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Buchholz 'absolutely' backs Trump in GOP race

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Buchholz 'absolutely' backs Trump in GOP race

It's assumed at least one Boston athlete -- Tom Brady -- is a Donald Trump supporter, though the Patriots quarterback goes out of his way not to let anyone know where his political affiliations lie.

But another isn't afraid to let anyone know he's for Trump:

Clay Buchholz.

“Absolutely!” the Red Sox pitcher said enthusiastically, according to the Boston Globe, when asked if he was supporting the multibillionaire who currently leads the Republican presidential primary field. “He says what a lot of people think and don’t say. I like that part of him.

“I’m not really into politics, but I’m watching a lot more now. He’s been awesome to me. He says what’s on his mind, which is why he’s accomplished so much in his life . . .

“His presence is different than anyone else. He speaks and everyone listens.”

Buchholz' affection is personal: Trump introduced Buchholz to his wife Lindsay.

“It was 2008 in Anaheim,” Buchholz said. “It was [former Red Sox first baseman] Sean Casey, myself, probably like eight or nine guys, and we went to a UFC fight after one game and then we went to the after party . . .

“She was helping him host this event in Anaheim. So when we all walked in, he was there, and he saw us and he introduced Lindsey to me.”

The couple married in 2009 and now have two children.

 

Red Sox' Mookie Betts shares his NCAA Tournament bracket

Red Sox' Mookie Betts shares his NCAA Tournament bracket

There doesn't seem to be much Mookie Betts can't do.

Whether it's hitting, fielding, or even professional bowling, the Red Sox right fielder appears to succeed at everything he does. But putting together an NCAA Tournament bracket that doesn't get busted is a whole different kind of challenge for the 2018 AL MVP.

Betts shared his bracket for this year's tournament on Monday. Take a look below:

It should come as a surprise to no one that Duke vs. Tennessee is Betts' championship matchup. No. 1 seed Duke is an obvious favorite thanks to Zion Williamson, and the Tennessee native had to pick his Volunteers to make a deep run.

Where Betts' bracket gets a little bit crazy is picking No. 10 seeds Florida and Minnesota to make it to the Elite 8. But hey, anything can happen in March Madness.

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Highlights from Red Sox 4-1 Spring Training loss to the Twins

Highlights from Red Sox 4-1 Spring Training loss to the Twins

FINAL SCORE: Twins 4, Red Sox 1

IN BRIEF: In a game that featured the likely opening day lineup for the defending World Series champs, the Red Sox struggled to put hits together in a 4-1 loss to the Twins in Spring Training. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

J.D. Martinez RBI single (1-0 BOS)

Eddie Rosario blasts two-run homer (2-1 MIN)

5th inning

Jorge Polanco RBI single (3-1 MIN)

Nelson Cruz RBI double (4-1 MIN)

 UP NEXT:

vs Blue Jays, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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