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Rose (back) out vs. Celtics

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Rose (back) out vs. Celtics

BOSTON -- Derrick Rose wants to play in every game on the Chicago Bulls schedule, and Sundays match up against the Boston Celtics is one he did not want to miss. But a lingering back injury has forced the reigning MVP to sit out against their Eastern Conference foe.

Its killing me right now not being able to play, Rose said prior to the game. When I do play, my minutes are definitely down and not being healthy is definitely getting to me, especially missing this game. Just got to stay positive and hope for the best.

Rose did not play in the Bulls 95-64 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. He took the court for warm ups on Sunday with the intention of making his return. Rose felt pain, though, and was told by coaches not to play. He will see a specialist on Monday.

Ive got to be able to move, get up without hurting, be myself, he said. Whenever I feel that theres no pain there anymore, I know Ill be ready.

In the meantime, Rose will have to watch from the sidelines as his teammates take on the Celtics and his point guard counterpart, Rajon Rondo. Rose outscored Rondo, 25-14, in the Bulls win over the C's last month, while Rondo dished 11 assists to Rose's seven.

Rondos a guy thats extremely dangerous, where he can control the game without scoring, said Rose. Hes definitely a talent. Thats why hes one of the elite point guards in the NBA.

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

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Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.

Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.