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04/28/2011 - 1:08am
Lineup: With Lester pitching, Salty catching

With Jon Lester on the mound, the Red Sox will put catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia back in the starting lineup against the Orioles and their starter, Brad Bergesen. Saltalamacchia has caught the Lester in four of the lefty's five starts. In a small sample size, Saltalamacchia has two singles in two at-bats agains the O's righty, while Jason Varitek is 1-for-6.

Numerous members of the Red Sox' starting lineup has had some success against Bergesen, with Dustin Pedroia (4-for-9, walk), Carl Crawford (4-for-8, HR, walk), J.D. Drew (.368 in 19 at-bats, 2 HRs) and Marco Scutaro (.316 in 21 at-bats) leading the way.

The entire Red Sox lineup in the teams' series finale is as follows:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Carl Crawford LF

Marco Scutaro SS

Jon Lester P

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04/28/2011 - 12:37am
Horton: 'It doesn't get any better'

For the second time in the series with the Canadiens, Nathan Horton sat on the press conference dais after scoring a game-winning overtime goal. But this time, his score in extra time not only won the game, it ended the series and sent the Bruins onto a second-round rematch with the Flyers starting this weekend in Philadelphia. Horton, who won Game 5 in double-overtime Saturday night, blasted a shot past a screened Carey Price with 14:17 left in overtime that won Game 7, 4-3. 

"Yeah, it was pretty nice," said a smiling Horton. "I mean, it felt pretty good. I don’t remember too much. I remember Looch [Milan Lucic] coming up with the puck and I just tried to get open, and I tried putting the puck towards the net. Luckily it got deflected off someone and it went straight in. That’s all I remember. It was pretty special, again, it doesn’t get any better."

The goal also saved the Bruins from the devastating...

04/28/2011 - 12:37am
Report: Hearing scheduled for Ference
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will have a hearing with the league at 11 a.m. Thursday regarding his hit on Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern in the third period of the B's 4-3 overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Halpern remained on the ice after colliding with the B's defenseman's shoulder in the Bruins' zone.

"It was pretty solid [contact], actually," Ference said of the play. "I kind of braced myself because I saw him off the side, and I definitely felt him hit me."

Ference maintained that he did not intend to injure Halpern, who seemingly was not significantly injured given his quick return to the game.  

"Oh yeah?," Ference responded when a reporter suggested he may have raised his shoulder. "No. It was like [I expalined]....

04/28/2011 - 12:05am
Julien: B's wanted another crack at Flyers
By: DJ Bean

Thanks to the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 7 Wednesday night, the Bruins will get a shot at redemption against the Flyers. Philadelphia eliminated the B's in the second round last season after Boston held a 3-0 lead in both the series and in Game 7. Following Wednesday night's game, B's coach Claude Julien noted that the team was fighting vs. the Habs for another crack at the Flyers.

"There is no doubt that tonight, we knew winning this game would give us another opportunity to play Philly," Julien said after the game. "If anything, I think it’s going to make it interesting. I think a lot of people are going to be watching this to see how it develops and we’re excited to have that opportunity."  

The Bruins went 3-0-1 against the Flyers in the regular season. The Eastern Conference semifinals will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia. 

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04/27/2011 - 11:25pm
Beckett on Scott: Things even out

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was clearly agitated at the sight of Orioles left fielder Luke Scott standing at home plate to admire his two-run homer to deep right in the bottom of the fourth inning of the Sox' 5-4 loss to the O's. Beckett glared at Scott as he rounded the bases.

After the game, the right-hander -- who had a no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings -- had little to say about Scott's actions. But in his few words, he did offer a message to his counterpart.

"Those things," said Beckett, "have a way of working themselves out."

Scott told reporters after the game that he meant no disrespect with his conduct.

"I caught it, saw it and tossed my bat off the way and went into my trot. ... Just enjoying the moment," said Scott. "I have all the respect in the world for Josh Beckett. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. And I respect everyone who takes...

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