For starters, Red Sox aren't that bad

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For starters, Red Sox aren't that bad

Sometimes it's interesting to see ourselves as others see us.
Steve Melewski of MASN Sports in Baltimore ranked the starting rotations of the five A.L. East teams today, and the Red Sox came in second. No real surprise there . . . but he ranks them ahead of the Yankees, who are third. (The Rays -- with David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore in tow -- are first.)
The Sox, writes Melewski, "could have a formidable group . . . Jon Lester and Josh Beckett are both top starter talents and Alfredo Aceves could be a strong No. 5 . . . " He gives no real reason for putting the Yankees third, but apparently doesn't think the dual acquisition of Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda is as big a deal as our friends to the south seem to think. (Especially in light of Pineda's velocity problems this spring.)
In many ways this has the spring of our discontent, with an inordinate focus on last year's collapse and apologies not given and Bobby's big mouth and other ancillary issues. But this piece serves as a reminder that the Sox are still, you know, pretty good . . . even if there are folks around here who don't necessarily believe it.
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Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

WEST ROXBURY, Mass.  -- It was the last day of school for some band students at Ohrenberger School, many of whom were packed inside the gym eagerly awaiting the four newest members of the Boston Celtics basketball family. 
 
As eager as the students were to finish off the school year, for the Celtics rookies Wednesday’s appearance to unveil the school’s revamped “Music Zone” was just the beginning of their time with the Celtics.
 
Getting into the community has become an annual rite of passage for incoming Celtic rookies, with Wednesday’s event being part of the seventh annual Players’ Choice Grant.
 
The four-pack of Celts was headlined by Jayson Tatum, who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick. Joining him were second-round picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.
 
“Working with the kids is always fun,” Tatum said. 
 
The charitable arm of the Celtics, the Shamrock Foundation, provided a $50,000 grant to a charity that was chosen by the players from the 2016-17 season.
 
Players were greeted by a gym full of middle schoolers who conducted a question-and-answer session with the players, with some students coming away with a basketball signed by all the players. 
 
“I really enjoyed getting to know the fans, the kids,” said Jabari Bird, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 57th overall pick out of Cal.
 
The “Music Zone” received 17 new MacBooks which contained musical software, with several instruments, a portable stage and additional furniture.

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O.