Former C's draft pick Brooks starts tonight for Nets

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Former C's draft pick Brooks starts tonight for Nets

BOSTON Talk about irony.

Injuries have led to New Jersey rookie and Providence College product MarShon Brooks getting his first start against Boston - the same team that drafted him and moments later, traded him to New Jersey for the draft rights to JaJuan Johnson.

"They drafted me, so it is a different kind of feel than any other game," Brooks told CSNNE.com. "But I'm still going to try and come out and play hard, provide energy for my team."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers followed Brooks' game when he was at Providence.

"On film, he's an aggressive scorer," Rivers said. "With guys out, he's probably going to be more so and they'll probably lean on him more to that. He's gifted; he can score the ball. He's a guy our defense will obviously have to focus on."

Despite the Nets (1-5) less than stellar record, Brooks' play has been one of the bright spots.

He's averaging 13.7 points off the bench, along with 3.7 rebounds per game.

And Brooks, like most NBA players, is always looking for a way to amp up his level of motivation.

Facing the team that drafted him and later traded him away, Brooks said, doesn't really fire him up.

"I wasn't even with the Celtics long enough," Brooks said. "The thing that motivates me, I want to prove to the Nets that they made the right decision more so than the Celtics made the wrong decision. I'm here to play for the Nets. I want to prove the Nets right for drafting me."

Paxton, Seager pace Mariners past Red Sox, 4-0

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Paxton, Seager pace Mariners past Red Sox, 4-0

James Paxton allowed four singles over seven innings to win his fifth consecutive start in July and Kyle Seager homered to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Paxton (10-3) retired the first 13 hitters before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single to center with one out in the fifth. The left-hander, who worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings, struck out 10 and walked none. Paxton has allowed six earned runs in 33 1/3 innings and not given up a home run in five starts this month.

Nick Vincent and David Phelps each pitched a perfect inning to finish.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two in his second start since coming off the disabled list.