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06/12/2010 - 2:39pm
Lineups: Youkilis back, Nava debuts

Unlikely Red Sox minor league success story Daniel Nava, called up on Saturday, will make his major league debut against the Phillies and pitcher Joe Blanton. The switch-hitter will be batting ninth and playing left field.

 

Also in the lineup are Kevin Youkilis, who is back after missing Friday's game while recovering from back spasms, and Jason Varitek, who will be behind the plate for starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Beltre, 5

Varitek, 2

McDonald, 8

Nava, 7

 

SP -- Matsuzaka

 



06/12/2010 - 2:25pm
Ray Allen excused for 'family issue'

Ray Allen was excused from the media session and the start of Celtics practice on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden to tend to a 'family issue', according to the team. Allen did participate in practice and is expected to be dressed, ready and start for Game 5 Sunday night at the Garden as the Celtics take on the Lakers in the NBA finals and the series tied, 2-2. 

 

Allen, who flew cross-country to be with his diabetic son Walker during the 2008 NBA finals, did report to the Garden but was not required to work out with the team in preparation for Sunday's game. 

 

For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


06/12/2010 - 1:42pm
Technically speaking: Pierce makes plea

Celtics captain Paul Pierce on Saturday implored both Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace to do whatever they have to - including talking to each other - to maintain their cool and not get a technical foul in either of the next two games. Both Perkins and Wallace, with six playoff technicals, are one away from being suspended for the following game. 

 

"Whatever works because we need both of these guys," Pierce said. "Those technicals can really hurt you if we lose either of those guys. I hope they just realize three games left, maximum, we need these guys in there for all of them. Whatever they have to do, I'm for it."

 

Game 5 of the NBA finals is set for Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET at TD Garden with the Lakers and Celtics tied, 2-2. Sunday will also mark the final game in Boston this season as the series shifts back to Los Angeles for Games 6 and possibly 7 on Tuesday and Thursday. 

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06/12/2010 - 12:47pm
Bynum knee drained again, will play Game 5

Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum had his troublesome right knee drained again immediately after Game 4 Thursday night before he met with reporters. He said he feels much better and will play in Game 5 Sunday night at TD Garden with the NBA finals tied, 2-2.

 

"I went through the process and thought about it and did it again," Bynum said following Lakers practice on Saturday at TD Garden. "It really helped out this time."

 

For more, including video, visit the Green Street blog.


06/12/2010 - 1:16am
Sox to call up unlikely prospect Nava

The Red Sox will option outfielder Josh Reddick to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, where he can get regular playing time to continue his development. In his place, a team source indicates that the Sox are likely to call up outfielder Daniel Nava, who has followed a unique path through the system to this point.

 

Nava was scratched from Pawtucket's game on Friday night. SoxProspects.com was the first to report that the 27-year-old was likely to get the call on Saturday.

 

Nava is leading the PawSox in average (.294), on-base percentage (.364), slugging (.492), OPS (.856), homers (8) and RBI (38). He was signed out of the independent Golden Baseball League following the 2007 season, and in parts of three seasons in the Sox system, he has hit .337 with a .429 OBP, .522 slugging mark and .950 OPS.

 

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