How unstoppable are the Red Sox? They outscored the first-place Angels 27-3 in a three-game sweep

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates his home run with Andrew Benintendi, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Anaheim Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


A series in Anaheim should have been a challenge, but instead the Red Sox dominated. Of their 43 hits, 11 were home runs.

Boston, MA: October 3, 2017: Red Sox manager John Farrell (right) approaches pitcher Drew Pomeranz (left) to have a quick private conversation. The Boston Red Sox held a practice session at Fenway Park as they prepared for their ALDS series vs the Houston Astros. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Drew Pomeranz returns as Red Sox’ road trip shifts to Oakland

The Red Sox bring a seven-game win streak into Friday’s opener of a three-game set in Oakland.


// Nobody does it better than Red Sox pitchers — for now

The starters are 12-1 with a 1.98 ERA and pitching coach Dana LeVangie deserves much of the credit for that.

// Patriots open season vs. Texans, play five night games in 2018

The 2018 schedule has been released, and New England gets a late bye week before a tough stretch to wrap up the season.

Toronto, Ontario - 4/19/2018 - (2nd period) Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) scored on the assist from Pastrnak late in the second period for the go ahead 2-1 goal. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Kevin P. Dupont , Topic: 20Bruins-Leafs, LOID: 8.4.1654852727.

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The Bruins were getting outplayed. Then Brad Marchand did something about it

Marchand’s tiebreaking goal Thursday put the Bruins on the doorstep of their first playoff series win in four years.

Toronto, Ontario - 4/19/2018 - (3rd period) Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) held off Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40)made the save late in the third period. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Kevin P. Dupont , Topic: 20Bruins-Leafs, LOID: 8.4.1654852727.


Without Patrice Bergeron, Bruins still push Maple Leafs to brink of elimination

The Bruins have a 3-1 series lead with Game 5 Saturday night back in Boston.

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// Scouting the Patriots’ 2018 schedule, game by game

Here’s a look at what stands in the way of a return trip to the Super Bowl.

// Patrice Bergeron misses Game 4 with upper-body injury

The Bruins announced just before the game that their No. 1 center would not play.

// With Patrice Bergeron out, Leafs play their best game — and it still isn’t enough

The Leafs landed 32 shots on net, but they missed out on a golden opportunity.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Tropy after his teams 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Super Bowl champion Eagles host Falcons as 2018 NFL schedule is announced

The Eagles-Falcons opener is Thursday night, Sept. 6.


// Joe Kelly will have suspension appeal heard Friday

Kelly was suspended six games for his role in a brawl April 11 vs. the Yankees.


// It’s very early, but Red Sox have been mighty impressive

A team that is performing just as Dave Dombrowski envisioned is opening eyes around the game.

// Here’s how baseball teams that started 15-2 (like the Red Sox) fared

Six other teams have started a season 15-2. Two of them went on to win the World Series.

New England Patriots radio broadcasters Gil Santos, left, and Gino Cappelletti are honored before an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Santos is in his 36th season broadcasting games for the Patriots. Cappelletti retired after last season following 45 seasons as a player, assistant coach and radio color analyst. The duo called 428 Patriots regular season games during their 28 seasons together. (AP Photo/ (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Gil Santos was a New England broadcasting icon

Santos, a legendary broadcaster who died Thursday, called Patriots games for 36 years.

// A look at some of Gil Santos’s most memorable calls

The longtime voice of the Patriots chronicled some of the Patriots’ biggest moments.


// Texas punter Michael Dickson a rare early entry in NFL Draft

In the last 10 years only one punter has been drafted inside the first three rounds.

Boston, MA: 4/15/18: The Celtics Terry Rozier III, (12) made the crowd come out of their seats after he hit a three pointer with .5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Boston a 99-96 lead. The Boston Celtics hosted the Milwaukee Bucks in Game One of an Eastern Conference First Round NBA Playoff basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Celtics are sitting pretty, but know that can change in a hurry

They are expecting a recharged Bucks team to come at them in Game 3 at Milwaukee.

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// Which Boston sports radio station is right about its morning show ratings?

We asked Nielsen Audio to provide some clarity on the ratings system. Here’s what we learned.


// Bruins’ Matt Grzelcyk gets the green light for Game 4

The defenseman missed Game 3 with a minor injury but coach Bruce Cassidy said he “should be good to go.”

Sports Log

No. 2 BC women’s lacrosse remains perfect

Junior Sam Apuzzo scored five goals for the Eagles (17-0, 7-0 ACC), including the winning tally with 1.7 seconds left, in a 13-12 win over Syracuse.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) celebrates after shooting a three point basket during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. The 76ers won 128-108. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Joel Embiid returns, 76ers beat Heat for 2-1 series lead

After missing 10 games because of injury, the center was back in the lineup to help Philadelphia regain control of the series.

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 19: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 after scoring a goal during the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 19, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

NHL Playoffs

Capitals tie up series against Blue Jackets at two apiece

Braden Holtby had 23 saves in Game 4 victory for Washington.


// Jon Lester dominates in his 100th start with Cubs

Lester didn’t allow a hit until one out in the fifth. The lefthander gave up a first-inning unearned run, struck out seven, and walked one in six innings.

Golf roundup

// Grayson Murray in his element at Valero Texas Open

He overcame a swing flaw and windy conditions to take first-round lead with a 5-under 67.