Porcello's struggles continue in loss to Twins (1:00)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Twins 4, Red Sox 1: Rick Porcello's nightmare season continues. Porcello gave up two more first-inning runs, allowed another homer and lost for the 10th time in 14 decisions. The Red Sox offense fell flat against Twins lefty Adalberto Mejia and three relievers, mustering only seven hits. Max Kepler hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who remained a half-game off the pace in the AL Central.

Kepler's dinger gets out in a hurry (0:17)
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Source: Hayward to start meetings with Heat

The Heat will get the first crack at luring Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz in free agency on Saturday, a source told ESPN's Jorge Sedano. Hayward will then visit the Celtics on Sunday and the Jazz on Monday.

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9hScott Lauber

H. Ramirez stunned to learn he's bad vs. LHPs

"You're kidding me," Ramirez said. "It took you long enough to tell me that. 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."

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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15hMatthew Coller

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Young clears bases with 3-run HR (0:15)