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05/04/2011 - 4:54pm
Cameron in for Drew vs. Angels

With Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew mired in a slump that has his average down to .231 with a .674 OPS, Mike Cameron will get the start in right field against Ervin Santana and the Angels. Cameron has hits in both of his career at-bats against the right-hander, while Drew is just 4-for-23 against him. Kevin Youkilis also returns to the lineup, one day after he was a late scratch against Dan Haren due to illness.

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RED SOX LINEUP

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

Beckett, SP


05/04/2011 - 3:07pm
Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

The Celtics announced Wednesday plans to build a statue to honor 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.

The location of where the statue will be built is not yet known.

The idea of a statue for the legendary center gained momentum Feb. 15, when Russell was awarded the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. President Obama made it known that he thought a statue for Russell — the first black coach in NBA history and a key figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s — was long overdue.

"I hope that one day in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man," Obama said.

Here is a portion of the press release from the Celtics:

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed...

05/04/2011 - 2:50pm
Bill Russell to get a statue in Boston

The Boston Celtics issued the following press release in regards to building a statue for Celtics great Bill Russell: The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed by a local artist.  In commemoration of Russell’s accomplishments as the greatest champion in the history of professional sports, as a national leader in human rights and as a dedicated advocate for youth mentoring, the Bill Russell Legacy Project will also develop a Mentoring Grant program in Russell’s name to ensure his passion is carried on by expanding the resources for mentoring programs in the city of Boston.

Click here to read the complete press release on Green Street.


05/04/2011 - 2:25pm
Francona on Big Show: Youk ready to return

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon. The Red Sox have closed to within one game of .500 as they send Josh Beckett to the mound Wednesday night vs. the Angels, but Francona said he's trying to avoid putting pressure on the players to overcome their disastrous start as quickly as possible.

"I try not to look at, 'OK what are you doing in April? What are you doing in May?' Those are artificial deadlines," he said. "What our record is is what our record is. But it does feel better to be playing better baseball."

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis is slated to return to action after missing Tuesday night's game due to sickness. "Youk said he feels OK," Francona announced. "He was scuffling last night, though."

Beckett has not pitched since last Wednesday in Baltimore. Francona said the extra rest stems from a long and tiring outing in Anaheim two weeks ago...

05/04/2011 - 11:46am
Gammons on M&M: Albers might surprise

Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to discuss the Red Sox' resurgence. Gammons said Sunday's win over the Mariners, when Tim Wakefield stepped in for Clay Buchholz and pitched a strong game, might prove to be the game that got the Sox in gear.

"I think the mental hurdle of having to go to Tim Wakefield, have him step up big, and winning a game started by Felix Hernandez, I think that gave them a little sigh of relief," Gammons said.

Jacoby Ellsbury has been on a tear of late and looks very comfortable in the leadoff spot. "I'm still a believer that there's a lot there that we haven't seen with him being a greater player," Gammons said. "Because I think he can bunt. I don't think he's ever going to be a guy who gets 100 walks, but he can get that on-base percentage up higher.

"When he gets on base, everybody on the field moves. That dash home from second base...

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