Royals a dangerous team down the stretch (1:51)
Royals use big sixth inning to beat Red Sox (0:49)
Hosmer gets splashed on SportsCenter (0:43)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

An eight-run implosion in the sixth inning dooms the Red Sox to a 10-4 loss to the surging Royals on Sunday Night Baseball. Boston is two games behind Toronto in the AL East and one ahead of Baltimore for the first AL wild-card berth. Kansas City, meanwhile, has won 17 of its last 21.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

August ERAs for relievers who began the month as high-leverage options for Red Sox manager John Farrell: Matt Barnes (11.17 in 11 appearances), Fernando Abad (5.63 in 10 appearances), Junichi Tazawa (11.25 in nine appearances entering the ninth inning tonight). If Boston doesn't win the AL East or misses the playoffs entirely, the bullpen will be an enormous reason.

Raul Mondesi smacks a bases-clearing triple (0:22)
Ortiz moves into tie with Jimmie Foxx on HR list (0:27)
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Revolution shut out for fourth straight game

Sunday's loss to the Red Bulls extended the Revolution's scoreless streak to 361 minutes and marked their fifth defeat in their last seven games.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With that home run -- a solo shot in the fourth inning -- David Ortiz has tied Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time list with 534 homers. Next up: Mickey Mantle at 536. Ortiz has 31 homers this season. Red Sox now trail the Royals, 2-1.

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Red Sox make a difference on defense

Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts are among the most valuable defenders at their positions (second base and right field, respectively), while Jackie Bradley Jr.'s cannon arm remains a weapon in the outfield. Baseball Info Solutions breaks it down. Measuring baseball skills (Insider)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox leadoff hitters entered the night with a majors-leading .895 OPS. Mookie Betts (108 games), Dustin Pedroia (17 games), Brock Holt (3 games), Jackie Bradley Jr. (1 game) and Aaron Hill (1 game) have occupied the leadoff spot for Boston.

Lineup: Red Sox (72-57) vs. Royals (67-62)

  • 1. Brock Holt, 2B (L)
  • 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. Chris Young, LF (R)
  • 8. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • 9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • SP: Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
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Long on Patriots attitude: 'Today is the most important day' (0:31)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Twelve days after having surgery on his left ankle, Red Sox catcher/left fielder Blake Swihart rolled (literally, with the aid of a scooter) into the clubhouse before the game. While he expects to be ready for spring training, the majority of his offseason will be spent rehabbing. He's unlikely to be able to play winter ball to make up for lost at-bats after getting injured in early June.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia, who is away from the Red Sox tonight to attend family funeral services, will rejoin the team early Monday evening. Pedroia won't start Monday night's game, but will be available off the bench. In fact, manager John Farrell said Pedroia texted that he plans on getting a walkoff hit in the bottom of the ninth.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett was 9-of-9 passing in the team's preseason win Friday but says, "You see things you could have done better." Brissett had entered the game with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CB Logan Ryan talks about how "turnovers are contagious" after the team had three interceptions in Friday's preseason win over Carolina. Ryan had one of them.

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