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03/24/2012 - 2:51pm
Valentine: 'I've kept an open mind' on roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Jupiter, Fla., that he has kept an "open mind" about the team's roster competitions this spring, which include the shortstop position and the back of the rotation.

"The thing I’m happy about the most with myself is I have really kept an open mind and I haven’t even gone to the places that most everybody else has gone in making decisions on these things," said Valentine.

Against the backdrop of that declaration of continued open-mindedness, Valentine suggested that the amount of attention being paid to various roster spots, particularly the shortstop competition between Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias, might be misplaced.

"It’s all ridiculous," Valentine told reporters. "It’s a good situation. I don’t see it as a problem. I see it as, we have a wealth of talent. ... They’ve all played very well in...

03/24/2012 - 12:46pm
Bogar: Sox face 'tough decision' at SS

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar has worked closely with both Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias during their time with the Sox, including this spring. He offered praise for the progress that both has made in the time that he's known them, noting the defensive progress made by Aviles since the Sox traded for him last summer and the offensive steps forward by Iglesias in his third spring training.

Bogar suggested that the Red Sox are now facing a challenging task in selecting one to be shortstop for the team at the start of 2012.

“You know what? It is a tough decision but it’s one of those things where we’re lucky we have two guys who can play it and two guys who can play it well,” said Bogar. “Whatever decision that’s going to be, we’re going to be fine.”

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03/24/2012 - 11:54am
Pietrus cleared to return to Boston

Mickael Pietrus, who was taken off the court in Philadelphia on a stretcher Friday night, has been cleared to travel and will be examined by the team's medical staff when he returns to Boston.

Pietrus stayed overnight in Philadelphia while the team flew back to Boston, but he didn't have to spend the night in the hospital. The official word was a "questionable closed head injury," which could indicate a concussion. There is no immediate update on a timeline for his return, but a travel clearance is certainly good news for Pietrus.

It was a scary scene when Pietrus hit the floor hard midway through the second quarter after Philly's Lou Williams blocked his shot. The momentum of the play caused Pietrus to land on his back, and he appeared to be spitting up blood. Williams later told coach Doc Rivers that the play wasn't intentional, and the coach told him he didn't think it was.

Pietrus lay on the court for several minutes...

03/23/2012 - 10:37pm
Painful: C's run out of gas vs. Sixers

In a game marred by the departure of Mickael Pietrus on a stretcher midway through the second quarter, the shorthanded Celtics were outscored by 20 points in the third quarter and could never recover in a 99-86 loss to the Sixers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia managed to hold on to to first place in the Atlantic Division despite the efforts of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who each scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who finish their season-long road trip with a 4-4 record and fall 1.5 games behind the Sixers in the division. 

Elton Brand led six Philadelphia players in double figures with 20 while Lou Williams added 19. The Sixers also outscored the Celtics 46-24 in the paint. 

The Celtics got off to a blazing start in the first quarter, shooting 65 percent and making 13-of-21 shots from the floor, with Garnett leading the way by connecting on all four of his shots. Pierce was 4-for-5 and had 11 of his 20 points...

03/23/2012 - 9:10pm
Pietrus carted off on stretcher

Mickael Pietrus was carted off the floor on a stretcher with 5:08 left in the second quarter after a nasty, twisting spill to the floor on a drive to the basket. 

Pietrus stayed overnight in Philadelphia for tests while the team flew back to Boston after the game. In a bit of good news, he won't have to spend the night in the hospital. Coach Doc Rivers told the media that Pietrus had an X-ray and CT Scan and will also have an MRI. The official word is a "questionable closed head injury," which could indicate a concussion.

Pietrus was driving into the lane and guarded by Lou Williams and Elton Brand. Pietrus was fouled but no flagrant foul was called. He landed on the small of his back and appeared to whiplash his neck, though his head never hit the floor. Pietrus immediately grabbed for the back of his head before rolling over and remaining on his stomach for more than five minutes. 

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