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04/06/2011 - 12:03pm
Thornton expected to return vs. Islanders
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is expected to make his return to the lineup Wednesday when the B's take on the Islanders at TD Garden. Thornton missed three straight games after suffering a gash above his right eye last Tuesday against the Blackhawks and receiving approximately 40 stitches. He had his stitches removed Tuesday and skated in the team's optional morning skate on Wednesday. 

"Thornton is probably going to end up coming into our lineup," coach Claude Julien said Wednesday morning. "I think he's ready to go. He's had the stitches out, so we'll make a couple other decisions just before the game."

Prior to Thornton's injury, he had not missed a single game all season, playing in the team's first 76 games. He has a career-high nine goals and eight assists for a career-high 18 points on the season. 

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04/06/2011 - 10:13am
Rivers on D&C: C's will wait on Shaq

Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following Tuesday night's 99-82 victory over the 76ers.

Asked if beating the Sixers was a statement win, considering the teams could meet in the first round of the playoffs, the C's coach said it would mean more to a younger team. "All we got out of that game is that we played better in the second half, and that's it for us," he said.

Shaquille O'Neal left Sunday's win over the Pistons with a strained right calf muscle. Rivers said Shaq will not play Thursday in Chicago. As for Friday vs. the Wizards: "I doubt it." Sunday vs. the Heat? "Maybe."

Said Rivers: "We're going to be very cautious with him. I would like to play him a couple of games, but only if he's feeling great. If not, we'll just wait."

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04/06/2011 - 10:11am
Remy on D&C: Lowrie 'more than capable'

Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning. The NESN Red Sox analyst discussed Boston’s slow start, Terry Francona’s shuffling of the lineup and the play of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Remy said he’s not getting too concerned just yet and that he thinks the players are just putting a little too much pressure on themselves right now.

“I think they’re pressing right now,” Remy said. “Any time you come out of spring training, you want to get off to a good start, and that certainly hasn’t happened. Down in Texas, the pitching was not what you’d expect it to be with those three guys coming out of the chute. And then last night, they just didn’t hit. There’s no question they’re pressing right now to get that first win and individuals trying to get off to a good start. That’s normal. If this happens in the middle of the season, a four-...

04/06/2011 - 9:35am
Rays upset after Tampa fans boo Manny

Rays manager Joe Maddon came to the defense of Manny Ramirez after the former Red Sox slugger was booed by the home fans Tuesday while going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as Tampa Bay lost for the fourth time in four games this season, 5-3 to the Angels.

Ramirez signed a $2 million free agent deal with the Rays in the offseason. He has just a single and one RBI in 16 at-bats.

"I want the fans to know he works, this man really works, this man really cares," Maddon said. "It's not working for him right now, but he's going to be just fine. … We need to let him be himself and let Manny be Manny and go up there and not try to carry us. The last thing I want him to do is feel like he has to carry us."

Added outfielder B.J. Upton: "Here's a man who has had an unbelievable career. This game is not easy. His start obviously hasn't been what people wanted it to be. But if everybody could do it, everybody in America...

04/06/2011 - 7:33am
Mashup: Yanks off track with subway slight

The Yankees — who squandered a late four-run lead and lost in 10 innings to the Twins Tuesday night — are involved in a "misunderstanding" with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The team for many years has had a between-innings scoreboard segment in which three MTA trains race to Yankee Stadium. The MTA allowed the Yankees to use its name and those of the trains — B, D and 4 — because it promoted public transportation, and all the MTA asked was that the team not sell sponsorship of the segment. When the Yankees went ahead and sold sponsorship to Subway restaurants this year, the MTA tried to contact the team. The Yanks not only did not return the MTA's call, they changed the names of the trains. "It would be a win-win for everybody involved to get the numbers and letters of these three subway lines back on the trains," an MTA official said. "Hopefully it will happen."

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