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07/24/2010 - 7:34pm
Ellsbury, Martinez getting closer to returns

Both outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher Victor Martinez could play in games as soon as Monday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in Seattle. While Ellsbury is slated to start a minor league rehab stint by playing in the Gulf Coast League next Monday and Tuesday (with the possibility of going to Triple-A Pawtucket later in the week), Francona told reporters there was "a possibility" that Martinez could be activated from the disabled list during the upcoming series in Anaheim next Monday through Wednesday.

 

Ellsbury has played in just nine games this year due to five non-displaced rib fractures. He is hitting .250/.267/.341/.608. Martinez, who has been out since suffering a fracture in the tip of his left thumb on June 27, is hitting .289/.344/.480/.824.

 

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07/24/2010 - 7:14pm
Lineups: Hermida makes his return

For the first time in five games, the Red Sox will face a right-handed starter. Former Sox pitcher David Pauley will toe the slab for the Mariners on Saturday, and so Boston will adjust its lineup in Seattle. Most notably, Jeremy Hermida will get his first start since June 9.

 

Both Bill Hall and Mike Cameron will get the day off, with Jed Lowrie playing at second base for the second straight night and Eric Patterson getting his second start in center field since coming to the Sox.

 

For the Mariners, Chone Figgins will be back in the lineup, one day after he was pulled for his lack of effort in fielding a throw into the infield from left fielder Michael Saunders. Figgins had to be separated from other members of his club during a dugout altercation that followed his being pulled on Friday.

 

Lineups are below. For complete matchup information,...

07/24/2010 - 2:10pm
Father: Perk won't play for 'Tall Blacks'

Don’t look for Celtics center Kendrick Perkins to be suiting up for the New Zealand national basketball team — the “Tall Blacks” — anytime soon.

Perkins’ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in New Zealand and was a veteran of that country's National Basketball League in the 1980s and '90s. However, a few days after New Zealand men’s basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said Perkins could play for that country's national team if he met FIBA eligibility criteria, his father said the Celtics big man will never play for the Tall Blacks.

“He has no intention of playing for the Tall Blacks — not now or ever,” Kenny Perkins told the Waikato Times. “They tried this a long time ago when Tab Baldwin was the coach and I would never let him play for Tab Baldwin....

07/24/2010 - 11:38am
T. Allen: I felt 'overshadowed' with C's

Former Celtics guard Tony Allen, who recently signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, said Friday he felt “kind of overshadowed” by Paul Pierce and Ray Allen while he was with Boston.

The 6-foot-4 Allen, who spent six seasons with the Celtics and has averaged 7.2 points per game and 1.0 steals per game in his career, developed a reputation as a defensive stopper with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Along the way, he was part of a team that made two appearances in the NBA finals and won a title in 2008. But he sounded like someone who was eager to get a fresh start and make his own name with a young ballclub in Memphis.

“Being in Boston I was kind of overshadowed by those guys, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen,” he told reporters on Friday. “Here’s a ballclub who's on the rise and a lot of guys can make names for themselves. It’s a coming-out party for a lot of guys on this team...

07/24/2010 - 8:44am
Report: Shaq wants to play with Celtics

According to a report by Tim Povtak of fanhouse.com, free agent center Shaquille O'Neal has been "aggressively lobbying" the Celtics, trying to convince them that his addition could help them win a championship.

 

The Celtics have no room or exceptions under the salary cap to pay the three-time finals MVP more than the $1.35 million veteran minimum, though a sign-and-trade deal with the Cavaliers would allow the opportunity for a higher salary.

 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told Dennis & Callahan on July 15 that it was "very unlikely" the club would sign O'Neal, given the addition of free agent Jermaine O'Neal.

 

"The door is not shut but I don't think it's a real possibility right now,"...

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