Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia has tied his career-best streak with a hit in nine consecutive at-bats, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN Stats & Info). He also did that in August 2008, his MVP season. Pedroia also has reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances, including his fourth-inning walk Friday night.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts is figuring out that good things can happen when he pulls the ball, too. He gets a middle-in 97-mph heater from Royals starter Danny Duffy and launches it over Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Bogaerts loves taking the ball the other way to right field, a la his idol Derek Jeter. But all 16 of his homers have been pulled.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If Koji Uehara (strained pectoral) is able to return and pitch well in September, it would ease many concerns about the Red Sox's bullpen. But will he? On Friday, he threw 53 pitches off a mound "with good intensity," according to manager John Farrell. Uehara will throw again Monday, possibly facing a few hitters. Said Farrell: "He's making some pretty good strides."

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Lineup: Red Sox (71-57) vs. Royals (67-61)

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R))
  • 6. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • 7. Chris Young, LF (R))
  • 8. Aaron Hill, 3B (R)
  • 9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • SP: David Price, LHP
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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. has three hits in his last 34 at-bats and is 25-for-90 (.167) in August and 32-for-148 (.216) since the All-Star break. So, for the first time since May 13, he's batting in the No. 9 spot for the Red Sox tonight vs. the Royals. "There's been some pitches up in the strike zone where he's not getting to," manager John Farrell said. "There's been times he's expanded below the strike zone on some offspeed pitches. He's been kind of all-or-nothing."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

11 of 19 ACC players with at least 5 sacks last year are gone for 2016. Top returners: Ejuan Price, 11.5* Devonte Fields, 11 Demarcus Walker, 10.5* Micah Kiser, 7.5 Matt Milano, 6.5 Mikey Bart, 6.5* Bradley Chubb, 5.5* Matt Galambos, 5 *Only 4 are tradition defensive ends

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

As Bill Belichick heads from the locker room to the team buses, he sees Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long talking with his son, Chris, and stops to join the discussion. They chatted for an extended period of time.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo says it was "different" playing the first three series, coming out for four, and then coming back for three more series (not including kneel-downs).

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After sporting a tall rust-tinged mohawk last season, Celtics guard Marcus Smart unveiled a bold new summer hairdo.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright gives up five first-inning runs and the Red Sox go 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and leave 12 on base in a 6-3 loss to the Royals. With the Blue Jays routing the Twins, the Sox are poised to slip one game behind Toronto in the AL East, still lead wild-card race by 1-1/2 games over Detroit.

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