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Patriots defense looks different in early going

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The usual Devin McCourty post game press conference in the Gillette Stadium team room didn't take long Sunday, lasting just two questions. After all, the excitement was over Rob Gronkowski and his big performance in the Patriots' 27-20 win. But it should've perhaps been ...

Dorsett finally feeling like a Patriot after Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --- Phillip Dorsett is starting to feel like a member of the New England Patriots. Brought here via a trade for backup QB Jacoby Brissett with the Indianapolis Colts, Dorsett wasn’t very visible last season. But that’s changed, especially with fellow receiver Julian ...

Astros run down Red Sox to open weekend showdown

BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros won their sixth straight game, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL division leaders. The Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, had won three in ...

Sale ready for return to Red Sox; Pedroia done for season

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox are ready to slowly ease ace Chris Sale back into action. Manager Alex Cora says the left-hander will be activated from the disabled list and pitch about two innings Tuesday night against Toronto at Fenway Park. Cora said Sale would throw a maximum of 40 ...

Here’s a look at what to expect from the 2018 Patriots

It's finally here. The long off-season, filled with the bitter taste of a Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, plus tons of foolish drama, is over. The New England Patriots are ready to take on the 2018 regular season, their so-so scheduled which includes eight teams ...

Brandon Phillips’ homer gives Red Sox another improbable win

ATLANTA (AP) – Already a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Brandon Phillips learned this summer as a 37-year-old minor leaguer to relish playing baseball “until I wake up.” Added Phillips: “I’m still dreaming.” Phillips’ two-out, two-run homer in ...

Patriots have some lingering questions as season beckons

It’s finally here. The long off-season, filled with the bitter taste of a Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, plus tons of foolish drama, is over. The New England Patriots are ready to take on the 2018 regular season, their so-so scheduled which includes eight teams ...

Gronkowski now focusing on season opener

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For the second straight year, the Patriots have tried to show Rob Gronkowski how much he's valued. The All-Pro tight end says he's feeling the love and is looking forward to showing them his appreciation on the field. Last week the Patriots added $4.3 million in ...

Pearce leads Red Sox past Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Pearce had three hits and three RBIs, Rick Porcello allowed two hits in five innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Tuesday night for their second straight win in a matchup of division leaders. Porcello (16-7) gave up one run, struck out five and ...

Ian Kinsler leads Red Sox over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) – Ian Kinsler describes Boston’s lineup as “electric.” Now that he’s back on track following his return from a hamstring injury, Kinsler is showing he can add even more spark to the lineup. Kinsler drove in three runs and the Red Sox continued their interleague success, ...

Patriots add incentives to Gronkowski contract — again

A few months ago, after he looked somewhat foolish at a press conference for a motocross event at Gillette Stadium, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick summoned Rob Gronkowski and agent Drew Rosenhaus to his office. The message: Cut out the nonsense and we'll eventually take care of ...

Red Sox’ Price may miss next start; no timetable for Sale

CHICAGO (AP) – Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price likely won’t make his next scheduled start, and the team remains unsure when ace lefty Chris Sale will return to the rotation. Manager Alex Cora said Price “most likely” will not take his turn in the rotation next week at Atlanta. ...

Tampa Bay Rays extend Red Sox woes, finish series sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Blake Snell had his best fastball and that was more than enough against baseball’s best team. The All-Star lefty pitched two-hit ball over six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth straight game Sunday, beating Boston 9-1 to hand the major ...

Rays burn Red Sox one more time

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Kevin Kiermaier tripled to key a two-run sixth inning, Tommy Pham homered and the Tampa Bay Rays won their seventh straight game by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Saturday night. The surprising Rays will try to become the first team to sweep Boston in a series ...

Carolina rolls over Patriots in preseason game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Cam Newton walked into the interview room Friday night sporting a black eye and questioning his own judgment after an unexpected crash landing. The Panthers' eighth-year quarterback escaped a potentially serious injury when he scrambled out of the pocket and dove ...

It’s tough to beat ‘Late Lightning’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – You may have noticed the Red Sox and Rays players wearing some different looking uniforms this weekend at Tropicana Field. Players’ Weekend began last year and is Major League Baseball’s initiative to let the players exhibit their personalities and flair. For this ...

Tampa Bay shuts down Red Sox in rout

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Willy Adames homered, Michael Perez drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-3 Friday night for their sixth straight win. Perez had a two-run double in the second, and a two-run single in Tampa Bay’s five-run third. His four RBIs ...

Red Sox, David Price throttle Indians

BOSTON (AP) – Two and a half seasons after he came to Boston, David Price is finally delivering the excitement that accompanied his arrival. “This is the pitcher Boston signed,” the Red Sox lefty said after pitching eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to beat the Cleveland Indians ...

Indians upend Red Sox to open four-game series

BOSTON (AP) — Greg Allen hit a tiebreaking homer right after Boston pitcher Rick Porcello was struck in the midsection by a line drive, and Corey Kluber tied for the major league wins lead as the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 Monday night. Kluber (16-6) pitched into the seventh ...

Tampa Bay shuts down Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) – Jalen Beeks made his major league debut at Fenway Park earlier this season, and it didn’t go well. Neither did his next appearance on that mound. Traded away by Boston last month, Beeks returned Sunday with the Tampa Bay Rays and fared a lot better. Beeks pitched four ...