Think Pietrus wants to return?


Think Pietrus wants to return?

Mickael Pietrus seems to have found a happy place here in Beantown. "It feels like home," said the free agent forward.

Pietrus is hopeful that he will be back in a Celtics uniform next season, and he thinks the fans feel the same way.

"Obviously, all of the fans want me to be back on Twitter," Pietrus said to reporters with a laugh.

Unsurprising to anyone, what would a Celtics interview be this offseason without a Kevin Garnett quesiton? Pietrus has gotten close to the KG over the past season and hopes he's back in Boston, too.

"My main focus is to obviously bring KG back," Pietrus again said trying to hold back his laughter.

On a more serious note, Pietrus was asked about his knee and answered, "My knee should not be a problem and I should be back to flying." Despite all of the comedy, Pietrus has his mind set on one thing and that is to bring banner eighteen to Boston. Staring into the camera he said, "I want to win."

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:

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
Rob Whalen RHP

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
Brian Johnson LHP