When Chaim Bloom Expects Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez To Be Ready

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The Red Sox knew going into the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season that they’d be without Chris Sale due to Tommy John surgery.

But Boston was thrown a curveball when Eduardo Rodriguez contracted COVID-19 and dealt with myocarditis as a result.

But come 2021, they both should be on the mound.

Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom spoke to reporters after the Red Sox traded Josh Osich and Kevin Pillar ahead of Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

“I think the timing with Chris with typical Tommy John rehab it’s probably going to put him, I would guess, beyond Opening Day and it’s not something we want to rush,” he told reporters on Zoom. “We have to respond to how the player’s doing. You can’t rush that type of rehab. Chris is a bulldog, so competitive and he is going to, I’m sure, be pushing timetables every step of the way. But we’re going to make sure we take care of him for the long haul.”

As for Rodriguez, Bloom seemed optimistic the southpaw will be good to go come 2021.

“We still need to see this through, this period of rest that he’s in,” he said. “But we have every expectation that he’s going to be ready to go.”

It certainly will boost the Red Sox’s starting rotation with those two on the mound every five days.

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Darwinzon Hernandez Injury: Red Sox Place Reliever On IL With Sprained SC Joint

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The Red Sox will be without Darwinzon Hernandez’s arm for a bit.

Boston on Monday placed the southpaw on the injured list, per manager Ron Roenicke, after he was diagnosed with a sprained SC joint in his throwing shoulder.

“That SC joint, there’s some inflammation there,” Roenicke said in a video call with reporters before Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. “(Team doctors) checked him out, and they were trying to decide on whether to just rest him for a few days or IL him. So, the decision was to IL him and give himself a little more chance to rest before we get him going again.

That said, Roenicke does not anticipate the issue will be long-term. But it appears to be something Hernandez has been coping with for a while.

“It shouldn’t be (a long-term issue),” he added. “We’re obviously taking care of him and making sure we do everything right with him. He’s felt this, but he hasn’t really told anybody that it’s an issue. So when he’s pitching, he doesn’t feel it. He feels it maybe a little bit the next day, but he hasn’t felt it while pitching.”

Utilityman Yairo Munoz, left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham and right-handed pitcher Robinson Leyer have been called up from Providence to help fill the holes left by Hernandez as well as traded players Kevin Pillar and Josh Osich.

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Bruins Sticking With Same Defensive Pairs In Game 5 Vs. Lightning

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The Boston Bruins have their backs against the wall.

Boston is staring at a 3-1 series deficit in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Game 5 set to kick off Monday night.

The B’s are rolling with the same defensive pairs as they dealt out for Game 4 as they look to extend their season.

For more on the matchup, check out the video above from “Bruins Face-Off Live,” presented by EchoStor Technologies.

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Chaim Bloom Says Red Sox Want Jackie Bradley Jr. ‘For A Long Time’

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Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the few remaining staples from the 2018 World Series champion squad who is still a member of the Boston Red Sox.

And as Major League Baseball’s Monday trade deadline came and went, it looks like the team wants to keep him a constant amid all the organization’s other changes.

In a Zoom conference ahead of the Red Sox opening game of their series against the Atlanta Braves, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom spoke to why the centerfielder is so valuable to them.

“We love Jackie,” Bloom said after the trade deadline Monday. “That shouldn’t be news. He’s been here for a long time, he means an enormous amount to this organization. For me personally, having not known him as long, I’ve still just come to regard him so highly and see what an incredible person he is. We know he’s a good player. We’d love to have him here for a long time. That was the case months ago, it was the case yesterday, it was the case today.

“That’s how we’ve always felt about Jackie.”

This year for Boston, Bradley is slashing a .242 batting average, .303 on base percentage and .343 slugging percentage after appearing in 30 games this season.

The Red Sox made a number of moves, notably trading away bright spots on their season like Mitch Moreland and Kevin Pillar, and just before the deadline dealt reliever Josh Osich.

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NESN Launches Free-To-Play Predictive Gaming For Select Red Sox Telecasts

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BOSTON (August 31, 2020) – New England Sports Network (NESN) today announced a new way to engage with the Red Sox broadcast with the introduction of a free-to-play predictive game. The game will be incorporated into the NESN telecast several times a week for the remainder of the 2020 Red Sox schedule. The game, titled Predict the Game, will include multiple questions displayed on-screen throughout the broadcast, prompting fans to cast their votes for various predictive questions online while watching the Red Sox matchups. The initiative begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. when the Red Sox host the Braves at Fenway Park.

The game will cover a variety of topical questions related to the broadcast, including statistical queries, and questions tied to game results and player performance. Predict the Game will be displayed on-screen periodically during the live game coverage, and viewers will answer the questions on their mobile phone or laptop. A select number of questions will be displayed on-screen during the broadcast and additional questions will be posted exclusively online. 

Fans can log on to create an account and play at NESN.com/PredicttheGame. Points will be awarded within the game for making accurate selections.  The top scorer at the end of each telecast will win a digital cash gift card prize. The following upcoming Red Sox games will include Predict the Game:

Tonight, Monday August 31: Red Sox vs. Braves at 7:30 p.m.Tomorrow, Tuesday September 1: Red Sox vs. Braves at 7:30 p.m.Thursday, September 4: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays at 7:30 p.m.

Follow along at NESN.com, the NESN app, and on social media to get more information on the upcoming Red Sox games that will feature Predict the Game.
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Red Sox Vs. Braves Lineups: Alex Verdugo Leads Off, J.D. Martinez Sits

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The Red Sox look to make it three straight wins for the second time this season when they welcome the Braves to Fenway Park on Monday night.

Boston is coming off a 9-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, while Atlanta hopes to make it two straight victories.

J.D. Martinez will not the in the Red Sox’s lineup after he exited Sunday’s win when he got on the wrist by a pitch.

Bobby Dalbec reamins in the starting nine after making the most of his Major League Debut a day prior by hitting a home run for his first career hit.

Colten Brewer toes the rubber for Boston in search of his first win this season. He’ll oppose the undefeated Max Fried.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

BOSTON RED SOX (12-22)Alex Verdugo, LFChristian Vazquez, CRafael Devers, 3BXander Bogaerts, SSMichael Chavis, 1BBobby Dalbec, DHJackie Bradley Jr., CFJonathan Araúz, 2BJosé Peraza, LF

Colten Brewer, RHP (0-2, 4.57 ERA)

ATLANTA BRAVES (19-14)Dansby Swanson, SSFreddie Freeman, 1BMarcell Ozuna, DHNick Markakis, LFAustin Riley, 3BAdam Duvall, RFJohan Camargo, 2BTyler Flowers, CEnder Inciarte, CF

Max Fried, LHP (5-0, 1.35 ERA)

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Nine Takeaways From Patriots Training Camp After Final Open Practice

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New England Patriots training camp officially wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots will continue to practice as their Sept. 13 season opener approaches, but reporters no longer will be permitted to watch and chronicle those sessions.

The team’s 12 open practices taught us plenty about the 2020 Patriots, though. Here are our nine takeaways from Pats camp:

1. Cam Newton will be the Patriots’ starting quarterbackHead coach Bill Belichick has yet to officially announce Newton as Tom Brady’s successor, but that’s a foregone conclusion at this point. The Patriots’ QB competition — a legitimate battle at the outset of camp — effectively ended when Jarrett Stidham suffered an injury Aug. 20. From then on, Newton commanded the majority of QB reps in every practice, with Stidham taking a backseat to both him and Brian Hoyer. Assuming he returns to the field quickly after his excused absence from Monday’s practice, expect to see Newton behind center in Week 1.

2. Damien Harris is a breakout candidateHarris, who essentially redshirted as a rookie, was one of the top performers in camp and could open the season as New England’s lead back. That’s far from a guarantee, though, as Sony Michel has looked quick and decisive since coming off the physically unable to perform list last week. Veteran Lamar Miller also was activated off PUP on Monday after missing all of training camp.

3. Tight end remains a question markThird-round draft picks Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene both have shown potential as well-rounded tight ends, but neither looked like the unquestioned No. 1 option in camp. Nor did incumbent Ryan Izzo, though the 2018 seventh-rounder likely did enough to stick on the roster for another season. Tight end was a black hole for New England in 2019. This group really could use a proven veteran to hold down the fort while Asiasi and Keene settle in. A late trade or waiver-wire pickup remains a possibility.

4. Tackle depth is suspectOffensive tackle is another position that could benefit from some outside reinforcements. Jermaine Eluemunor looks poised to start at right tackle — a position he hasn’t played since college — and Yodny Cajuste, Korey Cunningham and Justin Herron haven’t looked like desirable swing tackle candidates. Rookie Mike Onwenu could factor into that equation, as well, and he hasn’t played tackle since high school. Isaiah Wynn is the locked-in starter on the left side, but he’s played in just eight games in his two NFL seasons and didn’t practice Monday. The depth here is perilously thin.

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5. The Patriots need N’Keal Harry to produceGunner Olszewski looked like the second-best Patriots receiver in training camp. While that’s great for Olszewski, who almost certainly will be on the 53-man roster when it’s finalized this Saturday, it’s not an ideal sign for New England’s receiving corps as a whole. The Patriots desperately need improvement from Nos. 2/3 wideouts N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu after eschewing big-name additions in free agency and the draft. Harry, who’s coming off a disappointing rookie season as a first-round draft pick, showed flashes of brilliance in camp but also missed three practices and lacked overall consistency. For the Patriots’ offense to thrive in the post-Brady era, Julian Edelman cannot be the team’s only reliable wideout.

6. Rookies should play key roles on defenseKyle Dugger appears to be in the mix for a starting spot at safety. Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings should see considerable playing time at linebacker — Uche especially. Expect to see a lot of new or inexperienced faces in a defense that lost Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Patrick Chung, Danny Shelton, Duron Harmon and Elandon Roberts this offseason. Chase Winovich, Derek Rivers, Shilique Calhoun, Byron Cowart and Joejuan Williams all could see expanded roles, as well.

7. Unanswered questions at safetyWho replaces Chung? Who replaces Harmon? We still don’t know for certain, as injuries to Dugger, Adrian Phillips and starting free safety Devin McCourty have clouded this roster battle. Dugger recently returned to full participation, but Phillips has not taken part in team drills since the first week of camp. Terrence Brooks has stayed healthy and had a nice summer, and cornerbacks Williams and Jonathan Jones both have the versatility to play safety, too. Expect to see a lot of moving parts on the back end.

8. Justin Rohrwasser looks like a whiffNo Patriots player looked more overmatched in training camp than Rohrwasser, who converted just four of his 11 field-goal attempts over the final two practices. It would be a major upset if New England chose to roster the fifth-round rookie over veteran Nick Folk, who was solid for the Patriots in 2019 and has looked far more capable than Rohrwasser since re-signing last weekend.

9. The UDFA streak could endAt least one undrafted rookie has made New England’s initial 53-man roster in each of the last 16 seasons. That run could be over. Running back J.J. Taylor was one of the top-performing UDFAs in camp, but his chances of making the team took a significant hit when Miller was activated. Cornerback Myles Bryant was another, but he’s part of the Patriots’ deepest position group. Intriguing wideout Jeff Thomas was a popular roster pick earlier in the summer, but he missed a good chunk of camp and hasn’t shown much in practice. Neither have defensive tackle Bill Murray or linebacker Scoota Harris. The lack of preseason games has made it especially difficult for undrafted players to stand out this summer. We expect many of these rookies to populate New England’s expanded practice squad.

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Bruce Cassidy Adds Perspective As Bruins Face Elimination Vs. Lightning

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The Bruins have been down this road before.

Some times, they’ve succeeded. Other times, they’ve failed.

But Boston’s veteran-laden core nevertheless has faced many situations involving immense pressure in the past. As such, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy expects his team to put its best foot forward Monday night in Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bruins enter the contest trailing the Lightning 3-1 in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series and therefore must win to remain inside the Toronto bubble.

“We were in this building last year, in the same dressing room we were in tonight, facing a Game 6 against the (Maple) Leafs that we had to win or we were done,” Cassidy told reporters Monday during a pregame video conference, reflecting on Boston’s first-round series win over Toronto last postseason. “I think our guys overcame an early deficit and played really well. They’ve been through it. They know what it takes.

“Are they capable of delivering tonight? It’s going to take everybody. But yes, to answer your question, our guys have been there and have overcome in the past. Every year is a different year, different animal, different group of people in the room, different circumstances and clearly this year is no different. To answer your question, I don’t think our guys are afraid of the moment at all tonight. The question becomes: Are we going to execute well enough, better than Tampa? Have more will than Tampa and do enough to win?”

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The Bruins ultimately suffered the agony of defeat in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last season, losing to the St. Louis Blues in a winner-take-all showdown at TD Garden.

Monday’s Game 5 doesn’t quite match that game in terms of magnitude, but the Bruins are well aware they now need to win three straight after losing three straight to the Lightning. If not, they’ll head home for the offseason, wondering what could have been and what next season’s roster will look like.

“Obviously, this game is not as big of stakes as that one (against the Blues). But in other ways, it is comparable because if we lose, we don’t get a chance at the Cup,” Cassidy said before Game 5. “We’re a long way from that. So, our mindset is a little more has to be, ‘Let’s just play for one another, the group that’s in there.’ And worry about kind of where you are going down the road. So, enjoy each other’s company tonight. Be grateful for having great teammates and keep the teammates together for an opportunity for a Game 6.”

The winner of the Bruins-Lightning series will face the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Islanders series for the chance to play in this year’s Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins certainly have their work cut out for them — as do the Flyers, who trail their series 3-1 — but don’t expect Boston to just roll over for Tampa Bay.

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Heat Vs. Bucks Live Stream: Watch NBA Playoffs Game 1 Online

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Two beasts in the East will open a second-round NBA Playoffs series Monday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat will collide in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Both teams made quick work of their first-round opponents. The Heat swept the Indiana Pacers, while the top-seeded Bucks only needed five games to move past the Orlando Magic.

The sides last met during the seeding round. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. claimed a 130-116 win back on Aug. 6, but Miami was without Jimmy Butler in that contest.

Here’s how to watch Heat vs. Bucks online and on TV:

When: Monday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. ETTV: TNTLive Stream: TNT
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Play NESN’s ‘Predict The Game’ During Red Sox-Braves For Your Chance To Win Cash Prize

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NESN is giving you another chance to win while watching the Red Sox from the comfort of your home.

NESN will debut its new free-to-play predictive game, “NESN Predict the Game,” on Monday night as the Sox open a series against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park.

Red Sox fans can go to NESN.com/PredictTheGame to sign up and play along as they watch Monday night’s telecast on NESN. At different points during the game, game-related questions will be displayed on screen for viewers to answer online while playing along. In addition to the on-screen questions, there will be even more to answer online, and the more questions you answer, the better chance you have to win.

Here’s the thing: The better you do as the game goes on, the better chance you to have to win. Points for correct answers increase as the game goes on, giving you your chance to do your best David Ortiz impression and come up clutch when it matters most.

If you can outwit and outlast your fellow competitors and win Monday night’s contest, you’ll walk away with a $250 digital cash gift card. Not a bad payout for a night of watching the Red Sox on NESN.

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