Let’s size up the Red Sox’ playoffs competition

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 13: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians singles to drive in a run in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 13, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Indians won 10-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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What are the strengths and areas of vulnerability of the playoff contenders the Red Sox might face in October?

Alex Speier

// That Jackie Bradley catch? Here’s how he did it without getting hurt

The Red Sox center fielder also explained why Kevin Kiermaier’s effort on a ball he just missed was also a display of elite defensive skills.

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 11: Starting pitcher David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles during game one of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 11, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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David Price looks to keep the good times rolling for Red Sox

Lefthander David Price hasn’t lost a start since July 1.

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia watches players stretch as quarterback Matthew Stafford looks on during NFL football practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Napa, Calif. The Oakland Raiders and the Lions held a joint practice before their upcoming preseason game on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)



What we learned by watching the Lions and Titans practice

While the Lions require media to watch in a designated area, the Titans allow reporters to watch all of practice from the sidelines.

Boston, MA - 8/17/2018 - (6th inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson (61) pitching in the sixth inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of a 3 game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 18Red Sox-Rays, LOID: 8.4.2857387735.


Brian Johnson delivers again for Red Sox after a rough start

After allowing three runs in the first, he held down the Rays while Xander Bogaerts sparked the Red Sox comeback.


// Where do the Patriots’ positional battles stand halfway through the preseason?

The roster is beginning to sort itself out with two more preseason games to go.

Tennessee Titans defensive back Malcolm Butler runs a drill during NFL football training camp Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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BEN VOLIN | On Football

Malcolm Butler has moved on, from the Patriots and his Super Bowl benching

The cornerback signed a life-changing contract — five years, $61.2 million — with the Titans in March.

Alex Speier

// Here’s how the PawSox’ move to Worcester helps their farm system

Though Red Sox players had few complaints about the facilities at Pawtucket, the organization wanted to modernize the experience for top minor leaguers.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers fields a grounder during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Red Sox place Rafael Devers on DL, activate Ian Kinsler

Devers has a left hamstring strain. Kinsler returns after missing 11 games with a left hamstring strain.

// The Sox moving top farm team from Pawtucket to Worcester

PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino will work with the same partner on the new Worcester stadium as he had for the construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and renovations to Fenway Park.

// Patriots’ Isaiah Wynn out for season with torn Achilles’ tendon

The loss of the lineman — the team’s first draft pick this year —reshuffles the depth at tackle.

// Here’s a look at the renderings of the Triple A Red Sox ballpark in Worcester

The new ballpark will be called Polar Park.

EVERETT, 8/17/2018 - Conditioning drills on the first day of drills under coach Theluxon Pierre at perennial power Everett High, replacing former coach John DiBiaso after 27 years. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, capen)

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Observations from Day 1 of high school football conditioning

At King Philip in Wrentham, there were more questions than answers for the two-time Super Bowl champions

// The Olympic dream not for every athlete

Nastia Liukin, Nancy Kerrigan understand the choice they made is a hard one.


// At 18, Laurie Hernandez has seen the world

After two-year break, Rio medalist making her way back to competitive gymnastics

Alex Speier

// Red Sox’ dominance of division rivals reaching historic levels

The Sox are 10-1 against AL East opponents this month, and 43-15 against them this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey covers a receiver in a drill during a practice at NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)



Like Jalen Ramsey, more athletes should tell us how they really feel

There are few professions where you have to choose your words as carefully.

NFL notebook

// Dez Bryant concludes meeting with Browns without a contract

The receiver and his agent met for two days with Browns officials, with a promise to stay in touch.

Boston MA 8/17/18 Simone Biles on the floor exercise during the US senior women's competition at US Gymnastics at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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US Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles shows how it’s done at US Gymnastics Championships

At TD Garden, Biles became first gymnast to break the 60-point barrier since the 2016 Rio Games

// A WNBA All-Star and a full-time ESPN analyst, nothing can stop Chiney Ogwumike

The Connecticut Sun forward decided to use her platform to try to inspire young women who haven’t the same opportunity to compete.

Sports log

// History calls: All-female TV crew at Revolution game

It’s believed to be the first all-female trio to call a game among the top five men’s professional leagues

This is an image of Boston Globe sports page from Monday, October 7, 1974, featuring Ray Fitzgerald column.

Bob Ryan

Remembering once more the late, great Ray Fitzgerald

There was never a more decent, honorable, literate, or witty sports columnist in this town.

GREENSBORO, NC - AUGUST 17: Brandt Snedeker plays a shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 17, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Golf roundup

No 59 for Brandt Snedeker, but he leads Wyndham by two

Snedeker shot a 3-under-par 67 in the second round, eight shots off his opening round score.


// Staggering Revolution look for a solution

Winless in their last six games, the Revolution hit the road to face D.C. United.

Boston, MA - 8/16/2018 - (1st quarter) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is congratulated by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after throwing his first touchdown pass during the first quarter. The New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in the second pre-season home exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 17Patriots-Eagles, LOID: 8.4.2854134805.

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25 thoughts from the Patriots’ preseason win over the Eagles

Why 25? Because neither you nor I need 37 for a preseason game, that’s why.


// Rusney Castillo looks ready for the majors, but there’s a catch

The tax implications of his contract are prohibitive to the Red Sox calling him up, despite his marked improvement.

Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon, left, talks with starting pitcher Chris Sale during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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A trustworthy receiver behind the plate, catcher Sandy Leon ‘the heartbeat’ of Red Sox pitching staff

Leon’s 3.01 catcher ERA is the best in baseball since 2016. “I put every bit of faith and trust in him,” said Chris Sale.

// Eagles revel in blank space at Gillette for Patriots’ sixth banner

Philadelphia’s Stefen Wisniewski took a photo of the open area next to the Super Bowl 2016 championship banner.

Boston, MA - 8/16/2018 - (4th quarter) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets together with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) at the end of the game. The New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in the second pre-season home exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 17Patriots-Eagles, LOID: 8.4.2854134805.

Tom Brady, Nick Foles get that Super Bowl LII moment 6 months later

The pair didn’t shake hands after the game in February.