RED SOX 5, RAYS 2

Fast start helps Red Sox run away from Rays

Boston, MA - 8/18/2018 - (7th inning) The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of a 3 game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 19Red Sox-Rays, LOID: 8.4.2848465588.

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Boston used some aggressive base running to score four in the first inning, then David Price handled the rest.

RAYS AT RED SOX|1:05 p.m., NESN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRedSox15.jpg Hector Velazquez has excelled for Red Sox since a rocky debut in 2017

The righthander is is 10-0 with a 2.32 ERA in 42 games since getting knocked around in his first major league appearance.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_redsoxvsseattle_sports192.jpg Red Sox pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright nearing returns

Rodriguez will pitch Monday with Portland while Wright is close to going on a rehab assignment.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1015676048.jpg Lesson learned? Red Sox should have given Chris Sale more time

Sale’s return to the DL — after just one start — shows how careful the team has to be before running him back out there.

Boston, MA - 8/18/2018 - (7th inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) in the dugout after it was announced today that he would be spending another stint on the 10 day disabled list. The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of a 3 game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 19Red Sox-Rays, LOID: 8.4.2848465588.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox put Chris Sale back on DL after feeling discomfort

It’s the second time in a month the lefthander has been sidelined by what the team says is “mild” shoulder inflammation.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1016329744.jpg Let’s size up the Red Sox’ playoffs competition

What are the strengths and areas of vulnerability of the playoff contenders the Red Sox might face in October?

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia watches players stretch as quarterback Matthew Stafford looks on during NFL football practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Napa, Calif. The Oakland Raiders and the Lions held a joint practice before their upcoming preseason game on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

What we learned by watching the Lions and Titans practice

While the Lions require media to watch in a designated area, the Titans allow reporters to watch all of practice from the sidelines.

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/951305948.jpg Here’s what coach Nate McMillan is expecting from the Pacers this season

The Pacers have a chance for a top-four seed, and could even push the Celtics and 76ers for the top seed.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

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The rookie’s 2017-18 season was cut short by a shoulder injury on Jan. 30.

Tennessee Titans defensive back Malcolm Butler runs a drill during NFL football training camp Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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BEN VOLIN | On Football

Malcolm Butler has moved on, from the Patriots and his Super Bowl benching

The cornerback signed a life-changing contract — five years, $61.2 million — with the Titans in March.

JIM MCBRIDE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiPatriots03-21138.jpg Where do the Patriots’ positional battles stand halfway through the preseason?

The roster is beginning to sort itself out with two more preseason games to go.

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The loss of the lineman — the team’s first draft pick this year —reshuffles the depth at tackle.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b472e28acdab43a9a4a651b95e852918-b472e28acdab43a9a4a651b95e852918-0.jpg That Jackie Bradley catch? Here’s how he did it without getting hurt

The Red Sox center fielder also explained why Kevin Kiermaier’s effort on a ball he just missed was also a display of elite defensive skills.

This is an image of Boston Globe sports page from Monday, October 7, 1974, featuring Ray Fitzgerald column.

Bob Ryan

Remembering once more the late, great Ray Fitzgerald

There was never a more decent, honorable, literate, or witty sports columnist in this town.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin071418RedSox-BlueJays_Spt19.jpg Red Sox’ dominance of division rivals reaching historic levels

The Sox are 10-1 against AL East opponents this month, and 43-15 against them this season.

Sam Mikulak celebrates after competing on the parallel bars at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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US Gymnastics Championships

Sam Mikulak recaptures US Gymnastics senior men’s title

Derailed by an Achilles injury last year, Mikulak, 25, claimed his fifth senior men’s crown.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_081718_gymfri16c_spts.jpg When it comes to injuries, gymnasts don’t want to hurt their chances

Ragan Smith shrugs off pain as part of a gymnast’s life, and doesn’t actually know how many broken toes she has now.

US gymnastics championships notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/USgymSaturday.jpg Junior trio jump through hoops to share gold

Isaiah Drake, Fuzzy Benas, and Justin Ah Chow finished with the same winning score in the 15-and-16-year-old division.

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was frank in his assessment of NFL quarterbacks in a recent GQ interview.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Like Jalen Ramsey, more athletes should tell us how they really feel

There are few professions where you have to choose your words as carefully.

NFL NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/870876cafb124e39bf643a642e9a16af-870876cafb124e39bf643a642e9a16af-0.jpg Josh Gordon back with Cleveland Browns

The former Pro Bowl wide receiver has battled drug and alcohol dependence for much of his life.

WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1018909952.jpg Brandt Snedeker takes a one-shot lead into final round at Wyndham

He turned in a 2-under 68 in the rain-delayed third round to maintain lead over Brian Gay and David Hearn.

NASCAR | Bristol Motor Speedway

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1019054842.jpg Kurt Busch returns to Victory Lane at Bristol

He snapped 58-race winless streak with his sixth career victory at Bristol’s bullring.

Boston MA 8/17/18 Simone Biles on the floor exercise during the US senior women's competition at US Gymnastics at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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US Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles shows how it’s done at US Gymnastics Championships

At TD Garden, Biles became first gymnast to break the 60-point barrier since the 2016 Rio Games

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/533b621a54bc4d568f483623f925ead1-533b621a54bc4d568f483623f925ead1-21223.jpg A WNBA All-Star and a full-time ESPN analyst, nothing can stop Chiney Ogwumike

The Connecticut Sun forward decided to use her platform to try to inspire young women who haven’t the same opportunity to compete.

US GYMNASTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/2016-08-09T214944Z_83380176_RIOEC891OMVO0_RTRMADP_3_OLYMPICS-RIO-AGYMNASTICS-W-TEAM.jpg At 18, Laurie Hernandez has seen the world

After two-year break, Rio medalist making her way back to competitive gymnastics

EVERETT, 8/17/2018 - Conditioning drills on the first day of drills under coach Theluxon Pierre at perennial power Everett High, replacing former coach John DiBiaso after 27 years. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, capen)

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL | DAY 1

Observations from Day 1 of high school football conditioning

At King Philip in Wrentham, there were more questions than answers for the two-time Super Bowl champions

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/PawSox102.jpg The Sox moving top farm team from Pawtucket to Worcester

PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino will work with the same partner on the new Worcester stadium as he had for the construction of Camden Yards and renovations to Fenway Park.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/tlumacki_larrylucchinomccoystadium_business110.jpg Here’s how the PawSox’ move to Worcester helps their farm system

Though Red Sox players had few complaints about the facilities at Pawtucket, the organization wanted to modernize the experience for top minor leaguers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_Worcester_05.jpg Here’s a look at the renderings of the Triple A Red Sox ballpark in Worcester

The new ballpark will be called Polar Park.

Sports log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/SOC-USA-NORWAY%205-256503.jpg History calls: All-female TV crew at Revolution game

It’s believed to be the first all-female trio to call a game among the top five men’s professional leagues