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04/25/2012 - 1:27am
Thornton the scratch in Game 7, Caron in
By: DJ Bean

Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday against the Capitals. Jordan Caron, who played on the fourth line in place of Thornton in Game 6, will remain in the lineup. 

The lineup is as follows:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Tyler Seguin

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley 

Benoit Pouliot – Chris Kelly – Brian Rolston

Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara – Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference – Johnny Boychuk

Greg Zanon – Mike Mottau

Tim Thomas

Tuukka Rask

Bergeron, who is dealing with an undisclosed injuries, is not expected to take faceoffs. 

For more on the Bruins and the Stanley Cup playoffs, visit weei.com/bruins.


04/25/2012 - 1:00am
Lineup: Saltalamacchia back in Sox lineup

With right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks on the mound for the Twins Wednesday night, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup for the Red Sox. 

No Red Sox hitter has faced the 23-year-old Hendriks, but both Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer carry .500 batting averages into the game against Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here is the Red Sox lineup in the series finale:

Mike Aviles SS

Ryan Sweeney RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 3B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Cody Ross LF

Marlon Byrd CF

For all the matchups, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/25/2012 - 12:08am
Rivers: 'I think Ray will be ready'

Following Tuesday's win over the Heat, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he believes Ray Allen will be available to the team in the playoffs after battling with a sore left ankle for the last five weeks of the season.

"I think Ray will be ready," Rivers said. "I don’t know that. I do think he will be ready."

Allen -- the NBA's all-time 3-point shooting king -- turned his left ankle late in the game against the Clippers on March 12 in Los Angeles. He played the next five games of the road trip before the pain became too much and he sat out against Philadelphia on March 23. Allen would miss six straight games before returning for a stretch of five games in a row. 

Allen, who reportedly was nearly dealt to the Grizzlies at the trading deadline, started against San Antonio on April 4 before accepting a role coming off the bench the next night in Chicago and for the following three games.  

But he returned...

04/24/2012 - 11:25pm
Aviles, Beckett lead Sox to rout of Twins

The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits on the way to a convincing 11-2 win over the Twins Tuesday night at Target Field.

Earning the win was starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who allowed two runs over six innings, striking out five and not walking a batter after walking three in the first inning. It was the second victory of the season for Beckett, who finished his outing throwing 100 pitches (37 of which came in the first inning).

Leading the Sox offense -- which scored 10 runs in the first five innings --  was Mike Aviles, who managed a four-hit game for the sixth time in his career. The shortstop, who raised his batting average from .291 to .333, came away with his third home run of the season. Also homering for the Red Sox was David Ortiz, who also pounded his third long ball of the season.

Ortiz was one of six Red Sox hitters to come away with multiple-hit games, with Adrian Gonzalez managing his third three-hit game of the season....

04/24/2012 - 11:00pm
McGinest rips Welker for 'diva attitude'

Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest hammered Wes Welker on Tuesday, blasting the receiver for hinting that he’d skip the team’s mandatory June minicamp unless he got a long-term deal.

“I just don’t like the diva attitude,” McGinest, who played for the Patriots from 1994 to 2005, said on “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday. “Let’s keep it real: Prior to the Patriots, this is a guy who played three years, had 96 receptions, never had a 1,000-yard season. So due to a big part of the Patriots system and Tom Brady, he’s had five years where he's had over 100 catches.

“This $9 million-plus that they’re offering is half of his last contract. That’s a lot of money. Let’s not forget that they signed Brandon Lloyd, they signed [Anthony Gonzalez], they signed [Deion] Branch back, they got the two tight ends; they have weapons on that offense. So, look, Wes, it’s time to...

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