MRI reveals O'Neal bone bruise

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MRI reveals O'Neal bone bruise

BOSTON -- When is a bone bruise good news? When the other possibility was thought to be a meniscus tear.

After suffering a right knee injury on Friday night against the New York Knicks, Jermaine ONeal underwent an MRI on Saturday which revealed a bone bruise. It was a relief for the big man who already missed two games this season with a sore left knee and has battled knee injuries over his career.

I was running down in the second half the other night and stopped and my leg slipped, so my knee buckled a little bit so I had a little bit of a pinch, ONeal said following the Celtics 98-80 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. That was something that was a little bit of a concern because I woke up the next day -- well actually it started to swell a little after the game but then the next day it was pretty painful so they wanted to get a picture of it. The biggest thing for was it not being a meniscus tear. That was kind of the Dooms Day thing for me. When I got the call that it was a bone bruise, I could play through that. The meniscus tears are the ones that are tough to play through.

ONeal did not participate in practice on Saturday. He returned to the court on Sunday and posted four points and seven rebounds against the Grizzlies. While he felt the same amount of pain two days later, he thanked the Celtics staff for helping him with what he called around-the-clock therapy.

I was pretty pleased with that because we were a little nervous that it was something else, he said. Were never going to be healthy. Things are going to come up and youve just got to come out and give what you can give. Thats what I try to do.

Quotes, notes and stars: Price's struggles 'crushing me right now'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Price's struggles 'crushing me right now'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES
"I'm so much better than this. I've just got to get better. It's crushing me right now, but I'll get there." -- David Price

"I've just got to pitch better. That's what it is right now. It's not something else. It's not bad luck. It's me, so I've got to get better." -- Price

"We had the big opportunity with David [Ortiz] and Hanley [Ramirez] in the middle of the order and bases loaded, one out. Figure that's the time we can cash in. But that wasn't the case.'' -- John Farrell on a blown opportunity in the sixth inning

"It got a little worse; the best choice was to come out of the game.'' -- Hanley Ramirez, who left in the eighth with a strained back

NOTES
-- Jackie Bradley Jr., thrown out trying to swipe third base in the fifth, was caught stealing for the first time in his career, having been successful in his first 20 atttempts.

-- David Ortiz has reached base safely in 20 straight games.

-- The shutout suffered by the Red Sox was the first since April 19 -- also against Tampa Bay.

-- The loss marked only the third time this season that the Red Sox didn't collect an extra-base hit.

-- Boston is 2-7 agains the Rays in the last nine meetings between the two.

-- The Sox are now 5-10 against lefty starters this season.

-- David Price dropped to 1-3, 6.52 in five career starts against the Rays.

-- Price has allowed 57 earned runs this season, or three fewer than all of last year.

-- Price has allowed at least one homer in nine straight starts, a career-high streak.

STARS
1) Brandon Guyer: Activated earlier Wednesday after a DL stint for a hamstring strain, Guyer made his presence felt with a solo homer to lead off the second, then added a run-scoring double as part of the three-run third.

2) Matt Moore: The lefty entered the game with a bloated 5.04 ERA, but tamed the Red Sox with seven shutout innings. He didn't allow a base hit until the sixth and yielded just three overall.

3) Logan Forsythe: Forsythe smoked a double off Price to lead off the Tampa Bay first inning, signaling that it might be a long afternoon for the Red Sox lefty. He later singled and scored in the third.

Hockey returns to Fenway with two Hockey East doubleheaders in January

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Hockey returns to Fenway with two Hockey East doubleheaders in January

There'll be hockey again at Fenway Park this winter, with Hockey East holding a pair of doubleheaders as part of a 12-day event that will include additional college and high school games and a free public-skating day for Boston residents.

Frozen Fenway 2017 will be held between Jan. 4-16. The Hockey East games will be played on back-to-back Saturdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14:

JANUARY 7
Boston University vs. Massachusetts
Boston College vs. Providence College

Saturday, January 14, 2017:
Maine vs. Connecticut
New Hampshire vs. Northeastern

“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” said Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy.