Clay Buchholz is the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox, hopefully with a few more fist pumps than his counterpart Cole Hamels. (CBS Sports)

Summer is coming.

The 2015 Major League Baseball season kicked off Sunday night, and the Boston Red Sox will follow Monday afternoon with their season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. As exciting as the prospect of real, regular season baseball season is (this is me for the past week), the Red Sox starting pitching situation is exactly the opposite.

After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes to the midwestern Red Sox (aka Chicago Cubs), the Red Sox never did get a big ticket name to lead their pitching staff. Instead, in an announcement surprising no one, Clay Buchholz will be the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox. Opposite him for the Phillies? Cole Hamels, ironically.

Continue reading Red Sox Kick Off 2015 Season with Buchholz as “Ace” »

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1. Red Sox Preview:

* Predictions – 86 wins only because every team in their division went backwards

* All that money and no bullpen – I predict blown saves to go over at 12

* Pawtucket Outfield Payroll – $11.5mm / Astros $9.1mm / Tampa $8.6mm

* Over and Under 4 – Glares by Ortiz at official scorer

* This is a make or break year for Pedroia’s Hall of Fame run

* If Bogaerts doesn’t make a jump this year his greatness will blossom at another program next year

* Sandoval over-under sneak trips to Tasty Burger – 14 (he won’t hit over .278 / 18 HR / 83 RBI at $20mm a year)

* Red Sox goodwill – when Red Sox are out of town they should allow 5 high school and college games a day on their fields during this lousy spring

* Can’t wait to see Hanley in a big left field like New York

2. Bruins:

* Five times losing streaks of at least three games / Five times winning streaks of at least three games

* Chara +/- is at 0 first time it won’t be positive with the Bruins since 2006 when he was a MINUS 21 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Opening Day! »

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Stevan Ridley

Running back Stevan Ridley has likely played his final down for the Patriots.

According to the New York Daily News, Ridley is expected to sign with the Jets or Dolphins. Continue reading Stevan Ridley Likely to Sign with Jets or Dolphins, Report Says »

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Can Jared Sullinger come back and help the Celtics make the playoffs?

The Celtics received some very surprising and very good news Friday afternoon. It’s been exactly 50 days since Jared Sullinger last played in a game for Boston, but it looks like that number has a chance to stop there as early as Friday night against the Bucks.

Sullinger’s last game came in what might be the turning point of the season, the 89-88 upset win over Atlanta on the final day before the All-Star break. Shortly before games were set to start back up again for the unofficial second half of the season, Sullinger was ruled out indefinitely due to a foot injury. A day or two later, Sullinger was labeled done for the season thanks to a stress fracture in his foot. The Celtics were pretty devastated. They had just acquired Isaiah Thomas from Phoenix and had already traded away their two best players in Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. Sullinger had been the team’s leading scorer, rebounder, and best player after the departures of Rondo and Green.

The team announced Friday that Sullinger is completely healed and cleared to play immediately. Continue reading Jared Sullinger No Longer Out for Season »

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Christian Vazquez’s 2015 season ended Wednesday with the announcement that he would undergo Tommy John surgery. Thursday night, journalist and broadcaster Rob Bradford tweeted that the surgery conducted on the catcher’s elbow by Dr. James Andrews was successful.

Veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan will be the primary catcher for the Boston Red Sox and the newly acquired Sandy Leon, a 26-year-old catcher formerly with the Washington Nationals, will serve as Hanigan’s backup. The Sox cannot be expecting much run production from Leon, who owned a .156 batting average last season. The potential for Leon lies in his defensive abilities. In 20 games last season, he put out 154 runners given 164 chances. Continue reading Christian Vazquez Undergoes Successful Tommy John Surgery »

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Kelly Olynyk Dropped 19 points in a 100-87 win over the Pacers, despite a black eye. Photo credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Shavlik Randolph hasn’t had much of an impact on the Celtics at all this year. He only gets in during blow outs or extreme foul trouble. He is essentially a paid practice player, not a bad gig. However, tonight maybe Randolph was a little mad at Kelly Olynyk and took it out on the young center’s left eye. Randolph’s elbow connected with Olynyk’s eye tonight during pre game warm ups and gave Kelly a nice shiner for the rest of the game.

Obviously, the incident was accidental and Randolph would probably take it back if he could, or maybe he wouldn’t. In true Rocky Balboa fashion Olynyk had Mickey, or trainer Ed Lacerte in this case, cut his eye and release some pressure to the tune of 19 points, and a 100-87 Celtics win over the Pacers. Okay, he didn’t actually have his eye cut, but rather stitched up. Continue reading One Eyed Kelly Olynyk KO’s Pacers »

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For over 50 years, the Red Auerbach Trophy has been awarded each season to the NBA coach whom  sportswriters have deemed the most exceptional. The award is presented prior to the postseason, thus, its recipient’s postseason performance is not a factor. Last year was the first time in 11 seasons that its recipient, Gregg Popovich, was awarded the honor and then proceeded to win the NBA Championship (Gregg Popovich was the previous coach to enjoy this distinction).

The vast majority of the coaches who have received this award have been been very successful in the regular season, posting an average 66% winning percentage, comparable to a 53-27 record. However, the award is not simply given to the coach with the best regular season record; it is awarded to honor the sheer coaching ability of the coach with respect to the talent level of the team. Continue reading Does Brad Stevens Deserve Consideration for Coach of the Year? »

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