Rondo, Perkins play first game against each other

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Rondo, Perkins play first game against each other

BOSTON -- As a former starting center, Kendrick Perkins had never practiced against the Celtics starters, let alone played against them.

He got an introduction to the opposing side on Monday night when he returned to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder almost a year ago.

Nearly halfway through the first quarter, Perkins faced an unfamiliar task against a very familiar face -- to stop his best friend, Rajon Rondo, on a fast break.

Perkins' attempt to slow Rondo ended in a foul as Rondo ended up on the ground.

I didnt know what to expect, Perkins said following the Thunders 97-88 win. He was coming at me full speed. I was really just trying to wrap him up but he was coming so fast and I just tried to wrap him up but he kind of slipped out of my hands. But it wasnt anything where I was trying to do anything crazy to him. I just couldnt let him score on us (laughs).

After the game, Rondo, who is no stranger to hitting the ground on a fast break, shrugged it off.

It wasnt hard. I just lost my footing and hit my knee on the ground, but other than that it was nothing, he said. Im good, knee pads.

The two friends were happy to be on the same court again. Perkins came to Boston in November for Rondos charity game, but they had not been in different NBA uniforms before.

It was a good feeling, said Rondo. It was good to have him back in the building. They played great and he got the win.

Just as they did countless times over the years, Rondo and Perkins had dinner together on Sunday night. Rondo, playing the role of host, picked up the tab. Just as friends do, Perkins offered to take care of it next time.

We go to Oklahoma in a couple of weeks and its actually my birthday, said Rondo. So Im going to order a lot of bottles (laughs).

Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox, 6-5

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Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox, 6-5

SEATTLE - Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a game that ended early Wednesday morning.

Mitch Haniger walked with one out in the 13th off Doug Fister (0-5), pitching his third inning, and was forced at second on Ben Gamel's fielder's choice. Guillermo Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to third. Gamel scored on a wild pitch to tie it, with Heredia advancing all the way to third. Mike Zunino then walked. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded Segura's roller behind second, but his off-balance throw was way late.

The Red Sox, who stranded two runners in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, had taken a 5-4 lead in the top half when Sandy Leon singled home Hanley Ramirez with two outs off Tony Zych (5-2).

Mike Zunino opened the seventh inning with his 15th home run to bring Seattle even at 4-4.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

0:41- How much is John Farrell to blame for David Price’s altercations with media members? Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss if the Red Sox manager needs to take more action against his players.

3:58 - Phil Perry joins Tom Curran and Kayce Smith to debate if Tom Brady is better now than he was 10 years ago in the 2007 season. 

10:06 - Kyle Draper joins BST to discuss the report that LeBron James is not happy with Kyrie Irving and ‘wants to kick his ass’ for asking out of Cleveland.

14:42 - How much does David Price dislike being in Boston? What are the chances he opts out of his contract in 2018? Evan Drellich, Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles break it down.