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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 3, Mariners 0: Make it five wins in a row, the longest streak of the season for Boston. Eduardo Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings to set the tone, while lights-out closer Craig Kimbrel put an exclamation point on a victory with another spotless ninth inning. Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vázquez had two hits apiece for the Red Sox.

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The Celtics ran into a buzz saw called the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, compounded by playing the last three games without Isaiah Thomas.

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10hChris Forsberg

Celtics' Thomas: Free agents over big payday

Isaiah Thomas is scheduled to make $6.3 million next season -- a bargain price after his stellar play for the Celtics. Thomas, however, says he is fine with the team spending big on free agency this offseason than on a potential contract extension.

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Brock Holt will be shut down from baseball activity "for the foreseeable future," according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Holt, who is dealing with vertigo and has a concussion history, was seen Thursday by specialist Micky Collins at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. With Holt's symptoms recurring, Red Sox will follow Collins' recommendations.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox continue to be cautious with Dustin Pedroia's left knee given wet conditions at Fenway. He's available to play tonight, but manager John Farrell prefers to stay away.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Kelly Olynyk, a restricted free agent, want to be back in Boston next season? "I'd love to be back. Unbelievable city, unbelievable fan base," he said. As for whether he expects to be back, Olynyk added, "I don't know. You control what you can control. I don't know if I will or not, but if I had the opportunity I would love to."

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13hChris Forsberg

Celtics' Thomas: Surgery on hip not top option

Isaiah Thomas says he has to wait until the swelling in his injured right hip goes down and he has another MRI before deciding on the next step in his recovery, but the Celtics guard believes surgery is not the No. 1 option.


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Isaiah Thomas to his doctors: "Let's make sure I come back even better. And I will."

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Isaiah Thomas said that surgery is not the number one option right now. Said he has seen one specialist for his hip injury thus far, but team has sent the info to others. "We're waiting on the swelling to go down … Hopefully I don't have to have surgery, but I know that is an option."

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14hTom Haberstroh

NBA clutch rankings: Two Celtics in top 10

Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford both make the list, but which one's clutch WPA (win probability added) in the playoffs tops MVP candidates Kevin Durant, James Harden and Stephen Curry?


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Al Horford: "I think that when you get a little taste of how fun it is to play in these types of [postseason] games and make it this far, I think that's even more motivation. I want to be a part of special teams and do special things."


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Gerald Green on if he wants to return to Boston next season: "Of course I want to come back. Why wouldn't I? I don't like starting something I can't finish. … Me and IT are really close friends. I've gained a lot of close friends on the team. I got drafted here. Brad is a genius. A man I love playing, it's an honor to play for him. Why wouldn't I want to come back to this organization when we're that close in getting a ring?"

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19hScott Lauber

Is Boston breaking David Price?

Forget postseason pressure. The Red Sox need their lefty now. But if he's ready -- and pitches like an ace -- it could buy him a ticket out of town.

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Last season's quarterbacks have the highest QBR of anyone with at least 500 attempts over the last two years. Kirk Cousins isn't far behind.

LeBron makes history as Cavs close out Celtics (2:03)