‘Everyone is hungry’: Make no mistake, these Red Sox want more

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox waves to fans as he leaves the field after defeating the New York Yankees to clinch the American League East at Yankee Stadium on September 20, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The Sox were relieved to clinch the division, but they have October on their minds.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JASON SZENES/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9888185ap) Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts swings through for a three run home run in the eighth inning of the MLB game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2018. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, USA - 20 Sep 2018


‘This was goal No. 1:’ Red Sox clinch third straight AL East title

Mookie Betts had a game befitting a Most Valuable Player, driving in five runs as the Red Sox wrapped up the division.


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In three innings of shutout ball, Steven Wright held the Yankees in check when it looked like they were going to sweep the series

Boston, MA: 9-12-18: The Red Sox defeated Toronto 1-0 for their 100th win of the season, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley, Jr. are pictured during the post game victory line. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Red Sox’ road to AL East champs

Here are some memorable moments along the way as the Sox clinched the AL East.

Boston, MA: October 3, 2017: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia waits for his turn in the batting cage. The Boston Red Sox held a practice session at Fenway Park as they prepared for their ALDS series vs the Houston Astros. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

Here is the Red Sox ALDS schedule

The Red Sox begin postseason play on Friday, Oct. 5.

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A look at photos and videos from the locker room champagne celebration.


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Leon had his OPS up to .726 early in July. But it has plunged since, falling to .527.

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McCourty might be in line for more work Sunday night against the Lions.

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Patriots notebook

Rob Gronkowski appears on Patriots report with ankle injury

Gronkowski might have tweaked his ankle during practice this week.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/n0MVyrGg.jpg Mike Tirico is keeping a close eye on Matt Patricia in Detroit

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” host is now a Michigan resident and has a note of caution for the Lions coach.

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Here are the pitching matchups for the three-game series.

Chad Finn

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Yankees/Red Sox radio broadcasters swapped booths in fourth inning of Thursday night’s AL East-clinching win.


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Torey Krug and Noel Acciari joined in for the first time this month, but draft pick Jakub Lauko had to leave the workout after a hit.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper1-22218.jpg ‘It’s a good place for him’: A former teammate of Josh Gordon endorses trade to Patriots

Andrew Hawkins, an NFL receiver for six years and Gordon’s teammate for three, said the “ball all the time” environment here will be good for Gordon.

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The first-year Detroit Lions coach said “we’ve got a huge challenge in front of us,” when discussing Sunday night’s game with the Patriots.


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Alex Cora plans to skip Chris Sale and David Price in the final series against the Yankees to get them lined up for the postseason.

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns runs off the field after a 21-17 win over the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Browns 21, Jets 17

Baker Mayfield helps Browns end long losing streak

The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked Cleveland to its first win since Dec. 24, 2016.

(Bostn, MA, 01/11/16) Boston Herald sports writer Steve Buckley is seen at the Boston Herald on Monday, January 11, 2016. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

Herald columnist Steve Buckley leaving for The Athletic

Buckley, 62, who had been with the newspaper since 1995, latest Boston sports media member to join website.

8.4.3091882606_Sports_08schxaverian Xaverian Brothers High running back Mike Saliba (5) is brought down by Everett High defender Declan Smith (88) during the high school football game in Westwood, Mass., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe)

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Here are 10 games to watch in Week 3 of the high school football season

Three-way threat Mike Sainristil and top-ranked Everett welcome in St. John’s Prep on Saturday aftenoon.

09/20/2018 MILTON, MA Kalel Mullings (cq) (center top) ran drills during a football practice at Milton Academy. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Prep Football

Here’s how the Eastern Mass. prep football teams stack up for 2018

A team-by-team glance at the ISL plus others as the new season gets set to kick off.


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It used to be that athletes didn’t really view prep schools as avenues to Division 1, but that is changing.

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The art of playing libero begins with knowing your opponent

“Reading the ball and reading where the hitter is is extremely hard some,” said Bourne’s Mattison Stuck.

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after making a putt for eagle on the 18th green during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 20, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods tied for lead at Tour Championship

Woods made an eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler.


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FanDuel originally refused to pay a bettor $82,000 after its own booking mistake.

NFL notebook

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All-Pro wide receiver was upset over Pittburgh’s (0-1-1) worst start in five years.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) makes a catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The Steelers won 20-7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Josh Gordon could have an immediate impact in fantasy football

It isn’t DeShone Kizer or Jason Campbell throwing him the ball now — it’s Tom Brady.

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The Eagles cracked the top 25 this week for the first time since 2008.

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The Minutemen return home to face Charlotte after being outscored, 152-58, in three road losses.


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The forward is out for the rest of the preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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