Teams, agents can talk Wednesday; facilities open to players

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Teams, agents can talk Wednesday; facilities open to players

Although the NBA's free agency period doesn't officially begin until Dec. 9, the NBA has notified teams that they can start talking with agents as early as Wednesday.

In addition, players can start using NBA facilities as early as Thursday.

According to Yahoo! Sports, all 30 facilities are available to current players as well as free agents. Coaches and front office officials can't be in the gym during the workouts, but a member of the team's media relations department as well as the team's strength and conditioning coaches can be in attendance as well.

Hanigan rehabs at Pawtucket this weekend, Swihart out of boot

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Hanigan rehabs at Pawtucket this weekend, Swihart out of boot

BOSTON - Ryan Hanigan (neck), who was with the team today, will play nine innings for Pawtucket Saturday and Sunday and will be evaluated after that. It's possible he could be activated for the start of the Texas series Monday.

* Blake Swihart (ankle) is walking around without a boot.

"He's improving,'' reported John Farrell. "He got on the treadmill here today and the last couple of days, [he's done] more walking. He's more free. I can't say that he's beginning to job or any kind of running progression; I think that's still too early. But the fact that he's able to tolerate more ground-based activity is encouraging. There's still no timetable for him to initiate any baseball acvtivities, other than throwing -- which he's doing right now."

* Joe Kelly (groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen Thursday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday.

"There's steps being made,'' said Farrell. "There's probably going to be a need for at least two additional bullpens before we get him back in a ballgame.''

OFFSEASON

Turner on Instagram: Leaving Celtics ‘one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made’

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Turner on Instagram: Leaving Celtics ‘one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made’

On Instagram, Evan Turner thanks the Boston fans after he leaves the Celtics for a four-year, $70 million free agent deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Friday’s Red Sox-Angels lineups: Ramirez out, Holt back

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Friday’s Red Sox-Angels lineups: Ramirez out, Holt back

Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox starting lineup as they open a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

Ramirez is day-to-day after he hurt his right side on a swing and miss on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left that game in the eighth inning.

Travis Wright moves to first place in place of Ramirez and Marco Hernandez will play third. Brock Holt returns from the disabled list and will play left field.

Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA) looks to bounce back from a loss in Texas in his last start. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64) starts for the Angels. 

The lineups: 

ANGELS
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 3B
Daniel Nava LF
C.J. Cron 1B
Johnny Giovotella 2B
Carlos Perez C
Andrelton Simmons SS

Jhoulys Chacin RHP 

RED SOX
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B

Steven Wright RHP