EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 18, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

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The Boston Red Sox wore their traditional green jerseys and caps to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day yesterday in spring training action against Tampa Bay.

It is believed the first time the Red Sox wore green during spring training was in 1990 when Roger Clemens purchased green caps and stirrups for the team.

HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS

The men’s Hockey East semifinals will be Friday at the TD Garden.

No. 1 seed UMass-Lowell (24-10-2, 16-9-2 HEA) will face No. 4 seed Providence College (17-13-7, 13-8-6 HEA) in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The River Hawks went 2-0-1 against the Friars in the season series. That includes a 4-1 road win over Providence to clinch the regular season championship on the final day of the regular season.

No. 2 seed Boston College (22-10-4, 15-9-3 HEA) faces No. 3 seed Boston University (20-15-2, 15-10-2 HEA) at 8 p.m. in the second semifinal. The Eagles went 2-1-0 against the Terriers in the season series.

The Hockey East championship game is 7 p.m. Saturday at the TD Garden in Boston. The semifinals are on NESN and the championship is on NESNplus.

Tickets are available at the TD Garden box office, by calling 1-800-745- 3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com

HUB HEATING UP

The Celtics and Miami Heat play at the TD Garden at 8 p.m. today.

Miami has won a remarkable 22 straight games. It is tied for the second longest winning streak in NBA history.

The 1971-72 Lakers hold the longest streak, which is 33 straight wins.

The 2007-08 Houston Rockets also won 22 straight.

EMASS TEAMS DOMINATE

The teams from Eastern Massachusetts won five of six state basketball title games played at the DCU Center on Saturday. The exception was a 50-48 overtime victory for Putnam over Mansfield in the Division 1 boys title game.

Other than that, EMass teams dominated. Brighton won the Division 2 boys title over South Hadley. Danvers beat Smith Academy in the Division 3 boys championship. Central Catholic won the Division 1 girls state title over Holy Name. Medfield won the Division 2 girls title over Nashoba. And Archbishop Williams beat Lee for the Division 3 girls title.

LOCALS THIS SPRING

Salem High and BC graduate Terry Doyle is scheduled to pitch in the Red Sox’ spring training game against Baltimore at 1:35 p.m. tomorrow.

Doyle, who signed a minor league deal with Boston this past offseason, has had a nice spring. He is 1-0 and has allowed four earned runs in 12.0 innings (3.00 ERA).

Former Andover High catcher Ryan Hanigan of the Cincinnati Reds is 5 for 13 (.385) with a homer, five RBIs and two doubles this spring.

Former Haverhill High slugger Carlos Pena of the Houston Astros is 9 for 33 (.273) with three homers, six RBIs and three doubles.