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04/10/2012 - 2:17pm
Punto starts, Aviles sits behind Bard

TORONTO -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for the first big league start of Daniel Bard's career. Manager Bobby Valentine has tweaked the lineup slightly, with David Ortiz moving back up from fifth on Monday to cleanup on Tuesday, swapping spots with Kevin Youkilis. Right fielder Ryan Sweeney and left fielder Cody Ross will also flip-flop in the sixth and seventh spots, while Nick Punto will play shortstop and give Mike Aviles his first day off of the young season.

Bard gets his first career start after 192 games pitched in relief. That is the most outings in a Sox uniform before a pitcher's first start. Regardless of what one considers Bard's best role on the Red Sox, the fact that the Sox were comfortable with the idea of the right-hander as a starter represents a dramatic change in the course of his career....

04/10/2012 - 1:14pm
Doc: Pietrus return likely 'sooner than later'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Miami, where his team is getting ready to take on the Heat on Tuesday night, that swingman Mickael Pietrus is running without any effects of the concussion he incurred in Philadelphia on March 23, suggesting the possibility that the 30-year-old could be back with the team before too long.

"Honestly, I haven’t asked [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] yet, we haven’t gotten into the return date, but [Pietrus] sounds like sooner than later," Rivers told reporters. "But that’s from Pietrus, so we have to temper all that. Listen, if we get him at all, it’s a blessing, because it didn’t look like we would, that would be a huge boost for our team."

Rivers suggested that Pietrus could impact the team either as a starter or off the bench. The Celtics coach viewed Pietrus and guard Avery Bradley as players whom he could mix and match in the starting unit.

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04/10/2012 - 12:02pm
Julien: 'Nothing's changed' with McQuaid
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid was once again absent from Bruins practice on Tuesday as he continues to deal with what the team is calling an upper-body injury. 

Things got testy between coach Claude Julien and the media Monday regarding the defenseman's status and what the identity of the injury, and on Tuesday Julien addressed injuries prior to taking questions. 

"Guys, before we get going," Julien said, "Injury update: It's the same as yesterday. Nothing's changed, and that's where we are."

McQuaid was initially hurt when he went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins’ March 29 game against the Capitals on a hit from Capitals winger Jason Chimera. The defenseman cut his eye on the play, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period. The team considers him to be day-to-day. 

Johnny Boychuk (knee)...

04/10/2012 - 10:25am
Pedroia, Ortiz: Clubhouse not a problem

 TORONTO -- In response to an ESPN.com article that there was growing discontent in the Red Sox' clubhouse, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz refuted the claim.

"Well," Pedroia said after the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays Monday night, "[they] aren't in our clubhouse."

"Us, as players, we're not thinking about that," Ortiz added. "Me, personally, I'm not paying attention to any of the crap. People are always going to talk crap, but we are the ones who have to come and play the games. We have a good group of guys.

"We're just going to try and play the game right and go through it. People need to put whatever happened last year behind. You're not going to resolve any problems by talking about it."

After the Red Sox' first win of the season, Pedroia suggested that winning goes a...

04/10/2012 - 9:39am
Guillen suspended five games

The Marlins on Tuesday suspended manager Ozzie Guillen five games, effective immediately, for comments to Time magazine expressing love and respect for Fidel Castro.

Guillen's comments created a massive amount of controversy in Miami, with several groups calling for boycotts of Marlins games and some local political figures, including the chairman of the Miami-Dade board of commissioners, asking for Guillen to resign.

Guillen apologized for his comments on Monday and is scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday. He was fined in 2006 for using a homophobic slur to describe a member of the media while manager of the White Sox.

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