Rivers: Rondo probably won't play Friday

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Rivers: Rondo probably won't play Friday

WALTHAM If only Friday's game against Phoenix were a playoff battle with the series knotted up at 2-2.
Under those circumstances, Rajon Rondo said his sore right wrist wouldn't prevent him from playing.
Instead, it's a regular-season game, one that Rondo's coach, Doc Rivers, anticipates being played without him.
"He's doing all right," Rivers said. "But I doubt if he plays. We'll see."
All indications are that a decision on Rondo won't be made until shortly before Friday night's tipoff.
"Hopefully I'll get a good night's rest," Rondo said. "I'll be in treatments pretty much all day. Other than that . . . I'll see tomorrow. "
If Rondo can't play, Rivers will have to decide on Avery Bradley or E'Twaun Moore as his starting point guard.
Under most circumstances, Moore would make sense to start in place of an injured Rondo because his ability to run a team is better than Bradley's. But the Phoenix Suns have Steve Nash, one of the game's top playmakers at the point. That might make Rivers more inclined to go with Bradley instead.
"If I need to start tomorrow, that's what I'm going to do; I'm going to come out and play hard," Bradley said.
Said Moore: "Just being prepared to play the game; follow the game plan and watch the film and be ready."
Rondo was at Wednesday's practice, but did not participate in any contact drills.
Rivers said Rondo, who was scheduled to have an MRI performed on Wednesday, was at practice to get a better handle on a couple new plays Rivers was implementing.
Rondo said he was there for the possible replacements for him if he can't play, Bradley and Moore.
"We got two young point guards," Rondo said. "Not that they need help, but as much encouragement, things I can tell them or teach them," Rondo said. "I just wanted to be here."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.