Garnett: Seraphin 'clearly has worked on his game'

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Garnett: Seraphin 'clearly has worked on his game'

BOSTON Kevin Seraphin is not exactly a name that comes to mind when you think of NBA big men who are tough covers.
But the Boston Celtics know all too well just how much the third-year big man has improved.
He is a central figure on a Washington Wizard bench that's averaging a league-best 54 points per game.
In his first game of the season on Saturday against the Celtics, Seraphin had 19 points and seven rebounds. He had missed the previous three weeks with a calf injury.
"He clearly has worked on his game," Boston's Kevin Garnett said after the game. "I was a bit shocked they were going to him."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has also been impressed at the progress made by the 6-foot-9, 275-pound forward-center who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 17 pick in the 2010 NBA draft and was traded to Washington a month later.
"A year ago, you could play him over the one shoulder," Rivers said. "Now he goes with both hands, both ways. He's improving quickly."
Seraphin knows that games like his performance on Saturday will only make teams like Boston -- and players like Garnett who was scored on quite often by Seraphin -- even more focused on limiting him.
Now, he will be ready, but I will be ready for him too, because hes a good player, Seraphin told the Washington Post regarding Garnett. I know that, I will probably get some trap and stuff like that, like double team. I know for sure, I score 19 points, Garnett wont let me score 19 points again. For me, thats a challenge, because I have to do it again. Now I just have to prepare myself to be ready for him like he will be ready for me.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot