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05/05/2011 - 3:02pm
Doc: All C's, including Shaq, good for Game 3

WALTHAM -- After a lengthy film session and practice Thursday at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, coach Doc Rivers pronounced everyone ready to play in Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat at TD Garden. 

Most notably, Shaquille O'Neal — according to Rivers — will be able to make his playoff debut for the Celtics after missing the first round and first two games of the Heat series with a sore right calf. Rivers said Paul Pierce also will be able to play, despite a sore Achilles that cropped up during the Game 2 loss Tuesday night in Miami. Pierce, however, was held out of Thursday's practice as a precaution. 

"Everybody's good," Rivers said. "Everybody is feeling pretty good. Shaq went through practice. We didn't do anything today, we just watched film and walked over [some] stuff. Then, the second unit worked on their stuff, but right now we expect every single guy, including Shaq, to play in Game 3....

05/05/2011 - 1:45pm
Julien: B's not 'comfortable by any means'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien has had to note time and time again that his team is not the same club that blew a 3-0 series lead against he Flyers a season ago. Now up three games to none on Philadelphia, Julien stressed following Thursday's practice that the B's are by no means relaxing with the lead.

"This is a group that feels like it has to continue playing the way it has been, and we're a determined group right now," Julien said. "We're certainly not sitting comfortable by any means. We never have, whether it was the last round or whatever.

"We have the right mindset, I think, as we speak, and we know the [importance] of tomorrow's game and what it means. We'll be prepared for that."

The Bruins can sweep the series Friday at TD Garden. Should they eliminate Philadelphia, the B's will host the Lightning in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

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05/05/2011 - 1:28pm
Beckett: Illness cause for cautious approach

Josh Beckett said Thursday morning, after giving up just one hit and no runs over 4 1/3 innings in his 68-pitch outing the night before, that the reason the Red Sox were watching him so closely was because of a stomach flu that had him dehydrated for much of the last week.

Beckett said he had joined almost half of the Red Sox' 25-man roster in contracting the sickness, that, coupled with the 125-pitch outing two starts before, had the Sox taking a cautious approach when it came to the righty. He had been pushed back one day, going into his latest start on six days rest.

"I've been fatigued," he explained. "I had that stomach flue stuff that was going on. (Being watched closely during the bullpen session) was a convincing deal where after extending me and being dehydrated, it was just precautionary. They were definitely going to give me extra rest, they just wanted to know how much more extra rest I needed.

"It's not...

05/05/2011 - 12:10pm
Scutaro on play at plate: Too late to stop

Talking prior to the Red Sox afternoon game against the Angels Thursday, Marco Scutaro explained what happened from his perspective when he was thrown out at home with one out in the 12th inning of the Sox' 5-3, 13-inning loss to LA the game before.

Scutaro reached in the 12th via a one-out single, seemingly having a good chance to race home when the next batter, Kevin Youkilis, launched a ball high off the left field wall.

"As soon as he hit it I thought it was out, the way it came off the bat," the infielder said. "It looked like it was hit pretty hard. The ball was playing a little weird last night. Youk told me he crushed that ball. But I was still running hard anyway."

But, unfortunately for the Red Sox, the Angels executed the relay perfectly, with left fielder Vernon Wells gathering the ball, sending to shortstop Erick Aybar, who threw a strike to catcher Jeff Mathis for the out.

Scutaro said that third base...

05/05/2011 - 11:09am
Jenks, Wheeler to DL; Hill, Atchison up

The Red Sox will place relievers Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks on the disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Angels in order to clear roster spots for right-hander Scott Atchison (recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket) and left-hander Rich Hill (selected from Pawtucket). The moves come at a time when the Sox bullpen is running on fumes after handling the final 8 2/3 innings of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Angels.

Jenks was unavailable during Wednesday's 13-inning contest after experiencing cramping in his arm while warming up prior to the seventh inning. He has struggled to a 1-2 record and 9.35 ERA in 11 games this year. His injury is being described as a right biceps strain. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 2, one day after his most recent appearance.

Wheeler ended up pitching in the seventh, allowing three of the four batters he faced to reach while allowing a two-run homer to Vernon Wells. The right-hander has an 11.32...

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