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Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Two days after laying out his quarterback plan, Patriots coach Bill Belichick scoffed at a question Friday morning about whether Jimmy Garoppolo could remain the starter upon Tom Brady's return from a four-game suspension. "Jesus Christ," Belichick said softly, clearly annoyed at the question. The topic was initially broached by a reporter asking Belichick if he had ever been part of a situation where in July he named a starter for the fifth week of the season.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Bill Belichick said LB Jamie Collins was excused from the first practice of training camp.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots announce practice will be outside, in rain, unless thunderstorms/severe weather force practice inside. Good day to work on ball security.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Temperatures in the mid-70s with rain in the forecast for Friday's second Patriots training camp practice. Team generally likes to practice in elements but in the event plans change and they go inside, the practice would be closed to the public. Team updates its hotline at 508-549-0001 with latest practice plan.

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Angels walk off on Red Sox's error (0:54)
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Angels honor Big Papi with big chains (0:18)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Trout and Alfredo Griffin, wearing Big Papi-style bling around their necks, join Albert Pujols in presenting David Ortiz with a portrait before the opener of his final series at Angel Stadium.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

What if Red Sox are done dealing? John Farrell: "We feel like this is a complete team when you look at balance from a position-player standpoint and the guys in our rotation. It's up to us to go out and execute and perform to our abilities."

Lineup: Red Sox (55-44) at Angels (45-56)

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

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite knuckleballer Steven Wright's struggles to grip ball in sticky, humid or wet conditions, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he can't possibly consider scratching him from future starts in that type of weather. Nature of a five-man rotation doesn't allow for that type of manipulation with starting pitchers.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Led by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and GM Mike Hazen, the majority of Red Sox's baseball ops staff is with the team in Anaheim and holding meetings away to prepare for Monday's trade deadline. Team president Sam Kennedy and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon are at Angel Stadium, as well.

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