RED SOX 9, TWINS 2

Rick Porcello is sharp as Red Sox rout Twins in trip finale

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 21: Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 21, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Porcello gave up just one hit and one walk in seven shutout innings.

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At first look, the season schedule looks less taxing than last year’s grind.

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Follow along for Celtics draft updates

We will update this post throughout the draft with Celtics-centric info.

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Despite speculation they might try to trade up, a league source said the Celtics are likely to hold onto the 27th pick Thursday.

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2018 NBA Draft pick tracker

Keep up with the picks throughout this year’s draft.

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The proceedings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, and here is how the first round could go.

CROATIA 3, ARGENTINA 0

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Argentina’s 3-0 loss was its worst in group play in 60 years.

Oliver Wahlstrom was a member of the United States's Under-18 national team that won the 2018 Five Nations Tournament. (Rena Laverty/USA Hockey)

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For his next trick, Oliver Wahlstrom will become a high NHL draft pick

A trick-shot artist at age 9, the Boston College recruit has a powerful offensive game that could make him a top-10 selection.

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The Miami guard, who played youth basketball in the Boston area, has worked out twice for the team ahead of the draft.

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Ortiz will manage the World team next month and Torii Hunter will lead the US.

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Ben Volin | On football

The more Tom Brady talks, the more it seems to be about leverage over the Patriots

All the talk of retirement could be just Brady flexing his muscles and extracting some concessions from the Patriots.

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

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NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

David Price wasn’t at his best, but he’s on the right track

The lefthander entered Wednesday night’s game against the Twins 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA in his last seven starts.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The fill-in for Dustin Pedroia was on the field 4½ hours before the Red Sox played the Twins on Wednesday.

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Chad Finn

The Celtics can do almost anything tonight, but they shouldn’t

Danny Ainge has the assets needed for a seismic deal, but it’s perfectly fine if he doesn’t pull one off.

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The restricted free agent Smart has no idea what teams, if any, are planning to make an offer.

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In a New York Times op-ed piece, the Players Coalition responded to the president’s request for pardon suggestions.

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McCourty shared a video message, as well as a New York Times op-ed by four NFL players, to ask President Trump to help fight injustice.

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Edwards reportedly got a four-year extension, and the rest of the NESN hockey team will remain intact, too.

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AUSTRALIA 1, DENMARK 1

Australia gets crucial draw with Denmark

Australia tied the score in the 38th minute after a Denmark handball resulted in a penalty kick.

FRANCE 1, PERU 0

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Kylian Mbappe, 19, became the youngest French scorer in World Cup history when he connected in the 34th minute.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/976256694.jpg Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after embarrassing rules violation at US Open

Mickelson hit a moving ball in Saturday’s third round in a breach that drew the ire of the golf world.

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Decker hit free agency in March and wants to play for a contender.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

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Lately, Don Sweeney & Co. have been on target in the tricky game of gauging amateur talent.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 20: Brock Holt #12 of the Boston Red Sox looks on as Robbie Grossman #36 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the game on June 20, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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TWINS 4, RED SOX 1

The Red Sox are a tale of silent bats, stranded runners, and a slump

The Sox have dropped four of their last five games, and are two games behind the Yankees in the standings.

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21 state titles are on the line this week in baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and rugby.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/979539612.jpg Donte DiVincenzo describes meeting with Celtics’ Danny Ainge

It was viewed as a sign that the Celtics had great interest in the Final Four’s most outstanding player.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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