5:33 PM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
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Gallery: Red Sox celebrate winning ALCS

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17 hours ago
Craig Kimbrel tips scales in his favor

Craig Kimbrel tips scales in his favor

HOUSTON -- It’s been clear all postseason that Craig Kimbrel’s fastball has been wild and his vicious breaking ball wasn’t getting bites.Entering last night, the results had been horrendous. Opponents were hitting .385 off his fastball. They weren’t swinging at the breaking ball. And Kimbrel had allowed at least one run all four times he’s pitched.Finally, he fixed the problem.Kimbrel threw a hitless ninth inning to close out the Red Sox’ 4-1 win over the Astros to punch their ticket to the World Series, which begins Tuesday at Fenway Park.“We knew he was tipping his pitches...
17 hours ago
Silverman: Series-bound Sox proving record was no fluke

Silverman: Series-bound Sox proving record was no fluke

HOUSTON - Dispatching the Yankees was one thing.Toppling the world champion Astros in five games was quite another.And considering that it was woe-begone-no-more David Price who led the Red Sox in the pennant-clinching victory that puts the Red Sox into the World Series, its crystal clear that the 2018 Red Sox are trying to send a message they already knew but now everybody else does, too.This Red Sox team is even better than its 108-win season suggested.Seven wins into their postseason with four to go, the only thing that stands in the way of this team staking a legitimate claim to being...
17 hours ago
Bruins notebook: Kevan Miller suffers injury in loss to Oilers

Bruins notebook: Kevan Miller suffers injury in loss to Oilers

EDMONTON—The Bruins vaunted depth on defense appears to be primed for a challenge.With Torey Krug already on the shelf with an ankle injury, Kevan Miller left Thursdays game against the Oilers with what was described as an upper body injury.Coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller was hurt blocking a shot. When a player cant return from that, that often means a broken bone, but that still is a guess at this point.“Hell be further evaluated. Blocked shot, so well see how that turns out,” Cassidy said.If Miller is on the shelf, that would force Steven Kampfer into action. Kampfer, obtained in the...
17 hours ago
David Price gets the playoff monkey off his back

David Price gets the playoff monkey off his back

HOUSTON -- Close to 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday night, David Price held his year-old son in one arm, wiped the sweat off his forehead with the other and said he would be ready for another postseason start, the 12th of his career.It was going to be something special, he said.The previous 11 had been forgettable, each one a different tale of how Price couldn’t harness the adrenaline and crumbled under pressure. He hadn’t always pitched poorly, but his team had always lost.Last night, Price dazzled in six scoreless innings, undoubtedly the finest and most important six innings of his...
17 hours ago
Bruins trip again in Alberta, fall to Connor McDavid, Oilers in overtime

Bruins trip again in Alberta, fall to Connor McDavid, Oilers in overtime

EDMONTON—The Bruins made their first foray into overtime of the season and it wasnt a pleasant one.In OT, Connor McDavid intercepted a Brad Marchand home run pass attempt intended for Patrice Bergeron and came back on a 2-on-1, feeding Leon Draisaitl for the winner just 37 seconds into the extra session Thursday night to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win at Rogers Place.The Bs power play let them down again, going 0-for-3, including one late in the third period with the score tied 2-2.Charlie McAvoy had some rough moments in the game. He was beaten on Kailer Yamamotos tying goal in the...
19 hours ago
David Price sparkles, Red Sox take lead in ALCS Game 5

David Price sparkles, Red Sox take lead in ALCS Game 5

HOUSTON — Shortly after the Red Sox thrilling Game 4 victory Wednesday night, newly named Game 5 starter David Price was asked how throwing a bullpen during the game would affect him for the next night.The left-hander had thrown a lot of pitches in the bullpen as the Red Sox clung to a late lead, but he was optimistic.I think it will just make me a little more sharp for tomorrow, Price said. It might be a new thing for me to do the day before I pitch.He might have been on to something.It didnt matter that he had thrown that bullpen, and it didnt matter that he was about to pitch on three...
20 hours ago
Red Sox outfield rises to defensive challenge

Red Sox outfield rises to defensive challenge

HOUSTON — Game 4 of this ALCS contained enough pivotal moments to fill a week’s worth of highlight shows.In a game that featured 14 runs, 24 hits and a run in every inning except the ninth, a casual observer might assume that the game hinged on poor pitching and /or timely hitting.But pitching and offense were not the story of Game 4, defense was. With one or two exceptions, the defense was played at an elite level and came into play at critical moments. The range, the glove-work, the throws — it was all on display in its glorious leather splendor, a timeless reminder that defense...
20 hours ago
Bet Box: Hey Pats fans, ready for a road trip?

Bet Box: Hey Pats fans, ready for a road trip?

Road trip! Look out!For the 2018 Patriots, these days away from home have not been pleasant excursions. Two trips (let’s not call them games because they haven’t been games) — two no-shows.Now, one can see the jacked-up Jaguars handing the Pats a bitter bruising in Week 2, but the Lions? How indecent.Now Chicago and Buffalo lay ahead.Yes, the Bears have suddenly grown claws, and will not be in their usual cubby bear mode. They can actually compete. The days of Jay Cutler and his stink has vanished. Chicago has a killer Bear hug.And in Buffalo the following week, the Bills will enjoy...
21 hours ago
Patriots defenders see a positive trend

Patriots defenders see a positive trend

FOXBORO — Through six weeks, the Patriots defense is a bit of a mystery.After a disastrous two weeks in Jacksonville and Detroit, the Pats turned the corner against the Dolphins, holding Miami below 100 yards from scrimmage until the final minutes. They dominated the first half against the Colts before softening up in the second. And they became the first team this season to hold the Chiefs without a first-half touchdown. Of course, Kansas City scored almost at will in the final 30 minutes.So the current state of the New England defense?“I feel like we are taking the right strides,”...
21 hours ago
Kyrie Irving, Celtics expect a special atmosphere in Toronto

Kyrie Irving, Celtics expect a special atmosphere in Toronto

Tuesday was fun. T-shirts draped over the Garden seats. A warm and loud welcome. An opponent you’d beaten seven of nine times last year.Friday night, however, will be a far greater test for the Celtics. The Raptors are far more ready to compete at a high level than Philadelphia, and this one will be in Toronto, where the Celts were waxed by 20 and 18 points last season.It would be fair to say the C’s are better now with Kyrie Irving, who missed the latter loss, and Gordon Hayward in tow, but the Raptors look like they’ve improved, too, with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green...
21 hours ago
John Moore trying to make his mark with Bruins

John Moore trying to make his mark with Bruins

Fitting in isn’t as easy as lacing up the skates and getting to work. For a new player on a team that’s well-meshed, it just takes time.John Moore made a commitment to the Bruins by signing a five-year deal in the offseason without fully knowing what to expect. The Bruins already had defensive depth and chemistry of their own.But the 27-year-old was determined to carve out a role with a group that was already on its way to establishing itself. Seven games into his tenure here, Moore is adjusting on the fly.“It’s been a learning process, getting used to a new system and tendencies,”...
22 hours ago
Belichick's new team-building approach brings Pats together

Belichick's new team-building approach brings Pats together

FOXBORO — Walking toward the field minutes before the Patriots’ first practice of the summer, Bill Belichick mentioned that there would be adjustments to his team’s training camp routine.“We can talk about things we’ve done last year in training camp that we want to improve on, and other ideas that come in from other sources,” Belichick said in late July. “We’ve collectively talked about them and made a decision for what we’re going to go with this year, which is a little bit different than what we’ve done in the past.”What Belichick exactly meant was unclear at the...
Oct 18, 2018
Bruins' defensive corps remain stable

Bruins' defensive corps remain stable

For all the movement among the team’s forward lines, the Bruins defensive pairings have remained unaltered this season.Some of that has to do with Torey Krug being out with his ankle injury. It also has to do with the natural chemistry that comes from last season for nearly the entire group.“We just went back to last year and dropped (John) Moore into his (Krug’s) spot,” said B’s coach Bruce Cassidy. “We decided to stick it out. After opening night, you’re on a bus ride from the rink to Dulles (airport) and you’re thinking of mixing everything up after that.”The top pairing...
Oct 18, 2018
Bruins tweak lineup for game vs. Oilers

Bruins tweak lineup for game vs. Oilers

EDMONTON — After the Bruins 5-2 loss in Calgary on Wednesday, coach Bruce Cassidy surprised absolutely no one by saying that there will be some lineup tweaks for Thursday nights matchup against the Oilers at Rogers Place.Danton Heinen will go in and Anders Bjork (four giveaways on Wednesday) will come out, and every line but the top one will be changed. Heinen will take Joakim Nordstroms spot on the David Krejci-Jake DeBrusk line, Chris Wagner will be moved to the right wing with David Backes and Ryan Donato will shift to his natural left side while Nordstrom will play with center Sean...