Papelbon advice for Bailey: Go day to day

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Papelbon advice for Bailey: Go day to day

CLEARWATER, Fla. As the most prolific closer in Red Sox history, Jonathan Papelbon had a unique perspective on the job. What advice does he have for Andrew Bailey, the man who is set to replace him?

Just to stay on a one-track mind, said Papelbon, who went to the Phillies as a free agent on a four-year, 50 million contract in November

Go day to day. Have short-term memory. Its just the life of a closer. The best advice I can give him. And thats the advice I got from (Mariano Rivera) my first All-Star Game. So when people ask me what advice, thats what I say.

Papelbon will no longer be part of the Red Sox rivalry with the Yankees and Rivera. Hell miss it. But thats OK with him.

You know what? Its a new chapter, he said. Im going to go to the Phillies-Mets rival, Phillies-Braves. Itll be fun too.

Asked if he could root for Rivera now that they are in separate leagues, Papelbon replied:

"I admire him. I dont root for him. Big difference. No, Im not going to root for him. Hes making it harder for me to catch up to him. Why would I root for him? But do I admire him. Oh, yeah.

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Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”