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Ex-slugger David Ortiz had counted on fans to protect him

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Beloved in his hometown, David Ortíz traveled the dangerous streets of Santo Domingo with little or no security, trusting in his fans to protect him. Big Papi’s guard was down even at hotspots like the Dial Bar and Lounge, where the Dominican ...

Bruins veteran Zdeno Chara all action, little talk

BOSTON (AP) – Zdeno Chara didn’t say much to his teammates when he showed up, as usual, one game after a puck bloodied his face and knocked him out of the Stanley Cup Final. And it wasn’t just because it was difficult for him to talk. “He doesn’t need to say anything, really,” ...

David Ortiz flown to Boston after being shot

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – David Ortiz left the Dominican Republic on Monday aboard an air ambulance bound for Boston after the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native country, authorities said. The 43-year-old ...

Frustrated Red Sox fall to Rangers

BOSTON (AP) – Hunter Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Tuesday night after both managers were ejected. Ariel Jurado (4-2) struck out six while pitching six innings of three-run ball, and Pence, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ronald Guzman ...

Bruins reignite spark in time for Game 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The strains of Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s “Numb/Encore” mashup emanated from a small speaker on the hallway floor outside the visiting locker room following the Boston Bruins’ morning skate. “I don’t know what you’re expecting of me ... put under the pressure ... ...

Rangers rally to tip Red Sox in 11th

BOSTON (AP) — Danny Santana doubled to lead off the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game and scored on Elvis Andrus' single to give the Texas Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Monday, a night the city of Boston's concerns were focused on ex-slugger David Ortiz. Near the end of ...

Red Sox fans, teammates thinking of Ortiz

BOSTON (AP) – David Ortiz helped his adopted city recover from the Boston Marathon bombings. And now the Red Sox are calling on their fans to reciprocate for their beloved Big Papi. “We all remember in 2013 when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” team president Sam ...

Bruins blitz Blues, force Game 7 for Stanley Cup

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Facing elimination in a hostile environment, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask stepped up for the Boston Bruins once again. The Stanley Cup Final is heading to Game 7 because two of Boston's biggest stars love the biggest moments. Rask made 28 saves, Marchand had a goal and ...

Bruins, Blues have shown remarkable intensity

This truly has felt like a Stanley Cup Final. Say what you will about blown calls, all the controversy, the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, going into Sunday night’s critical Game 6, have had to play hard and long for the last two weeks. Boston-Toronto? It was a good series, the ...

Rays’ power and pitching take down Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) – Brandon Lowe hardly looks like he has the build of someone that hit two balls as deep as he did in Fenway Park. He even surprised his own team. Lowe hit a pair of solo homers into the center-field bleachers that totaled 890 feet, Blake Snell baffled Boston’s lineup and the ...

Bruins feel sense of urgency after Game 5 frustration

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Patrick Maroon doesn’t want to go there. Not even about how the St. Louis Blues handle the roller coaster of inconsistent officiating. “I’m not talking about it,” the usually talkative Maroon said. “If you want to talk about Game 6, I’ll talk about Game ...

Red Sox bounce back to split doubleheader with Rays

BOSTON (AP) — Marco Hernández hit a key two-run double in his first major league start in over two years, David Price pitched six solid innings in his 300th career start and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader Saturday. It was ...

Blues push Bruins to brink in Stanley Cup final

BOSTON (AP) – Jordan Binnington stopped 38 shots, and Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored for St. Louis on Thursday night to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues have won two straight since a 7-2 loss at home and return ...

Red Sox finish series sweep in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Mookie Betts is pretty good against Danny Duffy. Betts hit a two-run homer off Danny Duffy in a four-run third inning and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Thursday to complete their first series sweep in nearly a month. Betts is 7 for 11 with ...

Sale goes the distance, Red Sox hammer Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Sale tossed a three-hitter for his third career shutout, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers drove in three runs apiece, and the Boston Red Sox trounced the woeful Kansas City Royals 8-0 on Wednesday night. Sale's dominant performance was summed up by the ...

Battered Bruins out to shake off Blues

BOSTON (AP) – Twice the Boston Bruins have been forced to finish a Stanley Cup Final game down a defenseman. The St. Louis Blues won each time. That’s not a coincidence. Wearing out opponents and winning the war of attrition has been an ingredient of the Blues’ playoff success. They ...

Celtics’ Ainge back on the job

BOSTON (AP) – Kyrie Irving can opt out of his Celtics contract and become a free agent. Gordon Hayward might never play like he did before his injury. It’s possible Brad Stevens won’t figure out a way to deploy all of the team’s talent. There’s one thing, though, that Boston boss ...

With or without Chara, Bruins prepare for Game 5 against Blues

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – The Boston Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final despite a run of regular-season injuries that prevented anyone on the roster from playing all 82 games. Now comes the real test. The Bruins are preparing for Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues without captain and No. 1 ...

Nunez blast secures Red Sox win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eduardo Núñez belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer to break open a close game in the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox went on to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Tuesday night. Rafael Devers also drove in a pair of runs for the Red Sox, who began a grueling ...

Blues get even with Bruins in Stanley Cup Final

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Ryan O’Reilly scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for his second of the night, and the St. Louis Blues thrived in a chaotic Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night to beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 and tie the series at two games ...