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Red Sox Notes: Rubby De La Rosa Successfully Navigating Uncharted Waters

Rubby De La Rosa

Rubby De La RosaBOSTON — The Los Angeles Angels brought their brooms to Fenway Park on Thursday.

The Angels completed a four-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 2-0 win. Matt Shoemaker flirted with a no-hitter as the Red Sox’s offense struggled for the 8,000th time — or somewhere around there — this season.

The Red Sox, who have dropped five straight, sit a season-high 15 games under .500 (56-71).

The Seattle…

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Matt Shoemaker Flirts With No-Hitter, Shuts Down Red Sox’s Offense

Matt Shoemaker, Chris Iannetta

Matt Shoemaker, Chris IannettaBOSTON — The Red Sox’s offense has become a dating app. There’s a lot of flirting going on, even if no one’s getting any action at the end of the day.

Matt Shoemaker on Thursday became the latest pitcherto flirt with a no-hitter on the Red Sox’s watch. The right-hander carried a no-no into the seventh inning as the Los Angeles Angels put the finishing touches on a four-game sweep with a 2-0 win…

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Loui Eriksson, Simon Gagne Make Top Boston Bruins Story Lines (Video)

Loui Eriksonn, Trade Possibilities Top Boston Bruins Story Lines (Video)

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins

Winger Jarome Iginla’s departure from the Boston Bruins this offseason is the basis for many of the team’s top story lines going into the 2014-15 season.

Loui Eriksson’s name has been popping up as a possible replacement for Iginla, but the Black and Gold’s depth on the blue line has some thinking that a trade…

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Avery Bradley: Celtics Could Be Playoff Contenders, ‘Make A Lot Of Noise’ (Video)

Avery Bradley: Celtics Could Be Playoff Contenders, ‘Make A Lot Of Noise’

NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ersSaying that the Boston Celtics’ 2013-14 season was bad would be an understatement, but there’s reason to believe that the upcoming season could be a little more promising.

However, Celtics guard Avery Bradley thinks it’ll be promising enough for a playoff run.

While many don’t see the ’14-15 NBA season going thatmuch better for Boston — it’s harder to get worse than 25-57, after all — Bradley…

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Angels Defeat Red Sox 2-0, Complete Four-Game Sweep (Video)

The Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at Fenway Park with a 2-0 win.

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and earned his 12th win of the season.

Boston now has lost five games in a row and will welcome the Seattle Mariners to…

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Yoenis Cespedes Guns Down Josh Hamilton At Home Plate From Left Field (Video)

Yoenis Cespedes

Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton tried to score from second base in the first inning of Thursday night’s game at Fenway Park, but he was thrown out in a spectacular display of defense by Boston Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Howie Kendrick hit a single to left field, and to the surprise of many, the Angels sent Hamilton home. Cespedes displayed his incredible arm strength to…

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Chris Rock Catches Foul Ball At Yankees Game, Gives It To A Kid (Video)

Chris Rock

Sports broadcasts love to show celebrities in the stands, but it’s not very often that they’re doing something other than sitting and enjoying the game.

But the folks over at YES Network managed to capture something special.

Comedian Chris Rock was taking in the New York Yankees-Houston Astros matchup Thursday at Yankee Stadium with actor and fellow Yankees fan Bobby Cannavale when the cameras…

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Yoenis Cespedes Leaves Red Sox’s Game Vs. Angels Due To Personal Matter

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis CespedesBOSTON — Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park before the top of the fourth inning.

Cespedes’ exit was not injury related. He left the game due to a “personal matter,” according to the Red Sox.

Cespedes struck out swinging against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker in his only at-bat of the contest. He also cut down a runner at the…

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Boston Red Sox Front Office Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

Red Sox front office Ice Bucket

The Boston Red Sox had an opportunity to dump buckets of water on their bosses, and they gladly accepted it.

But it was all for a good cause, of course.

The Red Sox front office was nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, and they accepted. The whole crew — including part-owners Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner — took the field before Thursday’s game against the Los…

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Subway Emails Writers To Include Sponsor In Little League World Series Stories

Ryan Howard

Subway boasts many prominent athletes as spokespeople, including speed skater Apolo Ohno and baseball player Mike Trout, but the sandwich chain might need a refresher on how sponsorship works.

After hosting a media availability segment with Ryan Howard at the Little League World Series on Thursday, Subway’s public relations department went into overdrive. A rep for the company began emailing…

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Allen Craig’s Return Could Help Fix Boston Red Sox’s Biggest Deficiency

Allen Craig

Allen CraigBOSTON — The Red Sox on Thursday added a serviceable plug to their leaky offense.

Allen Craig, who suffered a foot injury Aug. 1 in his first game after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, returned from the 15-day disabled list. While Craig won’t singlehandedly halt Boston’s season-long offensive malaise, the slugger’s return could go a long way toward fixing the club’s biggest…

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Mookie Betts Stepping Up Since Latest Boston Red Sox Call-Up (Video)

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox

Mookie Betts got his fourth consecutive start in center field Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, and for good reason.

Since his call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Betts has shown his worth. He’s batting .273 (3-for-11) with a walk, a double and a run scored. And although those…

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Reports: Liverpool Wants Mario Balotelli To Be On Best Behavior, Or Pay Up

Reports: Liverpool Wants Mario Balotelli To Be On Best Behavior, Or Pay Up @NESNSoccer

Mario Balotelli

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli must agree to to be on his best behavior if he wants to play for Liverpool.

Balotelli’s agents and Liverpool negotiators are locked in talks over the Italian striker’s proposed move to Anfield, and the Reds want him to include conduct clauses in his contract, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror and the Guardian.

“It has been spelt out to Raiola exactly what is expected of…

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Patriots Release Defensive Tackle Marcus Forston, Tight End D.J. Williams

Marcus Forston

Marcus ForstonThe New England Patriots’ roster got a little smaller on Thursday.

The team announced that it released defensive tackle Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams. New England now has three roster spots open.

Forston played in three games for the Patriots during the 2013 campaign. The 24-year-old has three total tackles in four career games.

Williams played in two regular-season games for New…

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American League Wild Card Race Heats Up As Regular Season Nears End (Video)

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays

The American League Wild Card race is heating up.

As the MLB’s regular season nears its final month, seven AL teams have their eyes on the two Wild Card spots. As of Thursday’s contests, the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers hold the one and two spots, but the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Toronto…

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