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Red Sox Notes: Clay Buchholz Trends In Wrong Direction In ‘Ugly’ Loss

BOSTON — What a difference a week makes. Exactly one week after the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 14-1 at Rogers Centre, Toronto returned the favor at Fenway Park. The Jays pounded 14 hits Monday en route to a 14-1 beatdown of the Sox. Nothing went right for Boston in the series opener. The Red Sox’s pitching was bad and their offense struggled, which never is a productive combination...
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Felix Doubront’s Frustrating Season Hits Low In Red Sox’s Blowout Loss

BOSTON — Felix Doubront hasn’t been shy about voicing his frustration. Now, the Red Sox have just as much reason to be frustrated. Doubront, who is unhappy about pitching out of the bullpen rather than starting, laid a stinker in relief Monday, surrendering six earned runs — he also allowed two inherited runners to score — on six hits and two walks over two thirds of an inning...
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Reports: Andres Torres Opts Out Of Contract With Red Sox Organization

The Boston Red Sox signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres last month to add some organizational depth. The 36-year-old never sniffed the majors and now will pursue other opportunities. Torres, who played 18 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, exercised an out clause in his contract over the weekend, according to SB Nation’s Joon Lee and MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes. Torres is seeking...
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David Ross On Felix Doubront: ‘Hard To Be Sharp’ In Long-Relief Role

A few days after making comments about not being happy in his limited role, Boston Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront didn’t do himself any favors after a tough relief outing in a 14-1 blowout loss at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. The long reliever gave up six hits and allowed six earned runs in just 2/3 innings, and his ERA is now 6.07 on the season. However, catcher David Ross...
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Ray Rice Receives Loud Cheers At Ravens Practice Despite Suspension

The Baltimore Ravens held an open practice with about 28,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, and Ray Rice received plenty of cheers. ESPN.com reports that Rice was shown on the big screen on two occasions at the stadium and received loud cheers. First, he raced a child down the sideline and received a standing ovation from some fans after the race. A few minutes after that...
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Chris Archer Known To Showboat Despite Criticizing David Ortiz (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer is quite the hypocrite. Archer has criticized David Ortiz in recent days for showboating, as the Boston Red Sox slugger capped a three-run home run Sunday with an emphatic bat flip and a slow trot around the bases. But, as history shows, Archer isn’t exactly above showboating. In fact, he’s quite the ham. In the words of Randy “Macho Man”...
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Golf Ball Rory McIlroy Threw Into Crowd At British Open Up For Auction

The golf ball Rory McIlroy threw into the gallery after winning the Open Championship has found its way onto the auction market. Green Jacket Auctions used Twitter to track down Englishman Lee Horner, the man who caught the ball when McIlroy threw it into the crowd at the 18th hole of the final round. The 49-year-old Horner emerged with the ball after it hit his hand and he picked...
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FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi Will Face Prosecution For Alleged Tax Evasion

Lionel Messi normally makes headlines in Spain for scoring highlight-reel goals and helping FC Barcelona win trophies, but at the moment he’s in the news for the wrong reasons. “A Spanish court will push ahead with prosecuting the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor the charges be dismissed,” according to...
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David Price Defends Chris Archer In Feud With Red Sox’s David Ortiz

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays went to another level on Sunday afternoon when David Ortiz gave a bat flip and took a slow trot around the bases following a three-run homer. Rays pitcher Chris Archer served up the home run, and took exception to Ortiz’s bat flip with his postgame comments. His criticism of the Boston slugger went a step further on Monday...
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Report: Timberwolves Eye Thaddeus Young As Potential Kevin Love Replacement

With constant Kevin Love trade rumors swirling around the NBA world, the Minnesota Timberwolves are proactively searching for someone who will replace the coveted big man in a trade. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that one player the Wolves are eying is Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers. Minnesota would reportedly try to obtain Young either in an expanded trade that involves...
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Michael Jordan On LeBron James’ Number Change: ‘I’m Cool With It’

LeBron James has received the blessing from Michael Jordan to wear No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I’m cool with it,” Jordan told ESPN via text. “I don’t own a number.” LeBron wore No. 23 in high school and during his first seven years with the Cavs, but changed it to No. 6 as a tribute to MJ after signing with the Miami Heat in 2010. But now...
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Game-Used Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Jersey Estimated To Sell For $100K

An auction house believes someone is bold enough to shell out $100,000 on a Johnny Football jersey. Darren Rovell of ESPN reports that SPC Auctions estimates that a game-used Texas A&M Johnny Manziel jersey that he wore throughout his Heisman-winning season will sell for $100,000. If that does happen, the jersey will set the record for the highest price paid for a college football...
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Red Sox Understanding Of MLB Trade Deadline Stress, Blocking Out Rumors

BOSTON — The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline only comes once a year. For many players, that’s enough. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park that he is being proactive in talking with his players leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline. It’s obviously a stressful time for major leaguers given the...
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Bovada Pegs New England Patriots’ Over-Under Win Total At 11

The New England Patriots are destined for big things this season, according to Bovada. The online sports book released its NFL over-under win totals for all 32 teams heading into the 2014 season recently, with the Denver Broncos on top of the list (11.5), the Pats and defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks right behind them (11) and the Jacksonsville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders...
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Jerry Remy: Most Of Focus All Week Long Will Be On Trade Deadline (Video)

Jerry Remy played many years in the Major Leagues and because of this, he has some experience dealing with trade deadlines. Before Monday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, the former Red Sox second baseman talked about how difficult it is to stay focused on the game during the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. “I’ve been in situations...
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John Farrell On Jon Lester: ‘Last I Checked He’s Still In Our Uniform’ (Video)

John Farrell doesn’t want to talk about the prospects of Jon Lester pitching for another team until it actually happens. The Red Sox ace has been mentioned in trade rumors, but Farrell is trying his best to keep it from being a distraction. “Last I checked, he’s still in our uniform,” Farrell said before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. “To speculate on any...
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Former Outfielder Jason Lane Makes MLB Pitching Debut At 37 Years Old

Former outfielder Jason Lane is back in Major League Baseball — but this time as a pitcher. After making two relief appearances for the San Diego Padres in June, Lane got his first major-league start Monday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. Lane, who was called up to fill-in for the injured Ian Kennedy earlier in the day, became the ninth oldest pitcher in MLB history to make...
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David Ortiz: ‘I’m Not Going To Change’ Despite Chris Archer’s Comments

BOSTON — David Ortiz’s bat flip heard ‘round the world Sunday ticked off some people, most notably Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer. The Red Sox slugger just isn’t sure why. Ortiz, who traded barbs with Archer after Sunday’s game at Tropicana Field, reiterated before Monday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park that everyone needs to take a chill...
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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Daniel Winnik To 1-Year Contract

TORONTO — Center Daniel Winnik has signed a $1.3 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with the Anaheim Ducks. Winnik, joining his fifth NHL team, had a career-high 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. He had one assist and two penalty minutes in nine playoff games. The 29-year-old Toronto...
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Detroit Red Wings, Tomas Tatar Agree On 3-Year Contract

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a three-year contract with Tomas Tatar after the left wing was second on the team in goals last season. Tatar’s deal is worth $2.75 million per year. The 23-year-old forward had 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games in his first full season in the NHL. Only Gustav Nyquist scored more goals for Detroit with 28. Tatar represented Slovakia...
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Rays’ Chris Archer On David Ortiz: ‘I Never Saw Hank Aaron Flip His Bat’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz. A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi’s style. “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said Monday. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same...
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Tom Brady: Having Darrelle Revis In Practice ‘Makes All Of Our Guys Better’

Practice makes perfect, and the New England Patriots offense is benefiting from playing against newly signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner on the practice field at training camp. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appeared on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Monday, and he talked about how the additions of Revis and Browner to the secondary have increased the level of competition...
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Red Sox-Blue Jays Live: Clay Buchholz Starts First Game Of Homestand

6:50 p.m.: Mike Napoli and Xander Bogaerts will return to the Red Sox’s starting lineup Monday after sitting out Sunday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Monday’s complete lineups are below. Boston Red Sox (48-57) Brock Holt, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, LF Shane Victorino, RF Stephen Drew, SS Xander Bogaerts, 3B David Ross, C...
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Report: Cardinals, Dodgers Have ‘Best Chance’ To Acquire Cole Hamels

With just a handful of days until Thursday’s MLB non-waiver trade deadline, teams that are out of contention are shopping assets while trying to rebuild for the future. The Philadelphia Phillies, who are last in the National League East, are one of those teams. After initially planning to keep left-handed starting pitcher Cole Hamels, the Phillies have placed the 2008 World Series...
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David Ortiz Confident Jon Lester, Red Sox Will Agree: ‘He’s A Keeper’

BOSTON — One man has anchored the Red Sox’s lineup for more than a decade. The other has been a rotation stalwart since breaking into the majors in 2006. Now, the successful run as teammates enjoyed by David Ortiz and Jon Lester could be nearing the end of its course. Lester is set to become a free agent after this season, and with the Red Sox thus far unable to work out a deal...
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