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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right), shown during a July 30 practice, was unable to make his scheduled start in Thursday's exhibition game against Chicago after cutting his thumb on a pair of scissors prior to the game.

Pats’ Brady cuts thumb with scissors

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 18, 2016, at 10:33 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed his first scheduled preseason start after reportedly cutting his thumb prior to the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. Brady, slated to miss the first four regular-season games while serving his Deflategate suspension, reportedly cut his thumb on a …
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (left) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa (right) in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against Detroit at Comerica Park. The Tigers won 4-3.

Tigers halt Boston’s 6-game win streak

By Rich Shook, The Sports Xchange on Aug. 18, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
DETROIT — Brad Ausmus was thankful things worked out. The Detroit Tigers’ manager didn’t relish the thought of playing extra innings with his top two run producers out of the game. Ausmus pinch-ran for Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday and was rewarded, …

Sea Dogs earn split with Curve

on Aug. 17, 2016, at 11:07 p.m.
PORTLAND | Aneury Tavarez posted four hits on Wednesday, helping the Portland Sea Dogs split an Eastern League doubleheader against Altoona at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs won the opener 4-3 and the Curve bounced back for a 7-4 win in the nightcap. Portland (46-74) took game one despite …
Sandy Leon (right) of Boston celebrates with Mookie Betts after his fifth-inning, two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox won 8-1.

Red Sox win rain-shortened game in Baltimore

By Pete Warner on Aug. 17, 2016, at 10:56 p.m.
BALTIMORE– Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon both hit two-run homers, and David Price threw six strong innings as the Boston Red Sox scored their sixth straight win with a rain-shortened 8-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. The game was stopped after six innings due to rain …

Patriots’ Butler learning lessons in joint practices

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 17, 2016, at 7:27 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — Cornerback Malcolm Butler is a Super Bowl hero and a Pro Bowler. He is established as New England’s No. 1 left cornerback in just his third season. But the young player continues to take his lumps at times on the practice field. Last week he admitted that …
Mookie Betts (right) celebrates with Boston teammate Xander Bogaerts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox won 5-3.

Betts bashes 2 more homers as Red Sox top O’s

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 16, 2016, at 10:30 p.m.
BALTIMORE — Mookie Betts homered twice Tuesday, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning that gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Boston (66-52) earned its fifth consecutive win and pulled into a tie with Baltimore (66-52) for second place …

Pats’ Gronkowski leaves practice with apparent injury

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 16, 2016, at 10:33 a.m.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pulled up with a possible injury while running a route during Monday’s joint practice with the Chicago Bears. According to ESPN.com, Gronkowski took himself out after going for a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in 7-on-7 drills along the sideline. The severity of …
Cleveland's Chris Gimenez (left) tags out Boston's Travis Shaw (47) at the plate in the third inning of Monday's game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Red Sox won 3-1.

Ortiz, Bradley power Red Sox past Indians

By Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange on Aug. 15, 2016, at 4:48 p.m.
CLEVELAND — There are wins and there are big wins. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said his most recent one was definitely the latter. “This was a big win for us, to come in here and win a low-scoring game against a very good team,” Farrell said after the …

RubberDucks shut out Sea Dogs

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 9:59 p.m.
AKRON, Ohio — The Akron RubberDucks received homers from Jordan Smith and Luigi Rodriguez en route to a 3-0 Eastern League baseball victory over the Portland Sea Dogs at Canal Park. Sunday’s game was delayed 4 hours, 4 minutes at the start, and changed to a single, nine-inning contest rather …

Sports briefs for Aug. 14, 2016

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 14, 2016, at 9:50 p.m.
Kaepernick sits out preseason opener San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not participate in the 49ers’ preseason game against the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday night. The 49ers announced in the hours leading up to the contest that Kaepernick would sit out with a sore right shoulder. Blaine Gabbert, who …

TV, radio sports schedule for Aug. 15, 2016

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 8:43 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at CLEVELAND, 1:10 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), WJJB Portland (96.3 FM), WPEI Portland/Saco (95.9 FM) radio …
Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) connects on a three-run home run, his third home run of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Betts belts three homers for Sox as Porcello wins 16th

By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange on Aug. 14, 2016, at 6:05 p.m.
BOSTON — It didn’t take long for Mookie Betts to have his name mentioned alongside Ted Williams. Betts arrived early at Fenway Park on Sunday to make some tweaks to his swing after going 1-for-8 to start the series, and the result was a three-homer day with a career-high eight …

RubberDucks pound Sea Dogs

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 10:56 p.m.
AKRON, Ohio — Akron second baseman Todd Hankins hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, and the RubberDucks rolled by the Portland Sea Dogs 18-2 in Eastern League baseball action on Friday night at Canal Park in front of a sellout crowd of 7,674 fans. Rob Kaminsky (7-7) beat …

SeaWolves rally past Sea Dogs

on Aug. 11, 2016, at 11:12 p.m.
ERIE, Pennsylvania — The Erie SeaWolves rallied back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring four runs in the final two innings, defeating the Portland Sea Dogs 5-2 Thursday night in an Eastern League baseball game at Jerry Uht Park. Portland dropped two of three in the series, and continues its six-game …
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez greets a fan during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

Yankees rally in eighth, top slumping Sox

By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange on Aug. 11, 2016, at 10:33 p.m.
BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez didn’t exactly go out with a bang, but he produced a key run in his final game at Fenway Park as a member of the New York Yankees on Thursday night. Rodriguez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but his dribbler to the mound in his final …

TV, radio schedule for August 12, 2016

on Aug. 11, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR, XFINITY, qualifying, 6 p.m., USA-TV BASEBALL, LITTLE LEAGUE Midwest Regional semifinal, 11 a.m., ESPN-TV New England Regional semifinal, 1 p.m., ESPN-TV Northwest Regional semifinal, 3 p.m., ESPN-TVStory continues below advertisement. Great Lakes Regional semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN2-TV Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinal, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV West Regional semifinal, 9 …
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is attended to after fouling a ball off of his shin during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees Wednesday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

Five-run 7th lifts Yanks by Red Sox

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 11, 2016, at 12:14 a.m.
BOSTON — Starlin Castro’s two-run double in the seventh inning capped a five-run frame for the New York Yankees in a 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez each slugged solo home runs while Austin Romine, Jacoby Ellsbury and …

TV, radio schedule for August 11, 2016

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
BASEBALL, LITTLE LEAGUE Midwest Regional semifinal, 11 a.m., ESPN-TV New England Regional semifinal, 1 p.m., ESPN-TV Northwest Regional semifinal, 3 p.m., ESPN-TV Great Lakes Regional semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN2-TVStory continues below advertisement. Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinal, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV West Regional semifinal, 9 p.m., ESPN-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE NY YANKEES at …

New owner thrilled to grow baseball in Lowell

By David Willis, The Eagle-Tribune on Aug. 10, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
“Oh my gosh, yes, we plan to stay in Lowell long term,” said Dave Heller.
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly (right) congratulates right fielder Ichiro Suzuki following Suzuki's career 3,000th base hit on a triple in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies Sunday at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

Suzuki joins 3,000-hit club

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 07, 2016, at 7:32 p.m.
Miami Marlins center fielder Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th member of Major League Baseball’s exclusive 3,000-hit club on Sunday after ripping a triple in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. After legging out an infield single on Saturday, Suzuki deposited an offering from Rockies reliever Chris Rusin …