Monday could mark closer Jonathan Papelbon’s first game at Fenway as a visitor. Papelbon, who left the Red Sox as a free agent after 2011, is Boston’s all-time saves leader with 219.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien would not say whether any of his injured players would be able to return for Game 2 against the Rangers. If not, he’ll continue to rely on his rookies
The unbeaten Jon Lester looks to help the visiting Boston Red Sox avoid a 10th loss in 12 games as David Price, stuck on one win, tries to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a seventh consecutive victory Wednesday night.
Clay Buchholz has been among baseball’s best pitchers this season. Monday night will be the first time he’ll get the ball since an allegation of cheating clouded his last start.
John Lackey will return after being out with a right biceps strain as he tries to help the Red Sox complete a four-game home sweep of the Houston Astros with a fifth straight win Sunday.
Jaromir Jagr provided the Boston Bruins with an instant impact upon his arrival from Dallas. Former Stars teammate Michael Ryder has been doing likewise for the Montreal Canadiens in the six weeks since he went north of the border.
John Lackey is slated to get the ball for the first time in 17 months, and he’d like to avoid dwelling on the past.
The Boston Bruins figured Jarome Iginla would be in Pennsylvania for a Saturday matinee with his new team. That will be the case for Iginla, but he’ll be across the state while the Bruins try to regroup during this visit to face the stumbling Philadelphia Flyers.
The Memphis Grizzlies have won nine straight at home as they get ready to welcome a Boston Celtics team that has dropped three straight. The Celtics, however, have won their last five visits to the FedEx Forum as they try to avoid being swept by the Grizzlies for the first time in 12 years Saturday night.
Boston will try for its ninth straight victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night when the Northeast Division clubs open a home-and-home set.