Mitch's Sports Report

Weekdays at approximately 6:45 a.m.

Sports can be fun, thrilling, and heartbreaking... local, national or global. I love talking sports, and I've been known to express an almost imperceptible preference for certain teams.

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Like a too good to be true soaring stock market, the Boston Red Sox bullpen was due for a correction, but what happened yesterday in Kansas City was more like a full blown financial meltdown.

Chris Sale didn't want to come out of the game, but at 110 pitches thrown and with a big five-run lead in the ninth, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't want to risk the health of his ace, and Sale fell just short of a complete game but still on the winning end of an 8-3 Red Sox victory over the Royals in Kansas City last night.

For the seventh time in a row, the U.S. Open golf tournament has produced a winner who had never won it before. The latest to join the first-timers club is Brooks Koepka, who not only won the Open, but did so with a final round 16-under par, which matches Rory McIlroy for the lowest single day score under par in U.S. Open history.

Father's Day isn't until Sunday but I'm already nominating Phil Mickelson for Father of the Year honors. Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open golf tournament, which started yesterday at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, because he didn't want to miss his daughter's high school graduation.

A big night at the plate for Mookie Betts and more great relief pitching led to a third straight win for the Boston Red Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies, as the home and home interleague series switched from Boston to Philly last night and the Red Sox came away with a 7-3 win.

For a second consecutive night the Boston Red Sox went extra innings with the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park, and both extended games resulted in victories for Boston, with Andrew Benintendi playing the hero last night at the plate and in the field.

The persistent rain yesterday postponed a number of high school playoff match-ups, most in baseball and softball, but the wet stuff didn't stop lacrosse from taking center stage, even though a incident of racist vandalism almost did.

There's a reason Kevin Durant signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, and that reason is knowing what he could do in combination with Steph Curry. In game two of the NBA Finals last night in Oakland, Curry and Durant were unstoppable in a 132-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that has the Warriors up two games to none, and neither game has been close.

Meeting for the third year in a row in the NBA Finals, with each team winning once previously, this is the rubber match for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and in game one in Oakland last night, it was the Warriors who came out to play, beating LeBron James and the Cavs 113-91 behind a dominant performance by Kevin Durant.

Game two of the Stanley Cup Finals can be encapsulated in a mere three minute span at the beginning of the third period. That's when a 1-1 tie game spun out of control for the Nashville Predators, who got buried under a flurry of three goals in three minutes that resulted in a 4-1 win for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a commanding two games to none lead in a series that can't shift to Music City fast enough for the Predators.

He got a standing ovation from the fans he used to pitch in front of, he faced his old team for the first time since being traded from Chicago to Boston, and then Chris Sale went out and gave up six runs on ten hits in his worst outing since joining the Boston Red Sox. Oh, he also got the win.

The adage is that to win the Stanley Cup, you have to be lucky as well as good, and in a 5-3 game one victory last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be more the former than the latter.

Tyler Andrews of Arlington, Virginia, won the men's division of the Vermont City Marathon and Relay yesterday, breaking the tape with a time of 2:19:41, and in the women's division a Vermonter took the crown. Huntington's Kasie Enman took first place among women, the third time she's accomplished the feat. Enman finished with a time of 2:50:27.

The tension in playoff hockey is thicker than the puck the players battle to control. Make it a game seven and it kicks up another notch.

He fell four strikeouts short of the history books, but Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sales was all smiles after his team picked him up with a 7-run 7th inning in a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers last night at Fenway Park.

Folks in Music City have never come this close to hockey greatness, but after a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks last night, their Nashville Predators are going to play for the greatest trophy in sports for the first time in franchise history.

So here's what the Boston Celtics were up against in game three of the eastern conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night: They had been blown out in the first two games of the series, on their home court, including a 44-point loss in game two. Cleveland had not lost a single game in the post-season, a 10-0 run. Game three was on Cleveland's home court. The Celtics' best player, Isaiah Thomas, suffered a serious hip injury, and he's out for the rest of the post-season. And entering the third quarter in game three, Boston trailed by 21 points. Final score from Cleveland: Celtics 111, Cavs 108.

The Boston Red Sox are trying to fill some holes in their pitching rotation, with David Price still scheduled for a rehab start in the minors before taking the hill for the first time with the big club this season. Drew Pomeranz had to leave his last start with a triceps injury, and Steven Wright's year is done following knee surgery.

Maybe he'd be rusty? That was the faint hope for the Boston Celtics going into game one of the NBA's eastern conference finals against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but even though King James had a ten-day layoff waiting for the Celtics and Wizards to conclude their 7-game series, James was merely well rested and showed no rust in Cleveland's 117-104 win in Boston.

More than the big swings and the long home run bombs, the thing the Boston Red Sox miss most in their first season A.P., meaning "After Papi", is the loss of the clutch hit.

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