He's a rookie, but Johnson has a following


He's a rookie, but Johnson has a following

JaJuan Johnson admits the more comfortable he is around a person, the more he opens up.
This offseason, the Boston Celtics rookie took the extra time during the NBA lockout to do just that -- open up to his fans.
Johnson was active on Twitter and has over 20,000 followers to date on his account, @JaJuanJohnson
I just wanted them to get to know me as a person a little bit, he told CSNNE.com. Obviously they wont fully get to know me because during the lockout, it was kind of hard to get with those kinds of people and stuff like that. I guess that was just one way of me getting to know me.
Johnsons rookie offseason was unique because of the lockout. Instead of making community appearances and participating in events around the city of Boston as many would under normal circumstances, the 22 year old moved back home to Indiana to live with his mother, stepfather, and younger sister.
Even nearly 1,000 miles from Boston, he was able to open himself up to Celtics fans. And in turn, he learned something from them as well.
Thats all they care about -- they always talk about Banner 18, Johnson said. Theres probably not a day that goes by that somebody doesnt mention Banner 18 to me on Twitter. But its cool. Thats the expectation out here.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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