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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Terrific 10-pitch at-bat by Matt Holliday results in sacrifice fly, which stops Chris Sale's shutout streak at 15 consecutive innings.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale is lights-out, once again, for Red Sox. Through three innings against the Yankees, he has seven strikeouts on only 37 pitches (29 strikes).

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez takes live batting practice for the first time since landing on the DL after suffering a right biceps strain on April 8th.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

While Rajon Rondo seems unlikely for Game 6, Celtics guard Avery Bradley knows full well Rondo's ability to play through pain, like the dislocated elbow in 2011:

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green played just 12 minutes in Game 5 but Brad Stevens said his intention is to continue starting the veteran wing in Game 6.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on how Amir Johnson has responded to non-playing role: "Total stud, total team guy."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox reliever Carson Smith had a setback in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery. He hasn't thrown off a mound in 12-14 days. Back to long-tossing. Sox had hoped Smith might be ready to return by early June. Won't happen now.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox's lineup tonight against the Yankees. Pedroia missed three games after getting spiked in the left knee and ankle by Baltimore's Manny Machado last Friday night.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dustin Pedroia taking some early BP at Fenway Park.

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One thing Red Sox fans will love about Chris Sale: how he pitches against the Yankees. Sale's ERA vs. the Bronx Bombers is the lowest of any pitcher in MLB history.

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Chris Sale has gotten off to a strong start in Boston. Only two pitchers have racked up more strikeouts in their first four games with a team: Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

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Avery Bradley (24), Isaiah Thomas (24) and Al Horford (21) each scored more than 20 points in Wednesday's Game 5 win vs. the Bulls. It's the first time three Celtics have scored at least 20 points in a playoff game since Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo did so in Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Heat. (Photo: Matt York/AP Images)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

The Red Sox's interest in Chase d'Arnaud likely stems from fact that he can play six positions (2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF) and bats right-handed. He's more versatile than Steve Selsky, and as long as Pablo Sandoval is on the DL and Josh Rutledge/Marco Hernandez are playing more often, Red Sox need versatility on the bench.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have claimed INF/OF Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Carson Smith has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

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Chris Sale led the American League with 274 strikeouts in 2015, but he revamped his approach in 2016 -- lowering his strikeout total in the process. This season, he seems to be in pre-2016 form: He has three games this season with 10 strikeouts. He had four such games in 32 starts last season, his first not coming until Aug. 3.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Great nugget from ESPN Stats & Info this morning: Of pitchers with at least seven career starts against the Yankees, Boston's Chris Sale has the lowest career ERA (1.25). Riffing off of that, of lefties with at least seven starts vs. New York, here are the top three, from baseball-reference.com and including some relief innings, which the previous stat does not: 1. Sale (1.17), 2. Harry Coveleski (1.57), 3. Babe Ruth (2.21). Ruth was 17-5 against the Yankees before he joined them in time for the 1920 season.

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After nailing a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter and give the Bulls the lead, Jimmy Butler looked primed for a huge fourth quarter. Instead, he went quiet and the Celtics pulled away.

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The Bulls and Celtics appeared to be headed toward a tight finish after 38 minutes. Instead, the Celtics took over with a dominant stretch on both ends of the floor to close out Game 5.