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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts had fluid drained from his knee two days ago, leading to diminished swelling and less discomfort when he tested it by running earlier today. But manager John Farrell said the Red Sox "don't fully expect [the fluid] to vanish," a sign that Betts might need a few days off during a brutal August in which team makes two 11-game road trips and has one off-day.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Believe it or not, it's conceivable Craig Kimbrel could rejoin the Red Sox by next week. He will throw off a mound again Wednesday, could go on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, and might not need more than one outing before he's ready, according to manager John Farrell. Kimbrel had minor knee surgery only two weeks ago.

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Health will be key for Patriots wideouts

Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola will yet again be counted on as top targets for New England. Their recoveries from offseason surgery should be a thing to watch during camp. Injury questions

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bucks center Larry Sanders posted Twitter polls asking which team would utilize his skills best. The Celtics led one of them.

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Ramirez named AL Player of the Week

Red Sox 1B Hanley Ramirez takes home weekly honors in the AL for the period ending July 24. Ramirez batted .333 (7-for-21) with six runs scored, five home runs and 12 RBI over six games to claim his first Player of the Week nod since 2009.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox lineup for Monday Night Baseball vs. Tigers.

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Celtics will rise in East again

ESPN's ninth annual Summer Forecast predicts Boston, with Al Horford and first-round draftee Jaylen Brown on board, will make up its eight-game difference behind Toronto in the Atlantic. Forecast: 2016-17 East standings

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Two weeks after having minor surgery on his knee, Craig Kimbrel threw about 20 pitches off a mound, as expected. The plan is for him to repeat this exercise later in the week, and if all goes well, manager John Farrell said Red Sox can discuss the next step, probably a short minor-league rehab assignment.

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Patriots without Brady is a rare sight

Since Tom Brady made his first start in Week 3 of 2001, New England has used just two starting quarterbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Info. That league-low figure will increase on opening day this season. Top stats to know

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Red Sox hold steady in ESPN rankings

After sweeping the Giants in two, the Red Sox split a four-game set with the Twins. On Sunday, Rick Porcello got his 12th win of the season. Ten of his wins have come at home, where he owns a 3.21 ERA. Week 16 Power Rankings

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Porcello pitches way onto select list

Against the Twins on Sunday, Rick Porcello became the sixth pitcher over the last 50 years to win 10 of their first 11 home starts in a season, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. The others:

  • Dock Ellis (1971 Pirates)
  • Steve Carlton (1977 Phillies)
  • Frank Viola (1988 Twins)
  • Roy Oswalt (2005 Astros)
  • Ryan Dempster (2008 Cubs)
  • Adam Wainwright (2010 Cardinals)

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Who's next to join Hall of Fame?

Now that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza have been officially inducted, it's time to turn our attention to the 2017 candidates. Will any of these sluggers make it to Cooperstown in their first year on the ballot?

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Phil Loadholt part of growing NFL trend

The Vikings lineman has called it quits after seven years, making him the 13th player age 30 or younger to hang up his cleats this offseason.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Comparisons between the NFL investigations into Tom Brady (Deflategate) and Peyton Manning (HGH) are inevitable. One word sticks out to me from today's announcement on Manning. The league said it could find no "credible" evidence that Manning violated its policy for performance-enhancing substances. It begs the question: Was the evidence collected on Brady "credible?"

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Would a Sale deal involve Sox for Sox?

Jim Bowden remains leery of the AL Cy Young favorite being dealt. But if White Sox GM Rick Hahn parts with Chris Sale, Bowden sees Boston as the most likely landing spot. Top trade targets/best fits (Insider)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Clubs talking with the Red Sox say they're still trying to do "something big." But for what high-end starter? Chris Sale? Sonny Gray? Mystery pitcher?

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Recently asked two AL talent evaluators about Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada's future position and got same answer: "Anywhere he wants." Dave Dombrowski doesn't typically regard any player as "untouchable," but indications are Moncada may be pretty close.

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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.