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06/01/2012 - 3:18pm
Lineup: Youkilis gets day off against Alvarez

Kevin Youkilis will be out of the lineup Friday night against the Blue Jays and Henderson Alvarez in the Red Sox' series-opener at Rogers Centre.

Youkilis' absence of the lineup was planned, with Red Sox' manager Bobby Valentine expressing the team's desire to give the third baseman a day off for one of the series three games in Toronto.

Alvarez pitched twice against the Red Sox in his young career, having pitched six shutout innings last season, and allowing one run over six innings earlier this season. He has held Sox batters to a combined .156 batting average against during those two appearances.

Clay Buchholz gets the start for the Red Sox.

The following is the Red Sox' lineup:

Scott Podsednik CF

Daniel Nava LF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Ryan Sweeney RF

Mike Aviles SS

Nick Punto 2B

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06/01/2012 - 1:50pm
Cherington: Youkilis trade report 'inaccurate'

General manager Ben Cherington denied a report that the Red Sox were telling teams they "definitely intend to trade" Kevin Youkilis.

"That’s inaccurate," Cherington e-mailed WEEI.com Friday afternoon. "Some teams have checked in on him. We haven’t told any teams we plan to trade him. It’s our job to listen if teams have interest. He’s swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and [is] a big part of our team and lineup."

CBS Sports senior baseball writer Danny Knobler had tweeted Friday morning: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.

Youkilis is hitting .250 with a .318 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage on the season. He has been solid in nine games since returning from the disabled list, hitting .313/.371/.531 with two home runs.

Youkilis, 33, is in his ninth season in Boston and has career averages of .288/.389/.490, with 133...

06/01/2012 - 12:05pm
Report: Sox tell teams they're trading Youk

According to a report from CBS Sports senior baseball writer Danny Knobler, Kevin Youkilis is officially on the trading block. Tweeted Knobler Friday: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.

Youkilis is hitting .250 with a .318 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage on the season. He has been solid in nine games since returning from the disabled list, hitting .313/.371/.531 with two home runs.

Youkilis, 33, is in his ninth season in Boston and has career averages of .288/.389/.490, with 133 home runs and 562 RBIs. Despite making the 2011 All-Star team, he had a career-worst .258 batting average and was slowed by injuries last season.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


06/01/2012 - 10:52am
Bosh makes trip, not expected to play

Injured forward Chris Bosh is making the trip to Boston but is not expected to play in Games 3 and 4, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters in Miami on Thursday. Bosh has been out since Game 1 of the conference semifinals with an abdominal injury and while he began workouts last Sunday, the team maintains that he is out indefinitely. 

Miami lost its first two games without Bosh against the Pacers, but the Heat have reeled off five straight victories, including the first two of the conference finals against the Celtics.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/01/2012 - 10:18am
Bruins confirm deals with Paille, Bourque

The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed forward Daniel Paille to a three-year contract and recently acquired forward Chris Bourque to a two-year deal.

Paille's contract is worth $1.3 million annually. Bourque's deal is a two-way contract in the first year, worth $550,000 if he's in the NHL and $200,000 at the AHL level. In the second year, it's a one-way contract worth $550,000.

Paille, 28, has played three seasons in Boston, recording 25 goals and 22 assists in 186 regular-season games, with four goals and five assists in 46 playoff games. He played in all 25 postseason games for the 2011 Stanley Cup champions, recording three goals and three assists.

Paille was a first-round pick (20th overall) of the Sabres in 2002. He was acquired from Buffalo on Oct. 29, 2009, for a 2010 third-round pick (Kevin Sunder).

Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, was acquired from the Capitals last week for forward Zach...

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