Barkevious Mingo didn't live up to expectations in Cleveland and has struggled to put on weight, but the Patriots deserve the benedit of the doubt.
Enny Romero earned his first major league save, relieving with two outs in the ninth inning and fanning Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win Wednesday and a four-game
Steve Pagliuca would love to see Brad Stevens get a chance to coach for USA Basketball in the future; he's also excited about his team's future.
Patriots' non-QB MVP: Jamie Collins
Yes, Collins is more valuable than Rob Gronkowski, Mike Reiss writes. Not only is Collins a rare athlete whom Bill Belichick once loosely compared to Lawrence Taylor, but New England has little depth behind him. Non-QB MVPs
Will Ortiz hurt Betts by splitting MVP votes?
When two candidates from the same team are in MVP contention, theory arises that they'll split the votes, allowing a third player from another team to win the award. It's possible -- but not likely -- to happen to Mookie Betts and David Ortiz. Schoenfield: Myths of MVP voting (Insider)
The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they have been under Bill Belichick, meaning there are some battles to make the final roster spots.
Olynyk should be hot item next summer
Kevin Pelton writes that Kelly Olynyk has developed into a terrific outside shooter for his size. The 7-footer, who will turn 26 in April, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next July. Ranking 2017 NBA free agents (Insider)
Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a former first-round pick, has been traded to the Patriots for a 2017 fifth-round pick.
Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter
Per Adam Schefter, the Browns are trading former first-round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo, to the Patriots. Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and has seven sacks in three seasons. The Browns did not pick up his fifth-year option and he was scheduled to become a free agent after this season. Patriots hoping he will provide some additional pass rush.
Is Gronk more dominant than J.J. Watt?
Rob Gronkowski practically lapped the TE field in #NFLRank, but Watt exceeded his fellow 3-4 DEs by just a smidge more. Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett cracked the top 10 among tight ends. #NFLRank audit by position (Insider)
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball vs. the Royals at Fenway Park. Rodriguez just threw a bullpen session in Tampa and came away telling reporters that he felt no issues with his hamstring. He missed his most recent start last Sunday in Detroit after leaving an Aug. 16 start in Baltimore in the fifth inning despite not allowing a hit.
Tough day at the office for Boston
It started when Andrew Benintendi sprained his knee on a bad piece of baserunning -- an injury that landed him on the DL. It got worse when the Red Sox lost on a walk-off error, the third time that has happened this season. No other team has more than one such defeat, David Schoenfield notes. What we learned Wednesday
Red Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.
David Ortiz etches his place in AL lore
With his two-run home run on Wednesday, Ortiz reached exactly 30 HR and 100 RBI on the season. He is now tied for the fifth-most 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in AL history, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
- Alex Rodriguez - 14 seasons
- Jimmie Foxx - 12
- Babe Ruth - 12
- Manny Ramirez - 11
- Lou Gehrig - 10
- David Ortiz - 10
- Rafael Palmeiro - 10
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Red Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after twisting his left knee awkwardly as he dove into second base. Benintendi underwent an MRI exam Thursday, and manager John Farrell told reporters that it's too soon to know whether the injury is season-ending. Benintendi, the Red Sox's 22-year-old outfield prospect, was batting .324 since getting called up earlier this month. In his absence, veteran outfielder Chris Young will get the majority of the at-bats in left field, with utilityman Brock Holt filling in against tough right-handed pitching.
Lineup: Red Sox (71-55) at Rays (53-72)
- 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
- 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
- 3. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
- 4. Hanley Ramirez, DH (R)
- 5. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
- 6. Chris Young, LF (R)
- 7. Aaron Hill, 3B (R)
- 8. Travis Shaw, 1B (L)
- 9. Bryan Holaday, C (R)
- SP: Drew Pomeranz, LHP Daily lineups
Second-string goalkeeper Brian Knighton recorded his first shutout of the season, helping the Revolution to a 0-0 road draw vs. San Jose on Wednesday.
Running back is one notable position where the Patriots could be seeking more depth -- and one familiar with the organization just became available.
The Patriots are one of only two teams -- the Browns are the other -- with multiple players gone from the top of their 2014 draft class.
The 2016 high school football season is underway. Follow here for updates all across the Bay State all season long.
We'll be tracking Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's final major league journey all season long. Check back here for highlights, recaps and photos from his last stop at each stadium.