Box Score Bank: MJ's 63

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Box Score Bank: MJ's 63

The Red Sox celebrated a big anniversary over at Fenway today, but no one's said a word about April 20's other historic sporting event.

That's why I'm here.

So let's set the Box Score Bank for 26 years ago today: April 20, 1986

Ronald Reagan was rocking the presidency. Chernobyl was six days from disaster. Kiss, by Prince and the Revolution was the No. 1 song in America. Down and Out in Beverly Hills was the No. 1 movie. Rajon Rondo was seven weeks old

And over at the Garden, Michael Jordan was doing this.

Final Score: Celtics 135, Bulls 131 (2 OT)

Obviously, the big story here was MJ, and his 63 points on 22 of 41 shooting. (It's one of only seven times in Jordan's entire career he attempted more than 40 shots in a game; Kobe's done this eight times). Jordan also had six assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. He was 19-21 from the foul line.

But he was also one of only three Bulls in double figures (Orlando Woolridge and The Oak Man), and eventually succumbed to a more balanced and just plain better Celtics squad.

Boston was led by Larry Bird with 36 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Kevin McHale with 27 points, 15 boards and six blocks and Danny Ainge who dropped in 24 points in 47 minutes.

And how about Bill Walton's line? Big Red picked up 10 points, 15 rebounds and perhaps most impressive six fouls in only 25 minutes. The Celtics needed it too, as Robert Parish struggled, scoring only 13 points on 4-11 shooting.

But cut Chief some slack, it was 420.

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Farrell: Price to make first Red Sox start of year Monday in Chicago

Farrell: Price to make first Red Sox start of year Monday in Chicago

David Price may have allowed six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday night during his second rehab start in Triple-A, but the Red Sox apparently liked what they saw.

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Manager John Farrell announced moments ago that Price will rejoin the Red Sox Monday and start that day's game in Chicago against the White Sox. Farrell said the Sox were more concerned with how Price felt physically after his rehab start, not the results, and they're satisfied he's ready to return.

More to come . . . 

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."