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BOSTON — Alex Gordon’s go-ahead two-run triple capped a four-run eighth inning as the Royals rallied for a 5-3 win over the Red Sox in Sunday’s rubber game at Fenway Park.

The victory came one day after the Royals had their nine-game winning streak end on a bizarre, walk-off groundout, and just hours after they acquired veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera in advance of Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. It was the Royals’ American League-leading 31st come-from-behind victory, and they now trail the Indians by just two games in the AL Central standings.
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“I was just looking for a heater away I could drive,” Gordon said. “With no one out, I was trying to pull the ball. I was trying to drive him in, but at the same time get the runner over from second, too.”
Added Royals manager Ned Yost, “We just kept grinding, just keep grinding the at-bats. It’s just kind of typical of our success. The big guys are getting on base, and [Alcides Escobar] and Gordon, who struggled so much at the beginning of the year, come up with huge hits.”
The Royals opened the eighth down, 3-1, but broke through for four runs against Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes, who has been shouldering more responsibility due to the absence of Joe Kelly (left hamstring strain). Though all the runs were charged to Barnes, Gordon’s triple came against lefty Robby Scott. Escobar tied it with a two-run single to right.
Gordon on game-winning hit
Gordon on game-winning hit
Alex Gordon discusses his game-winning, two-run triple in the 8th inning in the team’s 5-3 win over the Red Sox
“They were able to bunch some base hits together, and as they start to get to the bottom of the order, where you see the lefties coming, Gordon at the plate, it’s kind of a big blow right there to spread it open further,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
The Red Sox tried to turn the tables on the Royals in the ninth, loading the bases with two out against closer Kelvin Herrera. But Mookie Betts hit a shallow flyout to center to end the game.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz turned in another strong game and left in position to get a win, giving up one run over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision. With the loss, Boston remained a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East.
“I felt pretty good out there. I felt like I had a pretty good mix of pitches. I was getting some early contact,” Pomeranz said. “The bullpen’s been so good all year. It’s just part of baseball. It happens sometimes.”
Royals starter Jason Hammel gave up two runs in the second and a solo shot to Red Sox prospect Rafael Devers in the fifth, but Hammel otherwise pitched well, giving up three runs over seven innings.
“Overall, I had good command the whole game,” Hammel said. “Just trying to keep us in there and let the boys get some runs on the board. It’s obvious we never quit.”
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Error opens floodgates: An error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts on a leadoff ground ball by Lorenzo Cain helped spur the Royals’ pivotal eighth inning. Eric Hosmer then stung a line drive off the right hand of Barnes and the Royals kept rolling from there.
Barnes’ close call on the mound
Barnes’ close call on the mound
Matt Barnes gets hit on his right hand on a sharp grounder but remains in the game after the trainers take a look
“Well, it opens the door, and then all of a sudden there’s life,” Farrell said. “Instead of the potential of an out, nobody on, against a team that’s aggressive, they’re playing with a lot of momentum, that’s a crack, and then all of a sudden here’s a ball off the chest, and things are starting to build at that point. It changes the whole complexion of the inning to be honest with you.”
Cain gets to first on an error
Cain gets to first on an error
Lorenzo Cain reaches first base on a fielding error by Xander Bogaerts in the top of the 8th inning
Fenway first for Devers: Devers displayed a nice opposite-field stroke that will serve him well at Fenway Park, hitting a liner that just cleared the Green Monster for his second home run in the fifth game of his career. Devers stopped at second, as the umpires didn’t see that the drive had cleared the Monster. After a crew-chief review, the call was overturned and Devers completed his first Fenway home-run trot. According to Statcast™, the shot by Devers traveled a projected 381 feet.
“It was really cool to be able to hit a home run here with all the Red Sox fans. It was an awesome experience,” Devers said.
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At 20 years and 279 days, Devers is the youngest player to homer at Fenway Park since Manny Machado on April 10, 2013, and the youngest Red Sox player at Fenway since Tony Conigliaro in 1965. Devers is the first Red Sox player to hit two homers in his first five Major League games since Will Middlebrooks in 2012.
2007 CHAMPS HONORED
Prior to the game, the Red Sox held a ceremony to honor the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 World Series championship team. Nineteen players from that squad took part in the festivities, including David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield and J.D. Drew. Lowell, the World Series MVP, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Varitek.
Red Sox honor 2007 WS team
Red Sox honor 2007 WS team
The Red Sox recognize their 2007 World Series championship team in a pregame ceremony, including appearances by David Ortiz and Mike Lowell
WHAT’S NEXT
Royals: Left-hander Danny Duffy (7-6, 3.56 ERA) will take the mound as the Royals open a three-game series against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday at 6:05 p.m. CT. Duffy gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings in a 3-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Red Sox: Right-hander Doug Fister (0-5, 7.46) makes his return to the rotation on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET when the Red Sox face the AL Central-leading Indians in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Fister had been moved to the bullpen last week, but plans changed when David Price had to go on the disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow.

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Two major pieces of the Portland Trail Blazers say they’ve reached out to Carmelo Anthony in an attempt to sell the New York Knicks star on their team.

All-Star Damian Lillard and teammate CJ McCollum, speaking Wednesday at Lillard’s basketball camp in Beaverton, Oregon, said Anthony sounded intrigued by the idea.

“He can help us a lot; we can help him,” McCollum said, according to The Oregonian. “He wants to play in the playoffs and be competitive. He’s a very talented player. I think if we get him — when we get him — I think [we’re] top three in the West, easy.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported over the weekend that Anthony still is counting on the Knicks to carry out their previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets.

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Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to resume trade talks soon, and league sources told ESPN he’s counting on the team to trade him to the Rockets.
The 33-year-old forward has been willing to waive his no-trade clause for Houston and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but in recent weeks, he has begun to prioritize a trade to the Rockets to join Chris Paul and James Harden over one to the Cavaliers and LeBron James, league sources said.

Portland was one team that New York and Houston had hoped would facilitate a multiteam trade for Anthony, but league sources told Wojnarowski that the Trail Blazers only plan to participate in a deal for Anthony if he decides to expand his no-trade clause to include them.

That, however, is not an option for Anthony, sources said.

“Obviously, with that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don’t see why I wouldn’t reach out to him and let him know the interest is mutual, if he’s interested in us,” Lillard said, according to The Oregonian. “We had a conversation … so he knew that it wasn’t just the team — but it was myself and CJ — [that] would love to have him here.”

McCollum, who posted a photo of Anthony in a Portland jersey on Instagram over the weekend, felt the Knicks star was “interested” in what the Trail Blazers duo had to say.

“Obviously, I feel like he wants to play with friends, with Banana Boat friends,” McCollum said, according to The Oregonian. “I know he wants to play with [Chris Paul] and LeBron. Those are very good teams, very good options. But I feel like we’re also a very good option.”

Knicks president Steve Mills said earlier this week Anthony could remain with the team this season, despite acknowledging that the organization would continue to pursue a trade involving the 10-time All-Star.

Mills also said that the Knicks would not pursue a buyout of the remaining years on Anthony’s contract.

Anthony, sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley, said to friends as recently as earlier this week that he still expects to end up in Houston.

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Veteran guard Jamal Crawford’s preference would be to join rookie Lonzo Ball with the Los Angeles Lakers if he can get bought out of his contract, a source told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.

The source said Crawford’s preference is to be waived by the LA Clippers to become a free agent.
Jamal Crawford averaged 12.3 points per game in the playoffs this season. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
With his family based in Los Angeles and a solid relationship already in place with Ball, Crawford would like to sign as a free agent with the Lakers.

The Lakers have strong interest in signing Crawford as well, a source said, and have the money to do so. The Lakers will have $17.2 million in room if the cap holds of Thomas Robinson, Tyler Ennis, Nick Young and Metta World Peace are released.

Crawford could possibly start at shooting guard for the Lakers and be a big help as a mentor and shot-maker for the assist-creating Ball.

While Crawford is intrigued by playing for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, they don’t have much left to offer financially. All they have to offer a free agent is a $5.2 million midlevel exception.

Crawford is slated to make $14.2 million on his contact next season and $3 million is guaranteed on his $14.5 million contract for the 2018-19 season.

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Arguably the NHL’s best division last season, the Metropolitan featured the Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals and the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s what those three teams — and the rest of the division — are up against heading into free agency. (Free agents are unrestricted, unless otherwise noted.)

Carolina Hurricanes

Notable free agents: LW Brock McGinn, C Jay McClement

Needs: Forwards, forwards, forwards. The Hurricanes would like to add quality and consistency to their young group up front. They will likely need to move a goalie, either Cam Ward or Eddie Lack, ahead of next season. Six of their defensemen are headed for restricted free agency next summer.

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Cap space: $25.7 million

Big moves so far: Carolina brought in goalie Scott Darling and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, two Stanley Cup winners who have played key supporting roles for the Chicago Blackhawks in recent years.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Notable free agents: C Alexander Wennberg (RFA), RW Josh Anderson (RFA), C Sam Gagner

Needs: Deals for Wennberg and Anderson might leave the well-rounded Jackets with limited cap space to fill out their group of forwards and perhaps add a depth defenseman.

Cap space: $10.3 million

Big moves so far: Columbus acquired the creative and prolific winger Artemi Panarin via trade from the Blackhawks.

New Jersey Devils

Notable free agents: D Damon Severson, G Keith Kinkaid

Needs: The Devils were horrendous offensively last season and only slightly better on defense. They also ranked the bottom third of the league on both the power play and penalty kill. Yet, on paper, they are not terribly far from respectability and have the money to solidify their lineup. They need bodies at forward and skill on defense, so they will have to spend wisely.

Cap space: $24.5 million

Big moves so far: The Devils selected Nico Hischier, a dazzling pivot, No. 1 overall in the entry draft. He’s a player who has patterned his game after Detroit Red Wings legend Pavel Datsyuk. The Devils also acquired former San Jose Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller.

New York Islanders

Notable free agent: D Calvin de Haan (RFA)

Needs: The Islanders need to extend the contract of potential 2018 unrestricted free agent John Tavares by any means necessary. The Isles might seek to add another forward but they also have to re-sign de Haan and likely add another defenseman. Their convoluted goaltending situation seems a bit clearer, but no more effective.

Cap space: $9.4 million

Big moves so far: The Isles traded for former Edmonton Oilers right winger — and Tavares’ former World Juniors linemate — Jordan Eberle. They also dealt stalwart defenseman Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames for draft picks.
The Rangers need to replace top-line center Derek Stepan, whom they traded to Arizona. John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
New York Rangers

Notable free agents: C Mika Zibanejad (RFA), RW Jesper Fast (RFA), D Brendan Smith

Needs: The Rangers lost two of their four centers from last season — they traded top-line pivot Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes, and the Vegas Golden Knights took Oscar Lindberg in the expansion draft — although New York does have wingers with experience at center. The Rangers also might look for an experienced backup goalie to ease Henrik Lundqvist’s load after dealing Antti Raanta. They also covet an impact defenseman, especially a right shot, and have been linked to free agent and New York native Kevin Shattenkirk.

Cap space: $20 million

Big moves so far: The Rangers jettisoned the contract of Stepan, a mainstay, and backup Raanta, who will be a free agent in 2018, in a deal with Arizona to gain assets and create cap space.

Philadelphia Flyers

Notable free agents: G Steve Mason, C Jordan Weal, D Michael Del Zotto

Needs: The Flyers likely do not intend to re-sign Mason, so they will look to improve their goaltending. They might also reconfigure their defense corps between acquisitions and call-ups such as prospects Samuel Morin and Travis Sanheim.

Cap space: $12.5 million

Big moves so far: The Flyers drafted center Nolan Patrick, perhaps the most NHL-ready prospect of the draft, at No. 2 overall. They also traded forward Brayden Schenn for forward Jori Lehtera and draft picks. And Philly re-signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a six-year contract.
Defense will be a primary focus for Pittsburgh in free agency, but bringing back playoff hero Nick Bonino will help up front. Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire
Pittsburgh Penguins

Notable free agents: C Nick Bonino, LW Chris Kunitz, LW Conor Sheary (RFA), D Trevor Daley, D Brian Dumoulin (RFA), D Justin Schultz (RFA)

Needs: Between retaining free agents and adding talent, defense has to be the Penguins’ primary focus. A healthy Kris Letang would go a long way toward that goal. Bringing back Bonino will help maintain their excellent depth up front.

Cap space: $18.9 million
Big moves so far: They Penguins parted ways with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who was drafted by the Golden Knights, freeing up considerable cap space. They also made a draft-day deal with the St. Louis Blues to bring in a burly enforcer, right winger Ryan Reaves.

Washington Capitals

Notable free agents: D Kevin Shattenkirk, RW Justin Williams, C Evgeny Kuznetsov (RFA), LW Andre Burakovsky (RFA), D Karl Alzner, D Dmitry Orlov (RFA), G Philipp Grubauer (RFA)

Needs: This offseason might be more about retaining players than adding them for the Caps. It appears likely they will lose Shattenkirk, Alzner and possibly Williams. Their notable restricted free agents will command sizable contracts, and what remains might go toward bolstering the Caps’ blue line.

Cap space: $19 million

Big moves so far: The Capitals re-signed free agent T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million contract.