Wilcox (back), Milicic (wrist) return to practice


Wilcox (back), Milicic (wrist) return to practice

WALTHAM The Celtics were back in action on Wednesday -- all of them but Avery Bradley.

Both Chris Wilcox (back) and Darko Milicic (wrist) returned after time off and look to be doing fine.

Wilcox hasn't participated in practice since the team left for Turkey, and didn't play in any preseason games. That said, Rivers was impressed with what he saw out of the 6-foot-10 forwardcenter.

"He went through the whole practice," Rivers said. "He looked like Chris Wilcox exactly. I say that jokingly, but he did what he does, you know what I mean? He ran the floor, rebounded, turned the ball over that's what I've been getting on him about so he did all those things. But he looked pretty good. I was surprised, his conditioning was a lot better than I thought it was going to be."

Wilcox's ability to run the floor on the break made him one of Rondo's favorite targets last season. For that reason, his conditioning is also key. With his back and conditioning issues on the mend, Wilcox is easing into things again.

"It felt good, my first day out there," Wilcox said. "It's tough because you kind of have to feel out what's going on but I felt great out there today."

Not being out on the court was a hard thing for Wilcox to watch everyday. Now, though, he's finally able to help.

"Definitely a big release," Wilcox said when asked about finally getting back out on the court. "Just sitting back there working out everyday in the sideline and seeing thee guys go up and down, I want to be a part of it, you know? We're out there grinding and getting ready for this year and I couldn't be part of it. So today was a great challenge for me. I went out there and worked hard. I mean, it's the first day so I didn't expect too much but I think I did well."

So what does he want to improve on? The list is long.

"Everything, you know what I mean? I'm coming from scratch right now so everything I do I'm trying to improve and trying to get better," Wilcox said.

As for Milicic, Rivers didn't have much to say, but the news sounded somewhat encouraging.

"He was great. Had his wrist heavily taped, but he was fine," Rivers said.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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