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05/15/2011 - 4:03pm
Youkilis back in lineup against Yankees

NEW YORK -- Though he was replaced in the field in the ninth inning of Saturday night's game to rest his sore left hip, Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup for the Red Sox on Sunday night against Yankees starter Freddy Garcia. He will bat cleanup in what has become an increasingly settled Sox batting order.

If there was a time when Carl Crawford would have seemed a natural fit for the top of the batting order, Sunday night might have been it. Crawford has the best track record of any Red Sox hitter against Garcia, having a .333 average, .400 OBP, .667 slugging mark and 1.067 OPS in 20 career plate appearances against the big right-hander.

But the Sox appear to have found comfort in their current lineup dynamic, and so it will be the usual array of suspects, arranged in the usual way, that the Sox will feature on Sunday night. For the 17th time in 21 games, the the top spots of the order will be manned by (in order) Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin...

05/15/2011 - 1:22pm
Julien: Bergeron won't be rushed back
By: DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron skated for the second straight day on Sunday, an encouraging sign as the Bruins await the concussed center's return to the lineup. Coach Claude Julien made clear Sunday at TD Garden that while Bergeron is progressing, the team has zero intention of rushing the 25-year-old back into the lineup. 

"If he’s not 100 percent, he will never play," Julien said. "Whether it’s regular season or playoffs, our organization, even before they tightened up the rules on that, there is no way we would ever do that to a player. That is too important to his personal lifestyle and the life he is going to lead after hockey that, that will always come before the game. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it should be. 

"We believe in that and we are going to continue to enforce it, so the day you see Bergy back in our lineup, he will be 100 percent. If he’s not, you’re not going to see...

05/15/2011 - 12:44am
Lightning expect Bergeron back for Game 2

The Bruins are keeping quiet about it but Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said following his team's 5-2 win in Game 1 Saturday night that the Lightning expect the return of Patrice Bergeron in time for Game 2 Tuesday night. 

"They're a really good team. They came out hard and they're going to come out harder the next game," Boucher said. "I'm expecting [Patrice] Bergeron to be in the lineup. I know Tim Thomas is going to make miracles. I'd be shocked if he doesn't come out with probably his best game of the playoffs. They have a lot of pride and they came back in the first series [vs. Canadiens] from two games. It's only one game. We've done nothing yet." 

Bergeron was diagnosed with a mild concussion following a hit by Claude Giroux in the third period of Game 4 against the Flyers on May 6. He took part in a light skate Saturday morning but was scratched for Game 1 on Saturday night. 

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05/15/2011 - 12:26am
Julien: 'We could've had better effort'

Bruins coach Claude Julien was not satisfied with the level of his club's intensity following a 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night at TD Garden. 

"I think we could've had a better effort," Julien said. "I think overall, as a team, we're definitely going to need to be better and get a better effort. The rust was even on both sides, as far as time off. You don't want to use rust as an excuse."

The Bruins actually came out strong, applying early pressure on Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson before the Bruins had a defensive breakdown over an 85-second span that gave Tampa Bay a comfortable three-goal cushion in the first period. 

"The effort was something we're going to need more of," Julien added. "The other part was the fact that we gave them that 3-0 lead. It was like the Montreal series. I thought we gave them some easy goals and that was more of our...

05/15/2011 - 12:09am
Youkilis dealing with sore hip again

NEW YORK -- Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Saturday's game against the Yankees prior to the bottom of the ninth inning, with Jed Lowrie moving from short to third and Jose Iglesias entering the contest at shortstop. That move was made in part because the Sox wanted to manage Youkilis' sore left hip, which he jammed on a slide in April.

Youkilis has sat out of one game to rest his hip, and he's been pulled early from a couple of contests. In addition, the Sox have had him serve as their designated hitter in a couple of contests in hopes of allowing him to heal.

With that approach in mind, the Sox elected to have him sit out of the final inning of the contest, in hopes of being able to keep him in the lineup going forward.

"A little sore. He got tight," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "One of those things where I think, [Friday] night as he dove on it, as the game progressed he got a little tight. We get him out of...

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