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05/21/2010 - 3:08pm
Scutaro back, Ortiz sits in Philly

In the absence of a designated hitter, the Red Sox will have David Ortiz sit out of the first game of the three-game series in Philadelphia, a move that made all the more sense given the presence of left-hander Cole Hamels on the hill for the Phillies. Marco Scutaro returns to the lineup after missing a pair of games due to a cortisone shot in his left elbow. 

 

Lineups are listed below. For full matchup information, click here.

 

RED SOX

 

 

Scutaro, SS

Pedroia, 2B

Martinez, C

Youkilis, 1B

Drew, RF

Beltre, 3B

Hall, LF

McDonald, CF

Lackey, SP

 

PHILLIES

 

Rollins, SS

Polanco, 3B

Utley, 2B

Howard, 1B

Werth, RF

Ibanez, LF

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05/21/2010 - 1:53pm
Celtics unconcerned by Magic changes

WALTHAM — The talk out of Orlando is that Matt Barnes wants Paul Pierce in Game 3. Barnes also went on to call Pierce a flopper for good measure. The Celtics heard all that and frankly don’t really care how the Magic decide to match up with Pierce. “Obviously they want to play better defensively, probably on me,” Pierce said Friday. “Who knows what they’re going to do as far as trapping and different matchups. We’re going to make some adjustments ourselves. We still feel like we haven’t played our perfect game yet. We’re still in search of that. It doesn’t affect anything that I’m trying to do offensively when we play the Magic.”...

05/21/2010 - 1:30pm
Pierce: Stop comparing us to 2008

WALTHAM — Now that the Celtics have exceeded postseason expectations talk has begun to brew about whether this team is better than the 2008 version, and it’s beginning to get old for Paul Pierce. “You guys [are] asking me all these questions about the ‘08 team,” Pierce said Friday after the team conducted practice. “There’s no comparison in the teams. You guys want to make them similar, make them different, make them better. It’s a completely different year. New players that are trying to develop its own identity. Whatever happened then, happened. It’s not the same thing. We’re trying to develop our own identity with this team by winning a championship.” Read the rest of this post on Green Street.


05/21/2010 - 11:19am
Ortiz told Hanley 'do the right thing'

Speaking prior to the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Minnesota Thursday, David Ortiz confirmed that he had texted Hanley Ramirez, encouraging the Marlins' shortstop to apologize to his manager and teammates.

 

"I told him to talk to his manager and do the right thing. I don't know if what he did was because of what I said, but I always try and tell him the right thing to do," Ortiz said. "I think he did what he was supposed to, go down to apologize to his teammates and his managers. Move on. It's not a big deal. Things happen."

 

Ortiz referenced his own mentors when he was a young player with the Twins, and the guidance they delivered which was similar to the kind he offered Ramirez.

 

"Eddie Guardardo used to tell me how to do things when I was with Minnesota," Ortiz said. "But on the other hand, I was well educated for me to snap or doing something crazy that is when...

05/21/2010 - 8:08am
Report: Red Sox still eyeing Iannetta

According to a report in the Denver Post, the Red Sox are still keeping an eye on Rockies catcher, and Rhode Island native, Chris Iannetta. The 27-year-old is currently playing for Colorado's Triple-A team in Colorado Springs. Since being demoted to the minors, the right-handed hitting Iannetta is hitting .362 with five homers, carrying an on-base percentage of .449. He is coming off a season in which he hit 16 homers in just 93 games, with a batting average of .223. Iannetta signed a three-year extension this past offseason for $8.35 million with a $5 million club option for 2013.


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