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."

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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.

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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.

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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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Betts joins select Red Sox company

Mookie Betts is the fourth player in Red Sox history to tally 30 homers and 20 stolen bases in a single season.

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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)

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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.

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)

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
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