Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani will bat sixth, higher than he ever has, two days after exiting his start with a blister, which doesn't affect his hitting. He'll face a same-side pitcher, lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 1B Tyler Austin says he had his appeal hearing today with MLB officials, regarding his role in last week's brawl with the Red Sox. He was told he may not hear anything more on his appeal until next week.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier on Kyrie Irving's leadership from afar: "He's here with us. His spirit is here. He's still part of this team. He's still our leader."


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on passing of Erin Popovich: "Super sad. All of our thoughts and prayers from our whole organization are with Gregg, his family and the entire Spurs organization. It's just another reminder of how unimportant this game is compared to everything else that's going on."


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier asked about his "Drew Bledsoe" reference when talking about Eric Bledsoe after Game 1. "I made a huge mistake," said a smiling Rozier. "It is what it is."

Stephen A.: Celtics should give up 'nothing' for Kawhi (2:01)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB James White met the media this morning, and one theme was how Shane Vereen mentored him as a rookie in 2014, and he says he would do the same for a draft pick this year.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Troy Niklas earned points for his sense of humor Thursday, saying there was once an article when he was in college that compared him to Rob Gronkowski. "It's kind of a disgrace to the players in the NFL," he said.

Greeny: Pats should draft Rosen as Brady's successor (2:01)
Moreland's four RBIs part of Red Sox rout (0:25)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels entered this series with seven consecutive wins, then the Red Sox came into their place and outscored them 19-1 in the first two games. Boston is now the first team since the 2003 Giants to start a season 15-2. They lead the Majors in runs per game, starting pitcher ERA, winning percentage and run differential. Probably a lot of other stuff, too.

Martinez drives out solo shot (0:25)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Greg Wyshynski breaks down two big Game 4 battles in the Eastern Conference.

Devers' clears bases with grand slam (0:20)