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Red Sox roll over Blue Jays again

BOSTON (AP) — Sandy Leon hit a home run and two doubles, Xander Bogaerts also homered and Rick Porcello took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Tuesday night to match the second-best start in franchise history. J.D. Martinez ...

Celtics are out, but not (too) down after loss to Cavaliers

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Danny Ainge tore apart the team that made the Eastern Conference finals last year, and then put together a new roster that came one victory from playing for an NBA title. This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat. With Gordon Hayward and ...

Red Sox trounce Toronto Blue Jays

BOSTON (AP) – Andrew Benintendi has continued the hot hitting out of the leadoff spot for injured star Mookie Betts. Benintendi hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, J.D. Martinez added a solo homer, and the Boston Red Sox coasted to an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue ...

Betts, Martinez blasts spark Red Sox past Braves

BOSTON (AP) – Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night hours after a surprising roster shakeup. Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had ...

Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

BOSTON (AP) – Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who are responsible for the $15.25 remaining on his contract but avoided him triggering a $22 million salary for 2019. Boston made the move Friday to clear a roster spot for All-Star second baseman Dustin ...

Cleveland forces Celtics into seventh game

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a Game 7. James, ...

Celtics take down James, Cavs for 3-2 series lead

BOSTON (AP) – Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this ...

Crunch time has arrived for Cavaliers vs. Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) – Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston’s defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. “Uh-oh,” Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming ...

Rays slow down Red Sox

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell threw six scoreless innings, Wilson Ramos drove in two runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Thursday night. Snell (6-3) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight. The left-hander is 2-0 ...

Red Sox, Price shut down Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Xander Bogaerts sparked a three-run rally in the ninth inning, David Price pitched the bulk of a three-hitter and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win. Bogaerts doubled off Alex Colome (2-5) to drive in ...

Red Sox, Sale stop Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7-2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night. Willy Adames made his big league debut and hit a solo home run off Sale in his second at-bat. ...

Celtics need to get right at home to beat Cavaliers

BOSTON (AP) – The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals Two games and back-to-back wins later, James has reminded everyone exactly why he’s been to seven straight NBA finals. Boston ...

Celtics can’t overcome slow start, Cavaliers tie series

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home. Pushed ...

After Game 3 debacle in Cleveland, Celtics try to regroup

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren’t straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them. All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday. Practice isn’t an issue on the road in the postseason. Playing games is ...

Red Sox finish off Orioles in homestand finale

BOSTON (AP) – J.D. Martinez took plenty of ribbing in the dugout after slicing a short home run inside the Pesky Pole at Fenway Park. A few innings later, he showed his teammates some serious power. Martinez hit two vastly different drives for his first multihomer game with Boston, ...

Red Sox, David Price shut down Orioles

Price is right for Red Sox in 6-2 victory over Orioles By DOUG ALDEN, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — David Price took a shutout into the ninth inning and held Baltimore to five hits in his first complete game this season, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Orioles 6-2 on Thursday ...

Celtics ready to take show on the road to Cleveland

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Home-court advantage has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Celtics so far this postseason. Boston is 9-0 at TD Garden during these playoffs and has blistered opponents early in games, shooting 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from the 3-point line. ...

Marcus Smart giving Celtics playoff spark

BOSTON (AP) – Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make “winning plays” with the game on the line. And more times than not, it’s been Marcus Smart making them. Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first ...

Red Sox avoid sweep against Athletics

BOSTON (AP) – Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, J.D. Martinez added a two-run shot and the Boston Red Sox avoided their first series sweep this season with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. The win also prevented Boston from matching its season-high losing ...

James’ 42 not enough to stop Celtics from dumping Cavs again

BOSTON (AP) – Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and ...