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Mariners blank Red Sox (0:40)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In 17 games since July 4, the Red Sox are batting .205 with .275 on-base percentage and more strikeouts (147) than hits (121). They are slugging .296 with 15 doubles and 13 homers. They have scored 53 runs (3.1 per game) and gotten shut out three times, bringing their majors-leading total to nine shutouts. Even worse, they have scored in only 31 of 164 innings (18.9 percent). Amid that team-wide slump, 20-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers will make his debut Tuesday night in Seattle.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariners 4, Red Sox 0: Yuck. The Red Sox were held hitless until the fifth inning by Mariners starter James Paxton en route to getting shut out for the ninth time this season. Meanwhile, Eduardo Rodriguez allowed four runs on six hits in only 5 1/3 innings. The Red Sox have scored five runs in their last three games and 39 runs in 12 games since the All-Star break. In the words of David Price's favorite broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, "Yuck."

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Seager's long ball puts Mariners up early (0:21)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell said he has had "multiple interactions" with Dennis Eckersley since the David Price incident on the team plane. Farrell described his relationship with Eck as "certainly professional." Reiterated that he spoke to Price after the incident and the team has "moved on."

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Who are you backing: Price or Eckersley? (1:17)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts has been scratched from Red Sox's lineup due to illness, not related to bruised right hand. Andrew Benintendi, who wasn't in the original lineup, goes to left field; Brock Holt will play third base; Deven Marrero at shortstop.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers: "The work is never done. I just want to learn how to be a superstar third baseman."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers has arrived at Safeco Field. He's expected to be in the Red Sox's lineup Tuesday night vs. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. His family will come see him play when Red Sox return to Fenway Park at the end of the week.

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Too early to discuss Patriots going undefeated? (1:30)
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Colon sees both sides of Eckersley, Red Sox players' feud (1:22)
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Report: Price mocked, cursed at Eckersley

David Price mocked Dennis Eckersley and cursed at him during their confrontation last month on the team plane, according to the Boston Globe. Price told Eckersley on two separate occasions to "get the [expletive] out of here," according to the report.

ESPN Stats and Information  

There are now 45 days until the NFL season. The Patriots are the only team in the last three seasons to win 45 games, going 45-11. Their .804 win percentage is best in the league over that span. The next closest team? The Denver Broncos at 36-16, .692 win pct.

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Ranking NFL's backup QB situations 1-32

The Patriots refused to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason -- at any price -- and Jacoby Brissett showed promise in 2016. That's why the Patriots are No. 1 on our list of backup QB situations. We're ranking them all from best to worst.

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On this date: Varitek and A-Rod incite bench-clearing brawl (0:25)