Rondo to start against Grizzlies

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Rondo to start against Grizzlies

BOSTON Doc Rivers said Rajon Rondo, who has been hampered by a right hip injury, will be in the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics tonight
The injury occurred against the Los Angeles Clippers when Rondo took a hip check from Clippers guard Matt Barnes.
Rondo missed one game (at Golden State) because of the injury, but struggled in his return (2 points) against Sacramento.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers will be keeping a watchful eye on Rondo to see if he's favoring the hip, or if his play is doing the C's more harm than good.
"If he's hurting us, we take him out. If he's playing well, we let him play," Rivers said. "Listen, we have to play at some kind of pace offensively and defensively. So it will be pretty easy to see."
Rondo's availability bodes well for the season debut of Avery Bradley, who benefited greatly from being in the starting lineup with Rondo last season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.