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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

An embarrassment of riches in the infield: Xander Bogaerts told me he will play 3B for the Netherlands and Didi Gregorius will DH. Andrelton Simmons will be at SS. When asked who's playing second base, he said Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar had to figure it out.

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Chris Sale loves facing the Yankees

Since earned runs became an official AL stat in 1913, no other pitcher has a lower ERA against the Yankees than Chris Sale's 1.17 (min. 50 IP). The Red Sox will play their AL East rival 19 times in the 2017 season.

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Mookie Betts in elite Red Sox class

Only Ted Williams has posted a higher WAR as a 23-year-old or younger position player for the Red Sox. At age 23, Betts was good for 9.6 wins last season.

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Pastrnak breaks stick on one-timer goal in win (0:41)
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The bar has been set

Per the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the following are the eight highest 2017 over-under win totals across all MLB teams. Story

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Cubs favored to win back-to-back titles

It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to break their World Series title drought, but Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives them the highest odds to be repeat champions this year.

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Q&A: Tuukka Rask unmasked

Tuukka Rask doesn't flinch at tough shots or tough questions. The Bruins' netminder explains why shrinking goalie gear is "not cool," whether fighting is OK and if he'll play in the Olympics.

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Cassidy faces major challenge

With the firing of longtime coach Claude Julien, all eyes will now be on interim coach Bruce Cassidy -- and GM Don Sweeney and president Cam Neely -- to fix the floundering Boston Bruins.

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Bergeron, Rask address 'unfortunate' Julien firing (0:42)
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Marchand disappointed by Julien firing (2:05)
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Julien fired after 10 seasons with Bruins (0:31)