Maxwell on Rondo ejection: 'It was a scrum!'

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Maxwell on Rondo ejection: 'It was a scrum!'

Cedric Maxwell may be happy Rondo's assist streak is over, but that doesn't mean he's also throwing him under the bus for last night's ejection.

"What he did was he came to the defense of his teammate. ... What he did was he lost his head, and as the quarterback of the team you have to keep your mind. But again, this is what NBA basketball is. It's an emotional game. Everybody says,"Well you just gotta be a robot. Everybody see Rondo, 'You gotta be a robot.' Well, you're not a robot. He's going to get out, he's going to play."

Maxwell has been in his fair share of heated moments, and doesn't exactly see this as a major one.

"It was a scrum! God forsakes it was a scrum!"

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP