Freeze frame edition

Red Sox beat the Orioles, 8 to 1.

The morning quote:
“That’s the best I’ve felt in a long time.”
—Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz. The lefty with the cranky elbow silenced critics in his first start of the season by going 6 innings and striking out 6, while giving up only 3 hits, 1 walk and 0 runs. We never doubted the guy.

Greatest. Shirt-seller. Ever. 
Hold onto your Tag Heuer watches for this piece of news: Tom Brady had the best-selling NFL jersey from April 1, 2016 to the end of Feburary. Second place was Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott. Gronk came in fifth, and Julian Edelman 15th.

The big Marshawn Lynch headline yesterday…
Was that the Patriots might be a fit for him. His big headline today (via TMZ): “Marshawn Lynch smacks phone from fan, then spits.” Sounds like an awesome dude for New England to have in the locker room.

Our favorite Patriots article of the morning…
Comes from Yahoo Sports: “Three New England Patriots players who need to step up in 2017.” Spoiler alert: they name cornerback (and butter-fingered kick returner) Cyrus Jones, defensive end Geneo Grissom, and running back Dion Lewis.

What you need to know about last night’s Red sox game.
Backup catcher Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 with a  triple, double, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base to lead Boston to victory over the Orioles. Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with four RBI, and Andrew Benintendi collected three hits and an RBI for the Sox. Video highlights.

Early-season Red Sox numbers you should know:
Christian Vazquez has reached base in all seven at bats this season. First baseman Mitch Moreland leads the team with six doubles. Pablo Sandoval only has three total hits, and his average has dropped to .120. Boston has hit only three home runs in seven games.

The Bruins will have a new player in uniform tonight. 
Top BU prospect Charlie McAvoy, signed an entry level contract on Monday and is expected to play (and hopefully make an impact) in Boston’s playoff opener against Ottawa. There’s no truth to the rumor that Craig Janney and Bobby Joyce will also be on the ice for the B’s.

So long, J. Geils.
The quiet rock star (and pride of Bedford, Mass.) will be missed. While songs by the Dropkick Murphys, Aerosmith, Boston and the Cars play endlessly throughout the WESR’s sprawling world headquarters, our anthems will forever be Freeze Frame and Centerfold.

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