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04/13/2011 - 7:51pm
Rivers on Shaq: 'Too early to tell'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he was hopeful Shaquille O'Neal would be ready for Game 1 of the team's first round series with the Knicks, but that it was "too early to tell, but I think so." The coach was more optimistic on the status of Delonte West who aggravated his right ankle in a collision with Washington's Javale McGee on Monday. "[West] looked good. He felt a lot better toda," Rivers said. "Watching the injury live I was very concerned." 

A subdued West said prior to Wednesday's game that he had swelling in his ankle where he had previously chipped a bone. "It’s all hands on decks now," West said. "It’s no excuses." 

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04/13/2011 - 4:32pm
Lackey skips turn, will pitch in Oakland

John Lackey, who was scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday before the game vs. Tampa was postponed, will be skipped in the rotation and not pitch in upcoming four-game series vs. the Blue Jays.

Clay Buchholz will start on Friday against Toronto, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Lackey -- 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA in two starts this season -- will make his next start on Tuesday vs. the Athletics, the first game of a nine-game road trip for the Sox.

"Basically, Lackey is missing a turn so we don’t have to try to have guys going on a week’s rest. It’s not perfect for him. We’ll try to map it out where it helps him," Francona said. "But rather than have five guys really pushed back too much, we’ll take one start and let Lack start the game out in Oakland where he’s had a lot of success."

In his career, Lackey has pitched at McAfee Coliseum, going...

04/13/2011 - 3:47pm
Francona on Big Show: 'It's been awful'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show show Wednesday to talk about his club's struggles. 

At 2-9, the Sox have the worst record in baseball. Francona was asked if it's too early in the season to worry about the team's performance.

"I don't know, if it was 30 games and we were still struggling, I wouldn't throw in the towel," said Francona. "We're going to continue to fight. This is too good a team with too much potential. We had a horrendous first 10 games, I mean it's been awful. … It's our responsibility to find a way to fix it."

Starting pitching was a concern of some heading into the season, but many pegged the Sox lineup as the best in baseball. Through 11 games it has been anything but the juggernaut most expected, hitting just .230 with a .348 slugging percentage.

"It's probably your worst fear," said Francona of the slow offensive start. "Any...

04/13/2011 - 3:18pm
Sox-Rays postponed

Wednesday night's game between the Red Sox and Rays has been postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced. 

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04/13/2011 - 1:56pm
Mannix on M&M: Knicks good for C's

Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the upcoming playoffs.

Mannix said the Celtics have a favorable first-round matchup in the Knicks. Said Mannix: "I think going up against the Knicks for two reasons is good, because No. 1, the defense. They're not going to play a lot of it. Boston's going to get a lot of open looks. And I think their confidence will be restored in their offensive ability because of that.

"No. 2, I think the natural rivalry that exists. these two teams haven't' played [in the playoffs] in something like 21 years, but there still is a lot of bad blood between these two teams. There's a lot of a natural rivalry there. Paul Pierce has said repeatedly he loves playing and winning at Madison Square Garden. And I think the fire in this series is going to start to stir some of those competitive juices in the Celtics.

"I kind of think in a lot...

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