West expects to return to full practice

West expects to return to full practice

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- Delonte West described himself as hungry.

Hes itching to recover from his recently sprained right ankle, and hopes to return to full contact in practice on Monday.

West suffered the injury last weekend during a team walkthrough. He had played in just three games after recovering from a broken wrist endured in November.

Im able to do everything except for live contact, really just putting full pressure on the leg, he said before Fridays Celtics - Warriors game. But other than that, Im working out, still conditioning. I still havent got any shots up yet, any movement, but hopefully Ill do that this weekend.

After feeling pain on Thursday, he was more comfortable the following day. He went through a treatment regimen of ice, stem therapy, and continuing to use a compression boot he as been wearing throughout the injury.

Doc Rivers does not expect West to play on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

When West returns to the court, the Celtics will look a lot different than they did when he went down. Five players have since been traded, but West is ready to get to work with his new teammates.

I dont think you can break the spirit of the Celtics, he said. It was sad to see a couple of the guys go, but right now its business. I think we have time to heal over that, but right now guys are re-focused for getting this team ready to push out this last stretch.

Rivers said Shaquille ONeal (Achilles) wants to play on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rivers, though, believes ONeal needs more practice time and says he will probably play on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
One big man Rivers expects to see on the court is Chris Johnson. Even though he has played only six minutes since being called up from the Dakota Wizards (NBA Development League) on February 24, Rivers thinks the Celtics will sign him to another 10-day contract. Rivers says of Johnson, who is 6-11 and 211 pounds, If we can figure out a way to get him on Babys weight program, hed be terrific. Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comjcameratonba

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:


“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.



* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.



1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.