Peter Abraham | On Baseball

Will Eduardo Rodriguez throw the next no-hitter for the Sox?

Boston-04/24/2019 The Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers- Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez reacts as he throws his leg up after throwing a 5th inning ball to Tigers JaCoby Jones. He had a no-hitter into the 5th inning. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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The Red Sox have not had a no-hitter since May 19, 2008, when 24-year-old Jon Lester diced up the Royals at Fenway.

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RED SOX 11, TIGERS 4

Red Sox rout Tigers at Fenway

Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez, and Jackie Bradley Jr. each drove in a pair of runs.

NFL DRAFT | THURSDAY, 8 P.M. (ABC, ESPN, NFL)

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The three-day draft begins Thursday night in Nashville, and the Arizona Cardinals have the top pick.

MATT PORTER

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Columbus’s only loss in its last 12 games was 6-2 to Boston on April 2.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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The Celtics guard appreciates high scoring totals but believes in striking a balance with teammates.

Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, right, runs a play against Southern California guard Chris Brown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. Notre Dame won 24-17. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Jim McBride

How should the Patriots use each of their 12 draft picks?

The Patriots probably won’t use all of their league-high 12 selections — but we’ll pick for them anyway.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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Bradley entered Wednesday with the third-lowest average (.134) and OPS (.367), but he went 2 for 5 with two RBIs Wednesday.

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The complete schedule has been announced.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene celebrates the team's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Lightning 7-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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ANDREW MAHONEY

What you need to know about the Columbus Blue Jackets

A primer on the Bruins’ second-round opponent.

Chad Finn

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In the first round, the Blue Jackets didn’t just eliminate the Lightning, they eviscerated them in four games.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney said that Miller “had a setback” in his recovery from what the club is calling a lower body injury.

The logo for the 2019 NFL Draft is seen on a banner in Nashville on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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2019 NFL Draft: Position-by-position prospect scouting reports

A closer look at the top prospects at each position, plus the best of the rest.

A handful of New England Patriots helmets are brought to the field, before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Here are the Patriots’ picks in the 2019 NFL Draft

New England enters the draft with 12 picks.

TARA SULLIVAN

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As legacy-defining games go, Tuesday night’s entry was a pretty good one for the Bruins’ goaltender.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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The 37-year-old quarterback agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season.

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BRUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 1

A gritty Game 7 performance sends Bruins to next round in playoffs

Boston advanced to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the conference semifinals after two must-win games to finish the series against Toronto.

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I ON HOCKEY

Just when the Bruins needed him the most, a fourth-liner’s dream came true

Sean Kuraly’s goal early in the third period was crucial as Boston won Game 7 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

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The opening game of the second round is at TD Garden at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

Sam Apuzzo scored 72 goals this season.

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Julian Benbow

The drive of Boston College’s Sam Apuzzo

The nation’s best player is leading the nation’s best team — and there’s still room for improvement.

Montreal Impact's Zachary Brault-Guillard (15) splits the defense of New England Revolution's Edgar Castillo (8) and New England Revolution's Carles Gil (22) during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Impact 3, Revolution 0

Horrible start continues as Revolution get blanked by shorthanded Montreal

The Revolution couldn’t dent Montreal, which was missing several starters and arrived only hours before kickoff.

Boston College 15, Louisville 4

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Jordan Lappin and Cara Urbank netted three goals apiece and Abbey Ngai made 13 saves on 17 shots for the Eagles.

HURRICANES 4, CAPITALS 3 (2 OT)

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Brock McGinn scored in the second overtime for Carolina.

NBA PLAYOFFS

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James Harden had 26 points as Houston won the series in five games to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Sports Log

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After gaining release from the New York Yankees, the 33-year-old lefthander returned to Milwaukee.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 24: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after giving up a hit in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 24, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell rusty is his return

Snell only lasted one out into the fourth, but his injured toe came through OK.

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PETER ABRAHAM I ON BASEBALL

Still winless, Red Sox ace Chris Sale is inching along

The lefty gave up just two runs with 10 strikeouts in five innings, but he looks far from being the team’s dominant starter.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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Nearly all the pieces the Bruins GM added to this year’s roster factored significantly in Boston’s 5-1 clinching win over Toronto.

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GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

These are not the same Bucks the Celtics beat in the playoffs last year

Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe have improved, they added Brook Lopez, and then there’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumackibruinsleafsgameseven096.jpg What went wrong for the Maple Leafs?

For the third time in seven years, Toronto fell to Boston in the final game of a best-of-seven, first-round playoff series.

NFL DRAFT | DEFENSIVE BACKS

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Not only does he have size, speed, and strength, he also claims, “I can see things happening before they happen.”

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Josh Gordon signs tender to play for Patriots in 2019

The wide receiver has been serving an indefinite suspension from the NFL since Dec. 20.

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The matchup against Sevilla will be part of a three-game US tour, including stops at Notre Dame and Yankee Stadium.

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ SOFTBALL NOTES

Lowell softball team off to a fast start with reloaded lineup

The Lowell girls’ softball team has been forced to do a bit of reshuffling this spring.

IMPACT AT REVOLUTION | WEDNESDAY, 7:30 P.M. (NBCSB)

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On Wednesday, New England attempts to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Red Sox notebook

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Last year, the righthander had two loose bodies removed from his elbow and was back in the majors two months later.

TUESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Victoria Norchi (7 goals), Natick overpower Newton North

Natick’s girls’ lacrosse team won its fifth straight game after dropping the season opener.

Sports Log

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The Chiefs will send the Seahawks a package of picks as they look to shore up their defense.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.