Kevin Youkilis, who left Thursday night's game after fouling a ball off his left shin, said he was ready for pinch-hitting duty Friday and would ready to return to the lineup Saturday.
"I'll play tomorrow, for sure. No doubt," Youkilis told reporters in Anaheim. The X-rays which the first baseman took during the Sox' win Thursday night came back negative.
"I'm doing better today," Youkilis added. "Just basically if they need me at any point, I can go in there and do something. Basically it's a lot better than it was yesterday, so that's a good sign."
Youkilis said there was some initial concern after Red Sox head trainer Mike Reinold evaluated the injury.
"I've fouled balls off pretty hard before. I didn't think it was as bas as it could be," Youkilis said. "But there were a couple of spots [Reinold] hit and he wanted to be a little cautious about it. He wanted to make sure, so we got...
The Red Sox will put Jacoby Ellsbury back in the leadoff spot for the first time since April 7, as the Sox take on the Angels and their righty starter Dan Haren. Ellsbury is currently hitting .186 with an on-base percentage .273.
“We had to make some changes. We don’t have a lot of good history against [Haren]," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "He’s having his way with the league right now."
Jed Lowrie remains in the lineup, playing third base in the place of Kevin Youkilis, who suffered an injury to his left shin Thursday night.
The Red Sox' lineup in the second game of their four-game set with LA in Anaheim is as follows:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS
Jon Lester P
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NEW YORK -- The Knicks have decided that Chauncey Billups' strained right knee hasn't recovered sufficiently enough to play in Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference series against New York, ruling the point guard out for Friday night's game. Knicks' forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who has been battling a pulled muscle in his back, was in the Knicks' starting lineup.
"We were pretty sure he was not playing and we were ready either way," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It doesn’t change our gameplan honestly. We’re going to play the same regardless of who plays."
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The Patriots worked out wide receiver Vidal Hazelton and offensive lineman Jason Kelce out of Cincinnati on Friday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hazelton is a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who was at Souther Cal before transferring to Cincinnati. In his collegiate career, he had 63 catches for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Kelce is an interior offensive linemen who was at both guard and center over the course of his college career, and was named All-BIG EAST second team as a senior. Both are considered late-round draft possibilities. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.
Knicks stars Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups did not participate in active practice for the second straight day, retreating to the trainer's room during the team's shootaround on Friday, according to The New York Times.
Both players are game-time decisions for Friday night's Game 3 against the Celtics, although "Stoudemire is far more likely to play than Billups," The Times reported.
"We're pretty optimistic," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni told the paper about Stoudemire's pulled back muscle. As for Billups' strained left knee? "Less optimistic."
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
Joe and Tim are joined by Red Sox legend and baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski about his time with the Red Sox and his thoughts on the 2016 team.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.
Inspired by Wade Boggs, we look at him and four other guys who's value wasn't realized until they were long gone.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
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