Astros employee accused of spying on Red Sox during Game 1 of ALCS

The Indians are believed to have warned the Red Sox to look out for a man taking photographs of their dugout. Security reacted promptly.

Jackie Bradley Jr. launched a grand slam deep to right that gave the Red Sox an 8-2 lead in the eighth inning.

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Once again, Jackie Bradley Jr. makes a statement at the plate

Bradley’s offense long has been an issue for Red Sox Nation, but he’s come through in consecutive games.

Houston TX 10/16/18: Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr. rounds the bases after his grand slam home run in the eighth inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Three of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Red Sox 8, Astros 2

Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox slam Astros in Game 3

Bradley’s grand slam in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox an 8-2 lead.

Celitcs 105, 76ers 87

// The Celtics were hardly perfect, and yet they rolled to a win big anyway

Jayson Tatum led the way with 23 points and Gordon Hayward played his first full game as a Celtic at TD Garden.

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward drove past 76ers forward Ben Simmons during the first quarter.

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Gordon Hayward was the undisputed champ of the Celtics opener

The number that crowned Hayward a winner Tuesday was 24:37. That’s how many minutes he logged.


// This was the first test of the new semester, and the Celtics passed

It was a picturesque performance for a season opener, lots of positives but enough mistakes for Brad Stevens to keep his guys modest and grinding.


// Nathan Eovaldi pitched like he had ice water in his veins

The veteran righthander again delivered just what Boston needed with another playoff win.

Houston TX 10/16/18: Red Sox Steve Pearce is congratulated by teammate Mookie Betts after his solo home run in the sixth inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Three of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

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Journeyman Steve Pearce on his best journey ever: ‘It means everything’

After 12 years of hopping from team to team, it appears Pearce has finally found his baseball home.


// Steve Pearce is looking more and more like a star, and other Game 3 takeaways

The Red Sox utility man has played a leading part in the postseason.


// Chris Sale rejoins Red Sox, status for Game 5 unclear

After spending Sunday night in the hospital with a stomach ailment, the team is waiting to determine if he can pitch Thursday.

Dodgers infielder Cody Bellinger celebrated after driving in the winning run.

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NLCS: Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (13 inn.)

Dodgers win marathon game on Cody Bellinger’s hit

Bellinger’s 13th-inning single allowed Los Angeles to tie the series, 2-2.

// Christian Yelich calls Manny Machado a ‘dirty player’ after benches clear

The shortstop clipped the back leg of Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar during the 10th inning.

Alex Speier

// Dave Dombrowski takes stock of his moves, and non-moves, to get Red Sox in ALCS

Prior to the trade deadline, the Red Sox president of baseball operations executed three moves to address shortcomings.

Celtics notebook

// For the 76ers, there’s a balance to developing Markelle Fultz

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft got his first NBA start Tuesday at TD Garden.

Astros notebook

// With Charlie Morton on the mound, hitters just don’t know what’s coming

The Astros’ Game 4 starter, who hails from Connecticut, had the lowest ERA (3.13) of his 11-year MLB career.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 14: Tremon Smith #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball in the third quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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Patriots’ kickoff coverage is putting their defense in a hole

The Patriots are ranked 30th in the NFL, giving up an average of 27.4 yards per return.

Ben Volin | On Football

// Ex-Patriots are struggling, and other observations around the NFL

Any second-guessing of Bill Belichick’s offseason moves should be quieted after Week 6.

// Mystics’ Kristi Toliver joins Wizards as assistant, becoming the team’s first female coach

Toliver becomes the first woman in franchise history to hold a coaching position and the fourth in NBA history.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach of the Revolution, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

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Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

The Revolution are planning ‘major changes,’ but the coach will stay the same

General manager Michael Burns has given Brad Friedel assurances he will return as coach next year.

// NFL may be easing up on roughing-the-passer penalties

Though there was a spike in calls early on, the league has emphasized to officials to exercise more caution.


// Bruins are making do on defense without Torey Krug

Krug may skate this week but is expected to remain out until November with an ankle injury.

Boston MA 10/16/18 Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has some choice words for referee Ron Garretson against the Philadelphia 76ers during second quarter action at TD Garden. (photo Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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As Celtics open a new season, humility and belief are two important elements

Danny Ainge has high hopes for a group that was one win short of the NBA Finals last season.

// Red Sox coach Carlos Febles interviews for Twins managing job

The Twins are looking for a manager after firing Paul Molitor earlier this month.


// Bills QB Josh Allen to miss at least one game with elbow injury

Buffalo left to choose between Nathan Peterman and Derek Anderson to start against the Colts on Sunday.

US 1, Peru 1

// Josh Sargent scores, US gives up late goal in tie with Peru

Dave Sarachan has given debuts to 22 players in 10 matches since replacing Bruce Arena after the Americans’ loss at Trinidad and Tobago last year


// Bruins hope Joakim Nordstrom can add a spark to second line

For now, Bruce Cassidy likes what he sees of Nordstrom skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

17gsoccnotes -- Danvers junior goalie Kylie MacCormack (left) and her sister Sam, a freshman keeper at Austin Prep, are key cogs in two of the Globe's Top 20 girls soccer teams. (Matt MacCormick)

Matt MacCormick


MacCormack sisters are tough to beat in net

Danvers junior Kylie and Austin Prep freshman Sam have their teams headed to the state tournament.


Devon Breen saves tourney berth for Watertown boys’ soccer

Senior Ruben Sara scored a pair of goals and added an assist before halftime for Watertown (9-5)


// Kevin Harlan, on the call for the devastating injury, is eager to see Gordon Hayward make his return

“It will be great to see him out there again,” the longtime broadcaster said.

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