PETER ABRAHAM I ON BASEBALL

Eduardo Rodriguez and the significance of his pain-free 47 pitches

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. are both are both on the ground after colliding on a play at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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The big lefthander looked sharp in a simulated game as he tries to come back from a serious ankle injury suffered in July.

Jim McBride

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Can Eric Decker make a push? Will Jason McCourty play? And other things to keep an eye on.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cbpre1_spts.jpg Jaylen Brown on Donald Trump: ‘He’s doing a good job of making a lot of people upset’

The Celtics forward was interviewed on Bloomberg and talked about his interests away from the court.

Boston Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILLIES 7, RED SOX 4

Called on in a tight spot, Drew Pomeranz unravels out of the bullpen

The onetime starter continued to struggle on the mound, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk in one inning of work.

Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis runs the ball during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Ben Volin | On football

Catching up with the Titans, a.k.a. the Patriots of the South

Coach Mike Vrabel, DBs Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler, and RB Dion Lewis are among the former Patriots in Tennessee.

New England Patriots quarterback Danny Etling (5) calls signals at the line of scrimmage during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Five bubble players to watch during the Patriots-Eagles game

Keep an eye on Danny Etling, Braxton Berrios, J.C. Jackson, Cyrus Jones, and Ralph Webb.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

Mike Giardi and his even-handed coverage of the Patriots will be missed on NBC Sports Boston

While Giardi moves to the NFL Network and his profile will grow with the national audience, the new job should seem fairly familiar.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper-21046.jpg The message was clear with Tom Brady’s tweaked contract: Bill still reigns

Brady was no doubt looking for a more lucrative and longer-term restructuring. Score one for Bill Belichick.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The second baseman will likely play Friday and Saturday against the Rays at Fenway Park, then sit on Sunday.

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The cornerback, who came out of college with some baggage, has shown aggressiveness and a willingness to learn.

NFL notebook

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The star cornerback said the Jaguars became too conservative in the AFC title game.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman listens to testimony during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on

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Aly Raisman, at odds with USA Gymnastics, isn’t backing down

In an interview with the Globe, Raisman talked about her fractured relationship with the governing body and her survivor advocacy.

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US GYMNASTICS NATIONALS AT TD GARDEN

Somehow, all of Simone Biles’s routines ‘are harder than they were in Rio’

The star of the 2016 Rio Games will be the gymnast to beat during this week’s event in Boston.

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The slalom events — including the newly added parallel slalom — will be contested at the New Hampshire resort.

Rays 6, Yankees 1

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Mallex Smith hit a two-run homer to help the Rays win in New York.

Sports Log

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Aaron Cox, 24, was a former Angels pitching prospect who had retired from baseball earlier this summer.

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The Montreal Alouettes QB sustained a goal-line hit to the head at Ottawa last Saturday.

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Everything you need to know about the four-day event.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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The Lions hope the former Patriot’s good karma (three Super Bowl wins in four years) rubs off on them.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/rabil_belichick-21050.jpg What we learned from lacrosse star Paul Rabil about Bill Belichick

The MLL star and the Patriots coach keep in touch via text and email and visit each other at least once a year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_patriotstrainingcamp_sports218.jpg Some backstory on Bill Belichick’s Croatian lacrosse hoodie

It wasn’t exactly notable that the Patriots coach wore a hoodie during a radio interview on Monday afternoon. What was more striking was his choice of hoodie.

CHAD FINN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_sale2_spts.jpg Chris Sale is measuring up to peak Pedro, and two other overlooked Red Sox stats

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts are slugging above .650, and Mitch Moreland, while helpful, is hitting for his career average.