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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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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?

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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.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

So, guess who's making his left field debut tonight for Double-A Portland. None other than Andrew Benintendi, the Red Sox's top prospect. Manager John Farrell says it "remains to be seen" when Benintendi will be ready for the big leagues, but Dave Dombrowski has said he's not opposed to calling up players directly from Double-A.

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All-time #MLBRank: No. 11 Pedro Martinez

Martinez was one of the most dominant right-handers in history, striking out 3,154 batters in 2,827.1 innings pitched. He posted a 1.74 ERA in 2000 when the league average was 5.09 and won three Cy Young awards. Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015. Nos. 20-11

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All-time #MLBRank: No. 17 Cy Young

Young holds records for wins (511), innings pitched (7,356) and complete games (749). He pitched three no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1904 -- the first in baseball's modern era (since 1900). He won the 1903 World Series with the Boston Americans. Nos. 20-11

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston College running back Myles Willis grew up in Atlanta, so playing the opener against Georgia Tech in Ireland marks a once in a lifetime opportunity. So much so that Willis played both scout team quarterback in addition to his normal running back duties to help the team prepare for the triple option. Willis played in the same offense in high school. "I'll do anything to help this team win that game," he said.

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Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston College coach Steve Addazio regrets not bringing in a transfer at QB last season to account for roster deficiencies. He said he underestimated the effect of so much youth on the team.

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All-Time #MLBRank: No. 19 Roger Clemens

The Rocket became the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game and is the only one to do so twice. He won a record seven Cy Young awards and is one of five players to win the award in both leagues. His 4,672 strikeouts are the third-most of all time. Nos. 20-11

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Red Sox's deadline status: buyers

The Red Sox have been the most aggressive traders so far, and sources tell Jim Bowden they aren't done. Bowden expects them to make at least one more trade between now and the deadline. Trade deadline objectives (Insider)

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