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05/08/2012 - 7:11pm
Sox 'tossed around' Middlebrooks in OF

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that while nothing is imminent, the idea of playing third baseman Will Middlebrooks in the outfield has been "tossed around in some quarters."

"Well, it hasn't been a tabled discussion yet, so I don’t think it even has to enter his domain," Valentine told reporters prior to his team's game against the Royals Tuesday night in Kansas City. "That being said, I think he's a pretty –– again, small sample –– but my being around him is he's a pretty mature baseball guy. He's not going to be flustered by a lot of things."

Valentine went on to pass along his experiences regarding such a move, saying, "I've seen it not work. I tried some early on. Dean Palmers of the world, I don't know if you remember him. He's more fleet. He runs a little better than a lot of third baseman, which might give him a little upside. It's just a little different."

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05/08/2012 - 1:56pm
Ross: Valentine has been 'great'

Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross was a guest of the Mut & Merloni Show on Tuesday. Ross -- batting .257 with five home runs and 21 RBI in his first season with the Sox -- was asked about Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman slugged a pair of home runs in Monday's win over the Royals and is hitting .381 with an OPS of 1.361 in 21 at-bats since being promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 2.

"He's got a ton of potential," Ross said of Middlebrooks. "To do what he's done has been outstanding, I'm so happy for him, he's such a good kid. He works hard, does everything the right way and everyone can see his potential. … The future is really bright for him, he's definitely going to be a really, really good player for a long time."

Much has been made of the relationship between Bobby Valentine and the players, but Ross was quick to defend the manager when asked to evaluate Valentine's performance this season.

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05/08/2012 - 12:42pm
Doc: Pierce, Allen will be ready for Game 5

Doc Rivers spoke to reporters at the Celtics shootaround at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Tuesday morning. Rivers was asked about the status of Avery Bradley (shoulder), Paul Pierce (knee) and Ray Allen (ankle) for Tuesday's Game 5.

"Everyone is going to play, I think," Rivers said. "Ray feels good, he’s probably the healthiest right now. Avery has to be feeling better because he got through the game with no injury, so that’s two more days of shoulder getting stronger. Other than that, everybody’s about the same."  

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05/08/2012 - 12:17pm
Hawks shuffle lineup for Game 5

Facing a possible elimination in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Celtics on Tuesday, the Hawks have made a pair of changes to their starting lineup. Kirk Hinrich and Jason Collins move to the bench as Marvin Williams and Al Horford join Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson in the starting lineup.

"I just wanted to give us a different look and see it if will jump start us," Hawks coach Larry Drew told reporters on Tuesday morning. "It gives us an opportunity to move Joe back to some 2, it makes us bigger, so we can do a few more things defensively in making some adjustments in Game 5."

Horford played 20 minutes in Game 4, scoring 12 points with rebounds in his first game since tearing his left pectoral muscle in January. Williams has struggled in the series, averaging just 4.0 points on 21.7 percent shooting over the first four games.

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05/08/2012 - 9:08am
Light on WAAF: 'I knew that it was my time'

One day after his retirement press conference at Gillette Stadium, Matt Light joined Greg Hill and the Hill-Man Morning Show crew on WEEI sister station WAAF to talk about his decision to quit the game after 11 seasons on the Patriots offensive line.

"It was very humbling, kind of going through the whole process," Light said of his retirement announcement. "I thought it was just incredible, the work they put into that day. It wasn't expected. I could have mailed it in, but I started thinking about the people that have really been alongside me for my whole run. Those are the people that you see each and every day at that facility -- the people that are in the lunchroom, the people that take care of all of our laundry, all of the people that really make that place inviting and warm when at times it's very ugly. Those are the people that I really wanted to take the time to thank, and they gave me a great platform to do that. I'm very grateful...

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