Here is the Red Sox lineup for Monday's contest vs. the Twins, the first regular season game ever played at Target Field. Jacoby Ellsbury is out with sore ribs following Sunday's ninth-inning collision with Adrian Beltre. Mike Cameron will get the start in center field and bat eighth, while Marco Scutaro moves to the top spot in the lineup.
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference call with the media on Monday morning and discussed a variety of issues concerning the team and the first-round matchup of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Sabres. Chiarelli said that he admires the Buffalo organization and sees some distinct similarities in how each of the franchises were built.
"I have admired the Buffalo organization. The way that they have built the team, the way that they stress bringing their players through the system, getting those players in the lineup. I admire the coach and the way that he has changed through the years, I think he is the longest tenured coach," Chiarelli said. "They have some good principles there and our assistant GM, Jim Benning, is from there, they’ve got very good principles there. It is not a coincidence that we are facing each other because there are some good people who have run through there."
David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew will be out of the lineup for the Red Sox for Tuesday night's game vs. the Rays, as Tampa Bay's ace left-hander David Price (0-2) takes the hill in a showdown between two of baseball's top starting pitchers.
Jed Lowrie is in the lineup, starting at third base, and Kevin Youkilis is moved to DH. Mike Cameron gets the start in center field and Darnell McDonald replaces Drew in right field.
Jon Lester (0-0) gets the start for the Sox. Lester has a career record of 9-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 starts vs. Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay took the opener of the three-game set in a 16-5 laugher on Monday night at Fenway Park. The Sox and Rays enter play on Tuesday tied with Houston (2-8) for the worst record in the major leagues.
The lineup is as follows: Crawford LF, Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis DH, Lowrie 3B, Cameron CF, Varitek C, McDonald RF, Scutaro SS, Lester P.
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Celtics guard Ray Allen was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Monday morning and addressed Friday night's debacle, when the team was booed by TD Garden fans during an embarrassing loss to the Wizards. "It's disappointing anytime your home fans boo," Allen said. "Obviously, nobody on the team wants to lay an egg out there on the floor." Added Allen: "The one thing I would say is it's so much easier for us when the fans encourage us. ... Booing's hard [to take], but at the end of the day, we have to go out and do our job."
As for his personal feelings about when the team goes through rough stretches, Allen said: "I never get discouraged. You can always get the next play, make the next play better."
Allen said the rumors at the trade deadline did not affect him or the team's play. "Nobody talked about it," Allen said. "Once we were in the locker room,...
The NHL Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Bruins have a 60.8 percent chance of landing either the first or second pick by virtue of owning the Toronto Maple Leafs' first-round pick as compensation for trading forward Phil Kessel last summer. Toronto finished with the second-worst record in the league with 74 points ahead of only Edmonton (62 points). The Bruins have an 18.8 percent chance of landing the first overall pick with a 60.8 weighted mean of landing one of the first two picks. Per the lottery's rules, the lowest selection the Bruins can have would be the third overall pick.
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