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06/04/2010 - 4:33pm
Ainge: 'I think Doc will come back'
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, appearing on The Big Show on Friday, said that the team expects to retain coach Doc Rivers following the season. When asked about the difficult situation of having to deal with rumors regarding assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and the potential departure of Rivers, Ainge said that he believes Rivers will return, but that Thibodeau will be a candidate to replace Rivers should he decide to leave. Since coming on board in 2004, Rivers has led the Celtics to two NBA finals appearances, including a 2008 title. For more on the Celtics, check out the Green Street blog. To listen to the interview click here.


06/04/2010 - 3:51pm
Lineups: Cameron out again for Sox
By: DJ Bean

Mike Cameron, who missed the entire series with the Athletics, again will be out of the starting lineup as the Red Sox begin a three-game set in Baltimore with the Orioles. Bill Hall and Jeremy Hermida will man center field and left field, respectively. 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Victor Martinez, C

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Adrian Beltre, 3B

8. Jeremy Hermida, LF

9. Bill Hall, CF

SP -- Clay Buchholz

 

For batter vs. pitcher matchups regarding how Orioles hitters fare against Buchholz and how Baltimore starter Chris Tillman has done against Sox hitters, check the Full Count blog. 

 


06/04/2010 - 3:15pm
O's GM: Club has taken 'giant step back'

BALTIMORE -- Orioles GM Andy MacPhail said that his team had taken a "giant step back" in getting off to a 15-39 season that has led to the dismissal of manager Dave Trembley. The Orioles GM was thorough in examining the causes of his team's poor start in a press conference to discuss Trembley's firing and the decision to replace him with interim manager Juan Samuel.

 

The Orioles will take on the Red Sox in a three-game series in Baltimore starting on Friday night. For more on Trembley's firing, click here.


06/04/2010 - 2:42pm
Thornton, Chiarelli talk about extension
By: DJ Bean

Speaking with the media Friday afternoon in a conference call, newly re-upped Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and general manager Peter Chiarelli hit on what led to the tough winger's two-year extension.

 

"I wanted to be a Bruin as long as possible," Thornton said. I love the city, I love being here and I'm still here so I'm really happy to be back and I'm glad we could make it happen."

 

With the team just three weeks away from adding a wunderkind prospect in the NHL Draft, Chiarelli spoke of what it means to retain a key veteran when seeing an influx of youth.

 

"It’s important to have any good veteran to help out with the younger guys," Chiarelli said. "Shawn’s career path has not been the easiest and he commands a level of respect for that reason. … He’s put in his time and he’s put in his work and he’s been rewarded for it."...

06/04/2010 - 10:13am
Thornton re-signs with Bruins

Bruins winger Shawn Thornton has agreed to a two-year deal to remain in Boston, the team confirmed Friday morning. Thornton reportedly will earn $825,000 next season and $800,000 in 2011-12. Thornton had one goal and nine assists this season with a team-high 141 penality minutes, including 21 fighting majors. The 32-year-old has played three seasons with the Bruins and seven seasons in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, which followed stints with the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks.


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