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04/21/2011 - 6:00pm
Lineup: Drew leads off, Varitek catching

For the third straight start, Josh Beckett will have Jason Varitek as his battery-mate, with Varitek getting his second straight start behind the plate while hitting eighth. J.D. Drew gets the nod in the leadoff spot, while Jed Lowrie is back at shortstop, hitting sixth against Angels righty starter Tyler Chatwood.

In their series-opener against the Angels in Anaheim, the Red Sox will trot out the following lineup:

J.D. Drew RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Jed Lowrie SS

Carl Crawford LF

Jason Varitek C

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Josh Beckett P

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/21/2011 - 5:26pm
Red Sox activate Albers, option Aceves

The Red Sox have activated relief pitcher Matt Albers, who had been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, optioning Alfredo Aceves to Triple A Pawtucket.

Albers appeared in two games prior to going on the DL, not giving up a run or hit while striking out three and walking a pair in two innings of work. Aceves pitched in six games after being called up from Pawtucket, allowing two runs on five hits over eight innings. He struck out five and walked two.

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04/21/2011 - 5:17pm
Ainge on Big Show: Still hopeful with Shaq

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge explained that he still wasn't sure when Shaquille O'Neal might find his way back onto the floor, and admitted the center probably came back too early when he returned to action in the final week of the regular season.

"We're still hopeful. I don't know when. I see him being a little bit better today than he was a little while ago, it's just going slower than we hoped," said Ainge of O'Neal, who did make the trip to New York with the Celtics and continues to recover from both a right calf strain and Achilles injury.

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04/21/2011 - 3:37pm
Tippett to announce Pats' second-round pick

The NFL announced Thursday afternoon that a collection of legends will be present to announce their respective teams' second-round picks during the NFL draft next week. Handling the duties for the Patriots will be Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett. (New England two second-round selections, Nos. 33 and 60 overall.) Others who are slated to participate include Buffalo's Andre Reed, Chicago's Richard Dent, Detroit's Barry Sanders, Pittsburgh's Franco Harris and Washington's Doug Williams. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/21/2011 - 2:14pm
Kalish leaves game with shoulder injury

Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Kalish was escorted off the McCoy Stadium field by a Pawtucket Red Sox trainer in the second inning of the PawSox game against Syracuse due to what was described by a source to WEEI.com's Alex Speier as a shoulder injuyr. Kalish experienced the injury while diving for a ball in right field. His arm was being held in place by the trainer as the outfielder left the field.

The source told Speier that Kalish is expected to get an MRI and/or an X-ray within the next day.

In 13 games this season with the PawSox, Kalish was hitting .236 with no home runs, seven RBI, and a .597 OPS. He was in the midst of a five-game hitting streak.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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