw all of his pitches today. His changeup at times was devastating. His slider was sharp at times. What was there not to like other than the five runs on the board? And I think some of them could've been prevented."

Bard was equally as optimistic, having pointed out the ability to use his changeup (which he threw approximately 10 of) and two-seam fastball. This after throwing just one changeup in his last outing.

"Yeah, I think a lot of good...

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