Morning Sports Update: Andrew Benintendi suffers knee sprain, will get MRI on Thursday

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Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi (40) is helped from the field after getting injured while being involved in a double play during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Benintendi left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Andrew Benintendi is helped from the field after getting injured while being involved in a double play during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday. –Chris O'Meara/AP

Andrew Benintendi suffers a knee sprain, the Red Sox lose in 11 innings, and Rob Gronkowski returns to practice.

Andrew Benintendi suffers knee sprain, will get MRI on Thursday: Rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of the Red Sox’ best players since he was called up on Aug. 2, left Wednesday’s game against Tampa Bay in the seventh inning with a sprained left knee. (The Boston Globe)

Rob Gronkowski returns to field after missing five practices: After missing five practices, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to the field Wednesday. (MassLive.com)

Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t know if he’ll start, but will prepare just the same: “If you look too far ahead, you’ll get yourself in some trouble, and that never ends good,” Garoppolo said Wednesday before the Patriots practiced at Gillette Stadium. (The Boston Globe)

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ESPN.com projects Celtics to take second in the East: Last year, RPM nailed the Celtics’ 48-win finish, though the Raptors jumped ahead of Boston to take second in the East. Now, RPM sees the Celtics taking a modest step forward with the addition of Al Horford. (ESPN.com)

Pablo Sandoval joins Red Sox after reportedly losing 20 pounds: The third baseman reappeared with the Red Sox Wednesday afternoon, having traveled up from Fort Myers, where he has been executing his road back from left shoulder surgery. Judging by appearances, the first step of the process seems to be going well.

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