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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 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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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Rex Ryan "lost his team" last season, current Patriots and former Bills WR Chris Hogan tells WEEI, "He didn't lose the team, ever. It was a grind the entire time we were there. There's a lot of good players over there, and it's just a matter of everyone meshing as one over there. If they get that together, they'll be a good team."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about the differences between Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick, current Patriots and former Bills WR Chris Hogan tells WEEI, "They both care about the sport that they coach, and they bring a lot of passion to it. They both have their ways of going about things, and we'll leave it at that."

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