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06/18/2010 - 7:50pm
Matsuzaka on track to return Thursday

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who went on the disabled list just prior to the start of a game on June 12, will throw a three-inning simulated game against Red Sox hitters on Saturday. Matsuzaka's forearm strain was not considered serious, and so the Sox anticipate that, barring an unexpected setback, he will be able to return to the rotation on Thursday in Colorado against the Rockies.

 

"He can probably be in line to pitch Thursday," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "We’ve been over what happened. I don’t know that health-wise, he really needed to go on the DL. ... I think he’s OK.”

 

For more Red Sox coverage, visit the Red Sox team page.


06/18/2010 - 4:47pm
Thomsen: Ainge could go too
By: DJ Bean

According to SI.com's Ian Thomsen, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is "preparing himself" for the possibility of not returning next season, but may not be the only one. According to Thomsen, team president Danny Ainge could be an option to fill the void left by Steve Kerr as GM of the Phoenix Suns. Ainge, in addition to playing for and coaching the Suns, lived in Arizona with his family before he took the front office job with the Celtics in 2003. 

 

On the subject of Rivers, Thomsen writes that in a conversation between the two last week the Celtics coach got emotional when considering the thought of leaving Kevin Garnett. Asked if he would have a difficult time telling Garnett he would not be back, Rivers reacted as such, according to Thomsen:

 

"That's very difficult for me," said...

06/18/2010 - 4:06pm
Bonser DFA'd to make room for Doubront
By: DJ Bean

In order to make a roster spot for 22-year-old southpaw Felix Doubront, the Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment on Friday. The team now has 10 days to trade or release Bonser, who was acquired in the offseason from the Twins but has spent considerable time on the disabled list. The 28-year-old made just two appearances for the Sox, allowing four earned runs in two innings.

 

Manager Terry Francona said Bonser was the odd man out because they wanted a second left-handed reliever behind Hideki Okajima. That meant keeping Dustin Richardson, who has allowed a hit but hasn't been charged with a run in 2/3 of an inning. 

 

"We really like having a second lefty. Part of keeping Oki productive with one lefty that’s a pretty good lefty, you can overuse him. We don’t want to overuse guys," said Francona. "Richardson has done a really good job in Triple-A. We’d kind of like to...

06/18/2010 - 3:28pm
Lineups: Varitek catching Doubront's debut
By: DJ Bean

Though the undoubted highlight of Friday night's series opener between the Red Sox and Dodgers will be Manny Ramirez' return to Fenway, left-handed pitching prospect Felix Doubront will be making his major league debut. The 22-year old southpaw had a 2-1 record and 1.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings at Pawtucket this season.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. J.D. Drew, RF

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Jason Varitek, C

8. Mike Cameron, CF

9. Daniel Nava, LF

SP -- Felix Doubront

 

For more on the game, including batter/pitcher matchups, check out the Red Sox team page and the ...

06/18/2010 - 12:57pm
Donovan: Referee 'stole' goal from U.S.

Following the United States' 2-2 comeback tie with Slovenia at the World Cup, American players were steaming about a call in the final minutes that negated their go-ahead goal. Two minutes after Michael Bradley tied the score in the 82nd minute, Landon Donovan took a free kick and sent it toward the goal. Teammate Mauric Edu broke through his defender and kicked the ball into the goal, but referee Koman Coulibaly had already blown his whistle for an unidentified reason.

 

"I still don't know why the goal was disallowed," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said after the match in a televised interview.

 

Said Donovan: "I'm a little gutted, to be honest. I don't know how they stole that last goal from us. I'm not sure what the call was. [The referee] wouldn't tell us what the call was."

 

Replays indicated there was no offsides, and three Slovenian defenders got away with holding...

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