RED SOX 5, MARINERS 0

Chris Sale strikes out 13, gets Red Sox past Mariners

Boston, MA--6/24/2018-- Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale reacts after striking out Mariners Mike Zunino during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

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His reduced workload has paid off as the lefthander allowed four hits in seven shutout innings to win the finale against Seattle.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_hanley1_spts[1].jpg Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest

A friend of former Red Sox player Hanley Ramirez dropped his name to police, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRedSox13-003.jpg It’s early for wild-card talk, but Red Sox could see Seattle again

Chris Sale’s masterful victory clinched the season series with the Mariners, which would give the Red Sox home field in a wild-card game.

TARA SULLIVAN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/515f1f91271a49d394d15ec0ac6452b0-515f1f91271a49d394d15ec0ac6452b0-0.jpg For the future of US men’s soccer, now comes the hard part

Yes, the American men failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup. But the development of young talent is paramount.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRedSox13-003.jpg Mitch Moreland has tripled his fun this season

The Red Sox first baseman, who homered Sunday, notched his fourth triple of the season on Saturday. Moreland had just three career triples before 2018.

Matt Porter

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin041818BruinsPractice_Spt12.jpg Bruins would do well to re-sign Khudobin

Anton Khudobin wants to stay in Boston. The Bruins want to keep him. But that doesn’t mean it will happen.

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks during a news conference, hursday, June 21, 2018, in Boston, after the team selected Robert Williams of Texas A&M with the 27th pick in the NBA basketball draft. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

How the draft played out was the best possible outcome for the Celtics

The Celtics upgraded with a young center and they kept their considerable assets.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I ON HOCKEY

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Nash and all other free agents are free this coming week to chat contract with all 31 NHL clubs.

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Bruins pick Jakub Lauko: ‘I am one of the biggest steals in the draft’

Selected 77th overall in the third round of the NHL Draft, the Czech forward believes he can travel the fast track to TD Garden.

Boston- 06/23/18- Boston Red Sox vs Seattle Mariners- Mariners Nelson Cruz slides safely into home on a Red Sox fielding error in the 3rd inning on a ball hit by Mariners Ryon Healy. Sox catcher Christian Vazquez takes the late throw.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

MARINERS 7, RED SOX 2

Against Mike Leake, Red Sox bats go from mighty to meek

A day after exploding for 14 runs against the Mariners, the Red Sox were blanked by Leake for eight innings before scoring twice in the ninth.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_redsoxvsseattle_sports137.jpg Red Sox first-round pick Triston Casas gets taste of Fenway

Casas used Christian Vazquez’s bat during batting practice and chatted with J.D. Martinez around the cage.

NHL DRAFT NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/_M5Q8645.jpg Bruins eye increase in speed with Axel Andersson

The Bruins’ top pick is an 18-year-old defenseman who projects as one of the draft’s best skaters.

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The Bruins took Axel Andersson in the second round and Jakub Lauko in the third, and added five players overall.

Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi and his wife, Cassidy. know they are lucky to be alive.

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TARA SULLIVAN

After a horrific accident, Patriot Harvey Langi and his wife made it all the way back

Eight months ago, they nearly lost everything at a Foxborough intersection; now they have a special appreciation for life.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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New York has top prospects it can trade or promote. Boston doesn’t.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_redsoxvsseattle_sports192.jpg Eduardo Rodriguez struggled to locate his cutter and changeup as his win streak is snapped

Facing the Mariners, Rodriguez suffered a rare clunker, lasting just four innings and giving up as many earned runs on seven hits.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/980768452.jpg The 76ers improved, but so did a lot of NBA teams

 Teams are making more sound decisions with the players they bring in.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Boghosian_Patriots13_SPTS.jpg Here’s what’s on the NFL calendar from now until the opening kickoff

Some important dates will affect players and teams.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvsmapleleafs_sports092.jpg How Nick Boynton’s words affected Patrice Bergeron

Boynton revealed that he suffered 8-10 “confirmed concussions” over the course of his playing career.

Boston, MA - 6/24/2018 - Mary Wacera or Kenya raises her hands as she crosses the finish line to win the women's segment of the BAA 10K race in Boston, MA, June 24, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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Mary Wacera and Gabriel Geay notch narrow wins in BAA 10K

Wacera finished in 31:55, and Geay crossed the finish line in 28:24.

Rays 7, Yankees 6

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The rookie’s home run in the 12th inning finished the job.

NASCAR CUP SERIES | Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway

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The reigining NASCAR Cup Series champion recorded his second career victory at the challenging California road course.

Abington defeated Turner Falls in the Division 3 softball championship game.

Here’s who won the spring high school championships

21 state titles were contested in baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and rugby.

MIAA DIVISION 1 BOYS’ LACROSSE | BC HIGH 16, ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 3

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_Lacrosse_23.jpg BC High breaks through, nets its first Division 1 lacrosse title

Maverick Woods and Aiden Carroll scored four goals each for Eagles (20-3) against Acton-Boxborough.

MIAA DIVISION 1 BASEBALL FINAL | NEEDHAM 6, ST. PETER-MARIAN 5 (8 inn).

Needham wins D1 baseball championship with dramatic rally

The Rockets plated four runs in seventh before Alex Luscher ripped a go-ahead double in the eighth to stun St. Peter-Marian.

Japan's Keisuke Honda, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

SENEGAL 2, JAPAN 2

Off the bench, Keisuke Honda scores to give Japan a draw with Senegal

Senegal twice took the lead. Japan tied it up both times.

ENGLAND 6, PANAMA 1

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Harry Kane scored a hat trick to propel England.

Colombia's Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring his side second goal past Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny during the group H match between Poland and Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

COLOMBIA 3, POLAND 0

Radamel Falcao sparks Colombia past Poland Colombia

Radamel Falcao’s first World Cup goal eliminated Poland and kept his team in the running for a spot in the knockout round.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin041418RedSox-Orioles_Spt9-19443.jpg Red Sox’ Hector Velazquez ‘took a lot longer than expected’ to reach majors

Velazquez’s rights were controlled by his Mexican League team — a practice MLB is trying to change.

J.D. Martinez (right) went 4-for-5 Friday.

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Alex Speier

What if the Red Sox hadn’t signed J.D. Martinez?

Martinez has been far superior to the alternatives available to the Red Sox during the last offseason.

Patriots notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_Patriots_6.jpg Malcolm Mitchell, Patrick Chung make youthful connections

Patriots wide receiver and safety were a hit with kids at respective football clinics in Stoneham and Westwood on Saturday.

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/966604032.jpg Here are nine changes that would be good for women’s sports

Let’s start with a name change for the World Cup, and then also consider pregnancy rules, cheerleading teams, and more.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/923975922.jpg Bruins lose out in Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes

The Russian Olympics star agreed to a three-year deal to join the Los Angeles Kings.

SPORTS LOG

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/982398376.jpg Shelby Houlihan wins US outdoor 1,500-meter title

Iowa native unseated seven-time champion Jenny Simpson at the national outdoor track and field championships in Des Moines.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.