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Andrew Benintendi on getting hit on the left knee: "It felt fine until I stopped moving for a bit. I think I could've stayed in, but we were up 9-0 at that point so John (Farrell) decided to take me out." Asked if he will be able to play Wednesday night, he said, "We'll see how it feels in the morning and go from there."

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Red Sox use big fifth inning to top Cardinals (1:07)

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Andrew Benintendi's knee is sore after getting hit by pitch in fifth inning, but removal was "precautionary more than anything," according to manager John Farrell. Red Sox didn't feel need to order any tests, hopeful he will play Wednesday night.

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Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4: Talk about a good old-fashioned rally. Thirteen Red Sox batters came to the plate and 10 in a row reached base during an eight-run fifth inning that featured no home runs, only the offensive efficiency of an assembly line. In winning for the 11th time in 13 games Tuesday night, the Red Sox churned out 15 hits. Xander Bogaerts finished with three hits, while Eduardo Nunez, Hanley Ramirez, Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland had two apiece.

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Benintendi exits Tuesday's game

Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi left Tuesday's game vs. the Cardinals after taking a pitch off his knee in the fifth inning. Chris Young replaced him on defense to start the sixth inning. Benintendi finished the night 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

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Leon knocks in two runs in Boston's big fifth inning (0:21)
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Red Sox turn triple play (0:23)

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Up 7-0 in fifth inning, it's worth noting the Red Sox are 222-156 since interleague play began in 1997. Only the Yankees have been better -- and by a smidge, 223-156 and leading the Mets so far tonight.

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Red Sox just turned what would have to be described as a fairly routine 5-4-3 triple play, around the horn. First triple play for Red Sox since Aug. 16, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay.

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Mookie Betts since All-Star break: .248/.315/.333, 4 doubles, 2 homers in 117 ABs. What gives? Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "There's been times where it looks like he gets a little pull-happy and there's some balls in the air. I can't say that he's expanding the strike zone wholesale. That's not the case because he's still taking his walks. He and a couple other guys, we're still trying to have them hit stride, which they haven't yet for a lengthy period."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Overheard at Patriots-Texans practice: Veteran Patriots safety Devin McCourty went up to Texans assistant coach Wes Welker before a 1-on-1 drill and asked him if he planned to run any routes like the old days. Welker, the former Patriot (2007-2012), smiled at the playful ribbing.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One nugget from Patriots-Texans joint practice that stood out to me: Tom Brady with some good old-school jawing with former teammate Mike Vrabel, the Texans' defensive coordinator, as the Texans gave the Patriots' attack some fits. It was spirited, healthy banter that brought back memories of practices when Vrabel was with the Patriots (2001-2008).

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NBA's best will have the brightest lights

Not surprisingly, the five teams set to make the most nationally televised appearances next season all made the playoffs and have some of the NBA's top superstars.

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Rob Gronkowski visits with fans who waited well after practice ended and signs autographs.

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Patriots fans traveling well in West Virginia for joint practices with the Texans. This is the Texans' first year training at The Greenbrier, the former training camp home of the Saints.