Rondo focused on Celtics, not Team USA


Rondo focused on Celtics, not Team USA

BOSTON Rajon Rondo is not expected to be among the 18 players invited to be on the preliminary Team USA Roster.

When asked if he would be disappointed in not being selected, he was quick to respond, "Nah. No. Not at all."

Having spent time with Team USA last summer, Rondo knows all too well the level of commitment that is involved.

Oh, Rondo's committed to helping the C's go deep into the playoffs.

"My focus right now is to represent the Celtics," Rondo said. "Of course it would be an honor, but that's not even in my thought process right now."

But don't be surprised if Rondo gets a call at some point between now and the roster being trimmed to 12 prior to the 2012 Olympics in London.

"This year is going to be particularly tough with the short amount of time we have in this condensed season," Rondo said. "It's going to be a lot of injuries during the season, so guys may drop out or may (be) picked up, so you never know."

Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up


Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

Clay Buchholz hopes ot lead off the afternoon game better than his last start, where he game up a home run and double to leadoff the game against Chicago.

The righty has a career 4.10 ERA against Texas in 41.2 innings pitched against Texas with a 1-5 record.

Unfortunately for Boston, Buchholz is even worse at Globe Life Park. The righty is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 at the Rangers home field.

The lineups:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz DH
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Ryan LaMarre LF
Clay Buchholz RHP

Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bryan Holaday C
Martin Perez LHP