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06/09/2012 - 3:40pm
Kalish activated from DL and optioned

Ryan Kalish is once again a baseball player, rather than someone who requires the special label of a rehabber.

The Red Sox activated Kalish from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket, a move that reflects the fact that the 24-year-old is once again healthy in his return from neck and then shoulder surgeries in late-2011. He had been in Pawtucket, but as a member of the big league roster (on the 60-day disabled list) on a rehab assignment.

In nine games across three levels (three each in High-A, Double-A and Triple-A), Kalish is hitting .375 with a .512 OBP, .750 slugging mark and 1.262 OPS. He has reached base in 11 of 16 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket and earlier this week slugged homers in back-to-back games.

Additionally, the Red Sox transferred outfielder Jason Repko to the 60-day disabled list.

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06/09/2012 - 2:24pm
Report: B's close on Kelly, Campbell deals
By: DJ Bean

According to a pair of tweets from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins are close to locking up centers Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. 

McKenzie tweeted the following on Saturday:

They are not done yet, but Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are closing in on new multi-year deals with BOS. Both are UFA on July 1.

Point is, unless there is some unexpected last-minute hitch in final stages of negotiations, both will be back in BOS next season.

Kelly, 31, scored a career-high 20 goals and added 19 assists for a career-best 39 points. His plus-33 rating was also a personal best and was tied for Zdeno Chara for third in the NHL. He was named an alternate captain (sharing the A with Andrew Ference) prior to last season, his first full campaign with the Bruins. Last season was the final year of a four year, $8.5 million contract that carried an annual cap hit of $2.125 million. 

The B's acquired Kelly...

06/09/2012 - 11:42am
LeBron: My Game 6 'can't win us Game 7'

MIAMI -- After producing one of the most spectacular performances in NBA playoff history, LeBron James cautioned everyone Saturday morning at the team's shootaround that his epic night in Game 6 in Boston won't mean anything once Game 7 starts Saturday night. 

"It's over," James said Saturday at American Airlines Arena, hours before Game 7. "My Game 6 performance can't win us Game 7." 

James scored 45 points in 45 minutes, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out five assists in Miami's 98-79 win at the Garden that tied the Eastern Conference finals at 3-3. 

James is 0-2 in previous Game 7s, including an 45-point performance in a loss of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. That was the game that Paul Pierce scored 41 points to lead the Celtics to the Eastern finals against the Pistons. The Celtics eventually went on to win the NBA title. 

"I'm preparing for Game 7 as its own,...

06/09/2012 - 11:20am
Middlebrooks back vs. Gio, Nats

With left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, the Red Sox will lean right in their lineup behind starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, back on a major league mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery 365 days ago. As such, Kevin Youkilis will play first with Will Middlebrooks at third base, while Adrian Gonzalez takes on duties in right field, thus relegating Ryan Sweeney to the bench. With Marlon Byrd being designated for assignment, Darnell McDonald will get the start in center field. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Matsuzaka.

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RED SOX LINEUP

LF Nava
2B Pedroia
RF Gonzalez
DH Ortiz...

06/09/2012 - 11:16am
Doc on his team: 'I know they'll be ready'

MIAMI -- Doc Rivers is getting his team ready for the seventh Game 7 in the "Big Three" era but just the second on the road as the Celtics take on the Heat at American Airlines Arena, with the winner capturing the Eastern Conference title and advancing to play the Thunder in Oklahoma City next Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA finals.  

"We'll find that out later," Rivers said when asked what he expects of his team in Game 7, after missing a chance to clinch Thursday night at home. "I've been to a lot of shootarounds where I've left as a coach [and said] we're in trouble or we look great and the game comes, and it's different. So, I don't think you really get a sense for your team. I know they'll be ready. How they perform and all that stuff, we'll have a lot to do with that and the other team will have a lot to do with that as well."

The Celtics are 4-2 in Game 7s since 2008, losing their only previous Game...

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