Pierce will play vs. Nuggets

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Pierce will play vs. Nuggets

DENVER Paul Pierce, who suffered a twisted right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Boston's 25-point loss at Sacramento on Friday, will assume his usual spot in the starting lineup tonight.

Following the Kings loss, Pierce was hopeful that the ankle would not swell up and cause him to miss what would have been his fourth game of the season. He missed the first three games of the season with a bruised right heel injury.

And on Saturday, Pierce repeatedly told the media that it would be a game-time decision.

However, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Pierce would in fact be in the starting lineup tonight.

"Paul's good," Rivers said. "He'll start in play."

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.