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Alex Reimer
April 12, 2018 - 2:43 pm
We have been buzzing all day about the Red Sox-Yankees brawl Wednesday. Joe Kelly is a hero for beaning Yankees no-name Tyler Austin with a 98 mph fastball, because Austin lifted up his spikes when sliding into second base four innings earlier. Kelly, who walks nearly eight batters per nine innings...
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Ty Anderson
April 12, 2018 - 5:06 am
I still believe that the Bruins can win a Stanley Cup with Tuukka Rask as their No. 1 goaltender, so I’m a Bruins honk. I don’t think that Tuukka Rask is a massive choke artist preventing the Bruins from getting there, so I’m part of the ‘Boo-Hoo Tuukka Crew.’ (God, what a dumb nickname. I’ll...
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Ty Anderson
April 11, 2018 - 2:12 pm
Panicking any time before around 6:57 p.m. Thursday, when lineup sheets are officially posted, is an absolute mistake. But if Game 1 goes on as scheduled and Bruins rookie Ryan Donato is not in the lineup, which currently appears to be the case after Donato skated as the spare forward Tuesday and...
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Alex Reimer
April 11, 2018 - 12:44 pm
John Farrell provided the Red Sox with a pretty good life. They won a World Series under his stewardship and captured the AL East twice. Sure, there were flashier managers with more affability and a greater understanding of analytics. But Farrell was solid. It’s hard to complain about 93-win...
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Ryan Hannable
April 11, 2018 - 11:58 am
Going into the 2017 season, and even for most of the year, the prevailing thought was Tom Brady was going to play until his mid-40s. The 40-year-old was still playing at an elite level, he was talking about his drive to stay the best and heck, he even won the league's MVP. But, then came the days...
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Mookie Betts
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John Tomase
April 11, 2018 - 11:02 am
Ron Roenicke isn't the only man to coach Mookie Betts and Mike Trout -- former Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina earned that distinction, too -- but he brings the freshest perspective to the discussion. Roenicke spent the last two seasons as Angels third base coach, where he watched Trout outlast...
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Mookie Betts
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John Tomase
April 11, 2018 - 12:15 am
The Rays and Marlins will spend the season scurrying around the ocean floor in search of algae and the stray Cheeto. Beating those bottom dwellers simply checked the box marked, "Meh." Yay, Red Sox for taking care of business. Break out the Monty Python pennants, for there was much rejoicing. But...
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Ryan Hannable
April 10, 2018 - 11:30 am
What was the weakest position on the Patriots’ roster last season? It’s not that difficult of an answer — linebacker. Throughout the season, the team saw Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, David Harris, Marquis Flowers, Cassius Marsh and Trevor Reilly all see time at the position. It...
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Alex Reimer
April 09, 2018 - 4:18 pm
I spent my formative years as a baseball fan worshipping at the altar of analytics. After one reading of Moneyball, I determined all scouts were doddering fools who evaluated players based on whether their girlfriends were attractive. Sportswriters who second-guessed Billy Beane’s brilliance became...
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Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
April 09, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Let's stop pretending NBA picks outside the top five are worthless. While landing in the high lottery greatly increases the chances of acquiring a stud, it guarantees nothing. Just consider the 2017 NBA draft. With the playoffs practically upon us, it's fair to re-evaluate what has turned out to be...
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