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04/23/2012 - 8:37pm
Daisuke allows two homers in rehab start

Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work for the Salem Red Sox of the High-A Carolina League. Matsuzaka allowed a pair of solo homers to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, an affiliate of the Royals. He threw 58 pitches, 41 for strikes. He didn't walk any batters while striking out three (all swinging).

The start commenced a 30-day rehab assignment for Matsuzaka during which he will remain on the disabled list. At the conclusion of that, if Matsuzaka is healthy, then he would not be able to pitch again in minor league games.

The 31-year-old is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA in five seasons with the Red Sox, and went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games for the Sox last year before suffering a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.

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04/23/2012 - 5:15pm
Byrd, Youkilis in lineup vs. Twins

Newly acquired Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd will make his debut with his new club, batting ninth and playing center field in Minnesota against the Twins. Kevin Youkilis will be in the lineup at third base and batting sixth, a couple days removed from leaving a game early with a contusion of his quadriceps. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for starter Jon Lester, looking to rebound from one of the worst outings of his career (two innings, seven runs). 

For details of the batter vs. pitcher histories for the Sox against Twins starter Jason Marquis and Minnesota against Lester, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

Here are the full lineups:

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Aviles, SS
Sweeney, RF
Pedroia, 2B...

04/23/2012 - 3:48pm
Allen dealing with bone spurs on ankle

WALTHAM -- The Celtics conducted practice on Monday, but did so with Ray Allen (ankle), Mickael Pietrus (knee), Rajon Rondo (back) and Greg Stiemsma (foot) all watching from the sidelines. The Celtics still have a chance at grabbing homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs and coach Doc Rivers said he would play Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and any other player who was ready.

However, while Rondo and Pietrus could return to action on Tuesday when the Celtics play Miami, Allen is definitely out. Allen ran on Monday on an AlterG machine that lessens the impact, but he's been dealing with swelling in his ankle since he tried to return last Tuesday against the Knicks. Allen went through shootaround that day but his ankle swelled up after the workout.

"New York, I was frustrated," he said. "Other than that, just give it time and see what it does. Confidence-wise, I can’t do any more than what my body allows. I just...

04/23/2012 - 2:25pm
Report: Lowe's 2004 World Series ring stolen

According to the Fort Myers News-Press, pitcher Derek Lowe's World Series ring and a replica trophy from the Red Sox' 2004 World Series triumph were stolen from his home in Fort Myers. The article said that the value for the two items was $90,000.

Lowe, now with the Indians, was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of each of the three rounds of the playoffs, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to accomplish that feat. The 38-year-old left the Sox after the 2004 season as a free agent, spending the next four years with the Dodgers before going to the Braves in 2009. He was traded to Cleveland this offseason. Lowe lives in Fort Myers during the offseason, something that permitted him to drop by Red Sox camp during spring training for...

04/23/2012 - 2:10pm
Madden: Bobby V 'shell-shocked,' 'a lost soul'

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News joined the Mut & Merloni Show to discuss his report that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine faced a "near player revolt" in spring training after a "very ugly scene" in which he "got all over" shortstop Mike Aviles.

"That was just the way it was described to me," Madden said of the description of an "ugly" incident. "I wasn't there, so I can't tell you how ugly it was, but that was the descriptive word given to me. They said it was very ugly."

Madden -- who covered the current Red Sox manager when he was in charge of the Mets from 1996-2002 -- reported that Valentine had to apologize to Aviles for that exchange, just as he ended up apologizing to third baseman Kevin Youkilis last week. Both incidents, Madden said, highlighted the fact that Valentine is in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory in his early days in Boston.

"I think...

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