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Could we see Moncada in Boston soon?

Yoan Moncada could get the call next month to help as a pinch runner or bench option against southpaws. However, Keith Law cautions that he's only 21, isn't on the 40-man roster and has struck out in 30 percent of his at-bats since he reached Double-A. Possible September call-ups (Insider)

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Porcello making better use of fastball

Rick Porcello is using his four-seamer less than last season, except when there's two strikes. He throws the pitch 13 percent more often in two-strike counts, in which it gets nearly twice as many whiffs. Pitchers using fastballs better (Insider)

Stats & Info

The secret to Porcello's home success

Rick Porcello is 13-0 at Fenway this season, and his offense and defense behind him are a good reason why. It also doesn't hurt that he's drastically cut down on his rate of homers allowed.

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Brady: Watching September games will be 'very challenging' (0:44)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on Jimmy Garoppolo: "I love being with Jimmy. I've enjoyed every day that we've spent with him. I wish him the very best, obviously, for our team, for him personally. When you see people that it means a lot to, you always want them to succeed as well. It will be tough to watch, but I'll be excited to watch and excited to learn and hopefully when I come back in October I'll be a better player than I am today."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady says "we'll see" when asked how he will stay sharp during a four-game suspension. He said he doesn't plan to share what he will do over that time.

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Betts, Ortiz make for rare 30-HR pair

The 23-year-old Mookie Betts joined 40-year-old teammate David Ortiz in the 30-homer club on Monday. The 1987 Tigers are the only other team in MLB history that has had a 40-year-old player and a player under the age of 25 each hit 30 HRs in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Buchholz pivotal to Red Sox's pennant push

Who could've predicted that Clay Buchholz, a source of tremendous frustration for Red Sox fans because of his struggles as a starter, would suddenly emerge as such a crucial figure in their bullpen situation? Buster Olney explains. Key players in pennant races (Insider)

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Patriots balancing QB priorities for final preseason game (2:05)
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Will Clemson collect all ACC awards?

Our Mark Schlabach thinks Clemson is the team to beat in the ACC. He also makes his picks for the rest of the ACC awards.

  • Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
  • Defensive player of the year: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  • Coach of the year: Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  • Freshman of the year: Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
See all the predictions

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There's no place like home for Porcello

With a W against the Rays on Monday, Rick Porcello became the fifth pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to win his first 13 home decisions of a season, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

  • 2015 Dallas Keuchel, HOU - 15-0 at home
  • 2016 Rick Porcello, BOS - 13
  • 1946 Boo Ferriss, BOS - 13
  • 1944 Tex Hughson, BOS - 13
  • 1928 Larry Benton, NYG - 13

Stats & Info

Mookie Betts bashes way to 30-HR season

Betts' second-inning solo shot on Monday was his 30th home run of the year. He's the third Red Sox hitter to reach that total in a season before turning 24.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Back in his native Kamloops, British Columbia, Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk has been honored with an art rendition on a fence outside the Thompson Rivers University Gym. File under: The Fence is Real (via @KamThisWeek)

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Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
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Betts, Porcello shine as Red Sox top Rays (0:59)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis Shaw interrupted his second-half slump by getting three hits Monday night. But the biggest reason the slumping Red Sox third baseman likely will be in the lineup Tuesday night is that the Rays are starting another right-handed pitcher. Shaw has been sitting against lefties after playing every day for much of the season. "It's hard. You feel like you've got to get a hit to get back in the lineup the next day," Shaw said. "I've got to try to stop pressing."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox win their kind of game, taking an early lead and playing comfortably from ahead thanks to good enough starting pitching. In this case, Rick Porcello gives up three runs in seven innings and notches his 18th win in a 9-4 victory over the Rays. Boston remains two games off Toronto's pace in the AL East.

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Betts blasts 30th home run of season (0:25)

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David Ortiz's farewell season

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