Dooling feels good after return to Celtics lineup

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Dooling feels good after return to Celtics lineup

BOSTON -- Keyon Dooling made his return on Sunday after missing the previous nine games due to a right hip pointer injury.

With eight minutes and 36 seconds on the court, the veteran guard was happy to be back.

I felt good, he said following the Boston Celtics 95-91 win over the Chicago Bulls. It was a good start. I have to work my way back into the rotation so hopefully I can earn my minutes.

Dooling was 0-for-2 from the field with a pair of rebounds. He said that he felt great after the game and will continue with his treatment routine to stay healthy.

He suffered the hip pointer injury during the Celtics January 26 win over the Orlando Magic. It was his first game back from a sore right knee injury which had kept him sidelined for seven games prior to that.

Ill probably have to continue to treat it the whole year, he said of his hip. Im not the only one. Theres a lot of guys banged up, so Im not going to complain. Im out there, Im happy to be out there.

For Dooling, the best part of the game was simply being able to play with the Celtics.

Just being able to go to battle with my teammates, he said. Theres a lot of guys we have ailing and so Im one of the wounded soldiers right now thats going out there trying to perform.

Dooling has appeared in 11 games this season, averaging 6.0 points, 1.1 assists, and shooting 44.4 percent from the field.

First impressions: Buchholz finishes strong vs. White Sox

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First impressions: Buchholz finishes strong vs. White Sox

CHICAGO - First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the White Sox.

 

If this was some sort of must-win proposition for Clay Buchholz, he passed his test.

Buchholz found himself behind 2-0 just three batters in when he allowed a two-run homer to Jose Abreu, but he righted himself nicely after that.

Buchholz pitched seven innings and didn't allow another run. In fact, Buchholz only yielded two more hits after the first - both singles.

John Farrell said he wanted to see Buchholz attack the strike zone with his fastball, pitch with a quicker tempo and not rely so much on his secondary stuff. To varying degrees, Buchholz accomplished all three and finished strong - retiring the last 10 hitters in a row and 16 of the last 17.

 

Josh Rutledge had a nice night off the bench.

Rutledge was a last-minute addition to the lineup when Hanley Ramirez was scratched with the flu and Travis Shaw was shifted from third base to first base.

Rutledge reached base three times with two singles and a walk. One of the singles drove in the fourth run, scoring Chris Young with an important insurance run.

 

David Ortiz broke out of his U.S. Cellular slump in a big way.

Coming into the game, Ortiz was hitless here in his last 19 at-bats and when he hit into a double play in the first and flied to center in the third, that stretched to 0-for-21. Since the start of 2014, those first two at-bats made Ortiz 1-for-26.

But in the fifth, Ortiz hammered a pitch from Carlos Rodon into the seats in right for a two-run homer, giving the Red Sox their first lead of the series.

For all the talk about Ortiz's difficulty hitting lefties, he's now third among lefty batters in homers off lefthanded pitchers since last July 2.

 

The home run power continues to be in short supply beyond Ortiz.

Last season, the Red Sox didn't have anyone hit 20 homers other than the (then) 39-year-old Ortiz.

Might the same thing happen again this year?

Ortiz hit his sixth homer last night, again leading the club. Mookie Betts is the only other hitter on the Sox with more than three homers -- and he hasn't hit one in his last 58 at-bats, dating back a week and a half.

 

Tom Brady, Vanilla Ice look like BFFs at Under Armour event

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Tom Brady, Vanilla Ice look like BFFs at Under Armour event

Watch out Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and Alex Guerrero. Tom Brady just might have a new best friend. 

At an Under Armour event that took place on Wednesday, rapper Vanilla Ice snapped a selfie with the Patriots quarterback, who was grinning from ear to ear. 

In South Baltimore, "Armour Day" was held in order to celebrate Under Armour's 20th year in business. Brady was one of many athletes in attendance, including Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, Cal Ripken, Boomer Esiason and Roger Clemens. 

Brady is one of the faces of Under Armour, along with Spieth and Warriors guard Steph Curry. When he signed in 2010, he received equity in the company as part of the deal.