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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright gives up five first-inning runs and the Red Sox go 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and leave 12 on base in a 6-3 loss to the Royals. With the Blue Jays routing the Twins, the Sox are poised to slip one game behind Toronto in the AL East, still lead wild-card race by 1-1/2 games over Detroit.

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LeGarrette Blount hurdles like he's in Rio (0:25)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With rookie QB Jacoby Brissett entering he game with 3;48 remaining in the third quarter, it should be the end of the night for both Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady. Garoppolo started, played the first the series, gave way to Brady for four series, then played three more series (not including half-ending kneeldowns). In all, Garoppolo played 27 snaps and Brady 16. The Patriots didn't score with Garoppolo, and had nine points with Brady.

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Cam Newton gets picked off by Logan Ryan (0:22)
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Brady floats perfect pass for TD (0:37)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Garoppolo started, played the first three series (13 snaps), and then gave way to Tom Brady. It was Brady playing the next four drives (16 snaps), before Garoppolo came back for a final non-kneel-down series in the first half (3 snaps). The Patriots scored 9 points with Brady, and zero with Garoppolo, although a missed 30-yard FG early would have put points on the board for Garoppolo.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In a sign that his roster spot might be in jeopardy, veteran DT Terrance Knighton has not played in the first half for the Patriots.

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Hosmer's three-run shot bounces off top of Green Monster (0:29)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After Phil Jackson admitted passing on the chance to acquire Jae Crowder as his biggest regret in New York, Crowder used the location on his latest Instagram post to poke fun at the Knicks.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady connects with WR Chris Hogan on a 33-yard touchdown pass up the right side into the end zone on a beautifully thrown ball. The 2-point conversion pass from Brady to WR Aaron Dobson was thrown high and fell incomplete.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady's first offensive series lasted four plays and he had one completion, to WR Aaron Dobson (37 yards). A third-down throw to TE Martellus Bennett in the back of the end zone was just a bit high for Bennett to haul in. The Patriots settled for a FG.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz has more career doubles than Hank Aaron. Let that sink in for a moment. Ortiz's 625th double, a ground-ruler in the third inning at Fenway, moves him past Aaron and into 10th place on the all-time list.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady entered the game on the team's fourth offensive series, with 1:56 remaining in the first quarter. Jimmy Garoppolo had taken the first 13 snaps after starting, but the Patriots didn't score any points. Brady's first pass was a 39-yard completion to WR Aaron Dobson.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Garoppolo started for the Patriots against the Panthers. His first drive ended with a near interception/missed FG. Then came a quick drive that wasn't helped by a holding penalty on first down by WR Julian Edelman. Three plays later, the Patriots punted.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning and, naturally, the next two batters -- in this case, Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- strike out. The Sox lead the league in runs, but they're only 24-for-113 (.212) with the bases loaded.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With 14 wins in 17 games, the Royals have pulled within four games of the second AL wild-card berth. The key to their success: "The bullpen hasn't given up a run in who knows how long," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's been nearly 40 innings." Boston, on the other hand, has lost eight of its last 13 one-run games largely because it lacks defined bullpen roles other than closer Craig Kimbrel. Should be an interesting three-game series at Fenway.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB James White stops to sign autographs on his way off the field at Bank of America Stadium.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots FB James Develin takes the field, returning to Bank of America Stadium one year after breaking his leg here in a preseason game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted rookie RB D.J. Foster, who is set to make his preseason debut tonight, makes a catch during a light warmup.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One day after the Patriots acquired him In a trade from the Browns, DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo has joined the team in Charlotte.

Lineup: Red Sox (71-56) vs. Royals (66-61)

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R))
  • 6. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • 7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • 8. Travis Shaw, 3B (L)
  • 9. Brock Holt, LF (L)
  • SP: Steven Wright, RHP
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman practices his one-handed catches before tonight's game vs. Carolina.

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