Bradley day-to-day with sore shoulder

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Bradley day-to-day with sore shoulder

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley left the Celtics locker room with his right shoulder wrapped in ice Thursday night.

The young guard wanted to play in the Celtics overtime battle against the Lakers, but was sidelined for the first time this season with soreness. Bradley suffered the injury in Tuesdays game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

I banged it up and its just been hurting me lately, he told CSNNE.com following the Celtics 88-87 loss. I really didnt decide not to play tonight. If Doc (Rivers) put me in, he was going to put me in. But I told him I was ready, he knew I was hurting so he was just looking out for me, didnt want me to injure it anymore.

Bradley has appeared in 23 games this season, averaging 4.0 points, 1.3 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game. In addition to starting eight games in place of Rajon Rondo, he has also given the Celtics a defensive spark off the bench.

On Thursday, rookie ETwaun Moore played nearly nine minutes behind Rondo, who was on the court for 45 minutes.

While Bradley hopes to play on Friday against the Raptors in Toronto, he is being cautious. The Celtics play two days later on Sunday at home against the Chicago Bulls.

Its just sore, he said. Im going to try. Im just day by day. Im going to keep trying before the game, pregame, and just see if its ready.

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:

QUOTES

“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.

 

NOTES

* 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.

 

STARS

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.