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Cabrera, Iglesias lead Tigers past Red Sox (1:06)
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New B's forward Backes throws out first pitch at Fenway (0:18)
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Cabrera smashes tie-breaking homer (0:32)
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¿De dónde salió Sandy León?

Con un despliegue ofensivo que nadie había previsto, el venezolano Sandy León ha logrado pasar de ser el tercer receptor en Washington a disputar la titularidad detrás del plato con los Medias Rojas. Leer

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford seems to be getting to work with his new Boston Celtics teammates. Second-year guard R.J. Hunter posted a picture to his Instagram account showing the pair alongside teammates Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder. Sweat-drenched Hunter looks to have gone through a fairly rigorous workout.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics mourned the passing of longtime parquet caretaker Rudolph "Spider" Edwards on Wednesday. Edwards, instantly recognizable with his trademark fedora, swept the Garden parquet for 33 years and remained a familiar presence even after hanging up his broom. Edwards did a ceremonial sweep of the Garden parquet last October when the Celtics unveiled only the third parquet in team history. Edwards was beloved by players (Larry Bird, among them), fans, and executives alike. As Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren wrote on Twitter Wednesday, "When I was 4 years old, the only thing I wanted in the whole world was to be Spider for a day. Really."

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Garoppolo needs more protection

In his limited NFL experience, Jimmy Garoppolo has been pressured and sacked at alarming rates. Unsurprisingly, the results have been rather poor.

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Vegas doesn't doubt New England

No Tom Brady, no problem, at least in Las Vegas. Even with Jimmy Garoppolo set to start four games, New England is heavily favored to win the AFC East by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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How can Red Sox land Chris Sale?

As much as Boston wants to hold on to Yoan Moncada, there's no way a Sale deal gets done without him, Jim Bowden writes. And that's just where the conversaton starts. Potential trades for Sale (Insider)

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Tom Brady's opener streak will end at 14

No quarterback has started more consecutive season openers with his current team than Brady, whose streak began in 2002. Eli Manning will take over as the new active leader due to Brady's suspension.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels on QB reps in practice: "This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions. We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don't really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point. What we really try to focus on is getting everybody opportunities to work on their fundamentals and techniques, and to work with the different players on our team because we don't know right now who's going to be doing what six, seven weeks from now. They're both going to get plenty of reps and so is Jacoby [Brissett]. We're going to do what we've normally done in the past and all those guys have things we can get better at, and we're excited to coach them all and to work with every one of them."

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Does anyone want to win the AL Cy Young?

Three of the top candidates for the award -- Steven Wright, Danny Salazar and Chris Tillman -- pitched Tuesday, and each struggled. Wright gave up eight runs for the second time in 2016 and saw his league-leading 2.67 ERA rise to 3.12. Five things we learned Tuesday

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Belichick in mid-season form discussing Garoppolo (0:40)

Lineup: Red Sox (55-43) vs. Tigers (53-48)

  • 1. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 3. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 4. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 5. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • 6. Aaron Hill, 3B (R)
  • 7. Travis Shaw, 1B (L)
  • 8. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • 9. Brock Holt, LF (L)
  • SP: Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
  • Daily notes

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Bill Belichick on the QB situation: "We had, finally, some definition with Tom's situation, so our priority now is to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona game [Sept. 11]. That will be, obviously, a comprehensive process. Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule and that will be to get Jimmy ready to go."

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

In his first remarks since Tom Brady's four-game suspension was upheld by the court, Bill Belichick said Brady will return as the starter in Week 5. At the same time, team's goal is to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready for the first four games.

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Mankins, Mayo among best to hang 'em up

Two former Patriots -- Logan Mankins and Jerod Mayo -- earned spots on our squad of the best players who called it a career this offseason. All-retirement team

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels greets reporters by saying, "Happy New Year." He says all QBs will get reps in camp and it is about building a foundation for entire year.

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • State Tournament Central

    Braintree is your Super 8 State Champion for the second year in a row. Re-live all of the spring state tournament action here.

David Ortiz's farewell season

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  • Big Papi's ballpark tour

    We'll be tracking Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's final major league journey all season long. Check back here for highlights, recaps and photos from his last stop at each stadium.