Red Sox hold steady at No. 2 in rankings

AL East-leading Boston stayed near the top of the Power Rankings this week. Ryan P. Morrison notes that what David Ortiz has been able to accomplish for the Red Sox this season has been both impressive and a big part of the team's success. Week 8 Power Rankings

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz last week actually fouled a ball off the same spot on his left foot that was hit by a pitch Saturday in Toronto, but "feels good enough to go" in the series-opener against the Orioles, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Ortiz has six homers in his last nine games at Camden Yards.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox lineup for Memorial Day matinee at Baltimore: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Bradley CF, Shaw 1B, Swihart LF, Hanigan C, Hernandez 3B, Wright RHP. (Hanley Ramirez sits.)

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Super 8 Baseball Projection, Version 5.0

On the eve of Monday's Super 8 selection, here is ESPNBoston's fifth and final projection for the Division 1A Tournament's eight-team field.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics ranked 24th in Insider's Future Power Rankings in 2014. This year? Boston vaulted all the way to No. 3 (this after leaping to No. 10 last year). The Celtics trailed only the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in the rankings. A glimpse at where Boston ranked:

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Back home for his annual Zeke End basketball tournament in Tacoma, Washington, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas threw out the first pitch on Friday night at the Seattle Mariners game.

Cubs rule the Week 8 Power Rankings (1:38)

¿Debe retirarse David Ortiz?

El Big Papi está teniendo una temporada monumental y ha llevado a muchos a preguntarse si debe posponer su retiro. Leer

Pedroia the hero for Red Sox in extras (1:17)
Pedroia doubles in go-ahead run (0:28)

Jones still looks like No. 12 pick

In his latest mock draft, Keith Law still has the Red Sox selecting high school shortstop Nolan Jones with the No. 12 overall pick. Jones has been high on Boston's radar for a while, but several other names could be in the mix. Law: Mock draft 2.0 (Insider)

Bautista destroys Price's pitch (0:31)
Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 22 games (0:20)
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Another clutch mark for David Ortiz

Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead, 9-8, with a top-of-the-ninth homer on Saturday -- the 20th go-ahead HR that he's hit in the ninth inning or later. That total ties Jason Giambi for the most homers of that type among players who have made their big league debuts over the past 50 years, Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Late goal helps Revs beat Seattle

Rookie striker Femi Hollinger-Janzen's 80th minute goal led the Revolution to a 2-1 win over the Sounders entering the Copa America break.

Video via MLS: NE Revolution 2-1 Seattle Sounders FC (3:54)

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