Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia wasn't in the Red Sox's original lineup and was supposed to be "available in an emergency situation." But Pedroia was added to the lineup a few minutes ago. He's batting second, playing his usual second base on David Ortiz Night at Fenway Park.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Even Blue Man Group is at Fenway to celebrate Big Papi's number retirement!


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots captain Matthew Slater was a special guest speaker at the Pine Street Inn "graduation" on Friday. The Pine Street Inn has a goal of ending homelessness and it honored its graduates that completed job training programs in food services and housekeeping. Slater's message to graduates focused on responding in a positive way to adversity.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug Fister will start Sunday. Red Sox sent scout Eddie Bane to see him in Triple-A. Recommendation was that he could help. Dave Dombrowski referred to him as depth pitcher at reasonable cost.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox also are taking a flier on third baseman Jhonny Peralta, agreeing with him on minor-league deal. He will report to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoiler alert: There's a '34' under that red cloth. Red Sox are asking fans to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for the David Ortiz number retirement ceremony.

Top NBA draftees show off signature moves (2:28)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas is doing "much better" as he navigates rehab from his season-ending hip injury and believes he'll have further imaging done in mid-to-late July to finalize next step, which could still include surgery. Ainge said the belief is Thomas will be ready for training camp regardless and noted, "that's what we're all hoping, that's what we all think."

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Red Sox add depth, claim Fister, sign Peralta

The Red Sox claimed veteran pitcher Doug Fister off waivers after the 33-year-old opted out of his minor league deal with the Angels. Boston also signed former Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta.

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4hChris Forsberg

Ainge: Celtics weren't engaged in Butler talks

Danny Ainge says the Celtics took several shots to acquire new Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler over the years but that the team wasn't involved in negotiations this week before Minnesota swooped in for the three-time All-Star.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Six years after trading for Doug Fister in a deal that helped propel the Detroit Tigers to a division title, Dave Dombrowski has reacquired him for the Red Sox. Fister, a 33-year-old right-hander, will represent starting rotation depth for Boston. He recently opted out of a minor-league contract with the Angels after three Triple-A starts.

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Final 2017 NHL mock draft

Who will the Devils take first overall? Who will be the first draft pick in Vegas Golden Knights history? Get those questions answered and many more in our final projection of the first 31 picks of the 2017 NHL draft.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge asked if he's seen Isaiah Thomas in ESPN's Body Issue. "Is he wearing clothes?" Told he's not and that there's a butt shot, Ainge deadpans, "Uh oh. No thoughts on that. I have to sprint out to get that magazine."

Ainge wasn't surprised to see Butler traded (0:29)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he wasn't surprised to see Jimmy Butler traded on draft night. Said Celtics had "many conversations" with Chicago about him over last year but suggested there were none in recent weeks.

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Ortiz goes down as one of best Red Sox hitters

David Ortiz, whose No. 34 is being retired in Boston on Friday, finished his career as a 10-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger, 2013 World Series MVP and a three-time World Series champ.

Was it a mistake for Celtics to pass on Jackson? (2:22)
Canceled workout cause for C's passing on Jackson? (0:44)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jayson Tatum and his No. 11 Celtics jersey being introduced at the team's practice facility.