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Longoria crushes go-ahead homer to Lansdowne Street (0:19)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Bullpen burns the Red Sox again, ninth-inning rally comes up short in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. Boston misses a chance to gain a game on the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, who maintain a two-game lead in the AL East. Second-place Sox are one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Why yes, it does seem strange the umpires are waiting for someone sitting in a room somewhere to tell them the replay outcome while the players watch it on the scoreboard and know what the call ultimately will be.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell, from earlier today, on using longtime starter Clay Buchholz as a setup man: "I want Clay to feel like that's his place in this bullpen right now." A few hours later, in his first truly high-leverage opportunity as a setup man, Clay Buchholz gives up a tie-breaking solo homer to Evan Longoria that clears everything in left field.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

First, Hanley Ramirez ties the game by wrapping a 324-foot homer around Pesky's Pole. Then, he hits a popup to shallow right field that falls in for an RBI single. Sometimes, being lucky is half the battle. 3-1, Red Sox.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was named the team's Ron Burton Community Service award winner at Tuesday's annual kickoff gala. "Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being 'Gronk.'"

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Who's the best shortstop in the game? (2:57)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked on the NESN pregame show about the reports he received from his scouts at Tim Tebow's workout today, Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombowski said this: "I don't think we'll be rushing out to make a signing."

Lineup: Red Sox (73-58) vs. Rays (55-75)

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R)
  • 6. Travis Shaw, 3B (L)
  • 7. Brock Holt, LF (L)
  • 8. Bryan Holaday, C (R)
  • 9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • SP: Drew Pomeranz, LHP
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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Since the PGA Tour Is playing TPC Boston this week here's a view from the famous Green Monster at Fenway Park before the Red Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots officially placed RB Dion Lewis on the reserve/PUP list, according to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. This means Lewis will miss at least the first six games of the regular season, which was expected after it was learned Lewis would undergo a second surgery on his knee.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell on lack of defined setup roles in Red Sox bullpen: "I'd love to be able to sit here and say that [innings] 7, 8, 9 are outlined regardless of matchups. We don't have that type of bullpen." Farrell will continue to match up in close games with Brad Ziegler vs. right-handed hitters, Clay Buchholz vs. lefties. He prefers Robbie Ross Jr., Matt Barnes to inherit runners in tight jams. Lefty Fernando Abad working way back into mix, too.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing new on Andrew Benintendi's recovery from a sprained left knee in large part because it takes a full week for a custom brace to be constructed. The rookie left fielder won't receive his brace until next week's series in San Diego, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, at which point Benintendi might be able to begin initiating baseball activities.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing in shorts and light shoulder pads this afternoon and on the day the roster needs to be cut to 75, LB Ramon Humber, OT Keavon Milton and TE Steven Scheu were not present.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins have signed veteran forward Dominic Moore to a one-year, one-way contract worth $900,000, the team announced Tuesday. Moore, 36, spent the past three seasons with the New York Rangers. During the 2015-16 season, he played in 80 games, registering six goals and nine assists for 15 point.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick smiled during his news conference when asked if it is different preparing to face the Giants in the preseason finale without Tom Coughlin on the opposing sideline. "I'm sure he misses us," Belichick cracked. "He's done pretty well against us."

ESPN Stats & Info

Will Tom Brady play in preseason finale?

With his suspension looming, it's unclear whether Brady will play Thursday against the Giants. Over the last 12 years, Brady has played just 27 total snaps in the preseason's final week.

ESPN Stats & Info

The impact of Tom Brady's suspension

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, Brady's absence will lessen the Patriots' chances to win by around 10 percent per game. New England remains a favorite in three of its first four games.

ESPN Stats & Info

Who is the favorite to win Super Bowl LI?

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Patriots lead the way despite Tom Brady's suspension. Close behind are the Packers, Seahawks and Panthers.

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