Alex Speier

What if the Red Sox don’t turn it around?

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.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Ryan Brasier (70) reacts after allowing a seventh-inning, grand slam to New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) in a baseball game, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Dan Shaughnessy

Now is not the time to mince words: Red Sox stink

At 6-13 and a whopping 8½ games out of first place, how can they be this bad?


// Kyrie Irving delivered a classic playoff performance

Irving scored 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting and added 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal as the Celtics topped the Pacers 99-91.

Boston, MA - 4/17/2019 - (1st quarter) Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) takes a trip to the basket during the first quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 18Celtics-Pacers, LOID: 8.5.1015682352.


Kyrie was dominant, Tatum had a stirring night, and the Celtics now have a 2-0 series lead

The Celtics were expected to win Game 2 anyway, but the matter in which they did could potentially serve as a catapult.

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David Pastrnak can breathe easier now that he is on the scoresheet

Pastrnak, who knocked home six goals in a dozen playoff games last spring, popped in his first two of these playoffs in Boston’s Game 4 win.

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) scores on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)


David Pastrnak breaks through as Bruins even series with Maple Leafs

Pastrnak, the Bruins’ top goal scorer in the regular season, ended a slump by scoring his first two goals of the playoffs.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees hits a grand slam as Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox defends in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on April 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


The Red Sox lost again, and this time the bullpen was to blame

Brett Gardner connected for a seventh-inning grand slam off reliever Ryan Brasier in New York.

Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia sits in the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)



Is this the end for Dustin Pedroia?

When 35-year-old second baseman limped off Yankee Stadium Wednesday, questions and concerns were raised about his future.


// How the Celtics put it all together in the fourth quarter of Game 2

Boston scored 31 points in the quarter, and held Indiana to 12.

Nicole Yang

// Pacers well aware of the challenge ahead

“We got no choice [but to bounce back]. You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you’re down three games,” said Indiana guard Darren Collison.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) passes to James White (28) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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A game-by-game look at the 2019 Patriots schedule

What each matchup has in store.

// Gronk dented the Lombardi Trophy

Gronkowski has added a baseball-sized dent in the Patriots sixth Lombardi Trophy to his lasting legacy in New England.

// Patrice Bergeron named Selke Trophy finalist for eighth straight year

Bergeron is looking to win a record fifth Selke, awarded to the game’s best defensive forward.

Boston, MA - 4/17/2019 - (4th quarter) Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) follows through after he drains a three for a 92-91 lead in the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 18Celtics-Pacers, LOID: 8.5.1015682352.

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In the clutch, Celtics’ Jaylen Brown showcased his fancy passing

Coach Brad Stevens lauded Brown for making “a big-time play” on a late kick-out to Jayson Tatum for a decisive 3-pointer.


// David Price unhappy all teams didn’t play on Jackie Robinson Day

Price said he spoke to commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark about his concerns.

// Maple Leafs coach: Despite meetings, team was caught out of position

Mike Babcock said the team discussed how to defend the Bruins’ power play, and the Leafs still missed their assignments.

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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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 in Boston, and it rates higher than fifth if you’re judging by the web traffic it generates.

// Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia exits game against Yankees

The team said the reason was “left knee soreness.”

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Alex Cora, manager of the Boston Red Sox pulls pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez #57 out of the game in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images)


Assessing the damage: Just how bad is it for the Red Sox?

There is such a thing as an April hole that is too deep to escape.

Jace Sternberger grabbed 48 passes and scored 10 touchdowns last season.

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Jace Sternberger is no Gronk, but there are similarities

The big Texas A&M tight end has thrust himself into the top five at his position for the NFL Draft.

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 120-99. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)


Bucks, Rockets win in blowouts

Milwaukee and Houston take commanding 2-0 series leads.

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Connor Brown (28) picks up a penalty on Boston Bruins center Joakim Nordstrom (20) during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bruins notebook

Fourth line in deep trouble; Sean Kuraly can’t return soon enough

The Bruins hope Kuraly (broken hand) can return in this series to help the offensively challenged fourth line.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) watches as Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) celebrates a goal scored by Roope Hintz during the first period of Game 4 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Stars take charge early to tie series with Predators

Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov scored on Dallas’s first two shots, and the Stars chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with an early four-goal onslaught.

// Tiger Woods bettor has long criminal record in Wisconsin

The gambler who hit it big on Woods’s Masters victory has a lengthy criminal record in his home state.


// DeMarcus Cousins is likely out for remainder of NBA playoffs

Golden State Warriors center tore his left quadriceps in Monday’s Game 2 loss to the Clippers, but won’t require surgery.


Sports Hub scores decisive victory over WEEI in winter ratings

The Sports Hub finished first overall and in all four main day parts in the targeted men 25-54 demographic.

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123rd Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon was a first for its last runner

Red Hilton of East Bridgewater crossed the line at Boylston Street more than nine hours after she started


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 08: De'Andre Hunter #12 of the Virginia Cavaliers attempts a shot against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half during the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by TP_Remote/2019 Getty Images)

NCAA Men’s Final Four | Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77

‘A really special group.’ Virginia takes home the NCAA men’s title in scintillating fashion

The top-seeded Cavaliers, the first No. 1 seed ousted from last year’s tourney, won their first national championship in school history.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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