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04/22/2011 - 8:34am
X-rays on Youkilis (shin) negative

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Thursday's game against the Angels after the top of the second inning as a result of a foul ball he slammed off his lower left leg. Youkilis had a 10-pitch at-bat (his longest of the year to date) in the top of the first against Angels starter Tyler Chatwood that culminated in a double play; in the middle of the at-bat, he fouled a ball off what appeared to be his lower shin.

"He’s sore," manager Terry Francona told reporters about Youkilis after his team's 4-2 win over the Angels. "He was X-rayed and they were negative, which is good. He’ll be re-evaluated [Friday]. He’s pretty sore."

With Youkilis out, Marco Scutaro entered the game batting cleanup and playing shortstop. Jed Lowrie slid from short to third.

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04/22/2011 - 8:17am
NBA Player: Garnett a 'punk and coward'

In the latest edition of ESPN the Magazine, an NBA player -- in the latest of a monthly series called "Player X", where an anonymous player talks about various issues in the league -- made his feelings known about Kevin Garnett.

"Garnett is a punk and a coward," writes the anonymous player. "I know, I know. Easy for me to say behind this column. Don't worry, I'll tell him to his face, too. And I'm not the only one who thinks that: If you're not on his team, chances are you hate the guy. You can learn a lot about him by watching his eyes. If he's talking to you -- and he's always talking -- he avoids eye contact. My advice to other guys in the league: Stare him down, and he'll retreat. From what I've seen, he'll never mix it up with a player who's bigger than he is. Personally, I think he's scared to fight -- like a...

04/22/2011 - 7:33am
Mashup: NHL VP Campbell 'pissed off'

NHL vice president Colin Campbell is not pleased with the criticism he's been receiving about punishments for hits to the head. "Thankless job? Yeah, it's thankless," he said in an interview with Toronto's TSN Radio 1050. "Especially at this time of year when there's so much at play here with the playoffs and cities are involved. When you rule on certain situations, all of a sudden you become public enemy No. 1, so ... Am I pissed off right now? Yeah, I'm pissed off."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


04/22/2011 - 1:59am
Gonzalez delivers as Sox win in extras

Adrian Gonzalez delivered his most significant hit as a member of the Red Sox, lining a run-scoring double to right field in the top of the 11th inning to help lead his new club past the Angels, 4-2.

Gonzalez' two-bagger interrupted a night when the Sox lineup struggled terribly with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-14 through the first 10 frames. But the Sox finally broke through against Halos reliever Rich Thompson, with J.D. Drew leading off the inning with a walk, advancing to third on Dustin Pedroia's single to right and then scoring on the Gonzalez double. Pedroia would later scamper home on a Jed Lowrie sac fly to center to give the Sox their final margin for victory.

Though Josh Beckett did not get a decision, he was dominant for much of the night. He was perfect through three innings and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a one-out chopper by Erick Aybar ended his bid. It was in the seventh that Beckett suffered his...

04/21/2011 - 11:00pm
Ference: Finger 'not part of my repertoire'
By: DJ Bean

MONTREAL -- Following their Game 4 win over the Canadiens, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference denied any intention of making an obscene gesture at Habs fans following his second-period goal. Following his tally, which at the time made it a 3-2 game, the veteran was caught on camera giving the middle finger to the crowd.

“Coach just showed me it, and it looks awful,” Ference said following the win. “I just saw it and I can assure you that’s not part of my repertoire. I don’t know if my glove got caught up. I can assure you, that’s not part of who I am or what I ever have been. So it looks awful, I admit it, I completely apologize to how it looks. You guys have covered me long enough to know that that’s not part of my repertoire.

“I was putting my fist in the air,” he added. “I’m sorry it does look awful. I just saw it.”

Ference can be fined up to $2,500...

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