Ciriaco comes through for Red Sox again

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Ciriaco comes through for Red Sox again

TAMPA, Fla. Ciriaco strikes again.

Its unlikely many Red Sox fans knew his name at the start of the spring or even at the start of the week. But, if this keeps up, it will be hard to forget. Pedro Ciriaco.

On Monday, he hit a two-run, 10th-inning home run to give the Sox a win at home over the Marlins. Tuesday night, on an 0-and-2 pitch, he led off the ninth inning with what was ruled a single with two errors, though it could have been called a triple and an error, and came all the way around to score the only run of the game as the Sox beat the Yankees, 1-0.

Asked after the game if the hit should have ruled a single, manager Bobby Valentine responded, tongue in cheek:

Where are we playing? They dont want him to make the team.

Ciriaco, 26, joined the Sox as a minor league free agent in January. He was originally signed by the Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2003. He has appeared in 31 major league games for the Pirates over the last two seasons. In 751 games over seven minor league seasons, he has hit .270 with 24 home runs, 298 RBI. And he can run -- with 156 stolen bases and 51 times caught, he has an respectable 75 percent success rate.
Ciriacos hit was one of just four the Sox had in the game. The Yankees had the same number (though, with three errors, two on Ciriacos ball), leading Valentine to summarize the game:

Everybody did good tonight. Except for the hitters. But we brought one with us, though, our secret weapon.

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
 
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
 
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
 
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
 
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
 
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through,  which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
 
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.