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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If Red Sox are able to sign free agent Mitch Moreland, it will please David Ortiz. In a conversation last week in the D.R., Ortiz asked who won AL Gold Glove at first base. Told it was Moreland, Ortiz said, "I always believed that kid could be special. It depends on how much (a team) plays him."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell called Tyler Thornburg the "right guy at the right time." Red Sox confident in health of Thornburg's elbow after PRP injection in 2014.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Priority now for Red Sox is a left-handed hitter capable of playing some first base, but Dave Dombrowski said he still "doesn't want to big dollars."

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Patriots move up in Power Rankings

Despite Rob Gronkowski's absence, New England moved up our list this week after stomping Los Angeles. Was it enough to knock Dallas out of the top spot? Power Rankings

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Hochuli has been assigned as referee for the Ravens-at-Patriots game on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" on Dec. 12. This is Hochuli's first Patriots game of the season. Given the recent history between the teams, with the Patriots using eligible receivers as ineligible to spark them to victory, the referee assignment for this game has some added meaning.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox give up a lot, no doubt, but Brewers' haul is in line with what the Phillies got from Houston last year for Ken Giles. Now, Red Sox will hold their breath and hope Tyler Thornburg's elbow doesn't break.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mauricio Dubon's stock certainly rose within the Red Sox's organization this year, but as a shortstop, he's blocked by Xander Bogaerts. Dubon's future with Sox was probably as a super-utility type. In other words, he's the sort of prospect Dave Dombrowski has tended to trade in the past.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

The decision to include Travis Shaw in the trade for Tyler Thornburg underscores this comment Monday from John Farrell: "One of the keys for us is going to be Panda." Yes, indeed, Red Sox are counting on Pablo Sandoval.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg is arbitration-eligible for first time after making $513,900 last season. Red Sox will control him through 2019, but in Travis Shaw and Mauricio Dubon, in particular, the cost of acquisition was high for Boston.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Fast facts on Tyler Thornburg, Red Sox's new setup man: He's 28, posted 2.15 ERA, 13 saves and 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 67 appearances for the Brewers. Dave Dombrowski said he wanted someone with closer ability. Thornburg took over as Brewers closer after Jeremy Jeffress was traded at deadline.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The best indication that Edwin Encarnacion isn't getting the offers he's looking for: Agent Paul Kinzer telling teams there's no hurry to get him signed. Indians, Rockies interested. But Red Sox appear "very unlikely."

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe said that defenseman Keith Yandle suffered a lower-body injury during the first period of Monday's game vs. Bruins and will be out "awhile."