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06/29/2010 - 2:58pm
Molina on catching Wake: 'I'll be ready'

Gustavo Molina, the 28-year-old catcher the Red Sox activated after putting Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger, said he is ready to catch Tim Wakefield in the knuckleballer's next start, Friday night. Molina caught Wakefield's side session in the Red Sox' bullpen Tuesday afternoon, having also experienced catching Wakefield in "a few" side sessions during spring training.


"It's kind of a challenge," Molina said. "I'll be ready for the next start."


Molina does have prior experience catching a knuckleball, having caught Charlie Haeger for two seasons in the minor leagues while in the Chicago White Sox' organization.


For more from Molina on catching Wakefield see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.

06/29/2010 - 2:31pm
Lineups: Varitek, Hall to start against Rays

With both Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, Jason Varitek and Bill Hall will be in the starting lineup for the Red Sox at catcher and second base, respectively.


The Red Sox lineup against the Rays and starter James Shields is below. For matchup information, click here.




Scutaro, 6

Nava, 7

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Beltre, 5

Varitek, 2

Hall, 4

Cameron, 8


SP -- lackey

06/29/2010 - 2:21pm
Martinez to DL, Molina up with Sox

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the start of Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Martinez experienced a slight displacement to the bone on the tip of his left thumb when he was hit by a pair of foul tips in his glove hand on Sunday against the Giants.


While the Sox had been holding out some hope that they might be able to avoid a DL stint for Martinez, the upcoming schedule represented a best case scenario for doing so. Thanks to two off days this week and the forthcoming All-Star break, Martinez will miss only 11 games.


With Martinez sidelined, catcher Gustavo Molina is at Fenway Park, up from Triple-A. The catcher was in the Red Sox bullpen on Tuesday afternoon to work with various pitchers for their side sessions.


For more Red Sox news, visit the Red Sox team page.

06/29/2010 - 12:56pm
Report: Brian Shaw 'likely' next Cavs coach

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that former Celtics guard Brian Shaw, now an assistant coach with the Lakers, is close to being named the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


The 44-year-old Shaw won three NBA titles with the Lakers as a player and two more during his five-year stint on Phil Jackson's coaching staff. This would be the first head-coaching job for Shaw, who played for the Celtics for parts of three seasons (1988-89, 1990-92) before being traded to Miami for Sherman Douglas. 





06/29/2010 - 12:29pm
Report: Celts have competition for Miller

According to Sam Amick of AOL Fanhouse the Houston Rockets will make a play for free agent center Brad Miller, who is reportedly the target of the Celtics. Amick writes on his Twitter account: "As expected, the Houston Rockets will pursue center Brad Miller after he becomes a free agent on Thursday, a source tells FanHouse."


For all the latest rumors regarding the NBA and NHL as both leagues head toward the beginning of their free agency periods, visit the LEEInks Blog by clicking here.

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