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06/27/2012 - 4:48pm
Podsednik to start PawSox stint on Thursday

Outfielder Scott Podsednik, on the 15-day disabled list since June 19 (retroactive to June 18) with a left groin strain, said after Wednesday's game that he will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. The injury was considered relatively minor at the time that Podsednik was placed on the DL, but given that the team needed to create a roster spot for Cody Ross and that Podsednik was expected to be out for at least a few days, the decision was made to place him on the disabled list. The 36-year-old said that he feels "great" and that he is ready to return to games.

Podsednik, acquired from the Phillies for cash considerations in May, is hitting .387 with a .409 OBP, .484 slugging mark and .893 OPS in 70 plate appearances for the Sox. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 3.

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06/27/2012 - 3:19pm
Lester, bats help Sox hit road on high note

The Red Sox won for the 11 time in their last 14 games, beating the Blue Jays, 10-4, Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. The victory moves the Sox to five games over .500 (40-35).

Leading the way this time was the Red Sox' offense, which put up six runs in the first inning against Jays starter Ricky Romero. 

Adrian Gonzalez paced the Sox' attack with two hits and three RBI, while David Ortiz contributed with his 21st homer of the season. Also coming away with multiple-hit games for the hosts were Mike Aviles and Cody Ross. The Red Sox would go 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position, finishing with 10 hits. 

Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Jon Lester (5-5), who allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings, striking out four and not walking a batter. The lefty, who lowered his ERA to 4.53, threw 100 pitches and was followed by relievers Mark Melancon and Clayton Mortensen.

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06/27/2012 - 11:26am
Bobby V: Lackey timetable, Salty's candidacy

Speaking before his team's game against the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine suggested that John Lackey -- who is recovering from Tommy John surgery -- could be pitching before the start of 2013.

"Threw a light bullpen yesterday and he's in the weight room. He's working extremely hard in his conditioning effort and in his rehabilitation effort," said Valentine of Lackey, who underwent the surgery last October. "I think the projections of him pitching before the year is out -- the calendar year -- I think he's right on schedule. I don't know about the reason, but he'll be pitching somewhere before the year is over … They said we shoot for him pitching somewhere before the year is ore and all reports are that he's either on schedule or just a little ahead of schedule."

Valentine also surmised Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- who is currently leading al American League catchers with 14...

06/27/2012 - 10:20am
Ainge: 'We did not make a promise'

WALTHAM -- Danny Ainge said the Celtics did not make a promise to draft Iowa State forward Royce White, as had been reported.

"As a general rule I do not make promises," Ainge said. "I have before, it’s been a while, and we did not make a promise, no. On draft day I’ll have 10 contingency plans and we’re exploring all the trade possibilities and if you make a commitment you’re just taking yourself out of that game. You better be sure you have a chance to get that player."

Ainge said the Celtics were prepared to move up or trade back in the draft and he feels there will be players who can help fill a role with their picks at 21 and 22 in the first round.

"We have our rankings and I’m aware of all the mock drafts and what people are prognosticating. We have our rankings and that’s really all I care about," Ainge said. "We don’t consider them sliding, they’re...

06/27/2012 - 10:12am
Ainge: 'There's no deadline' for Garnett

WALTHAM -- With July 1 looming, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said there was nothing new on the Kevin Garnett front. "No news to report," Ainge said. "We’re having conversations with Kevin but we don’t have any answers on whether he’s coming back or not."

Ainge said he didn't think a decision will happen quickly and aded, "There’s no deadline with Kevin. The sooner we can get Kevin done there better it will be for us. But we don’t want to rush him, we don’t want to pressure him. You guys know Kevin."

Even as a free agent, Garnett carries a cap hold of over $22 million, which would take away the Celtics cap space until a decision is made. Ainge still thinks it's a matter of Garnett returning to the Celtics or choosing to retire. July 1 is the date when free agents can begin talking to other teams. They can't sign new deals until July 11 when the league...

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