Xander Bogaerts

The Red Sox exciting week started at the White House, not during the first game of the season the day before where they faced the Baltimore Orioles, in the first of a three game series. The Sox lost the opener 2-1 despite valiant efforts by Grady Sizemore, who hit his first major league homerun since 2011. Sizemore solidified in Red Sox’ fan minds to be the man for us in centerfield. Jackie Bradley Jr., Sizemore’s competitor for the centerfield position, was assigned to Pawtucket only to be called up to the major league team two days later, to add bench depth with Shane Victorino placed on the 15-day disabled list for an injured right hamstring.

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1. Red Sox stuff

* Biggest day tomorrow is for Dr. Charles Steinberg – never mind the players
* Uehara has thrown 20 strikes out of 26 pitches so far
* On a pace to win 108 games
* Jackie Bradley got two hits – trade him tonight
* Johnny Gomes was 1 for 4 with two strike outs but they won so he will tell the media they win with in the lineup even though he stunk

2. Boston Marathon stuff:

Athletes from 25 separate countries have won in Boston – American men haven’t won since 1983 / women haven’t won since 1985 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Take Me Out to the Ballgame »

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Jim Christian (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Jim Christian, formerly of Ohio University, has been hired as the new head coach of Boston College’s men’s basketball program, replacing Steve Donahue, who was fired after four seasons at the helm, during which he accrued a 54-76 record and failed to reach the NCAA Tournament once.

The 49-year-old Christian was not among the names initially rumored to be candidates for the job, the most prominent of which was Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, who will stay with the Crimson for an eighth season. In a teleconference, BC Director of Athletics Brad Bates said that he “brings three remarkable traits to Boston College basketball.”

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David Ortiz snagged a precious selfie with President Barack Obama - and Samsung seems to have made it even more worth his while. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)

If a regular, everyday picture is worth a thousand words, what is a #selfie of David Ortiz and POTUS Barack Obama worth? 2,000 words? 10,000 words? Several Bill Simmons mailbags? Mastercard priceless?

Well, maybe not exactly priceless. It seems as if Samsung might have had a little skin in the game after signing a deal with Ortiz and setting him loose with its Galaxy Note 3 when the Red Sox visited the White House as defending World Series champions. (And no, sadly Samsung did not have any deal with me for their product placement here.)

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Myers and Longoria are the key to the Rays success (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

After a long hard winter that never ended, Opening Day is finally here. Do not let the 38 degree temperatures fool you outside, baseball is back. The AL East is sure to be one of the most exciting divisions in all of baseball with four teams (sorry Blue Jays) with a chance to compete for a playoff spot. A lot can change over a course of the season, but that does not stop us from making predications.

1. Tampa Bay Rays, 93-69: The Rays will have one of the best rotations in the Majors without question. If Wil Myers can follow up his Rookie of the Year campaign with an even bigger year and Even Longoria stays healthy, then the Rays should just edge out the Red Sox for the division crown. James Loney repeating last year’s performance would take this team to the next level.
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Grady Sizemore

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1. Red Sox Opener:

* Over/Under for Red Sox is 88 wins in Vegas – under would be a sad season (I will be consistent and go under)
* Red Sox were were pardoned from paying $26.5mm in salary with Dempster walking away and Drew getting misguided advice by Boras
* Great story in Grady Sizemore – get the bubble wrap out
* How would you like to be Brian Rose, who lives wondering about his unfulfilled career only to pick up the Sunday Globe and see a doll of himself and the words “Huge Expectations – Zero Results”
* Victorino over / under games 125 – Under
* I would not extend Lester (Kershaw already on DL) – Capuano will win 13 to Lester’s 16 for $18mm less
* Did I really read in Nick Cafardo’s Sunday article that Ortiz might be “kicking himself” for signing the contract extension?
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Rajon Rondo (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

With only 10 games left in the regular season, the Boston Celtics have lost three straight and eight of their last nine contests, including two straight to the Toronto Raptors this past week. The last win came against the Miami Heat, who the Celtics have beaten twice in three meetings this year. However, LeBron James did not play in the final game between the Celtics and Heat this season.

Rondo to be color commentator

Rajon Rondo may not be able to play on back-to-back nights, but he can still be part of the game. When the Celtics play against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, the All-Star point guard will be behind the microphone beside Mike Gorman on Comcast Sportsnet’s television broadcast as the color commentator.

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