Ortiz 1-on-1: 'I want to stick around'

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Ortiz 1-on-1: 'I want to stick around'

Former Red Sox favorite Jonathan Papelbon bolted for Philadelphia, but the Red Sox still have one high-profile player left on the free agent market.

We're talking about David Ortiz, of course, the Red Sox DH who's has hit .289 with 320 home runs and 1028 RBI over his nine-year career with the Sox.

In an interview with ESPN shortly after the season ended, Ortiz expressed concern over the state of the Sox, and even said that he would consider playing with the Yankees.

Now, he tells CSNNE's Jessica Moran that he wants to remain a member of the Red Sox and hopes that a deal gets done.

"I've been saying for years that I want to stick around," Ortiz said. "Now this is like home to me. I love playing for the fans here, and that is something that is not news for anyone. So hopefully everything goes well."

So just how well is it going? Are the Sox making offers? Are other teams?

"I can't really talk about it. That's not of public news right now," Ortiz answered. "But, like I said . . . it's a situation where, of course, a lot of teams in the American League need players like myself and of course they're going to try to chase me. So hopefully the Red Sox get it done."

The Sox didn't even put an offer in for Papelbon, and he didn't waste any time accepting one from a team that did. Now, they're left without a closer -- a situation that Ortiz finds troublesome.

"It's going to be a little crazy," Ortiz said. "Because when it comes down to the end of the game, we definitely want to have a guy like Pap out there doing his thing."

But that won't be the case anymore. The Sox let Papelbon go, essentially deeming not worth the money or years that any closer should get.

"It's a little frustrating not seeing him in the uniform," Ortiz said. "But what can I say, this is a business and you got to do what you got to do."

"Hopefully the fans don't feel Papelbon betrayed them or anything like that. Of course we want to be part of this organization, but like I say, things happen and we are just employees."

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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”