PETER ABRAHAM

Breaking down a possible Red Sox playoff roster

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Manager John Farrell #53 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout during the third inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 15, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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John Farrell acknowledged that the team could keep 12 pitchers and go with a three-man bench.

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Aaron Hernandez suffered from advanced Stage 3 CTE, said experts at Boston University who examined his brain.

Boston-09/21/17- Boston Bruins vs Flyers-preseason- Bruins Kenny Agostino scores the winning goal in overtime to slip the puck past Flyers goalie Alex Lyon on a breakaway. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

BRUINS 2, FLYERS 1

Agostino’s goal in OT leads Bruins past Flyers

Agostino scored on a breakaway at 3:20 of the extra session after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/DKRecnZVoAAXa-C.jpg Malcolm Butler says, ‘I’ve just got to keep grinding’

The Patriots cornerback didn’t shed much light on his benching last week but is preparing as if he’ll start this week.

Boston, MA: September 21, 2017: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is pictured at the Celtics Nike jersey release event held at the Committee restaurant on Northern Avenue. He was having some fun trying to imitate and get a reaction from a human mannequin (left), who was posing in his new number 11 jersey at the event. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Kyrie Irving ready to start down new road with Celtics

The star point guard is getting to know his teammates and neighborhood as training camp approaches.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d1382cf06be64effbe3ad8fb501d3d1a-d1382cf06be64effbe3ad8fb501d3d1a-0.jpg Marcus Cannon remains questionable for Texans game

Rex Burkhead and Vincent Valentine were the only two absences from the Patriots practice on Thursday.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/02bebde160cd452a93dcb74bbb1ebfea-02bebde160cd452a93dcb74bbb1ebfea-0.jpg Here’s how Chris Sale became a 300-strikeout pitcher

The rarity of the feat created giddiness, yet also spawned appreciation for the body of work that led to 300 strikeouts in one season.

Boston, MA - 7/19/2017 - (9th inning) Sox outfielders Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Mookie Betts perform their celebration dance in the outfield after the 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in the third of a four game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 20Red Sox-Blue Jays, LOID: 8.3.3111344824.

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Likes and dislikes about the playoff-bound Red Sox

Taking stock of the good, the bad, and the ugly as the Sox head into the final 10 regular-season games.

NBA players Markieff, left, and Marcus Morris arrive at Superior Court for the second day of their aggravated assault trial, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The twins, along with Gerald Bowman, are charged with assaulting Erik Hood outside a recreation center in 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Celtics keeping an eye on Marcus Morris’s trial

Morris and his twin brother Markieff are on trial in Phoenix for aggravated assault.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The Red Sox-Reds series is one that Benintendi’s family and friends have been looking forward to.

RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JalenBeeks1.jpg Red Sox minor league season wrapup

One year has featured a dramatic landscape change in the Red Sox farm system.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/850327044.jpg Was it really necessary to let Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning?

With a 9-0 victory well in hand, the Red Sox shouldn’t have allowed their ace to strain into the eighth for his 300th strikeout.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/825709886.jpg Red Sox playoff tickets go on sale Friday

Tickets for possible wild card or division series games at Fenway Park range from $50 to $195.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/186402046.jpg Here’s the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason schedule

The Red Sox have clinched at least a wild-card spot for the 2017 postseason.

RED SOX 9, ORIOLES 0

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Chris Sale struck out 13 Orioles without walking a single batter, and Red Sox clinched a postseason berth when the Indians defeated the Angels.

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) is helped off the ice during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Bruins won’t have Torey Krug at start of season

The defenseman has a fractured jaw and will be reevaluated in three weeks.

BC AT CLEMSON | SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M. (ESPN2)

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The buzz is growing over the defending national champions’ strength (but don’t try telling their coach).

Rams 41, 49ers 39

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/851083564.jpg Jared Goff, Todd Gurley propel Rams over 49ers

Goff threw for three touchdowns and Gurley scored three more in another big offensive performance for Los Angeles.

22bobo - Belmont Hill receiver Jake Bobo (Brian Mullaney)

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2017 PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Jake Bobo gives Belmont Hill the upper hand

Coverage of the 6-foot-4-inch, Duke-bound senior wideout will pose a tall task for opposing ISL defenses this season.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICKS | CRAIG LARSON

Craig Larson’s Week 3 picks

The Globe’s high school sports editor takes his shot at picking the best matchups in Week 3.

FANTASY FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/94bb6b8e1d284e5eb946886dffc9ca33-94bb6b8e1d284e5eb946886dffc9ca33-12977.jpg Good matchups for Cam Newton and DeVante Parker

The Panthers quarterback and Dolphins receiver are in position to rack up fantasy points.

THE BETTOR’S EDGE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/4efd1dd6df244b02a6cf4cfa31a5c044-4efd1dd6df244b02a6cf4cfa31a5c044-0.jpg Look for some home underdogs to show a little bite

The Bills, Lions, and Chargers are getting points at home, and could be worth a play.

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2017 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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ISM CONNECT 300 | SUNDAY, 2 P.M. (NBCSN)

Martin Truex Jr. looking for a Loudon breakthrough

The points leader hopes to change his luck at the New Hampshire track in the NASCAR playoffs this weekend.

THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/850780766.jpg Kyle Stanley, Jordan Spieth open strong at East Lake

The No. 1-seeded Spieth fired a first-round 67 to stay on track to grab the FedEx Cup’s $10 million bonus.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-13020.jpg Bill Belichick’s coaching tree remains fruitless

Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O’Brien haven’t matched their mentor’s success, but they also didn’t have the NFL’s greatest quarterback.

CHAD FINN I SPORTS MEDIA

Search for Bruins’ radio voice continues

With more than 200 candidates applying for the position, it’s been a process just to narrow the field.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tibetplayer-12972.jpg Red Sox first MLB team to sign player from Tibet

Catcher Qiang Ba Ren Zeng is 16 and is a product of Major League Baseball’s academy in Nanjing, China.

Boston, MA: September 19, 2017: The Bruins Austin Czarnik was hit from behind in the second period and ended up in the Detroit net behind goalie Jared Coreau. Czarnik was awarded a penalty shot, which he converted to put Boston ahead 3-0. The Boston Bruins hosted the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL pre season hockey game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Right now, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has a lot to choose from

Several candidates for forward spots have gotten off to impressive starts in the preseason.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_soxrays11_spts.jpg Eduardo Nunez still has discomfort in right knee

If he does return this weekend, it will likely be only to pinch hit.

CHAD FINN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_yanksox1_spts.jpg Do Red Sox fans actually want to see David Price fail?

The opinions expressed by some fans seem to be unfair, not to mention irrational.