Alex Speier

Mookie Betts is happy to be one of the new faces of baseball

Boston MA 8/14/16 Boston Red Sox outfielders (l to r) Andrew Beninetendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts celebrate their 16-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park on Sunday August 14, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

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The Red Sox outfielder is attractive to advertisers in part because of his joyful on-field charisma.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/sale_santana_comp.jpg To whom are the Red Sox pitchers most similar?

Part 2 of our look at the 2017 team focuses on the pitching staff and its same-age historical comparables.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021717SpringTrainingDay5_Spt48.jpg Red Sox taking the long view for David Price’s return

The team is more concerned with how he’ll perform when he comes back, not when he will come back.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/652534690-13565.jpg Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez stays sharp on day off

The lefthander threw 85 pitches for Single A Salem on Wednesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvssenators_sports139-13550.jpg For Bruins, it’s all about the finish now

With just nine games left, they have to improve their touch around the net.

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FLUTO SHINZAWA I ON HOCKEY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvssenators_sports358.jpg This isn’t the best time for David Pastrnak to be in a slump

The right wing is scoreless in the last two games, both losses, and the playoff race is as tight as ever.

Boston, MA - 3/20/2017 - (3rd quarter) Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts in disbelief to a call during the third quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 21Celtics-Wizards, LOID: 8.3.1932802928.

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Gary Dzen | Court Sense

Five things to watch in Celtics’ final 11 games

The regular season is in the homestretch, and there are plenty of questions to be answered before the playoffs.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/8770e445e9234f0db8d32f9ed4283cbd-8770e445e9234f0db8d32f9ed4283cbd-0-13541.jpg Celtics are in the playoffs, so how do they match up?

After officially clinching a berth Tuesday, it’s time to scout how they’d fare against possible opponents.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvssenators_sports848.jpg Bruins not getting much offense after first line

The No. 2 line was particularly disappointing in Monday night’s loss in Toronto.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/68f83ca6e59d443c9af910694ef202d7-68f83ca6e59d443c9af910694ef202d7-0.jpg Red Sox’ Chris Sale eager to play against Yankees

Getting a taste of the rivalry was important.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021417SpringTrainDay2_Spt21.jpg Decisions will be needed in Red Sox bullpen

Tyler Thornburg is not ready for eighth-inning duties.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/09a11017c8fa4fafa968d2331458e209-09a11017c8fa4fafa968d2331458e209-0.jpg Juventus and Roma to play at Gillette July 30

The soccer teams are 1-2 in the Serie A standings right now.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/627684610.jpg The NFL wants to speed up games. Here are some changes being considered

Sick of the PAT-commerical-kickoff-commercial sequence? It may be going away.

FILE — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2015. Missing jerseys belonging to Brady, from Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl XLIX, were reportedly found in Mexico in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Doug Mills/The New York Times

How Tom Brady’s jersey was taken — and found

More details emerged about the jersey of the Super Bowl LI MVP.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/fb60cf2ff9d641a3a71134db746c161c-fb60cf2ff9d641a3a71134db746c161c-0.jpg Former Patriots center Bryan Stork to ‘step away’ from football

The 26-year-0ld had been plagued by concussions at Florida State and during his two seasons in New England.

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JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Handicapping Thursday’s NCAA games

The Sweet Sixteen play begins, with two top seeds possibly vulnerable to an upset.

red sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/108fa213d9274d65b8fbaf2e80a74bee-108fa213d9274d65b8fbaf2e80a74bee-0.jpg Red Sox’ David Price still not cleared for throwing program

Price has thrown a ball short distances and played catch but has yet to approach the long tossing needed to rebuild his arm strength.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Boghosian_BCFootball11_SPTS.jpg BC defensive back John Johnson takes the stage at Pro Day workout

Johnson and other BC players went through the paces for NFL scouts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/656280790.jpg US reaches World Baseball Classic final for first time

The Americans beat Japan, 2-1, in Tuesday’s semifinal game in Los Angeles.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bettes_snider.jpg Historically speaking, this Red Sox lineup stacks up quite nicely

Some interesting names show up as same-age comparables for this year’s Red Sox hitters.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/642719676.jpg NBA commissioner Adam Silver sends memo to owners on resting stars

Teams like Golden State and Cleveland have elected to rest superstars in recent nationally televised games.

Fluto Shinzawa | Hockey Food

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/patria.jpg This seafood paella eased the burden of life on the road

The food was good, but being away from home for a long time on an 11-day road trip was not easy.

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