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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he thinks this is deepest defensive draft he's seen as Saints head coach – which is good, since he said it's "no secret" that the Saints' top goal this year is to improve their defense. … As for the possible Malcolm Butler trade, Payton said, "It's nothing new. Look, he's with New England, and I don't think anything's changed. I don't see anything being imminent."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources say Rondo wants to play "bad" in Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 but he may opt to wait until Game 6 depending on tomorrow's evaluations.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Story posting now w/ @MarcJSpearsESPN: Sources say Rajon Rondo had a private workout Tuesday night in Boston to keep testing his ailing hand

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price's week: Light bullpen session Wednesday, face hitters Saturday.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In Dustin Pedroia injury news, he would have been ready to play tonight, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Dustin Pedroia on fallout in Red Sox's clubhouse from Orioles incident: "It's over. I know we don't play today and you guys need something to talk about but we're past it."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedroia says he doesn't know Orioles closer Zach Britton personally, "don't want to jump to conclusions" about comment questioning Red Sox's leadership. "I don't think negatively about him by any means," Pedroia said.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia said Red Sox talked about incident Sunday and his reaction to it. "We all have each others' backs. Everybody knows how everybody feels about each other."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After Jimmy Butler questioned his toughness, Marcus Smart fired back on Tuesday: "I ain't gotta talk about what I am about. I could show you, but I'm not going to tell you. So, like I said, it ain't hard to find me. And you heard him, he said, ‘I don't think Marcus Smart's about that life?' Last time I checked, if you're going to say somebody ain't about that life, you should know, right?"

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Los Medias Rojas anunciaron que el partido de esta noche contra los Yankees ha sido pospuesto por mal tiempo y reprogramado como el primer juego de una doble jornada el domingo, 16 de julio en Fenway Park.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Red Sox announce tonight's game vs Yankees has been rescheduled as the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 16th.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on playing after the death of his sister: "Man, I'm just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others. I'm not here, man. It's never going to be the same."

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart's reaction to Jimmy Butler questioning his toughness? "Hahaha." Added Smart, "You heard him. He said 'I don't think Marcus Smart is about that life.' If you say he ain't about that life, you should know, right?" Smart gave one more postscript: "It ain't hard to find me."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on his emotions: "‪I'm just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others. But I'm not here, man. It's never going to be the same."

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