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Red Sox Notes: Mookie Betts Pushes Envelope Too Far In Loss To Astros

BOSTON — A return home only killed the momentum. The Red Sox began an eight-game homestand Friday with a 12-8, 10-inning loss to the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. Boston won five of its previous seven games on the road before suffering the defeat. The most disheartening aspect of Boston’s extra-inning loss was that the offense was up to par. The Red Sox rallied to tie the game...
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Junichi Tazawa’s Absence Hurts Boston Red Sox In Momentum-Killing Loss

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa was unavailable. That explains a lot. Tazawa’s absence from the Red Sox’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park raised eyebrows, as Boston sure could have used the reliable right-handed reliever in its 12-8, extra-inning loss. But while there were two situations — the eighth inning and...
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Red Sox Wrap: Boston Crumbles In 10th Inning Of 12-8 Loss To Astros

BOSTON — The Red Sox traded punches with arguably the best team in the American League. It ended with Boston hitting the canvas in extra innings. The Red Sox, who rallied in both the seventh and eighth innings Friday, suffered a 12-8 loss to the Houston Astros in 10 innings in the teams’ series opener at Fenway Park. The contest marked the first of eight consecutive home games...
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David Ortiz Drilled In Helmet By Throw; Ball Flies Into Stands (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> David Ortiz has a mean headbutt. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve attempted to turn a double play in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. His bid was unsuccessful because his throw to first base smoked Ortiz in the helmet and ricocheted all the way into the stands along...
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David Ortiz: MLB All-Star Game Voting Needs To Be Taken More Seriously

This embed is invalid" /> David Ortiz is keeping an eye on Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game voting, even though it’s unlikely he’ll punch his ticket to the Midsummer Classic. The Boston Red Sox slugger doesn’t like what he’s seeing. The Kansas City Royals have dominated fan voting, creating a scenario in which the defending American League...
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Ben Cherington, Red Sox Still In Process Of Evaluating Playoff Chances

This embed is invalid" /> Ben Cherington is waiting to see how things unfold. The Boston Red Sox general manager hasn’t committed to buying or selling with the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline less than a month away. He’s instead assessing his team’s chances of playing its way into playoff contention — much like he did last July — before...
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DraftKings: Brock Holt, Jay Bruce Highlight Tom Caron’s Lineup

There aren’t many combos better than baseball and a holiday weekend. DraftKings, the official fantasy partner of the Boston Red Sox, offers one-day fantasy baseball games, allowing users to set a new lineup every day. Now the website is teaming up with NESN to offer fans an opportunity to challenge Red Sox host Tom Caron in the sport that he knows best. Don’t miss your opportunity...
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Justin Masterson, Red Sox Look To Carry Momentum Into Opener Vs. Astros

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox are riding high for a change. While it’s been a disappointing season for Boston to this point, the Red Sox showed life on their recent seven-game road trip. Boston went 5-2 against the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays, giving the club some momentum as it prepares to close out the first half with an eight...
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Blake Swihart Placed On DL As Boston Red Sox Make Several Roster Moves

BOSTON — The three-catcher situation lasted exactly one day. The Red Sox placed catcher Blake Swihart on the 15-day disabled list before Friday’s game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. The move was one of several made by Boston, as outfielder Shane Victorino was activated from the 15-day DL, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket and right-handed...
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Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

A pair of young NHL stars signed long-term contracts Friday. Right winger Brandon Saad signed a six-year contract worth a reported $36 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a multi-player trade earlier in the week. .@BSaad20: "I know (#CBJ) has a lot of talented guys. They're tough to play against & I'm happy to be a part of...
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Report: Mavericks, Wesley Matthews Agree On Four-Year, Free-Agent Deal

DALLAS — Free agent guard Wesley Matthews and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal with financial terms that will depend on whether center DeAndre Jordan decides to join him in Dallas. A person with knowledge of the deal says Matthews and the Mavericks reached an agreement in principle late Thursday night and will wait on the decision from Jordan, who is apparently choosing...
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Bucks, Greg Monroe Agree On Three-Year, $50 Million Free Agent Deal

As one of the most coveted centers on the free agent market, Greg Monroe had his choice of destinations. The large-market Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks wanted him. So did the Portland Trail Blazers. In the end, Monroe wanted the best chance to reach the playoffs for the first time in his career. For the first time in a long time, the Milwaukee Bucks provided the surest...
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Oilers Sign No. 1 Pick Connor McDavid To Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

EDMONTON, Alberta — Connor McDavid played 66 junior games for the Erie Otters this season and seven more at the world junior championship. Even when the hockey stopped, there was more to do. McDavid went to Quebec City for the CHL awards, Buffalo for the NHL scouting combine, Edmonton for a visit and finally South Florida for the NHL draft. This week...
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NHL Free Agents 2015: Best Players Still Available At Every Position

The first two days of NHL free agency have come and gone, but there are still many players still unsigned who could make a positive impact next season. Most of the forwards available would likely play bottom-six roles, but those are very important because you need to be able to roll four lines, or pretty close to it, to win a Stanley Cup. The group of defensemen still unsigned is...
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Red Sox-Astros Odds: Boston Favored Over Red-Hot Houston In Weekend Clash

The Boston Red Sox will be gunning for a third straight series win when they kick off a three-game holiday weekend set with the Houston Astros on Friday as -125 moneyline betting favorites at sports books monitored by OddsShark.com. The Red Sox kept pace in the tight American League East race by taking three of four from the Blue Jays in Toronto this past week. A 12-6 win over the...
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Allan Houston Selling Lavish Sports-Themed Mansion For Nearly $20M (Photos)

The New York Knicks are in a pretty bad place these days, but one of their former stars appears to be doing just fine. Former Knicks sharpshooter Allan Houston is selling his 19,300-square-foot mansion in Westchester County for $19.9 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. The sprawling home, which sits on 10 acres of land in the exclusive gated community Conyers Farm, is a sports...
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Jason Williams Still Can Ball, Shows Off Sweet Moves At Orlando Pro-Am (Video)

The start of NBA free agency hasn’t exactly been sweet for the Sacramento Kings. May we suggest bringing back some “White Chocolate”? We’re referring, of course, to Jason Williams, who quickly became a fan favorite during his brief tenure on the Kings at the start of his NBA career. Williams is approaching 40 and hasn’t played an NBA game since 2011, but recent video evidence...
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Minor Leaguer Eschews Glove To Make Ridiculous Barehanded Catch (Video)

For Reed Harper, a baseball glove is just a suggestion. Harper plays shortstop for the Carolina Mudcats, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year-old could have used the leather contraption in Thursday night’s game against the Winston-Salem Dash. But when a Winston-Salem batter hit a fly ball to shallow left field, Harper decided on a different option...
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Bubba Watson To Paint Over Confederate Flag On His General Lee Car

Bubba Watson is joining the ranks of Americans doing their part to remove the confederate flag from society. The professional golfer announced Thursday he’ll be painting an American flag over the Confederate flag on the top of his General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger used by the Duke brothers in the 1980s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” All men ARE created equal, I believe...
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Rafael Nadal Ousted By Dustin Brown In Wimbledon Second Round Upset

LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this was. During five trips to the All England Club from 2006-11, Nadal reached the final every time. In his most...
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Cowboys’ Rolando McClain Suspended Four Games For Violating Drug Policy

IRVING, Texas — Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, putting two key Dallas defenders on the sideline to start the season with pass rusher Greg Hardy’s 10-game ban. The league said in a statement Thursday that McClain would be suspended without pay and eligible to return for Dallas’...
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Red Sox Notes: Alejandro De Aza Trade Keeps Looking Better For Boston

This embed is invalid   " /> The Boston Red Sox are halfway through their regular-season slate. The Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 in their 81st game of 2015 on Thursday night at Rogers Centre. It was an excellent bounce-back effort after Wednesday afternoon’s demoralizing loss. The Red Sox went 5-2 on their seven-game road trip against the Blue...
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Red Sox Cap Successful Road Trip With Offensive Fireworks In Toronto

This embed is invalid" /> Consider it the grand finale, if you’d like. The Boston Red Sox didn’t bother waiting until the Fourth of July or until they were back on American soil. They instead capped a successful road trip with plenty of offensive fireworks north of the border. The Red Sox exploded for a season-high 19 hits Thursday night en route...
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Red Sox Wrap: Boston Rides Huge First Inning To 12-6 Win Over Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox’s offense flipped the script. The Red Sox scored eight runs in the first inning Thursday en route to a 12-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The emphatic victory came one day after the Blue Jays jumped all over Rick Porcello in the first inning on their way to a win on Canada Day. Wednesday’s hiccup looms large, mostly because Porcello’s struggles...
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John Gibbons Ejected After Controversial Red Sox-Blue Jays Play (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> A very strange play in the fifth inning Thursday ended with a runner cut down at the plate, a rally stymied and Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons ejected from the game. Devon Travis produced a one-out single into center field off Boston Red Sox starter Wade Miley with runners at first and second. Danny Valencia attempted to score...
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