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04/06/2011 - 1:46pm
Nomar on M&M: Sox 'too talented' to struggle

Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra called in to the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to wish ex-teammate Lou Merloni a happy 40th birthday.

Garciaparra, now an ESPN analyst, also touched on the Red Sox' struggles.

"It just seems like to me, watching them, they're just trying to fit into their roles," he said. "You know how you get that flow of the game? With that team, they're not feeling it right now, together. I feel bad for the [opposing] team when they do find it.

"It's about putting it in place, people trying not to do too much, just relying on going to play baseball. And when they do, they're going to break out, I think their pitching staff will start breaking out, and their bats will break out."

Added Garciaparra: "They're too talented and they're too good. With the team right now, no one has to be great. Everyone just has to be good. That's all."

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04/06/2011 - 12:31pm
Allen on M&M: C's need 'passion' on court

Ray Allen joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Celtics as they head into the stretch run of the regular season.

The Celtics defeated the 76ers Tuesday night, but they are only playing .500 ball over their last 16 games. Part of the reason for that has been attributed to the recent influx of new players. Allen talked about working the new players into the Celtics' way of doing things.

"We've talked about it a considerable amount of times," he said. "One of the most important for them that they see is, when we travel on the road you see all the [Celtics] fans that are in the building in the other gyms, you understand the tradition, the fan following. And then at home, they see what it's like in our building, so they understand that they're playing under a different monster than what they've been playing under before. They've got to make sure that every night they play hard. And it's not just about scoring...

04/06/2011 - 12:03pm
Thornton expected to return vs. Islanders
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is expected to make his return to the lineup Wednesday when the B's take on the Islanders at TD Garden. Thornton missed three straight games after suffering a gash above his right eye last Tuesday against the Blackhawks and receiving approximately 40 stitches. He had his stitches removed Tuesday and skated in the team's optional morning skate on Wednesday. 

"Thornton is probably going to end up coming into our lineup," coach Claude Julien said Wednesday morning. "I think he's ready to go. He's had the stitches out, so we'll make a couple other decisions just before the game."

Prior to Thornton's injury, he had not missed a single game all season, playing in the team's first 76 games. He has a career-high nine goals and eight assists for a career-high 18 points on the season. 

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04/06/2011 - 10:13am
Rivers on D&C: C's will wait on Shaq

Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following Tuesday night's 99-82 victory over the 76ers.

Asked if beating the Sixers was a statement win, considering the teams could meet in the first round of the playoffs, the C's coach said it would mean more to a younger team. "All we got out of that game is that we played better in the second half, and that's it for us," he said.

Shaquille O'Neal left Sunday's win over the Pistons with a strained right calf muscle. Rivers said Shaq will not play Thursday in Chicago. As for Friday vs. the Wizards: "I doubt it." Sunday vs. the Heat? "Maybe."

Said Rivers: "We're going to be very cautious with him. I would like to play him a couple of games, but only if he's feeling great. If not, we'll just wait."

Jeff Green has shown flashes of solid play since coming over from the Thunder, but Rivers said he needs...

04/06/2011 - 10:11am
Remy on D&C: Lowrie 'more than capable'

Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning. The NESN Red Sox analyst discussed Boston’s slow start, Terry Francona’s shuffling of the lineup and the play of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Remy said he’s not getting too concerned just yet and that he thinks the players are just putting a little too much pressure on themselves right now.

“I think they’re pressing right now,” Remy said. “Any time you come out of spring training, you want to get off to a good start, and that certainly hasn’t happened. Down in Texas, the pitching was not what you’d expect it to be with those three guys coming out of the chute. And then last night, they just didn’t hit. There’s no question they’re pressing right now to get that first win and individuals trying to get off to a good start. That’s normal. If this happens in the middle of the season, a four-...

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