BOSTON Teams

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox remain "hopeful" of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing first base before end of spring training but also realistic that camp breaks in four days, manager John Farrell says. As such, utilityman Josh Rutledge is getting reps at first base, too, as righty-hitting platoon partner for Mitch Moreland.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Allen Craig (making $11 million this season) and Rusney Castillo ($10.5 million) among seven players shipped back to minors by Red Sox.

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Brady wins yet again (0:55)
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Nash's second goal is the winner for Boston (0:28)

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The April 5 showdown between the Cavaliers and Celtics could loom large in the race for the East's top seed. Until then, Boston has a considerably easier schedule.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kendrick has a June 15 opt-out, but continued to cement his status as the Red Sox's best depth pitching option. Six walk-less innings vs. Phillies gives him 26-4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings this spring. Healthy again, Kendrick is throwing his sinker more effectively.

MLB 

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

UMass expected to interview Boston Celtics and former Butler/Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry again next week, source told ESPN.

NCAAM 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price's latest exam showed "improved strength" in elbow, John Farrell said, but still no timetable for throwing from mound. Light catch continues for Red Sox lefty, who at this point is unlikely to make season debut until May.

MLB 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If reliever Tyler Thornburg is ready for Opening Day -- and decision won't be made until at least after outings Monday and Wednesday -- Red Sox will ease him into late-inning role. Acquired to be setup man, Thornburg has been slowed as he adapts to team's rigorous shoulder strength program.

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Kurkjian's MLB Elite Eight (2:18)
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Booker's 70 gives Suns reason to celebrate (1:12)
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Devin Booker speaks with his dad after 70-point game (2:21)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Suns guard Devin Booker on celebrating 70 points despite a loss: "The way our season's gone right now, we're kind of looking for something to celebrate. And that meant a lot to see my veterans happy."

NBA 

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Not only did Suns G Devin Booker become the youngest player in NBA history to score 70 points in a game, it was the most points ever surrendered by the Celtics in their 70 years of existence.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Suns coach Earl Watson on using timeouts and fouls to help Devin Booker get 70 points: "I don't care about being liked. I really don't care, to be honest with you. We're coming in here, we're trying to build something with this young group. If people don't like us why we build it, so what? Do something about it. Simple as that."

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Horford amazed by Booker's performance (0:34)
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Booker drops 70 in loss to Celtics (1:01)
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Booker can't miss ... even when it doesn't count (0:25)