The right Harbaugh won

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The right Harbaugh won

Seeing how we all have a long night of avoiding ESPN and the NFL Network ahead of us, I'm going to keep this last post short. In fact, let me just say this

If there's ONE silver lining in Baltimore's Super Bowl win, it's that the right Harbaugh came out on top.

Maybe that's a relative term, but after two weeks of non-stop Harbaugh action, there was no question as to which brother was the more redeeming dude. I mean, after two weeks, I had hard time even thinking of Jim Harbaugh as a human. He was more like a robot GI Joe perpetually on the verge of going haywire. He was like a RoboCop. And while that certainly made him an interesting and entertaining character, it made it nearly impossible to connect with him on any personal level. I never once found myself thinking: "Man, I'll feel really bad for Jim Harbaugh if the Niners don't come through." To be honest, I can't imagine a football-related situation when I'd ever feel bad for Jim Harbaugh. He just doesn't evoke a lot of sympathy. (Is this how Bill Belichick comes across to fans outside of New England? If so, I get. It finally makes sense.)

Can you imagine even trying to have a beer with Jim Harbaugh? First of all, I doubt he even drinks beer. He'd probably order a double shot of 151 and spend the next hour making you feel uncomfortable for not drinking the same. Eventually, you'd succumb to the peer pressure and drink way too much. Next thing you know, you wake up in the passenger seat of your own car, covered in puke. You look over, and Jim's cruising down the Mass Pike at 125 mph screaming: "Who's got it better than us?!?!"

No thanks. He's like Cliff from Dead Man on Campus.

Instead, I'd much rather kick back and have a few beers with John. And even if I don't love the idea of Baltimore winning it all, I was definitely happy to see the older Harbaugh get the best of his little brother.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.