The sizzling Red Sox will be without Xander Bogaerts for 10-14 days as the rival New York Yankees come to Boston to begin the latest installment in the rivalry.
But for the Red Sox, the news could have been a lot worse.
A lot worse.
Bogaerts injured his left ankle sliding into the visitors’ dugout chasing an errant throw Sunday. Unable to get off the field on his own, he was helped to the clubhouse and the home fans feared the worst.
Manager Terry Francona indicated Tyler Naquin will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus. He was optioned to the minors Friday when Michael Brantley was activated.
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Kennedy has struck at least one batter in each of his 271 career appearances. He’s tied with Boston’s David Price for the longest such streak among active pitchers.
Indians DH Yonder Alonso got an early birthday present as his family and a few teammates arranged for a mariachi band to play in the clubhouse before the game. Alonso, who turns 31 on Sunday, even busted out some dance moves while being serenaded.
They didn’t make me dance, but I just can’t help it, Alonso said. I’m from Miami. I’m a Cuban guy. So, it’s just kind of in the blood.
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The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. One more win and they’ll be doing it for real.
Facing elimination and an 11-point deficit midway through the third quarter Monday night, the Nuggets rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers 88-82 for their sixth consecutive victory.
That was another playoff game. That was just tough, physical for 48 minutes, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
The Trail Blazers scored 25 points off 18 offensive rebounds but managed only one bucket and two offensive boards in the fourth quarter, when they were held to 13 points.
Jokic scored 15 points, pulled down a season-best 20 rebounds and had 11 assists. Will Barton added 22 points, leading a comeback from an 11-point third-quarter deficit.