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Without Manny Machado, Orioles will be fodder for Red Sox

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo,Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado throws to first base to make the double play on Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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If he’s traded to the Dodgers as expected, Baltimore will be a weaker team.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_sev11A_spts.jpg Talks between Celtics and Marcus Smart ‘going in the right direction’

A Globe source said the hope is that a multi-year contract will be finalized between the two sides within a week.

Tara Sullivan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-20681.jpg Oh no, it’s that time of year again: the sports doldrums

With most pro sports on hiatus, fans are left in a holding pattern.

Q & A

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/cora79.jpg Alex Cora talks which players have surprised him, releasing Hanley Ramirez, and more

The Red Sox manager took questions from the Globe about his impressions of the season and what the future holds.

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_spursceltics7_spts-10308.jpg What the Kawhi Leonard deal means for the teams involved, Celtics, and NBA as a whole

Leonard going to an Eastern Conference team will re-balance the player talent scales at least a bit.

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in San Antonio. General manager R.C. Buford acknowledges star forward Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the Spurs. He remains optimistic the relationship can be salvaged. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard to Raptors for DeMar DeRozan

The Spurs also sending Danny Green to the Raptors, who are shipping Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick to San Antonio.

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 27: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 27, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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Alex Speier

Where could the Red Sox turn for relief at the trade deadline?

Major league sources suggest the Sox are committed foremost to bolstering their bullpen.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1000967508-20716.jpg For Chris Sale, ‘a nice little tuneup’ and some fun in his All-Star appearance

The Red Sox ace prepared for the second half of the season with a one-inning outing in baseball’s midsummer classic.

Boston, MA--6/24/2018-- Red Sox Mitch Moreland celebrates his two run home run against the Mariners with Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts (L) during the sixth inning at Fenway Park. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

The 12 most memorable moments from the Red Sox’ historic first half

Whittling down Boston’s abundance of successes from the first half wasn’t easy, but here is what we came up with.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox and the American League is introduced before the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Wass - Pool/Getty Images)

AMERICAN LEAGUE 8, NATIONAL LEAGUE 6 (10 innings)

Red Sox enjoy the All-Star Game as the AL outslugs the NL

The teams combined for an All-Star Game-record 10 home runs.

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12, Danny Woodhead #39, and Sebastian Vollmer #76 of the New England Patriots look on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BEN VOLIN|ON FOOTBALL

Former Patriots aren’t worried about team’s current state of affairs

Sebastian Vollmer, Wes Welker, and Rob Ninkovich all downplayed Tom Brady’s absence from voluntary workouts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_patriotsminicamp_sports133.jpg Rob Gronkowski is expected to report to training camp on time

He said last month that he’s “trying to” get a new contract, but it doesn’t look like he’ll hold out in order to do so.

Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts.

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CHAD FINN

Best grand slam, worst take, best hot streak, and other Red Sox superlatives

Here’s a look at the best and worst (and more bests) of what we’ve seen so far this season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/974dbe573381473480d223e98a192a08-974dbe573381473480d223e98a192a08-0.jpg Cornerback Darrelle Revis announces his retirement from the NFL

Revis earned his lone Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2014.

Boston MA 9/30/17 Boston College Eagles AJ Dillon scores a 14 yerd rushing touchdown against Central Michigan Chippewas during first half action at Alumni Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: BC pics Reporter: Julian Benbow

ACC Football

BC’s A.J. Dillon among Doak Walker Award nominees

After rushing for a BC freshman-record 1,589 yards, the 6-foot, 240-pound sophomore will contend for nation’s best running back.

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Justin Thomas of the United States plays a shot during previews to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 18, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

British Open

Will the ball ever stop rolling at Carnoustie?

Parched course will make it hard to keep ball in play.

dan shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Copy%20of%20davis_st228-13_spts.jpg Spoiler alert: Red Sox are still dogged by dismal postseason numbers

The first team to win 68 games before the All-Star break still has everything to prove.

ALL-STAR GAME NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1000942738.jpg Trade talk is heating up for Orioles’ Manny Machado

The Dodgers appear to be the leading contenders for the free-agent-to-be shortstop.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 15: Zach Collins #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers and Guerschon Yabusele #30 of the Boston Celtics fight for a rebound during a quarterfinal game of the 2018 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

An NBA reporter’s observations on summer league, the Celtics, and more

After 10 days in Las Vegas, Adam Himmelsbach examines where the Celtics roster stands.

tour de france

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_17S05U.jpg Geraint Thomas claims first summit finish in 11th stage

Four-time champion Chris Froome moved up to second overall.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/996314042.jpg Three Boston teams named to Forbes World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

The Patriots were the second-ranked NFL team.

sports log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/790921d3364b4d7a8287385aace630cd-790921d3364b4d7a8287385aace630cd-0.jpg Brandin Cooks grabs 5-year, $80m extension

Rams WR has gathered in more than 1,000 yards receiving for three straight seasons

Boston, MA: 6-27-18: Both the crowd and Red Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel erupt after he got a strile out to end the top of the eighth inning,leaving the bases loaded. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Los Angeles Angels for a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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How Craig Kimbrel stacks up against the best Red Sox closers

Kimbrel is in the middle of another impressive season, already recording 30 saves and a 1.77 ERA.

nick cafardo | on baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1000388722.jpg Rob Manfred won’t eliminate one-game sudden-death wild-card game

Baseball commissioner said the system keeps teams in the race until the end of September.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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