Rusney Castillo brings speed, some pop to Red Sox

Rusney Castillo is known for his speed but also has some pop in his bat. Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

The Red Sox have signed the Cuban defector to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_bosseattle16_spts.jpg Xander Bogaerts says he’s OK

Bogaerts was drilled by a Felix Hernandez pitch, and would later leave the game.

Joe Kelly was the dominant starter Friday, pitching five innings of shutout ball before being forced from the game.

Shoulder worries force Joe Kelly off mound

Kelly outdueled Felix Hernandez before being removed from the game.

Koji Uehara gave up five runs in the ninth inning.

Mariners 5, Red Sox 3

Koji Uehara fails to protect Red Sox’ lead

The reliever gave up five runs in a disastrous ninth inning at Fenway Park.

Tom Brady (right) celebrated after he connected with Shane Vereen for a touchdown in the second quarter.

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Patriots 30, Panthers 7

Tom Brady shines as Patriots rout Panthers

The quarterback completed 17 of 21 passes for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Shane Vereen in the Patriots’ 30-7 victory.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin082214patspantherspreseason_spt35.jpg It's go time for Patriots’ offense

The third preseason game is a good barometer of the team’s progress, and the offense looked stellar.

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Vereen’s versatility came shining through on a night when Bill Belichick gave his starters plenty of action.

Stephen Gostkowski raised his hands in the air after nailing a 60-yard field goal.

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Stephen Gostkowski nails 60-yard field goal

The kick gave New England a 13-0 lead at the break.

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