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03/31/2011 - 12:04pm
Thornton out, Ryder, Kampfer in for B's
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, who recieved around 40 stitches for a gash above his right eye after being cut by a skate in Tuesday's game, is not medically cleared to return to the lineup and will not play Thursday against the Maple Leafs. Coach Claude Julien said the forward is considered day-to-day. In Thornton's place, Michael Ryder will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games. 

Thornton participated in the morning skate wearing a helmet with a shield. Tuesday will be the first game Thornton has missed all season, leaving Zdeno Chara, Mark Recchi and Dennis Seidenberg as the only Bruins to play in each game this season. 

Thornton's absence isn't the only lineup change for the B's Thursday. Rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer, who has not played since March 17 in Nashville, will play in place of Johnny Boychuk as part of Julien's plan to keep everybody fresh for the playoffs. Julien suggested that Shane Hnidy...

03/31/2011 - 11:32am
Barry on D&C: Celts should still win East

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry said despite the Celtics' recent struggles, he still believes they will win the Eastern Conference when it's all said and done. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

"I don’t put a lot of stock what happens at the end of the regular season," Barry said. "Last year the Lakers lost 7 of 10 and went on to win the thing. Boston was 27-27 their last 54 and got to the Finals in the seventh game. So I wouldn’t read too much into this. But I’m a bit concerned because I really thought they were the best team with Kendrick Perkins on their roster. Now I think they let the pack in a little bit closer to them. I still think they can win the East and I think they will, but I think they’ve brought the other teams back to where they have a better...

03/31/2011 - 11:00am
Red Sox Opening Day lineup: Drew sits

Terry Francona revealed his Opening Day lineup Thursday, slotting in Mike Cameron to play right field in the place of J.D. Drew. The batting order against Texas lefty C.J. Wilson will be as follows: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Carl Crawford LF, Kevin Youkilis 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Cameron RF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Marco Scutaro SS, Jon Lester P.

Francona cited throughout spring training how he might heavily weight the importance of putting additional right-handed bats in the lineup against Wilson. Cameron has only faced the Texas lefty three times, striking out twice, while Drew is 1-for-6 against Wilson. Last season, Wilson held left-handed batters to a .144 batting average and .400 OPS, allowing just five extra-base hits (all doubles).

Speaking to reporters during the team's workout in Houston, Francona said, "This won't be a platoon. J.D. knows that."

Few Red Sox hitter have had any success...

03/31/2011 - 10:46am
Shaq shut down after recent walk-through

According to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com, one of Shaquille O'Neal first attempts at returning to action went poorly. MacMullan reports that during a recent walk-through that was supposed to be the first step in returning to action for the first time since Feb. 1, O'Neal injured Achilles tendon inflamed to the point where he was forced to immediately get a cortisone shot while then being put in a walking boot to immobilize the injury.

When asked by MacMullan if the trade of Kendrick Perkins would be considered a bust if neither one of the O'Neal's -- Shaquille or Jermaine -- could return to help the Celtics in the playoffs Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said, "I don't think so. We believe we will have both Shaq and J.O. back. Now if they don't, and Krstic can't play at the high level he was performing at when he arrived,...

03/31/2011 - 8:52am
Sox trade minor leaguer Bell to Indians

The Red Sox have traded minor league outfielder Bubba Bell to the Indians for cash. Cleveland assigned Bell to Triple-A Columbus.

The 28-year-old was the Red Sox' 39th-round pick in 2005, going on to a combined 26 home runs in '07 in stints at Single-A Lancaster and Double-A Portland. He won the California League MVP for his work in Lancaster, where he also hit .370 before being promoted to the Sea Dogs. Bell played '10 in Pawtucket, hitting .293 with six homers in 104 game, being named an International League All-Star.

To see Bell's profile on SoxProspects.com, click here. PawSox radio announcer Dan Hoard was first to report the trade.


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