Pietrus (knee) says he'll play vs. Lakers

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Pietrus (knee) says he'll play vs. Lakers

LOS ANGELES Mickael Pietrus did not play in Boston's blowout win over Portland, but he tells CSNNE.com that he will play today against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I'm good. I'm good now," Pietrus told CSNNE.com moments before heading on to the Staples Center floor for some pre-game shooting.

There apparently had been some soreness in Pietrus' right knee, the same knee he had surgically repaired last summer.

Pietrus said that they tried a different form of treatment for the soreness, and it didn't work.

"But the knee, it's fine now," he said. "My knee isn't messed up or anything. It's not bothering me."

His value becomes even greater against the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

"I'm ready to go," Pietrus said. "Ready to go out here and try to get this road trip started off right."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.