Game 17 preview: Orioles at Red Sox

The Red Sox begin a four-game set against their AL East rivals on Friday at Fenway Park.

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Red Sox need the production they expected

The Sox don’t need a shake-up. They need good players — particularly Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia — to play to their capabilities.

As his ejection in New York showed, Red Sox manager John Farrell hasn’t lost any of his passion during his team’s lackluster start this year.

ON BASEBALL

John Farrell OK in face of adversity

Farrell is facing his first real challenging situation as the Red Sox skipper, and he’s managing it well.

Xander Bogaerts takes responsibility for Twitter flub

Bogaerts said he accidentally posted a photo of a scantily clad woman before deleting his account.

Celtics lose draft lottery tiebreaker to Jazz

The Celtics will have a 10.3 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, and also will pick 17th because the Nets won their tiebreaker.

Kris Humphries (left) would have to take a pay cut to remain with the Celtics, while Jeff Green (right) is good bet to be back for the 2014-15 season.
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Celtics forecast: Who’s staying, going?

No player is untradeable if the offer is right, and a considerable amount of the Celtics’ decision-making process will depend on the draft lottery.

Live updates > Red Wings at Bruins, 7:30 p.m.

Follow Bruins-Red Wings Game 1 with KPD

The Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont is hosting a live chat during Friday’s Game 1 of the Bruins’ playoff series, plus we’ll have updates, photos and analysis.

The Bruins have had four days off to prepare for their playoff opener vs. Detroit.

The Boston Globe

At last, Bruins-Red Wings series set to begin

Both teams say it’s time to throw out the regular-season results when their first-round series begins Friday.

on hockey

Bruins appear well-positioned for Stanley Cup run

Attention to detail has been a key to success for the Bruins as they prepare for the playoffs.

Torey Krug (left) made an immediate impact in last year’s playoffs, including scoring four goals against the Rangers.

Bruins’ young defensemen grew up fast

Injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid accelerated the learning curve, but the green blue liners all got high grades.

Loui Eriksson has proved to be a versatile and valuable player for the Bruins.

bruins notebook

Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson thriving for Bruins

The Swedish forwards on Boston’s third line have meshed well, even if their center, Chris Kelly, is uncertain due to injury.

Boston Marathon

Ryan Hall hopes African experience lifts him in Boston

The elite American marathoner went to Ethiopia to train at an altitude of 9,000 feet for this year’s Boston race.

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After initially feeling some apprehension, women’s winner Rita Jeptoo is eager to defend her title.

Bob Ryan

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Read past columns from Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in 1968 and now contributes occasional columns.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.

Leigh Montville

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Read past items from Montville, a longtime Globe voice who now contributes weekly columns.

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