Stiemsma starts, O'Neal (hamstring) sits; Wilcox returns


Stiemsma starts, O'Neal (hamstring) sits; Wilcox returns

BOSTON One guy returns, another goes out.

It's looking like it's going to be that kind of season for the Celtics, with Chris Wilcox (shoulder) returning to the lineup tonight while Jermaine O'Neal (hamstring) will be out.

Replacing O'Neal in the starting lineup will be rookie Greg Stiemsma.

"I'm ready to go," Stiemsma said. "This whole time here has been about opportunities. I just look at it as another one."

This first NBA start adds yet another chapter to what has been an unexpected journey for the former D-League player.

"He's with the four best players, and that helps him," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "The one thing he does is block shots. I'm thrilled to death that he's shooting the ball. He can really shoot the ball. He doesn't have much of a post game, but he can spread the floor, and that's good."

Stiemsma leads the NBA with 3.3 blocked shots per game this season.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.