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04/06/2011 - 2:45pm
Varitek in lineup as Sox look for first win

Jason Varitek will make his first 2011 start for the 0-4 Red Sox on Wednesday against the Indians, hitting eighth and catching Daisuke Matsuzaka, also making his debut start on the young season. 

With the exception of Varitek in for Jarrod Saltalamacchia the lineup is the same as the one that managed just a single run and four hits in a 3-1 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. The lineup is as follows:  Jacoby Ellsbury CF,  Carl Crawford LF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 3B, David Ortiz DH, J.D. Drew RF, Varitek C, Marco Scutaro SS, Matsuzaka P. 

Mitch Talbot (0-0) is the scheduled starter for the Indians. He has a 7.71 ERA in two career appearances vs. the Sox.

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04/06/2011 - 2:43pm
Gammons on M&M: Tek had sore shoulder

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the slow-starting Red Sox.

Gammons said the Red Sox didn't seem as energized when he saw them in Florida, but they were not alone in lacking intensity coming out of spring training.

"Except for the teams that had a lot of competition for positions, it just seemed as if everybody was bored by the 10th or 15th of March this year," Gammons said. "The Red Sox basically had no jobs open for positions players. It just seemed like spring training mode. What have they won, like two games since March 13 or something? It just seemed a little muted. It didn't upset me that [Jon] Lester and [Daniel] Bard both seemed a little out of whack, but I think sometimes that does happen to teams, where they have trouble getting going."

Added Gammons: "It's not the end of the world, but at the same time, you kind of go: All right...

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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