Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell has referred lately to the importance of the No. 6 hole in the Red Sox's batting order. With Yoan Moncada coming up and possibly getting regular at-bats against right-handed pitching, you wonder whether he eventually fits in that spot behind Hanley Ramirez and ahead of the left fielder (Brock Holt/Chris Young/eventually Andrew Benintendi), catcher (primarily) Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Red Sox announce Yoan Moncada will be called up from Double-A Portland on Friday.

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Little more respect for Collins, please?

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Celtics waive John Holland

By waiving swingman John Holland, the Celtics trimmed a nonguaranteed contract from a still-overstocked roster.

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Two starts since coming back from his shoulder injury, Steven Wright said there are "still some lingering effects definitely going on." Like what? "It's just been off," Wright said. "It was hard for me to throw a pitch with conviction. A little bit is trusting the arm to make sure that it's good. It feels OK."

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MVP in sight for Mookie Betts?

Betts has entered the conversation with his impressive play since the All-Star break. Entering Wednesday, the 23-year-old's offensive numbers in that time have been among the best in the AL.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics waived John Holland Wednesday, trimming the lone nonguaranteed contract on their overstocked roster. Boston now has 18 players under contract, including 16 guaranteed deals.

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After blowing a two-run lead in the top of the eighth, the Red Sox score twice in the bottom and emerge with an 8-6 victory and a series win over the Rays. They're within 1.5 games of the AL East, with Toronto playing in Baltimore tonight.

Hanley's grand slam clears the monster (0:31)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

It's been a rough August at the plate for Jackie Bradley Jr., but he's ending it on a positive note with three hits, including a solo homer in the sixth inning and an RBI double here in the eighth. In spite of their combustible bullpen, the Red Sox are up 8-6.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Bautista has company in the bat-tossing department. Hanley Ramirez chucks his lumber after a grand slam that gives the Red Sox a 5-4 lead against the Rays in the fifth inning at Fenway.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady is making the trip with the team for the preseason finale against the Giants. If Brady plays snaps at QB, it will mark the first time he's done so in a preseason finale since 2011. He played one snap in the 2014 finale as a holder on the FG unit.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Questions will be asked about the health of Steven Wright's shoulder after this performance. Truth is, though, the Red Sox knuckleballer wasn't pitching particularly well before he jammed his right shoulder in that infamous pinch-running appearance at Dodger Stadium, giving up at least three earned runs in six of eight starts from June 25 through Aug. 5.

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Red Sox with good odds to make playoffs?

In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Red Sox were expected to fall short of winning the AL East but capture a wild-card spot. Is that still the case as September approaches, or should Sox fans plan to celebrate a division title? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)

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