After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

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After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

BOSTON -- After playing 19 of their first 28 games at the TD Garden, the Boston Celtics are hitting the road for a four-game road trip heading into the All-Star Break.

They leave behind an 11-8 home record, one marked by a mix of blowouts, grind-it-out wins, and losses they let slip away.

In chronological order:

Home Wins: Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors (twice), Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls

Home Losses: Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

Following a frustrating 98-88 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday night (in which they trailed by just one after the third quarter), the C's will fly to Chicago to face the Bulls on Thursday. They will then travel to Detroit, Dallas and Oklahoma City to round out the trip. The Celtics have lost to each of those five teams already this season.

Despite being 4-5 on the road, coach Doc Rivers isnt weighing the away games with any more significance than the games played in Boston.

That part doesnt bother me at all. The road-home schedule hasnt, never did, he said. I think were really good on the road. I think like Ive said, so far weve proven we can beat anybody and lose to anybody. Thats the maddening part. What we havent proven is that we can be a consistent basketball team, and thats where we have to get to.

Thursday's lineups: Red Sox vs. White Sox

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Thursday's lineups: Red Sox vs. White Sox

Finally, the Boston Red Sox have released their lineup, less than an hour before Thursday's game against the White Sox.

They were waiting on Jackie Bradley Jr. to take batting practice before deciding on whether he can play after jamming his finger on Wednesday. He will be in the lineup and he's batting ninth.

The full lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Henry Owens LHP

WHITE SOX
Adam Eaton RF
Henry Rollins SS
Jose Abreu 1B
Todd Frazier 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Avisail Garcia DH
Carlos Sanchez C
Austin Jackson CF

Erik Johnson RHP

Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

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Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

Major League Baseball is reportedly set to release more PED testing results, but Mike Felger is growing increasingly more confident in the fact that David Ortiz is clean. He's passing all the tests, isn't he?