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05/02/2011 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Pronger out for Game 2

PHILADELPHIA -- One hour before Game 2, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that top defenseman Chris Pronger will be out with an undisclosed injury.

TSN's Bob McKenzie - on his twitter page - initially reported in the afternoon that Pronger would likely miss the game, with Danny Syvret taking his place. But Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren sent a text out to Philadelphia beat writers that the defenseman was "OK," leading to speculation that he would play in Game 2.

But minutes later, numerous reports confirmed the Pronger scratch for Game 2.

Pronger missed the last five minutes of Saturday's Game 1 and was spotted headed up the runway with about two minutes remaining. The injury is not believed to be related to the broken hand he suffered in the middle of the season, leading to speculation that it is some sort of leg or lower body injury.

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05/02/2011 - 4:20pm
Beckett starts Wednesday, Daisuke Friday

The Red Sox announced that Josh Beckett will make his next start Wednesday against the Angels, allowing him six days rest between appearances. Jon Lester will pitch Tuesday, allowing the lefty his usual rest in between starts. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who left his start Friday night with stiffness in his pitching elbow, is slated to go Friday, with John Lackey pitching Thursday.

Monday's bullpen session, which Sox pitching coach Curt Young said Sunday would determine Beckett's availability for his next start, appeared to have gone well, with the starter making it through the 25-pitch exercise in good shape. Red Sox manager Terry Francona noted that with a lack of off days coming up for the Sox, the team wanted to use this opportunity to give Beckett some rest after throwing 125 pitches two starts ago.

"We leaned on Beckett pretty hard there a couple times," Francona said, later noting, "There's a reason why we keep an eye on workload....

05/02/2011 - 3:19pm
Pierce will not be suspended for Game 2

MIAMI -- The NBA has decided to not take further disciplinary action against Paul Pierce, following his ejection in Game 1 of the Celtics series with the Heat. Pierce acknowledged at the team's practice today that he was concerned. "I'm definitely worried because if it's a situation where it hurts my team, then it was very selfish," Pierce said. "It was selfish of me last night but it'll hurt even more if the league came with the decision to suspend me, if that's what they thought they saw."

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05/02/2011 - 3:14pm
LeBron: 'I didn't see us start anything'

MIAMI -- The general reaction from the Heat players at coaches at practice on Monday was that the talk of Game 1 being overly phsyical or "chippy" as Celtics coach Doc Rivers labeled it was overblown. "I didn’t see us start anything," LeBron James said. "I don’t understand what all the other conversation is about. We just want to play basketball. Go out there we’re going to be physical, the best team will win the game that night. That’s all it's about." 

Dwyane Wade echoed those sentiments. "I haven’t been in the second round in a long time but I’m assuming this is how it is. Maybe I’ve been out of the loop for a while. If they win a ballgame it will be a total different spin on things." 

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05/02/2011 - 3:04pm
Youkilis returns as Sox face Weaver

Kevin Youkilis, who missed Sunday's game with a sore hip, is back in the lineup on Monday as the Red Sox prepare to face Angels starter Jered Weaver, who concluded a historic April with a 6-0 record. Jason Varitek will be behind the plate with Clay Buchholz on the mound.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Lowrie, SS
Crawford, LF
Varitek, C

Buchholz, SP


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