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06/11/2010 - 2:24pm
Lineups: Pedroia in, Youkilis out

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has been dealing with discomfort in his right knee, remains in the lineup, but Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis gets the day off on Friday against the Phillies, one day after leaving the game against the Indians early with what the club called mild back spasms. In Youkilis' place, Mike Lowell gets the start at first base.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Hall, 7

Cameron, 8

McDonald, 9

 

SP -- Lackey

 

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06/11/2010 - 1:19pm
Gill: Team did right thing with Ellsbury

Red Sox team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill took part in a conference call to discuss the discovery that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a non-displaced fracture in his rib. The injury, Gill emphasized, is in a different part of the ribs than the hairline fracture of four ribs that Ellsbury incurred in his collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11.

 

Gill believes that Ellsbury’s injury was incurred when he dove for a ball in Philadelphia on May 23. The current course of having the outfielder rest for at least two weeks before resuming baseball activity would keep Ellsbury sidelined at least for two weeks, and, in Gill’s estimate, as late as the All-Star break.

 

“I hate to put an estimate on it,” said Gill. “He will really dictate a lot of it by the history of his symptoms. It won’t be less than two weeks, because we just want to give him a good two weeks away, let him do...

06/11/2010 - 11:52am
Phil on provoking T's: That's not fair play

Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace are both sitting on six technical fouls during the postseason. If either of them gets one more they are subject to a one-game suspension from the NBA. Doc Rivers has expressed concern that they could be provoked into getting technicals, but Laker coach Phil Jackson said that was not part of his team's mindset. "That's not fair play," he said. "That's not the way to play the games."  


06/11/2010 - 11:38am
Doc doesn't think this is the C's last run

Throughout the Celtics postseason run, the elephant in the room has been the future of the team's eight free agents, notably Ray Allen (Paul Pierce also has a player option for next season). Doc Rivers noted Friday that the team's uncertain future has not been a regular topic of concersation in the locker room. "No, we don't talk about it at all," Rivers said. "I've said that -- I said it in the middle of the year. I think hopefully we sign Ray back -- I think I can say that. If not, I just got fined." Rivers also said that he thinks Kevin Garnett will be better next season as he moves further away from his knee surgery. As for the notion that this is the last run for the Celtics, Rivers disagreed. "We don't think that. I think everyone outside of us, a lot of people do."


06/11/2010 - 11:38am
Satch on D&H: Bench is C's only edge

Former Celtics player and coach Satch Sanders joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the NBA finals. Sanders said Doc Rivers' use of his bench in Game 4 Thursday night reminded him of Red Auberbach's strategy during the Celtics' dynasty in the 1960s, of which Sanders was a key part.

 

"It was consistent with Auerbach to use that second unit when games were extremely tight or when we were losing," said Sanders, who won eight NBA titles as a player and briefly coached the C's in the late 1970s. "Basically, he'd change that whole group up, and we'd get back in many a game. ... That's a good role to play if you've got that kind of bench, and certainly Rivers has that kind of bench, and he's clearly not afraid to use it."

 

Sanders said that because the Celtics and Lakers starters match...

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