Pietrus excited after first win with Celtics

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Pietrus excited after first win with Celtics

BOSTON -- Mickael Pietrus flashed a smile and broke out into song as the media approached his locker on Wednesday night following the Boston Celtics 23-point win over the Toronto Raptors.

Im sexy and I know it, he sang, dancing in his seat to the tune of the LMFAO hit.

Pietrus had plenty to be happy about. After missing the start of the season rehabbing a knee injury, he experienced his first victory as a Celtic. His 12-point performance, including four-for-seven shooting from three-point range, contributed to the final 96-73 result.

Without being asked a single question, Pietrus made his opening remarks.

First win as a Celtic, it feels good, he said. I think we moved the ball extremely well. We were able to get open and make some shots. We started much feeling about ourselves starting the games, so Im confident and always stay positive. We still have to work on a couple things to get us better, but if I think that if we fight like that every night, good things are going to happen.

It has only been one week since Pietrus made his Celtics debut. He has made at least one trey in each of his five games, including seven in his last two contests. His instant energy has given the Celtics bench a boost. The swingman is averaging 8.2 points and shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range this season.

Pietrus has already done far more than I thought he would do this quickly, said Doc Rivers. His energy is just infectious and defensively hes unbelievable. I remember not liking him when he was with the Magic when he came on the floor because of his defensive toughness, and youve kind of forgotten about it. Hes reminding you why you didnt like him. Hes terrific.

Pietrus remembers the receptions he received as the opponent. After playing for the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, and Phoenix Suns, he has a better feeling being on the home team inside the TD Garden.

At the Garden, Im just trying to be the fan favorite right now, he said with a laugh. Im not going to lie to you because I was on the opposing team and they hated me. So now theyve got to love me now. Im just trying to enjoy my time with them. All it takes is a smile on a kids face, thats all I need. Thats what I live for. I live with high energy for those people so I ve got to give my best shot.

Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.