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Addazio: BC ready to turn page after last season (1:39)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics made a flurry of moves Saturday, including agreeing to deals with Gerald Green and Tyler Zeller. What it seems to suggest is that Boston is willing to head into next season with the roster it has constructed. The Celtics still have the flexibility and assets to explore trade opportunities, but also bolstered their depth assuming no deals materialize.

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Mookie Betts joins select company

For the second time this season, Betts hit leadoff home runs in back-to-back games against the Twins on Thursday and Friday. Only three other players in the modern era (since 1900) have hit leadoff homers in back-to-back games multiple times within a single season, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

  • Brady Anderson in 1996
  • Craig Biggio in 2001
  • Alfonso Soriano in 2007

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David Ortiz proves he's human

Ortiz grounded into a 4-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth inning on Friday. It's the second time this season he's grounded into a double play in a walk-off situation. He did that only three times in his career before this year, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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Kurkjian: Red Sox best positioned to win AL East (1:04)
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Shaughnessy wouldn't give Ortiz HOF vote (1:28)
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Shaughnessy amazed by Theo Epstein's success (1:17)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts felt what manager John Farrell described as "soreness" in his knee to the point where he "felt like he couldn't run as normal." Farrell called it "precautionary" to take Betts out of the game. Red Sox hoping it's not a lingering issue.

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Sano's deep double is the winner for Twins (0:12)
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Red Sox OF Betts (knee) exits, is day-to-day

Outfielder Mookie Betts is day-to-day after leaving the Red Sox's loss Friday night with soreness in his right knee, an issue that has been a periodic problem for him since the All-Star break.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts has left Friday night's game with right knee soreness, according to the Red Sox. His status has been classified as "day to day." More, obviously, after the game. Betts hit a leadoff homer for the second consecutive game and grounded out to third base in his second at-bat.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked last night if he's afraid Mookie Betts might catch him for the Red Sox's home run lead, David Ortiz said, "Man, I'm scared." Betts now has 20; Ortiz has 24.

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All-time #MLBRank: No. 1 Babe Ruth

The Great Bambino is MLB's all-time leader in slugging percentage (.690) and OPS (1.163). His 714 home runs rank third all time. But that's not the only stat in which he ranks third. Ruth's career ERA of 2.28 ranks third among starters since earned runs were officially kept in both leagues in 1913 (minimum 1,000 IP). Nos. 10-1

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All-time #MLBRank: No. 4 Ted Williams

The Splendid Splinter won two Triple Crowns and two MVPs -- yet neither of his MVPs came in the Triple Crown years or in his famed .406 season in 1941. He ranks first all time in career on-base percentage at .482. Nos. 10-1

Lineup: Red Sox (54-39) vs. Twins (35-60)

  • 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: Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
  • Daily notes

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In 2013, Xander Bogaerts made his big-league debut for a playoff-contending Red Sox team on Aug. 20. Can't help but wonder if top prospect Andrew Benintendi is here by then.

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What will Patriots do with linebackers?

Patriots linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower are nearing the end of their contracts, and John Clayton says the team should sign one and franchise the other. Clayton: Best 2017 free agents (Insider)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Koji Uehara (strained right pectoral muscle) received a platelet rich plasma injection today. Red Sox don't have a timetable for his return, but injection means it won't be any time soon. Just a guess, but wouldn't be surprised if 41-year-old isn't back before Sept. 1.

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.