BOSTON Teams

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On the injury front, RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) remained out at the start of practice for the second day in a row. Meanwhile, starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion) was back for the start of the practice after missing Wednesday. How much he does in team drills will be learned later in the day. Also, reserve DT Vincent Valentine (knee) was not spotted.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From a distance, TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) thrusts his legs up high as jogs across the field at the start of practice. He was present at the start of practice for the second day in a row Thursday, but didn't participate in team drills Wednesday, per the club.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With a new synthetic turf surface at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots plan to practice on the game field Friday to test it out. The surface was replaced after the team's home-opening loss as it didn't meet team standards.

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Sale, Stanton continue dominance in impressive showings (1:04)
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Celtics looking like a brand-new team (0:45)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)

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Sale 'unaware' he hit 300 Ks (1:02)
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Sale reaches 300 Ks as Red Sox top O's (0:41)

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Chris Sale became the second-pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 K in a season, joining Pedro Martínez who did it in his Cy Young winning 1999 season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale's most frequent strikeout victims in 2017: Aaron Judge and Steven Souza Jr. (10 apiece). Next up: Peter Bourjos and Jose Bautista (8 apiece).

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Sale reaches 300 K's on the season (0:32)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout of the season by catching Ryan Flaherty looking. High-fives all around for Sale, who becomes only sixth lefty in AL history to fan 300 in a season and first since Randy Johnson in 1993.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Sale with his 13th strikeout of the game and 300th of the season! He's the first AL pitcher to get there since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and just the seventh lefty in AL history, joining Rube Waddell, Sam McDowell, Randy Johnson, Mickey Lolich and Vida Blue.

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Marrero pads Boston's lead with long ball (0:30)