Andrew Benintendi diagnosed with just a knee sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24: Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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John Farrell said there is no structural damage, and he believes the rookie outfielder could return to the Red Sox this season.

// Game 128: Royals at Red Sox

Steven Wright and Ian Kennedy face off on the mound in this 7:10 p.m. game.


// Red Sox got caught in MLB’s Latin America crackdown

Major League Baseball is trying to change the “Wild West” mentality there, but some question its methods and motives.


// Clay Buchholz will have important role in bullpen

Buchholz is coming off a nine-strikeout performance against the Rays on Tuesday.

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// Keen competition among Patriots’ cornerbacks

Bolstered cornerback group has provided excellent play through camp and the exhibition season.


// Five things to watch for in Patriots-Panthers

Players to keep an eye on include Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Dobson, and Terrance Knighton.

// Roger Goodell’s new chairmen’s committee includes Robert Kraft

Kraft is one of five owners on the panel, which will help Goodell identify the NFL’s top priorities.

Meet Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo

Where did his name come from? What does he do besides football? Here are some answers.


// For Red Sox, left field has been a minefield

Andrew Benintendi’s injury is just the latest stroke of misfortune to affect those playing the position.

Aug 25, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) hits a sacrifice RBI during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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108 Stitches: The Podcast

The making of Mookie Betts

Alex Speier is joined by Chad Finn and Terry Shumpert, Mookie Betts’ uncle, to discuss the Red Sox outfielder’s rise to stardom.

// Giants’ Matt Moore loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth

A soft single by the Dodgers’ Corey Seager broke up the bid on Moore’s 133d pitch.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 12: Rafael Devers #13 of the World Team dives as he misses the ball against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Third base is a position of strength in Red Sox system

In addition to Yoan Moncada, three other prospects are showing vast potential and catching eyes.

// Patrick Reed builds two-shot lead at The Barclays

Reed had a fast start and hung on against tough Bethpage Black for a 3-under 68.

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// Eric Berry expected to report to Chiefs Sunday

That would give the All-Pro safety two weeks and one preseason game to prepare for the start of the regular season.

MLB Roundup

// Nationals’ Max Scherzer dominates Orioles in shutout

Washington’s ace threw eight scoreless innings, with 10 strikeouts, in a 4-0 victory over Baltimore Thursday night.

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// Mo Vaughn has high praise for David Ortiz

The former Red Sox slugger, who recently launched his own clothing line, thinks Ortiz is one of Boston’s best athletes ever.

// Lions release former Patriots RB Stevan Ridley

Ridley played for the Jets last season after four seasons in New England.


// Jimmy Garoppolo is preparing as if he’ll start Friday

Garoppolo said he hasn’t been told who the starter will be: “You never know,” he said.

WARREN, VT---July 30, 2016-Globe Staff Photo by Stan Grossfeld-- The swimming hole at Warren Falls in the early morning, before the crowds. .


This formerly secret swimming hole in Vermont is now attracting a crowd

Warren Falls is a series of small, cascading waterfalls surrounded by cliffs, carved rocks, and crystal-clear water.