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04/11/2012 - 7:06pm
Pietrus cleared for return, Allen out

Just days after passing his first baseline test following a concussion in late March, Mickael Pietrus was cleared for a return in limited action Wednesday. Doc Rivers said he would be available off the bench and play between five and 10 minutes against the Hawks.

"He's been cleared," Rivers announced less than an hour before tipoff Wednesday. "The sooner we can get him on the floor the better. I didn't expect it."

Pietrus, who told reporters before the game that he would try to make the trip to Toronto for Friday's game, was cleared to return immediately and could take the place of Ray Allen on the Celtics bench. Allen was ruled out by Rivers before Wednesday's game with the Celtics to rest his sore left ankle. 

"It was scary," Pietrus said of his March 23 whiplash in the second quarter against the 76ers. "It's been a tough two weeks for me. It's fine now. It's perfect."

Pietrus also told...

04/11/2012 - 4:15pm
Gonzalez: Sox start 'feels different' than '11

TORONTO -- After the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, dropping the Sox' to 1-5, the players in the visitors' clubhouse talked about opening at Fenway Park on a down-note for a second straight season.

"I think everybody is anxious to go home," said Red Sox DH David Ortiz. "We haven't been home in a while. I guess it's like a reset for everybody. Hopefully we start playing better when we go home."

The Sox' starting pitcher Wednesday, Jon Lester, took no solace in his second straight solid performance (8 innings, 3 runs), suggesting the team simply needs to move on.

"What do you want me to talk about? We're 1-5. We're not playing good right now," the pitcher said. "The games we pitch well, we don't hit. The games we don't pitch well, we hit. We just haven't put it together right now. Nobody in this clubhouse wants to start slow regardless of years past. Like we said last...

04/11/2012 - 2:52pm
Sox have no answer for Romero, Jays

TORONTO -- The Red Sox finished off their six-game road trip to start the 2012 season with a 1-5 mark, losing their series finale against the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, 3-1, at Rogers Centre.

Shutting down the Sox' offense was Jays' starter Ricky Romero, who allowed one run on three hits while striking out five. The lefty turned the ball over to closer Sergio Santos with a two-run lead in the ninth, leaving with runners on second and third and one out. Santos proceeded to strikeout Youkilis and induce a ground ball off the bat of David Ortiz to end the game.

Jon Lester almost matched Romero, retiring 15 in a row after surrendering to a two-run third inning. The lefty didn't allow a baserunner after the third until he walked Rajai Davis with two outs in the eighth inning. Davis would come across with an insurance run after stealing second and coming in on Yunel Escobar's single to center field.

Lester finished his outing allowing three...

04/11/2012 - 1:09pm
Savard: 'I feel so bad' for Horton
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- On the day that the Bruins announced Nathan Horton would miss the postseason with a concussion, Marc Savard took to twitter to express his thoughts on the news, which hit close to him given his history of concussions. Savard wrote the following:

"I feel so bad for my boy Horty. Although I believe both parties are making the right decision. He's too young."

Savard, who is in the second year of a seven-year deal with the Bruins, missed the entire season with post-concussion syndrome and it is still unknown whether he will ever play again. Horton's concussion is his second in less than seven months.

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


04/11/2012 - 12:25pm
McQuaid out for Game 1 vs. Capitals
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed practice for the third straight day Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. After the skate, B's coach Claude Julien announced that McQuaid, who is dealing with an upper-body injury, will not be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Capitals Thursday. 

Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask practiced for the B's once again, with Julien saying the team will make a decision on Boychuk's status Thursday. Without McQuaid, the defense pairings were as follows, with Mike Mottau serving as the extra blueliner:

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference - Boychuk

Greg Zanon - Joe Corvo. 

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


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