WASHINGTON (AP) - David Ortiz took on a new role this weekend, managing a team of minor leaguers at the All-Star Futures Game in Washington. The ever-popular Big Papi drew the loudest ovation during pregame introductions at Nationals Park. The retired Red Sox great still works for his former team.
BOSTON (AP) - Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs along with Brock Holt, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday to enter the All-Star break with their best record since 1949. It was the 12th win in 13 games for the AL East-leading Red Sox (68-30), who own the major league's best record.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Morgan Tuck had 15 points on Sunday night and the Connecticut Sun pulled even in the WNBA standings with the Minnesota Lynx with an 83-64 win. The Sun (12-10) scored 13 straight points to lead 75-48 and had their largest lead at 82-51 with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter. Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with 12 points and eight rebounds. The teams are tied for seventh in the playoff standings and would be the last two teams in as it currently stands.
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. is feeling confident after his most dominant performance this season. That's understandable, considering the defending Cup Series champion and his Furniture Row Racing team are slightly ahead of last season's pace, with signs of even better things to come. Truex got his fourth victory of the season and third in his past six races, maintaining his third-place position in the series standings.
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez had to leave Saturday's game in the sixth inning after tumbling over Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr. attempting to cover first on a grounder. Rodriguez, off to his third straight scoreless start, got to the bag at nearly the same time as Gurriel with one out in the inning and fell after his left leg hit the player's helmet as he was diving in headfirst when first baseman Blake Swihart's throw sailed wildly past the bag.
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is serious about every swing he takes, even in batting practice. He has the tape to prove it. The 30-year-old All-Star has been recording his BP swings since 2015 on a personal iPad, and he reviews the footage before every game. At first, teammates laughed at the practice, but not anymore. Martinez says he's "not a natural hitter" but "a trained hitter." He credits his success to meticulous preparation that amazes even the hardest-working major leaguers.
(AP) - NBC Sports is going with an all-analyst lineup headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr. The network will use three analysts in the broadcast booth for next week's NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Chris Pontius scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the 93rd minute, and the 10-man the Los Angeles Galaxy rallied with two stoppage-time goals to beat the 10-man New England Revolution 3-2. Dave Romney made it 2-all for the Galaxy with a header to finish Romain Alessandrini's corner in the 92nd minute.
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