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Injury, illness and a possible suspension may leave Bruins shorthanded

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Injury, illness and a possible suspension may leave Bruins shorthanded

BRIGHTON -- Thanks to injuries, illness and possible suspensions, the Bruins have several lineup question marks for Thursday night’s pre-All-Star game finale in Ottawa.

Both Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari were absent from practice on Thursday. Bergeron got the morning off after playing through, and scoring through, illness on Tuesday night against New Jersey, and Acciari was sidelined by a lower body injury that was also bugging him in the 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Bruce Cassidy expects Bergeron will be good to go Thursday night against the Senators, but a banged-up Acciari is a bit more of a question mark.

"[We] hope [Acciardi is] ready to go," said Cassidy. "If not, then we’ll look to Providence (for a replacement) and that’s an internal conversation we’ll have to have."

On the other end of the spectrum, Brad Marchand skated Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena but may not be available after a hearing with NHL’s Department of Player Safety concerning an uncalled elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson. At this point it feels like Marchand is headed for a suspension, so it’s a matter of how many games he’ll get. He's been fined or suspended by the league seven times before.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Wednesday’s practice prior to leaving for Ottawa:

Marchand-Postma-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Spooner

Heinen-Nash-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Vatrano

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Grzelcyk-Miller

Postma

 

Rask

Khudobin

Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Pedroia out for second straight day

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Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Pedroia out for second straight day

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will undergo an MRI in Boston on Monday on the left knee and ankle that were injured by Manny Machado's takeout slide in Baltimore on Friday.

Pedroia had indicated Saturday the problem was minor, but manager John Farrell said Sunday that swelling persisted. Pedroia was out of the Red Sox lineup for the second consecutive day.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi CF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Marco Hernandez 2B
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Eduardo Rodriguez P

ORIOLES
Craig Gentry LF
Adam Jones CF
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Trumbo RF
Chris Davis 1B
Trey Mancini DH
Wellington Castillo C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
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Kevin Gausman P

Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello looks to get back on track

Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello looks to get back on track

Dustin Pedroia's back in the lineup after a day off and Eduardo Rodriguez is back with the team after a short paternity leave.

Now the Red Sox hope Rick Porcello is back to form.

The defending American League Cy Young Award winner was routed by the Rays last Friday night at Fenway, the only game Boston lost in its wraparound four-game series with Tampa Bay. He returns to the mound tonight as the Sox look for their second win a row in Toronto over the struggling Blue Jays, and their fifth straight victory overall.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi CF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Chris Young LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Sandy Leon C
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Rick Porcello P

BLUE JAYS
Kevin Pillar CF
Ezequiel Carrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Kendrys Morales DH
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Russell Martin C
Justin Smoak 1B
Darwin Barney 3B
Devon Travis 2B
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Francisco Liriano P