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Brady calls Watt a 'special player' (0:44)
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Brady calls Watt a 'special player' (0:44)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady shrugs and smiles when told that Bill Belichick doesn't plan to buy his book. He says he might have to give him the book for Christmas.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Let's talk magic numbers. The Astros, Indians and Nationals have already clinched division titles, and the Dodgers can join them tonight. Their number is two, so they need a win over the Phillies -- the Phillies won the first two games of the series -- and a Diamondbacks loss to the Padres to pop the champagne. Will they stay up in Philly to possibly celebrate? Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 9 Cubs: 9

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What to watch for on Wednesday night

As the Red Sox go for the sweep against the Orioles (7 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App), all eyes should be on Chris Sale, who has a chance to be the first AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to top 300 strikeouts in a season.

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Big names in new cities shaped the NBA offseason (1:52)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Dont'a Hightower (pictured) returned to practice on Wednesday, as did WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee). Meanwhile, three players who were injured in Sunday's win -- TE Rob Gronkowski (groin), WR Phillip Dorsett (knee) and CB Eric Rowe (groin) -- were present at practice.

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Sox's pen gets better with pressure

Boston's bullpen has been one of the best in baseball all season, but it has been particularly effective later in games, as shown in consecutive extra-innings victories. The group has allowed just eight runs in 57 2/3 innings pitched after the ninth this season, good for the best ERA in MLB.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

During Boston's crazy offseason, Jaylen Brown turned to Al Horford. "He's been in the league 10-plus years and he said he's never seen anything like this before, said Brown. "So I was interested in hearing it from his perspective. It's going to take some time to jell."

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Red Sox win in 11 innings for second straight night (0:59)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The good news for the Red Sox? They won another extra innings affair, their 15th OT win of the year (tying a franchise record). The bad news? They went scoreless for 10 innings, then needed an infield hit, two walks, and a wild pitch to score the game's only run. A solo homer would've been so much easier. But the BoSox don't do homers. Not this year, anyway.