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05/17/2011 - 12:12pm
Sox cut pitcher drafted in front of Joba

According to the PawSox, left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson was released on Tuesday. Johnson was taken by the Sox in the sandwich round (No. 40 overall) of the 2006 draft, one pick before the Yankees took pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

Johnson, 26, had put himself on the Sox' big league radar in 2008, when he had a 3.63 ERA and struck out 7.1 batters per nine innings in Portland. But he struggled over the last three years in Pawtucket, and he had a 2-2 record and 12.63 ERA this year in eight Triple-A games.

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05/17/2011 - 11:53am
Julien: If Bergeron's in warmups, he'll play
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins had only two absences for their morning skate Tuesday, with forwards Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic the only players to miss the skate. Recchi does not take part in postseason morning skates, while Lucic could have been given the morning off due to a shot off the foot he took from Tyler Seguin on Monday.

Coach Claude Julien noted after practice that there was nothing to worry about with Lucic, and offered very little on the status of Patrice Bergeron, who was on the ice Tuesday morning but will reportedly miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals due to the concussion from which he is still recovering.

"As far as Bergeron is concerned, I think if he's in, you're going to see him in the warmups," Julien said. "With Lucic, there is no issues there are all."

Bergeron has two goals and 10 assists this postseason for a team-leading 12 points in 11 games. Lucic, who led the team with 30 goals in the regular season,...

05/17/2011 - 10:23am
Report: Bergeron out for Game 2
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning Tuesday night, according to the Boston Globe. Bergeron has been out with a concussion since leaving Game 4 of the conference semifinals following a hit from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux. 

Bergeron began skating on Sunday, and has skated each day since. He has not been cleared for contact yet, which was made evident by his leaving Monday's practice (his first with the team since suffering the concussion) early. 

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05/17/2011 - 9:35am
Russell on statue: 'It makes me uneasy'

Speaking before a breakfast at Fenway Park to honor hs role as a mentor, Celtic great Bill Russell spoke about the statue that will be unveiled in the near future. "It makes me uneasy because it seems almost like a tombstone," Russell said. "And I don’t want to engrave my tombstone yet."

The statue initiative is tied in with Mass Mentoring Partnership, a program that brings children together with mentors. "There’s very little that I wouldn’t do for the mentoring program," Russell said. "In my post-athletic career I’ve done anything to further education and if this is going to be something that will help, I’m all for it."

Asked what he wanted the statue to look like, Russell said, "I don’t know. I can wait and see. Tommy [Heinsohn] has been bugging me about this statue."

Also in attendance were Mayor Tom Menino, Heinsohn, Russell's daughter Karen and...

05/17/2011 - 8:52am
Report: Rockets interview C's assistant again

Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank interviewed for the vacant Rockets head coaching position for a second time, according to the local FOX affiliate in Houston.

Frank, Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Celtics Hall of Famer Kevin McHale are reportedly the three finalists to get the job. As the defensive assistant under Doc Rivers this season, Frank helped the Celtics to a No. 1 ranking in points allowed (91.1) this season.

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