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Celtics exercise fourth-year option for Bradley

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Celtics exercise fourth-year option for Bradley

MIAMI Avery Bradley got a bit of good news on Tuesday when the Boston Celtics informed him that they would be picking up their fourth-year option on his contract.

In doing so, Bradley is now signed with the C's through the 2013-2014 season.

"I'm definitely grateful," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "I have to continue working, and be ready for this season."

Bradley, selected by the C's in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, is currently out while recovering from surgery to both of his shoulders.

He is on target to return to the C's lineup sometime in December.

Bradley said the series of injuries he has had with the Celtics made him somewhat unsure if the C's would pick up the fourth year on his rookie contract which will pay him 2.5 million during the 2013-2014 season.

"But I always work hard, so I was hoping that Danny would pick it up," Bradley said. "I was happy. My mom was happy. I just have to continue to work and keep getting better."

Despite his injuries, Bradley worked his way into the starting lineup last season ahead of Ray Allen (now with the Miami Heat).

The move not only put the league on notice as to Bradley's value to the Celtics. But in retrospect, it would be one of the many tangible factors in Allen's decision to sign with the Miami Heat this past summer despite the Celtics offering twice as much money for what would have been a similar role coming off the bench.

For now, Bradley's focus is on getting his body strong enough to get back on the floor and display the tough, on-the-ball defense that made him a fan favorite of the Celtics - and an annoying pest to opponents.

"I'm getting better," Bradley said. "But I'm not satisfied. Like I said, I just have to keep working, keep getting better, listen to my coaches and my teammates and everything will work out for me."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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