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04/05/2011 - 3:33pm
Thornton (stitches) hopes to play Wednesday
By: DJ Bean

 WILMINGTON -- After missing last the last three games due to stitches above his right eye, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said he hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Islanders. The stitches, of which there were approximately 40, will be removed before the game, and Thornton said he just needs medical clearance and the OK from Claude Julien. 

"I think so, but I'm not 100 percent [sure]," Thornton said Tuesday of the possibility of him returning. 

"We'll figure it out tomorrow," Julien said. "He's day-to-day and that hasn't changed. We'll see tomorrow and make a decision on him, whether he's capable of jumping in our lineup or not."

Thornton began skating without a shield on Monday and participated in Tuesday's proactice with linemates Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. 

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04/05/2011 - 3:11pm
Lineups: Crawford hits second, Salty catches

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox will be using their fourth different lineup in as many games when they face the Indians and righty starter Josh Timlin Tuesday night, with Carl Crawford moving up to the second spot, Dustin Pedroia hitting behind him, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia back in as the Sox' catcher, hitting eighth. 

The entire Red Sox lineup against the 26-year-old Tomlin is as follows: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Crawford CF, Pedroia 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 3B, David Ortiz 1B, J.D. Drew RF, Saltalamacchia C, Marco Scutaro SS, Josh Beckett P.

The Sox faced Tomin once in 2010, going seven innings while giving up a grand slam to Adrian Beltre. Four members of the current Sox team were playing that day, with Scutaro the only one of the remaining group to notch a hit. Drew, Ellsbury, and Ortiz all went hitless in the outing.

The Indians will send up the following lineup against Beckett: Michael Brantley CF, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Shin-Soo...

04/05/2011 - 12:10pm
Milbury: Bruins 'having trouble' with Seguin

NESN analyst Mike Milbury was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday morning. Milbury was first asked about Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, a game that saw the Bruins blow a three-goal lead. 

Claude Julien told reporters after the game that the Bruins "decided to get cute" with the 3-0 lead. Milbury didn't think that was the case.

"No, I took it as a sloppy effort by a Bruins team that didn't have much at stake," said Milbury. "And I think they'll turn the page real fast, and not worry too much about it, not read too much into it. Give the Rangers credit, they got a little lucky, [Tim] Thomas was not on his A game, the Bruins were a little sloppy and the Rangers were just desperate. In the end, I wouldn't read anything more into it than that."

The loss almost locks the Bruins into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Assuming that is where the Bruins...

04/05/2011 - 10:30am
Krstic: 'I think I'll be ready for playoffs'

Doc Rivers called his first practice since bruising his right knee a “tentative” one, but Nenad Krstic was just happy to be back on the court Monday afternoon working out and getting ready for what he believes will be his return Tuesday against the 76ers at TD Garden.

Of course, it looked a lot worse for Krstic last Thursday night in San Antonio when his knee appeared to buckle in the second quarter.

He came off the court, did not play again that night and immediately went for an MRI the next day.

“I was upset but I knew right away [it wasn't serious] or anything like that,” Krstic said. “When I was in New Jersey, I had the ACL [tear] and I knew it wasn’t the ACL. I was thinking maybe it was meniscus but obviously, I’m not a doctor. But I was just waiting for the MRI and the day and a half was really long for me.

“I can get through the pain but it’s just still in my head a little...

04/05/2011 - 7:45am
Mashup: Millar critical of Piniella's managing

Former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar, who was one of the final cuts by the Cubs last year, criticized ex-Cubs manager Lou Piniella for his lack of communication and apparent disorganization. "I didn't get a chance to play with Lou, but I mean, there definitely was something missing," Millar said Monday in a radio appearance on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" in Chicago. "You have to have more organization and know who is going in the game that day."

Piniella retired Aug. 23 and was replaced by Mike Quade, who has been well received by players for being better prepared than his predecessor. Added Millar: "Nothing against Lou Piniella, he managed a lot of years and you get to the point where you don't think about those things, but it was a little frustrating from the player's side -- period. There were no lineups, Lou didn't know who was playing and who was going in, and it gets old. So then what happens ... you get...

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