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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With the deal still pending results of a physical, Red Sox manager Alex Cora declined to talk about J.D. Martinez. But reviews in the clubhouse were predictably positive. "He's a force," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. called Martinez a "difference maker."

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The Nick Holden trade is a nice little move for both the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins. Holden, 30, has a low cap hit ($1.65 million) and an expiring contract. He bolsters the Bruins' left side on defense, perhaps to avoid asking Matt Grzelcyk to do too much in his first postseason. The third-round pick the Rangers get for this rental adds another selection to an important draft board this June. If Rob O'Gara, 24, becomes something more than the AHL defenseman he appears to be at this point, all the better. He goes RFA this summer.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here's what JD Martínez told me about how his father has inspired him: "My dad, when he came over from Cuba, he had three kids at the time. He was working over 100 hours a week at Domino's Pizza, flipping pizzas, just to put food on the plate every night for us. He had that hunger, that desire, to make something of himself and that's what he always taught me."

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BBTN: Mound Visit Rules, Martinez Signing

Before a chat with Astros P Lance McCullers Jr. about his frustration with mound visitation rules (22:54), Buster Olney talks to Tim Kurkjian (6:25) and Jon Sciambi (28:41) about the rule, Boston's signing of J.D. Martinez and more. Plus, Sarah Langs stops by with the first "Numbers Game" of the season (37:33).

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Can college kids lift U.S. men into medal round?

Team USA is finally getting some offense, just in time for another must-win game. The U.S. needs collegians like Ryan Donato to come up big again against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. And the hype keeps building for the women's gold-medal tilt.

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Martinez brings much-needed pop to Boston (0:54)
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Marchand scores OT breakaway winner (0:34)
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Red Sox agree to 5-year deal with J.D. Martinez (1:59)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Eduardo Nuñez told me that the Yankees were among the teams that reached out to his agent, expressing interest in signing the infielder. The former Yankee told his agent that his main focus and number one priority was to come back to the Red Sox because of how much he enjoyed his experience in Boston last year.

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Source: Red Sox reach deal with J.D. Martinez

The Red Sox agreed to a five-year deal with slugger J.D. Martinez, a source told ESPN's Pedro Gomez. The outfielder can opt out after two seasons. FanRag Sports reports the deal is worth $110 million, with $50 million to be paid over the first two years.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Although he never mentioned former hitting coach Chili Davis by name, Red Sox owner John Henry made clear that he believes the team's offensive approach — not a lack of power in the aftermath of David Ortiz's retirement — was to blame for a 93-run dropoff from 2016 to 2017.

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Riddick: SB benching won't affect Butler's market value (1:00)
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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Red Sox manager Alex Cora is not a fan of at least one of the new MLB "Pace of Play" initiatives. Said he was concerned about limiting mound visits.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was at Red Sox camp today; spoke to the players during the team meeting before their first full-squad practice.

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Stephen A. isn't buying Butler SB benching story (1:43)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On the suggestion that the Red Sox are losing popularity with fans in sports-obsessed Boston, owner John Henry said, "I don't think we need to be popular (with fans). We need to win."