What will Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics need to do to beat Paul Millsap and the Hawks on the road in Atlanta? (Getty Images)

Thus far in the first round playoff series between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks, the home team has won every game.

Now, best of seven has become best of three.

So what will it take for the Celtics to steal Game 5 on the road, with a chance to close out the series at home? Continue reading How Can the Celtics Steal Game 5 From the Hawks? »

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Rick Porcello twirled his third straight quality start, and the Red Sox didn't even need Big Papi to beat the Braves, 1-0. (AP)

No Papi? No problem.

The Boston Red Sox, after escaping a 12-inning Sunday night affair against the Houston Astros with a win, didn’t land in Atlanta until 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning. As a result, Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to sit David Ortiz in their first interleague game and also give first baseman Hanley Ramirez his first day off of the 2016 season.

That left the Red Sox lineup without their usual 4-5 tandem, replaced instead by Travis Shaw and…Josh Rutledge? Continue reading No Papi, No Problem: Porcello, Bradley Lead Red Sox to 1-0 Win Over Braves »

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John Farrell(Joy R. Absalon/USA Today Sports)

That headline is admittedly ominous, but this is not a pessimistic exercise. Rather, it really is worth asking when the Red Sox are going to finally part with John Farrell as their manager and allow Torey Lovullo to take over. It is a question of when, not if, because Farrell is clearly on his last legs as manager. In fact, the Red Sox likely would have relieved Farrell of his duties in the offseason were it not for some extenuating circumstances with his health. Lovullo had several chances to interview for managerial roles in the offseason, but he stayed as bench coach because the Red Sox convinced him that he was next in line to take over the dugout. But regardless of who the replacement is, it is time for Farrell to go; he is clearly in over his head and the Red Sox need leadership from a manager who can win.

It really has been stunning how Farrell’s in-game managing has fallen off of a cliff in 2016. Not that he was a very good in-game manager in the first place, but there have been multiple occasions in 2016 where Farrell has left literally everyone in the ballpark wondering what he is thinking.

Continue reading When Will the Red Sox Fire John Farrell? »

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With playoff seeding on the line, the Celtics laid an egg in the second quarter and were stung by the Hornets, 114-100. (AP)

The first thing I did after the final buzzer sounded on the Boston Celtics’ 114-100 loss to the Charlotte Hornets was Google “largest egg.”

You see, the Celtics played so poorly that I couldn’t just settle for saying they “laid an egg,” but needed scientific confirmation of the largest egg in existence in order to aptly describe just how bad a loss the Celtics suffered.

And that was before I saw Celtics coach Brad Stevens’s quote saying his team “laid an eight-minute egg.”

Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder played just 21 minutes and didn’t see the court in the fourth quarter. RJ Hunter got extended minutes, and the Hornets were so far ahead after a 31-3 run to close out the second quarter that they felt comfortable playing Tyler Hansbrough. Tyler Hansbrough!

In other words, I don’t think even an ostrich egg suffices. The Celtics laid an elephant bird egg, 120 times the size of a chicken egg and larger than a dinosaur egg. Continue reading With Playoffs in Sight, Celtics Lay “Eight-Minute Egg” in Blowout Loss to Hornets »

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David Price made his Fenway debut as a member of the Red Sox, and he certainly looked lost on the mound as the Orioles torched him and Craig Kimbrel for eight runs in the home opener. (Boston Herald)

Maybe it was the Baltimore Orioles, baseball’s last undefeated team. Maybe it was the heightened pressure of the home opener, Fenway Park packed in with 37,160 Boston Red Sox fans anxious to see their new ace and new team for 2016 get off to a fast start. Maybe it was just a blip, one bad game out of 162.

Whatever the reason, the Red Sox – from fan to front office – can’t be happy with the result, a 9-7 loss that saw the franchise’s $217 million ace and four-prospect closer combine to cough up eight runs on the day. Not exactly the way the Red Sox drew it up in the offseason, is it? Continue reading Price, Kimbrel Falter as Red Sox Fall to Orioles in Home Opener »

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Could Edwin Encarnacion be David Ortiz's successor as Red Sox DH? David Ortiz votes yes. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

The rest of the country may be focused on the Republican and Democratic primaries for the 2016 presidential election, but Red Sox Nation is worried about filling another prominent position that will decide the future of our country: designated hitter.

With the face of the franchise, David Ortiz, set to retire at the end of this season, the Red Sox will have a major void to fill in their lineup at the designated hitter position. So who are the candidates?

Allow Ortiz himself to nominate the Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion, pending free agent in 2017.  Continue reading Edwin Encarnacion, Next Red Sox DH? David Ortiz Endorses »

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Clay Buchholz went through his delivery but didn't deliver for the Red Sox in his first start of the 2016 season, leaving doubts for the backend of the starting rotation after David Price. (AP/Ron Schwane)

Opening Day was everything the Boston Red Sox wished and planned for after the offseason. Wednesday’s game? Affirmation of everything that Red Sox fans were worried about coming into this season.

One day after David Price struck out 10 batters to show why the Red Sox signed him as the new ace and face of the pitching staff, Clay Buchholz surrendered five earned runs over four laborious innings. If anyone personifies the giant question mark that is the backend of the rotation after Price, it is Buchholz.

Continue reading Doubts Linger for Red Sox as Buchholz Falters in Price’s Footsteps »

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