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05/07/2010 - 4:31pm
Tito: Cameron 'doing well'

Terry Francona said on Friday that center fielder Mike Cameron, out since April 18 with an abdominal tear, could be ready to begin a rehab assignment next week.

 

 

“Cam is doing well," said Francona. "He’ll go out there today and go through his progressions again, the hitting and the group and everything. He will sit tonight with the medical people – [Dr.] Tom Gill will be here – it's probably getting to the point where we are talking about going to play some games on rehab, possibly at the beginning of the week.”

 

 

 

 


05/07/2010 - 3:43pm
Lineups: Ortiz, Varitek in, Martinez out

David Ortiz returns to the lineup for the Red Sox in Friday night's series-opener vs. the Yankees. With Ortiz in the DH spot and Jason Varitek getting the start behind the plate, Victor Martinez has the night off. 

 

For the Yankees, Jorge Posada is once again out of the lineup with a strained calf. He has not played since May 4. Francisco Cervelli will get the start in his place.

 

Red Sox:

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Drew, 9

Youkilis, 3

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Hermida, 7

Varitek, 2

McDonald, 8

Beckett -- SP

 

Yankees:

 

Jeter, 6

Johnson, DH

Teixeira, 3

Rodriguez, 5

Cano, 4

Swisher, 9

Gardner, 8

Cervelli, 2

Winn, 7

Hughes -- sp


05/07/2010 - 3:10pm
Lackey: Criticism of Ortiz 'eye-opening'

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey called in to The Big Show Friday afternoon and talked about beating his former team in his last outing. "You want to beat your boys about as much as anything," he said of Wednesday's win over the Angels.

 

Asked why the Angels did not meet the Red Sox' offer when Lackey was a free agent, he said the team did make "a run" at retaining him. "The money was around the same, honestly," he said. "It was more so I might have gotten an extra year over here. I was in a situation where I had two great options. And I chose to come out here. My wife -- it was kind of a family decision. We wanted a new challenge, to move on and check something new out."

 

Lackey said Boston fans have lived up to their reputation since he's been here. "We were talking about it in the clubhouse the other night," he said. "It's a different vibe every night. Over there, people...

05/07/2010 - 12:26pm
B's Stuart medically cleared for Game 4

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has been medically cleared for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers Friday at the Wachovia Center. Stuart will be a game-time decision after missing the last month with cellulitis in his left hand. Stuart has been skating with the team for the last week but had not yet received the go-ahead from team doctors to participate in game action. 

 

"He is a game-time decisions, he is feeling much better. He has been cleared medically to play if need be so now it is one of those decisions that we have to make and a game-time decision will be made in his case," coach Claude Julien said Friday morning.

 

For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.


05/07/2010 - 11:32am
Thomsen on D&H: C's considered Perk trade

According to SI's Ian Thomsen, Ray Allen wasn't the only Celtic shopped around at the trade deadline. Thomsen said there were discussions of a Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer deal, which would have changed the landscape of the Celtics roster. 

 

"Everybody had heard they were looking to deal Ray Allen for Caron Butler," Thomsen said. "It turned out that was never going to happen. The Wizards were going to send Caron Butler to Dallas. But if the Celtics would have been able to make that deal they would have taken some of what they got from Washington and turned that around with Kendrick Perkins and made a deal for Carlos Boozer with Utah. That's what they were looking to do. I'm not sure if it ever would have gone through, but they were seriously pursuing that end."

 

That would have left the Celtics with a starting five of Kevin Garnett, Boozer, Paul Pierce, Butler and Rajon Rondo. Thomsen said it...

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