Since you don’t have a lot of time this morning, here’s today’s Boston Sports Update.
Former Red Sox Outfielder Otis Nixon is Missing in Georgia
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) April 10, 2017
Former Red Sox centerfielder Otis Nixon was headed for a golf outing in his gray 2011 Range Rover yesterday morning. He never arrived at the course, and has not been seen in almost a day.
Nixon stole 42 bases for the Red Sox in the strike-shortened 1994 season, his only one in Boston. The Red Sox traded Nixon after the season to Texas for Jose Canseco.
Best wishes for a positive conclusion to this story.
ESPN’s History is a Bit Off
On this date in 1912, Fenway Park hosted its first game, an exhibition between the Red Sox and Harvard. [Credit: Boris Spremo/Getty] pic.twitter.com/4gNffl3DQ4
— ESPN (@espn) April 9, 2017
With layoffs on the horizon, you think the ESPN research staff would be on their game. However, yesterday New England’s favorite network for some reason tried to pass off a photo of Fenway Park from 1985 as one from 1912. The Boston faithful had a field day roasting ESPN’s folly, pointing out to the smallest detail everything that should have told them that the photo wasn’t actually 105 years old. From the light towers to the electronic scoreboard to the Prudential Building.
Of all the responses, this one’s my favorite:
— TJ Hubbard 🔹 (@TJ_Hubbard) April 9, 2017
Bruins playoff opponent and schedule set
With the Maple Leafs’ regulation loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins will finish the 2016-17 regular season in third place in the Atlantic Division. By way of their 44 regular season wins, they take the tiebreaker from the Leafs, who only won 40 games in regulation.
The Bruins will now face the Ottawa Senators in their best-of-seven first round series. The puck will drop for game one this Wednesday at 7 pm in Ottawa.
Cavaliers Lose, Fall Back into First Place Tie with Celtics.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers were up 26 on Atlanta after three quarters yesterday. As ESPN’s Marc Stein noted, NBA teams entering the 4th quarter up 25+ points had won their last 1,005 games.
The Celtics and Cavs each now possess 51-29 records with two games each remaining in the regular season. The Celtics will host the Nets (20-60) and Bucks (41-39), while the Cavs travel to Miami (39-41) and host the Toronto Raptors (50-31).
The Cavs will win any tiebreaker with the Celtics, so the C’s likely need to win both their remaining games and get help from either the Heat or Raptors to get the top seed.
Red Sox Overcome
Sandy Leon’s eighth-inning 2-run double gave the Red Sox a lead, as they overcame a 3-1 deficit to push past the Tigers 7-5. Craig Kimbrell survived a shaky bottom of the 9th as a shorthanded-Boston club improved to 3-2 on the season. The two teams will meet again in the series finale today as Chris Sale goes up against Justin Verlander. After the game, the Red Sox will head back to Boston for Tuesday evening matchup with the Baltimore Orioles.