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Tom Brady, Alex Smith sit in Patriots’ preseason win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Colt McCoy outplayed Brian Hoyer in a scrimmage of backup quarterbacks, while Tom Brady and Alex Smith stayed on the sidelines counting their money. On the day that the Patriots reportedly sweetened Brady’s contract with $5 million in incentives, the reigning NFL ...

Betts hits for cycle but Blue Jays cool Red Sox

TORONTO (AP) — Mookie Betts has circled a few potential cycles in his young career, not surprising considering his rare combination of power and speed. Boston's AL MVP contender finally knocked that milestone off his list with his final swing Thursday night. Betts homered in the ninth ...

TORONTO (AP) — The streaking Red Sox have had plenty to be pleased about in recent weeks. The return of Rafael Devers gave Boston one more reason to smile. Devers came off the disabled list and hit a two-run home run, Brian Johnson pitched a season-high seven innings to win his second ...

Red Sox ride Moreland’s homer to top Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer during a five-run 10th inning, helping the Boston Red Sox overcome Craig Kimbrel's blown save to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Moreland's one-out shot off Ken Giles (0-3) followed a triple ...

These are top-dog days for rolling Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) – So much for the Red Sox only beating up on baseball’s weaklings. After Yankees general manager Brian Cashman cast doubt on the quality of Boston’s record heading into their series at Fenway Park, the Red Sox swept four games from their AL East rivals to expand their lead ...

Another prime time battle on tap Sunday night

BOSTON – The national stage is all set and waiting for the Red Sox and Yankees to step on it front and center tonight. It seems like ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball loves showing the Sox and Bombers because they usually serve as a ratings booster for the television franchise. Tonight at 8 ...

Patriots finally decide to bring Decker into the fold

It took a few years, but New England Patriots fans and observers finally got their man. Many in NFL circles have always felt that wide receiver Eric Decker would be a great fit for the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. On Thursday, that reportedly became a reality as Decker, the former ...

Red Sox place Chris Sale on disabled list

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox put ace Chris Sale on the disabled list Tuesday with left shoulder inflammation, meaning he will miss his scheduled start this week against the New York Yankees. Sale said the soreness is in the same spot as usual after a start, but he wasn’t recovering as ...

Phillies slow down Red Sox at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) – Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Jorge Alfaro hit an RBI double in the second, Scott Kingery drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth ...

Blake Swihart double lifts Red Sox past Phillies in 13th inning

BOSTON (AP) — Blake Swihart doubled into the Red Sox bullpen to score Eduardo Nunez in the 13th inning and Boston beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Monday night to move a season-high six games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. Hector Velazquez (7-0) pitched a scoreless ...

Don’t sleep on Eovaldi deal, it’s a good one

Sometimes the best trades in baseball are the ones that are not made. With only two days to go to the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski has already made two impactful deals as I write this and is not sitting on his hands. If there ...

Eovaldi comes up aces in Red Sox pitching debut

BOSTON (AP) – Nathan Eovaldi is ready to be back in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. He knows he’ll have the fans on his side in Fenway Park, too, especially after his debut with Boston. Eovaldi pitched seven impressive innings, J.D. Martinez drove in all three runs to increase his major ...

Patriots doing a defensive make-over

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The Patriots are sporting a new look on defense and an attitude of leaving behind their lack of defense in the Super Bowl. Former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is now head coach in Detroit. Longtime assistant Brian Flores is running the defense in New England ...

Twins hold down Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) – Mitch Garver hit a tiebreaking RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Thursday night. Kyle Gibson (5-7) held Boston to four hits and one run in eight innings. Fernando Rodney surrendered a single and ...

Red Sox trade for Rays pitcher Nathan Eovaldi

BALTIMORE (AP) – The Boston Red Sox enhanced their thin starting rotation for a playoff run, obtaining right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade for minor league lefty Jalen Beeks. Eovaldi had been scheduled to start the Rays’ game against the New York Yankees on ...

Red Sox-Orioles rained out; three homers negated

BALTIMORE (AP) — The game between the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed by rain following a long delay that began immediately after Boston took a 5-0 lead in the second inning Wednesday night. All statistics will be wiped out, including three home runs the Red Sox hit off Dylan ...

Struggling Orioles slow down Red Sox

BALTIMORE (AP) – Tim Beckham and Jonathan Schoop homered and drove in three run each, and the Baltimore Orioles withstood four long balls by the Boston Red Sox in a 7-6 victory Tuesday night. It was only the third loss in 18 games for the Red Sox, who have the best record in the major ...

Red Sox dodge raindrops and Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) – Rick Porcello scattered six hits over six scoreless innings, Mitch Moreland homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Monday night in a matchup between the best and worst teams in the major leagues. Andrew Benintendi drove in two runs for the AL East ...

Sale ices Tigers as Red Sox offense piles it on

DETROIT (AP) – Chris Sale is drawing comparisons from his manager to another dominant left-hander. “He’s reminding me a lot of Randy – Randy Johnson,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “The thing with Randy, it looked like he was always grinding. With (Sale) it looks effortless right ...

COLUMN: Nashua’s Levine gets call to Tewksbury High Hall of Fame

It’s an honor that is so well-deserved. Longtime Nashua resident Steve Levine will be inducted into the Tewksbury (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony this fall. A retired physical education teacher and coach, Levine retired back in 2011 after 38 years of service to the ...