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Garnett told to recover

Celtics star Kevin Garnett could miss two weeks with a strained right calf.

General Manager Danny Ainge says an MRI and a thorough examination showed Garnett's injury Wednesday night had nothing to do with his right knee, which was surgically repaired after the 2008-09 season.

Garnett was injured when he jumped for a dunk with 2:38 left in the first quarter of a 104-92 loss at the Detroit Pistons. The forward, who is averaging 15.4 points and 9.8 rebounds, limped down the court before leaving the game.

Ainge said Thursday during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio that Garnett might be out two weeks if his injury is handled conservatively.

The Celtics' next game is Friday against New Orleans in Boston.


Killebrew is ill

Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

The 74-year-old Killebrew released a statement through the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, saying he expects to make a full recovery from the "very serious" condition.

"With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life," Killebrew said.

Killebrew hit 573 home runs and made 11 All-Star appearances during his 22-year career spent mostly with the Washington Senators and Twins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.


Boros dead at 74

Former big league manager and infielder Steve Boros, who later played a key behind-the-scenes role in one of baseball's most thrilling World Series moments, has died. He was 74.

Boros died Wednesday night in Deland, Fla., where he had spent his recent years, the Detroit Tigers said Thursday.

Boros hit .245 with 26 home runs and 149 RBIs in parts of seven seasons with Detroit, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati. He managed the Oakland Athletics in 1983 and part of 1984, and guided the San Diego Padres in 1986.

Boros was part of a scout team that filled out reports that fall on the Oakland Athletics, the Dodgers' opponent in the 1988 World Series. Among the traits that Boros and his co-workers noticed: Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley tended to throw a backdoor slider on 3-2 counts to left-handed hitters.

That was exactly the pitch that pinch-hitter Kirk Gibson launched off Eck for a two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth homer to win Game One. The Dodgers went on to upset the mighty A's in five games.

From News and wire service reports.