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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski is asked about the crowd's reaction to Tom Brady. "Every year it seems to get louder and louder." He says that if he was in the crowd, he would be doing the same thing.

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Sale continues mowing down hitters

Chris Sale has 14 10-strikeout games in 21 starts this season. If he keeps up his pace of two 10-K games for every three starts, he'll set a Red Sox record and become the fourth pitcher with 20 10-K games in a single season, joining Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Greeny takes the field over Pats for AFC Championship (1:39)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots filled the final open spot on their 90-man roster by signing wide receiver Tony Washington of Appalachian State. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Washington played in six games for the Jacksonville Jaguars between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in 2014.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick said Rob Gronkowski's recovery from back surgery was completed by the start of the team's offseason program in the spring. Asked if the next step for him is how he responds to contact/full pads, Belichick said, "There are no limits that I'm aware of."

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Great expectations for Pats and others (1:52)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the scene at 7:35 a.m. at one of the two entrances for the first day of Patriots training camp. The practice starts at 9:15. Lots of anticipation and excitement here.

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Devers, Sale snap Red Sox losing streak (0:51)
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Sox's summer certainty: Sale remains hot

With 11 strikeouts in Wednesday's 4-0 win at Seattle, Chris Sale has fanned 56 batters in 34 2/3 innings during July.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Still no Red Sox move to create spot for Eduardo Nunez, but Rafael Devers has to stay, right? "He hasn't hurt his cause by any means with what he's done in a very short look," manager John Farrell said. "We've talked quite a bit recently about the need to get offense, and today is a display of what he's capable of doing. So, he's taking care of what he can on his end."

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Sale fans 11 in strong outing (0:33)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 4, Mariners 0: Chris Sale did it again, while Rafael Devers achieved a few firsts. Sale tossed seven scoreless innings and fanned 11 batters, marking his career-high 14th double-digit strikeout game this season. Devers recorded his first career hit -- a home run, no less -- against Mariners starter Andrew Moore in the third inning. Between them, the Cy Young favorite and the youngest player in the majors led the Red Sox to a victory that capped a 2-4 trip to the West Coast.

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Devers' first hit is a homer (0:26)

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Chris Sale registered his 14th game with double-digit strikeouts this season. That's the 3rd most in a single season in Red Sox history, trailing only Pedro Martínez, who had 19 10-K games in 1999 and 15 in 2000.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariners lefty Marc Rzepczynski has given up eight hits this season to left-handed hitters and held lefties to .220 average in his career, but Rafael Devers notched a two-out single against him in the top of the seventh.

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Red Sox's Devers launches HR for 1st MLB hit

Rafael Devers became the first Red Sox player since Daniel Nava in 2010 to homer for his first major league hit when he took Mariners right-hander Andrew Moore deep Wednesday at Safeco Field.