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May 14, 2013

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X-Rays negative

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was cleared to play on Monday after x-rays and tests on his injured ribs came back negative.

Victorino was hurt on Sunday after he crashed into the right field wall attempting to catch an Emilio Bonafacio fourth-inning home run during the Sox 12-4 loss. Victorino stayed in the game until the seventh inning but was sent to the hospital following the loss with rib soreness.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he expects Victorino to be in the lineup Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

Patriots ink guard

The Patriots made an under the radar move that just might have improved their offensive line on Monday. Guard Tyronne Green, who played the previous four seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers, agreed to a deal with the Patriots on Monday.

Green, 27, started 13 games on the Chargers offensive line in 2012. The 6’2” 316 pound guard looks to give the Pats depth in the middle of the offensive line and may see a lot of playing time this season with Dan Connolly recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Green joins 6’6” 313 pound guard and tackle RJ Mattes, an un-drafted rookie free agent out of North Carolina State.

The Patriots also released defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick on Monday. Deaderick saw solid minutes in each of his three years on the Patriots offensive line.

All Defense

Celtics guard Avery Bradley was recognized for his stellar defense as he was named second team NBA All Defense on Monday.

Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, was voted to the second team as well despite the fact that he was named the league’s best defensive player. Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Spurs forward Tim Duncan and Pacers forward Paul George join Bradley and Gasol on the second team.

The first team consists of Heat forward Lebron James, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Knicks center Tyson Chandler, Bulls forward Joakim Noah, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Clippers guard Chris Paul.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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