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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Upon being told he's 5-for-35 (.143) with eight strikeouts vs. lefties, Hanley Ramirez said, "You're kidding me. I didn't know that for real. So, OK, after this conversation, let's see what's going to happen now. I'll say it: Bring it, OK? I didn't know, I swear. Interesting."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas remains a relentless social media recruiter. On Wednesday, Thomas left a humorous Instagram comment about Blake Griffin in the aftermath of the Chris Paul trade to Houston. Then both Thomas and his wife, Kayla, liked a "dream team" photoshop that featured Thomas next to Gordon Hayward and Paul George.

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Free agents each Eastern team should sign

With the expansion and entry drafts in the rearview mirror, the NHL turns to free agency. Here's a rundown of every Eastern Conference team's big need -- along with a free agent who can fill that need.

Stats & Info

Tuesday's longest home runs

For the second time in three days, Troy Tulowitzki cracks the list after not homering in his first 19 games this month. Christian Vazquez's 409-footer was his first home run this year.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics rookies show off their new jerseys.

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Red Sox power past Twins (1:06)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz on coming back after the rain: "We kind of said if it's more than an hour or if it's past 10 o'clock it would be kind of iffy. Of course, it's a 10 o'clock start time. I'm like, 'Well, s---, it's a hard decision to make, putting it right on the time when we said we wouldn't go over.' But I felt pretty good." Said he threw, rode bike, ran sprints in batting cage during 76-minute delay.

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Julian Edelman Super Bowl LI catch vs. Jarrod Dyson catch (0:33)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 9, Twins 2: Don't look now, but Drew Pomeranz has been Boston's second-best starting pitcher lately. Pomeranz waited out a 76-minute rain delay in second inning Tuesday night and stayed in the game to deliver five solid innings and save the bullpen. In his last seven starts, Pomeranz is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 9 walks in 40 innings. Christian Vázquez and Chris Young homered for Red Sox, who reclaimed sole possession of first place in AL East.

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Young clears bases with 3-run HR (0:15)
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Vasquez hits first homer of the season (0:19)
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Can Celtics pull off getting Hayward and George? (2:31)
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Is Brady the best player in the NFL? (2:08)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Although John Farrell says he "wouldn't rule it out" that Red Sox would use others at DH even after Hanley Ramirez returns, he stressed need to not "completely turn away from what Hanley did last year. I think he's still a key member in our lineup." Ramirez has struggled vs. lefties, batting only .143/.333/.229, far from his career slash line vs. lefties of .300/.381/.523.