PETER ABRAHAM | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Two pitchers on teams that repeated reveal why going back-to-back is so difficult

Boston, MA - 06/14/14 - (4th inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) fires to first base on a sacrifice bunt by Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (33) in the fourth inning. The Boston Red Sox take on the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of a four game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 15Red Sox-Indians, LOID: 7.3.3740472207.

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Jake Peavy and David Cone both said teams pay a worthy price for the emotional and physical toll it takes to win a World Series.

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Bruins falter against Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen scored as Toronto took a 3-2 series lead.

Indiannapolis, IN - 4/19/2019 - (1st quarter) Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dunks over Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the first quarter. The Indiana Pacers host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at Bankers Life Field House. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 20Celtics-Pacers, LOID: 8.5.1024795915.

CELTICS 104, PACERS 96

Celtics get past Pacers, take 3-0 series lead

After blowing an early 15-point lead, Boston pulled away late to take Game 3.

RED SOX AT RAYS | 6:10 P.M. (NESN)

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Rick Porcello takes the mound with the chance to give the Red Sox their first series win of the season.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts watches his home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 19, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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RED SOX 6, RAYS 4

Power surge lifts Red Sox over Rays

Christian Vazquez, Mookie Betts, and Mitch Moreland homered as the Red Sox won the opener of a weekend series against Tampa Bay.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

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Still searching for a 2019 series victory, the Red Sox opened three games at division-leading Tampa with a vintage performance.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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Dreams of a Grand Slam of Bling in Boston have faded just a bit.

Indiannapolis, IN - 4/19/2019 - (4th quarter) with 22.3 seconds left in the game and the win in hand Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) applauds his team's effort. The Indiana Pacers host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at Bankers Life Field House. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 20Celtics-Pacers, LOID: 8.5.1024795915.

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GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

It took a while, but revived Celtics are riding their defense

After an up-and-down season at the defensive end, Boston has risen to the challenge in shutting down the Pacers.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT | ON HOCKEY

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Instead of taking control of the series, the Bruins were way too polite, short on purpose, urgency, and pugnacity.

Ben Volin | On Football

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The Patriots have the two greatest fallback options when all else fails, something no other team can claim.

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The 22-year-old missed only one field goal to finish with a team-high 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting.

Boston-04/19/2019 The Boston Bruins vs Toronoto Maple Leafs game 5- Bruins Sean Kuraly skates during pregame warmups. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Sean Kuraly’s return didn’t give the Bruins the boost they hoped for

The gritty fourth-liner rejoined linemates Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner after missing Games 1-4.

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Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis were called up from Pawtucket, and reliever Erasmo Ramirez was DFA’d.

Chad Finn

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There’s plenty to pore over as the Celtics’ playoff series shifts to Indiana.

Blake Swihart made his final Red Sox appearance on Monday, the team designating him for assignment the next day.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox trade Blake Swihart to Arizona

Boston finally dealt the catching prospect after designating him for assignment on Tuesday, getting Double A outfielder Marcus Wilson in return.

NFL DRAFT | WIDE RECEIVERS

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An excellent performance at the Combine improved the stock of the 6-foot-4-inch pass catcher.

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Pedroia is dealing with “irritation” in his left knee, according to Red Sox officials. He’s expected to return next month.

NFL DRAFT | QUARTERBACKS

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The Patriots likely would have to trade up to draft him, but his promise might make it worth it.

Foxborough, MA 12-27-18: CB Stephon Gilmore is pictured during the portion of the New England Patriots practice that was open to the media. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots players are as much in the dark as fans about coaching vacancies

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore isn’t worried, especially with Bill Belichick running the show.

Marcus Smart was injured April 7.

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CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Marcus Smart puts up a few shots on the court but is not close to a return

The little work he did after shootaround marked progress for the Celtics guard as he recovers from an oblique tear.

RED BULLS AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M. (NBCSB)

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The Revolution are coming off back-to-back shutout losses and desperately need a victory.

SPORTS LOG

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Yzerman, who turned Tampa Bay into a contender during eight seasons as GM, returns to the team that drafted him in 1983.

Alex Speier

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David Price has been on teams that started slowly before. They can rebound to make the playoffs, or they can become sellers at the trade deadline.

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The DCU Center will once again play host on March 27-28, marking the 16th time the arena has done so.

NBA Playoffs

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Siakam, regarded by teammates as NBA’s Most Improved, scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 98-93 win.

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State track coaches aim to take over MIAA tournaments

The Mass. State Track Coaches Assn. objected to MIAA fee proposals and believes it can run meets more efficiently by itself.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL NOTES

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Talented freshman class joins veterans from last year’s Division 3 champions.

CHAD FINN

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Our options included three compelling games (Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox) spread over six channels/networks.

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FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTES

Roma transfers have added some fuel to Liverpool

The team is on a roll, and goalkeeper Alisson and striker Mohamed Salah have been key cogs.

College hockey notebook

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The Crimson junior can return to college for his senior season or choose to become a professional.

Boston, Ma, Jan. 5, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/ Globe Staff---NESN production of Bruins game Jack Edwards, play by play, and Andy Brickley, analyst, broadcast the game.

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CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

What’s changed — and what’s stayed the same — in a decade on the sports media beat in Boston

The media basically has become the fifth major sports beat here, and it rates higher than fifth if you’re judging by the web traffic it generates.

Tara Sullivan

Sullivan is a columnist who joined the Globe in December of 2017.

Dan Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy is a columnist who has been writing for the Globe since 1981.

Christopher L. Gasper

Gasper began as a full-time columnist in 2012, and is host of the Globe’s Season Ticket podcast. He previously covered the Patriots beat for the Globe.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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