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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With 14 wins in 17 games, the Royals have pulled within four games of the second AL wild-card berth. The key to their success: "The bullpen hasn't given up a run in who knows how long," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's been nearly 40 innings." Boston, on the other hand, has lost eight of its last 13 one-run games largely because it lacks defined bullpen roles other than closer Craig Kimbrel. Should be an interesting three-game series at Fenway.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB James White stops to sign autographs on his way off the field at Bank of America Stadium.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots FB James Develin takes the field, returning to Bank of America Stadium one year after breaking his leg here in a preseason game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted rookie RB D.J. Foster, who is set to make his preseason debut tonight, makes a catch during a light warmup.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One day after the Patriots acquired him In a trade from the Browns, DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo has joined the team in Charlotte.

Lineup: Red Sox (71-56) vs. Royals (66-61)

  • 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. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • 7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • 8. Travis Shaw, 3B (L)
  • 9. Brock Holt, LF (L)
  • SP: Steven Wright, RHP
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman practices his one-handed catches before tonight's game vs. Carolina.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Barring a last-minute change, the Patriots plan to have Jimmy Garoppolo start tonight vs. Carolina. Tom Brady will also play.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to Bank of America Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET). Some hot, humid conditions will be a nice challenge for the Patriots from a conditioning perspective.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz will return to a bullpen role for the Red Sox, but manager John Farrell said it will be an enhanced responsibility, likely involving an opportunity to pitch the eighth inning. Sox are still seeking a primary setup man, with Farrell preferring to use Brad Ziegler mostly against right-handed hitters.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi could play again before the end of the regular season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Benintendi doesn't have structural damage to his left knee, a diagnosis confirmed Friday after the Red Sox rookie left fielder underwent another MRI, an X-ray and a CT scan. "This could've been much, much worse," Farrell said.

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Positionless terrors on defense are the league's favorite new trend. Former NFL safety Matt Bowen has a name for them, and Collins ranks higher than all but two others. Ranking monsterbacks (Insider)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, the Red Sox activated Steven Wright from the disabled list to start tonight against the Royals at Fenway Park. Wright will occupy the roster spot vacated after yesterday's game when reliever Heath Hembree was optioned to Triple-A. Wright missed three starts after jamming his right shoulder diving back into second base as a pinch-runner Aug. 7 at Dodger Stadium.

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