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06/01/2012 - 4:44pm
Prior joins PawSox as Iglesias hits DL

Pawtucket Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias has been placed on the Triple-A seven-day disabled list -- retroactive to May 29 -- due to a sore lower back.

Pitcher Mark Prior has been added to the PawSox' roster, replacing Iglesias, and will pitch out of the Pawtucket bullpen.

Iglesias was examined in Boston Thursday, with a team source telling that it isn't expected the shortstop's ailment will keep him out an extended period. The 22-year-old hasn't played since May 25 and is hitting .269 with a .317 on-base percentage and .634 OPS.

The 31-year-old Prior, who was signed by the Red Sox to a minor-league deal in early May, pitched out of the bullpen in the Yankees' minor league system in 2011 before succumbing to an arm injury.

The righty last pitched in the major leagues in 2006 with the Chicago Cubs, with his best season coming when he won 18 games to go with an 2.43 in '03 for the Cubs.

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06/01/2012 - 3:55pm
Chiarelli expects Thomas to sit out season
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed earlier reports that Tim Thomas is contemplating sitting out the 2012-13 season, saying the goalie expressed his potential desire to skip next season when talking to the GM in early May.

Chiarelli explained that if such a scenario unfolds, the Bruins would be forced to suspend Thomas, which would still mean the team is saddled with the goalie's $5 million salary cap number. At the end of the season, the Bruins would then have the option of either extending the contract another year, or terminating the deal.

"Tim came to me toward the beginning of May through his agent and said that he is seriously considering taking the year off. The reasons why, I'm not exactly sure. He did give reasons regarding his family, which I obviously respect, to spend more time with his family. As of right now I'm operating under the premise that there is a strong possibility that he will be taking the year off and we...

06/01/2012 - 3:25pm
Ainge: 'We've got other issues' than refs

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Friday to talk about the Celtics' Eastern Conference finals series against the Heat. The series resumes with Game 3 Friday night at TD Garden.

There was a Yahoo! Sports report that Ainge had an intense discussion with NBA vice president of referee operations Joe Borgia following the Celtics' Game 2 loss, which included some questionable calls that went against the C's.

"I wouldn't say it was a heated conversation," Ainge said. "We actually weren't talking about the [Rajon] Rondo call or the [Paul] Pierce call or any of that stuff. We were talking about the way that the rule -- the breakaway rule, or the clear path rule -- is written. So, it was a discussion more on philosophy of where our game has gone on that interpretation and that rule specifically. But I would not call it a heated discussion. Joe and I have known each other for years and...

06/01/2012 - 3:18pm
Lineup: Youkilis gets day off against Alvarez

Kevin Youkilis will be out of the lineup Friday night against the Blue Jays and Henderson Alvarez in the Red Sox' series-opener at Rogers Centre.

Youkilis' absence of the lineup was planned, with Red Sox' manager Bobby Valentine expressing the team's desire to give the third baseman a day off for one of the series three games in Toronto.

Alvarez pitched twice against the Red Sox in his young career, having pitched six shutout innings last season, and allowing one run over six innings earlier this season. He has held Sox batters to a combined .156 batting average against during those two appearances.

Clay Buchholz gets the start for the Red Sox.

The following is the Red Sox' lineup:

Scott Podsednik CF

Daniel Nava LF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Ryan Sweeney RF

Mike Aviles SS

Nick Punto 2B

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06/01/2012 - 1:50pm
Cherington: Youkilis trade report 'inaccurate'

General manager Ben Cherington denied a report that the Red Sox were telling teams they "definitely intend to trade" Kevin Youkilis.

"That’s inaccurate," Cherington e-mailed Friday afternoon. "Some teams have checked in on him. We haven’t told any teams we plan to trade him. It’s our job to listen if teams have interest. He’s swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and [is] a big part of our team and lineup."

CBS Sports senior baseball writer Danny Knobler had tweeted Friday morning: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.

Youkilis is hitting .250 with a .318 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage on the season. He has been solid in nine games since returning from the disabled list, hitting .313/.371/.531 with two home runs.

Youkilis, 33, is in his ninth season in Boston and has career averages of .288/.389/.490, with 133...

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