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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

You could almost see David Price's dreadful outing coming. He's never had much success vs. Rangers (5.15 ERA in 11 starts entering tonight) or in Texas (6.54 in six starts, not including rocky Game 4 of 2015 ALDS. "This is a very good offensive team that he's going up against," John Farrell said pregame. "If you don't make pitches, this ballpark can play small at times."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A two-run single by Bobby Wilson gives the Rangers a 6-0 lead and spells the end of a short night for David Price, who was rocked for 12 hits in 2-1/3 innings. It's his shortest start since May 22, 2015 for Detroit against the Yankees (also 2-1/3), and the most hits he has allowed since May 8, 2015, also for the Tigers vs. Kansas City (13)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Might have to begin paying attention to this: Red Sox are 0-for-6 with three walks and a sacrifice fly after David Ortiz's 10 intentional walks. Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-4 with three walks in those instances.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi wasn't considered to take the place of injured Chris Young, according to Dave Dombrowski. As a matter of course, Dombrowski isn't opposed to calling up players directly from Double-A, but Sox don't believe Benintendi is ready from offensive standpoint.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylen Brown is going to win over fans fast in Boston. Three of his more noteworthy quotes from Friday's introductory press conference:

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell on the struggles of setup men Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa: "They've been so good for us over a long period of time, we're not going to run from them." Both relievers are working through some things mechanically. And while neither is going to be removed from late-inning role, Farrell said Heath Hembree is meriting more high-leverage opportunities.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Brock Holt (concussion) will continue his Triple-A rehab assignment through the weekend, with a best-case scenario that he could rejoin Red Sox next week at Tampa Bay. Until Holt returns, Bryce Brentz will get the lion's share of the starts in left field, although Ryan LaMarre could be used late in games for defense.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown: "I'm going to go to war for this city. I'm going to play passionate."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics draft picks.

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Where does Groome rank for Red Sox?

Jason Groome was the No. 2 player on Keith Law's Big Board in this year's draft, but is his talent enough for him to become the No. 1 prospect in Boston's loaded system? Where top 2016 draft picks rank (Insider)

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Tough test ahead for David Price

Price will take the mound against the red-hot Rangers on Friday night. His 5.15 career ERA against Texas is his highest against any opponent that he's seen at least five times.

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Bogaerts is making a case for MVP

Xander Bogaerts ended one of the best games of the season with a walk-off single on Thursday. We have to take him seriously as an MVP candidate as he continues to rake, now hitting .351/.401/.510 with 50 RBIs while playing solid defense at shortstop, David Schoenfield writes. Five things we learned Thursday

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A ton of talent hanging up the cleats

A whopping eight players with at least three Pro Bowl selections each have retired this offseason. As a group, the eight players have 50 combined Pro Bowl invitations on their resumes.

Celtics' final draft grade: C

Chad Ford really likes five of the six players the Celtics acquired on Thursday night, but none of them will move the needle significantly over the next couple of seasons. Draft grades (Insider)

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Bogaerts-Betts combo keeps working

Xander Bogaerts plated Mookie Betts with a 10th-inning single that gave the Red Sox an 8-7 walk-off win on Thursday. It was the 23rd time this season that Bogaerts drove in a run that was scored by Betts, the highest RBI total for any major league player on runs scored by a particular teammate, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Sox have inquired about both Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino from the Atlanta Braves. However, there is no traction to a trade at this time. However, these two teams really do match up well for a potential blockbuster type deal at the trade deadline.

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Are international NBA picks too risky?

Only 16 of the 30 players drafted in the first round were born in the U.S. (fewest since 1973). Eight of them did not play college basketball (T-most, 2003). The 2003 draft had eight such players, who have combined to play in zero All-Star Games.

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