Fenway Park grapples with another incident involving racism, the Red Sox’ lead over the Yankees in the AL East is now down to three games, and the Celtics might be adding another player to their roster.
The Celtics are reportedly one of four teams in discussions with Andrew Bogut: “Free agent center Andrew Bogut was scheduled to undergo a final bone scan on his left leg Tuesday and expected to be cleared for a full return to play, according to a league source.
The source said that Bogut’s camp has had discussions with four teams—including the Celtics—about signing the 7-footer. Bogut is planning to return to the US from his home in Australia this weekend and hopes to finalize a deal next week.
After Bogut negotiated a buyout with the 76ers last March, the big man chose to sign with the Cavaliers rather than the Celtics. But he broke his leg in his Cleveland debut March 6 and was lost for the year.
Boston has one open roster spot, and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said last month that the team may keep it open during training camp for greater roster flexibility in case a player is injured. But Bogut, who has averaged 10 points and 8.9 rebounds over his 12-year career, would seem to fill a major need in the post for the Celtics, who did little this summer to address their rebounding issues.” (The Boston Globe)
The Patriots confirmed Danny Amendola suffered from a concussion: After exiting the fourth quarter of New England’s Week 1 game with a head injury, Danny Amendola did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. The team confirmed to ESPN’s Mike Reiss that the wide receiver does, in fact, have a concussion—the third documented one of his career. The Patriots noted to Reiss that Amendola also has a knee injury.
Doug Fister, Red Sox lose 7-3 to A’s: For the fifth straight outing, Fister (5-8) got off to a slow start in the first inning. Keyed by Matt Olson’s homer, last-place Oakland grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first.
The loss trimmed Boston’s cushion in the division to three games over the New York Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 3-2. (Boston.com, via AP)
Fans drape ‘Racism is as American as baseball’ sign over Green Monster: “During the 4th inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park.” (Boston.com)
Red Sox sign David Ortiz to services contract: After spending time away from the game, Ortiz struck an open-ended deal with the Sox that will include mentoring young players, assisting in recruiting free agents, making appearances on behalf of the team, and working in business development.
“I cannot think of a better representative for our organization,” principal owner John Henry said in a release. “I’m happy we can now say officially what we have long known, David is family.” (The Boston Globe)
Phoenix trial begins for Morris twins: The Morris brothers were indicted by an Arizona grand jury in 2015. They are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center. (Boston.com, via AP)