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BOSTON _ The Heat (38-38) arrives in Boston for its matchup with the Celtics in eighth place in the East, but with Orlando on their heels. Boston (45-32) is currently holding onto the fourth seed, but has an identical record with the Pacers. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
TORONTO_ The Raptors can clinch the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they beat the visiting Magic. The Magic, who have won seven of eight, begin the day a half game behind Miami for the eighth and final postseason berth in the East. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
MIAMI _ Mets left-hander Steven Matz is scheduled to make his season debut Monday against the Marlins and left-hander Caleb Smith. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game stasts 1:10 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG _ Fresh off taking three of four games from the Houston Astros, the Tampa Bay open a three-game series against right-hander Chad Bettis and the Colorado Rockies at Tropicana Field. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG _ The Tampa Bay Rays have placed infielder Joey Wendle on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. Wendle was hurt during Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros.
NEW YORK _ Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar joined the Yankees’ lengthy injured list, putting nearly half of New York’s starting lineup on the sidelines just three games into the season. Stanton strained his left biceps fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy in the third inning of Sunday’s 7-5 loss, an injury that could cause the outfielder to miss much of April. By Ronald Blum.
SUNRISE _ Alex Ovechkin tries to add to his 51-goal total Monday when the Washington Capitals conclude a two-game Florida trip at the Panthers. By Paul Gereffi. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
NASCAR-IN THE PITS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Darrell Waltrip will soon “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity!” his way into retirement. It’s time. By Jenna Fryer.
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