Bruins-Capitals series to start Thursday

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Bruins-Capitals series to start Thursday

The Bruins opening four games of their first round playoff series with the Washington Capitals has been released. It includes a Thursday night opener at TD Garden, a nationally televised game on Saturday on NBC, and two days off in Washington DC between games.

The Bruins will open against the Caps with a 7:30 start at TD Garden on Thursday, April 12 and host Game 2 at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon to be televised nationally on the NBC Network.

That will be followed by road games in Washington, D.C. on Monday April 16 and Thursday April 19, both 7:30 pm starts. Then the series will return to Boston for another Saturday afternoon matinee at TD Garden if the Bruins-Capitals series goes past four games.

Game 6 would be Sunday, April 22 at the Verizon Center if needed, and a potential Game 7 would be Wednesday, April 25, at TD Garden.

That means the teams could have two days off between games on two separate occasions a rarity in the game-every-other day mode of the playoffs. Here is the full schedule with American and Canadian broadcast rights:

Thursday, April 12 7:30 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC Sports Network, CBC

Saturday, April 14 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC

Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC

Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC

Saturday, April 21 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC

Sunday, April 22 TBD Boston at Washington TBD

Wednesday, April 25 TBD Washington at Boston TBD

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Quotes, Notes and Stars of the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Angels

Quotes

"It's a joke. That's a brutal call for whoever's back in New York looking at it.'' - Mike Scioscia on decision not to cite fan interference on ground-rule double in the ninth.

"We played with 26 players tonight. I was like, 'Yes!''' - David Ortiz on the fan who touched Daniel Nava's double.

"If I had to go back and do it all over again, I probably would have just thrown a knuckleball. I didn't want to walk a guy, but I've got to think about the bigger picture and just swallow the walk.'' - Steven Wright, on the fastball thrown to C.J. Cron, who hit a grand slam.

Notes

* David Ortiz moved into 19th place all-time in home runs with No. 522, breaking a tie with Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.

* Ortiz collected his 2,000th hit as a member of the Red Sox, something only six other players in history have accomplished.

* Ortiz also passed Thomas in career RBI with 1,704, good for 23rd place.

* Ortiz extended his Fenway hitting streak to 18 games. He's reached base at home in every home game since April 29.

* Steven Wright has allowed just six homers all season, but three have come in the last four games. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox teammates to record 100 hits each before the team's 81st game since 1988 when four players did so - Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans, Mike Greenwell and Marty Barrett.

* The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Red Sox against the Angels.

* The game marked the 47th time in first 79 games that the Sox have collected 10 or more hits. That leads the majors, with Kansas City and Detroit next at 39.

* The Sox are 23-9 in Brock Holt's starts.

Stars

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz had a three-hit game with two singles and a homer, the last of which was his 2,000th hit in a Red Sox uniform. The homer also was career home run No. 522, moving him past three Hall of Famers into 19th place all-time.

2) Brock Holt

Holt announced his presence loud and clear with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI and an assist from the outfield.

3) C.J. Cron

Cron made things mighty interesting with one swing of the bat in the sixth, driving a ball into the Monster Seats for a grand slam that brought the Angels back to within a run.

Sean McAdam can be followed on Twitter: @Sean_McAdam

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

The Boston Celtics' meeting with free agent center Al Horford "went very well," a source told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

The source also added that the Celtics have a "good chance" of signing Horford.

Horford is expected to demand a max contract valued at roughly four-years, $113 million.

Multiple other reports suggest the Hawks have resisted offering Horford a max, though they are working to clear space to re-sign him.

Dupont on Backes: B's won't have any problem with this deal

Dupont on Backes: B's won't have any problem with this deal

Kevin Paul Dupont joins Sports Tonight to discuss the Bruins signing former St. Louis Blue David Backes to a 5-year, $30 million deal.