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05/13/2011 - 7:06pm
Austin Ainge rejoins Celtics front office

Austin Ainge, son of team president Danny Ainge, has left the Maine Red Claws where he was head coach for the past two seasons to rejoin the Celtics as director of player personnel.

"I am sorry to see Austin go but happy for him in his new position with the Celtics," Red Claws president and general manager Jon Jennings said via press release. "All of us with the Red Claws enjoyed working with Austin. No one worked harder and was more committed to making our players better. He will be missed. We wish Austin, Crystal and his boys the best going forward."

Austin Ainge coached the Red Claws, which is the Celtics' D-League affiliate, for the first two years of their existence. In 2009-10, they tied the record for most wins by an D-League expansion team. He also worked as a scout for the Celtics.

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


05/13/2011 - 5:44pm
Kalish likely won't need surgery

NEW YORK -- Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish visited with team physician Dr. Thomas Gill on Friday, just over three weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury that involved a partial tearing of the labrum in his left (throwing) shoulder for Triple-A Pawtucket. The exam suggested that Kalish's recovery has gone well, and that he likely will be able to avoid surgery at this time. Instead, he will head to the Sox' extended spring training facility in Fort Myers to rehab the injury.

"[Dr. Gill] was really impressed with his shoulder strength, feeling optimistic about things. So he’s going to go to Fort Myers and continue his rehab," said Sox GM Theo Epstein. "As long as the progress continues without any major interruptions, it looks like he’s on a path to recovery without surgery, which is what we were hoping for. But you never know until you rehab it, so we’re excited about that news."

Kalish began working out more...

05/13/2011 - 1:52pm
Thomas: B's have championship 'stuff'

Not only do Claude Julien and the team have confidence in Tim Thomas, the Bruins goalie said Friday he believes this Bruins team has already proven in two playoff series wins they have what it take to hoist the Stanley Cup in June. 

"I think it was a confidence that grew throughout the year," Thomas said of the that won the Northeast Division and entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the East. "Till you get to the playoffs, you don't really know that for sure what you have as a group. I think that the first round against Montreal was a testing ground for us. We started it out right way from some adversity, getting down in the series, 2-0. We started to find out what we were made of.

"Come to find out, we're made of some pretty stern stuff. We have a lot of the things that it takes to win a championship, hopefully all of them."

The 37-year-old Thomas will square off against 41-year-old goalie Dwayne Roloson...

05/13/2011 - 1:52pm
J. O'Neal will need surgery on left wrist

Celtics president Danny Ainge said that Jermaine O'Neal will need surgery on his fractured left wrist, an injury he suffered in Game 1 of their playoff series with the Knicks. O'Neal broke his wrist taking a charge, but returned in that game and played throughout the postseason. The injury affected O'Neal's ability to finish inside, which he normally does with his left hand. "Jermaine is left-handed," Ainge said. "Most people don’t know this. He dunks and finishes and drives, he does everything with his left hand." 

O'Neal also injured his back when he fell into the camera well that rings the court in the Miami series and was a persistent problem for him throughout the series. O'Neal said after the Celtics were eliminated that he would take some time before making a decision to return for the last year of his contract that will play him a little more than $6 million. However, he told WEEI.com that even with all the injuries...

05/13/2011 - 1:49pm
Saltalamacchia to catch Buchholz

NEW YORK -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be paired with starter Clay Buchholz for the second straight outing. The last time the two collaborated, Buchholz logged five shutout innings that were sandwiched around a rain delay of more than two hours.

Saltalamacchia will be batting ninth, one spot behind Carl Crawford, who remains in the eighth spot in the lineup against the Yankees and Bartolo Colon. For matchup information, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Lowrie, SS
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia, C

Buchholz, SP


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