Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) - J.D. Martinez had three hits and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six strong innings as the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep by Detroit and beat the Tigers 11-4 Wednesday night. Martinez hit two singles, a double and drove in a run, and Christian Vázquez had two RBI singles. Nicholas Castellanos had an RBI single for the Tigers.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins will have home-ice advantage as long as they last in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They have Columbus to thank for that. The Blue Jackets swept the Presidents Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. Now Columbus and Boston meet for the first time ever in the postseason.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is the same as he ever was. He says he doesn't care what most people say about him. The irascible coach pulled it all together in Columbus and saw his Blue Jackets sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs. Columbus now is preparing to play Boston in the second round. Game 1 in that series is Thursday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Shamit Shome and Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored six minutes apart late in the second half and the Montreal Impact beat the New England Revolution 3-0 Montreal (4-3-2) ended a three-match scoreless stretch on the road.
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