Fast breaks: Rondo on pace to start All Star game

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Fast breaks: Rondo on pace to start All Star game

HOUSTON Here a few fast breaks to come out of the Boston Celtics' 101-89 loss at Houston on Friday night.

EARLY RETURNS GOOD FOR RONDO
First round of all-star ballots are out and Boston's Rajon Rondo has the second-highest vote total among Eastern Conference guards with 382,613 votes. If he maintains that position or moves up, he will earn his first all-star start and fourth all-star appearance.

KNOW THE ENEMY
Doc Rivers didn't need much of a scouting report on Rockets starting forward and former Florida Gator star Chandler Parsons. Rivers, whose daughter Callie attended the University of Florida, said he has known Parsons since he was in grade school.

ASIK A CELTIC?
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the C's looked into acquiring Houston center Omer Asik this past summer. "And then they (Asik's representatives) said what they wanted," Rivers recalled. "That ended all inquiries." Asik, who had nine points, 10 rebounds along with some strong play defensively against the Celtics' Kevin Garnett on Friday, eventually signed a three-year, 25 million contract with the Rockets.

SLAM DUNKS
In the first half, the public address system played Fun's "We Are Young." It's a fitting song when you consider the Rockets are the NBA's youngest team. Houston players all wear a black band on their jerseys in memory of Sasha McHale, the daughter of head coach and former Celtic Kevin McHale, who recently passed away. the last time Rondo had seven or more turnovers in a regular season game was last season against the Charlotte Bobcats on April 15 when he had eight turnovers (and 16 assists) in a 94-82 Celtics win.

Robbie Ross Jr. getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow -- a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

More to come. . . 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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