ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 yesterday. Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning. After Mike Napoli hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, Yoenis Cespedes got the Red Sox even at 3-3 with an RBI single off Steve Geltz in the eighth.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup yesterday for the second straight game because of concussion-like symptoms. Red Sox manager John Farrell says Pedroia is feeling a little better, but still experiencing symptoms. Farrell is not optimistic about Pedroia playing in a three-game series with the New York Yankees that begins tonight.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he will play in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Gronkowski didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Logan Mankins says he was a little surprised by the trade that sent him from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs acquired the six-time Pro Bowl guard in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round draft choice.
NORTON, Mass. (AP) - Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 yesterday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick. Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world's Number 1 player. Of far greater importance was winning this FedEx Cup playoff event, and he got it done with a bogey-free final round.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston College doesn't have a player who can replace Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams. So the Eagles will rotate three players at running back. Quarterback Tyler Murphy can carry the ball, too. Murphy was the leading rusher in BC's season-opening victory over UMass on Saturday.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Boston (J.Kelly 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Greene 4-1), 7:05 p.m.
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