What Bostonians Need to Know

What Bostonians need to know this week

Red Sox season is finally here — plus news you missed over the weekend.

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Fenway Park Jessica Rinaldi / Globe Staff

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What to know this week:

It’s finally here: Baseball season is upon us! The regular season begins Thursday with an away game at the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox home opener is scheduled for April 5, which is also versus the Rays. The weekend was rife with Red Sox news: Chris Sale said he expects to be fine on opening day, even after being hit by a line drive in his final spring training tuneup. The team also traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

More State Police drama: The inquiry continues into the Massachusetts State Police and the alleged theft of overtime pay by several troopers. Nine troopers have been suspended without pay so far, and nine more retired this past week, the agency announced on Friday.

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Sanders, or Warren, or Patrick 2020? The Washington Post published its quarterly list of the top 15 potential 2020 Democratic nominees for president, and it features some local faces.

What you missed over the weekend:

Marches around the country: The youth-led March for Our Lives, which was anchored in D.C. but also had affiliate marches throughout the country, including in Boston, brought hundreds of thousands of people out into the streets to protest gun violence following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. The crowd sizes in Boston were massive, and the signs were powerful and clever.

Students gathered at Madison Park High School and marched down Columbus Avenue to Boston Common.

Another celebrity breakup: Fan-favorite local couple, Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo, have reportedly split. The duo dated for two years. Amendola, a former New England Patriots wide receiver, recently unfollowed Culpo on Instagram, often a sign of a celebrity breakup.

March Madness update: Michigan, Kansas, Villanova, and everyone’s new favorite, Loyola-Chicago, have secured a place in the Final Four. The semifinals will be played this Saturday, and the championship will take place Monday night.

Speaking of March Madness: Vote for Boston.com’s #GOATMadness bracket, aimed at determining the greatest Boston athlete of all time. The round of 8 is underway.

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It’s officially spring, which means . . . the Duck Tours are back! Boston.com rode along on the first Duck Tour of the season and live-streamed it on Facebook:

LIVE: The first Duck Tour of the season

Quack quack! We’re live on the very first Boston Duck Tour of the season. 🦆⛴️🏙️

Posted by Boston.com on Friday, March 23, 2018

What’s happening in Boston:

Mitch McConnell at Harvard: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will appear at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics on Wednesday for a “conversation.”

Demi & DJ Khaled: Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled’s joint “Tell Me You Love Me” tour hits TD Garden on Monday. R&B songstress Kehlani is set to open.

This week’s Red Sox schedule:

Thursday, March 29: 4:10 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Rays on NESN

Friday, March 30: 7:10 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Rays on NESN

Saturday, March 31: 6:10 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Rays on NESN

Sunday, April 1: 1:10 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Rays on NESN

This week’s Celtics schedule:

Monday, March 26: 10 p.m. at the Phoenix Suns at NBC Sports Boston

Wednesday, March 28: 9:30 p.m. at the Utah Jazz on ESPN

Saturday, March 31: 7:30 p.m. versus the Toronto Raptors on NBC Sports Boston

This week’s Bruins schedule:

Tuesday, March 27: 8 p.m. at the Winnipeg Jets on NESN

Thursday, March 29: 7 p.m. versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on NESN

Saturday, March 31: 1 p.m. versus the Florida Panthers on NESN

Sunday, April 1: 12:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Flyers on NBC

That week’s Revolution schedule:

Saturday, March 31: 8:30 p.m. versus the Houston Dynamo on myTV38

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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated James Comey will discuss his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” on March 29 at Boston’s Back Bay Events Center. The event is on April 29.