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Morning Sports Update: Report says Red Sox ‘probably’ won’t sign Edwin Encarnacion

Encarnacion is expected to sign soon, following Yoenis Cespedes' recent signing.

Encarnacion will turn 34 prior to next season, and is seeking a multiyear deal. USA Today/Kevin Jairaj

The Bruins fell in a shootout, while the Patriots continued their preparation for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Source: Red Sox ‘probably’ not going to be a finalist for Edwin Encarnacion: Following Yoenis Cespedes’ recent return to the Mets, Edwin Encarnacion is expected to sign a new deal shortly according to his agent. The Red Sox were believed to be in the market for the right-handed slugger, but a new report suggests that as Encarnacion’s list of suitors shortens, the Red Sox will be left off. The team is still interested in Carlos Beltran, however. (WEEI)

Red Sox ‘in the mix’ for Rich Hill, behind Yankees and others: In other free agency news, the Red Sox are also kicking the tires on Rich Hill. Hill spent four seasons in Boston across two separate stints, the most recent coming in 2015. Hill’s career took an unconventional route, but it was that last season with the Red Sox in which he put it all together. He pitched like a Cy Young candidate for the A’s and Dodgers this past season, with a 2.12 ERA. (ESPN)

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Tuukka Rask’s key save earns Bruins a point, despite overtime loss: The Bruins fell to the Flyers in a shootout last night, playing without Zdeno Chara and John-Michael Liles. Boston still managed to earn a point thanks to goals by David Krejci and Brad Marchand, as well as a timely save by Tuukka Rask on a penalty shot by Philadelphia’s Jakob Voracek. The B’s are 12-10-1 after their first overtime loss of the season. (NESN)

Brad Stevens on Al Horford’s absence: ‘Family is really, really important’: Despite a little spat on Twitter about whether Al Horford should’ve missed Monday’s game after the birth of his second child, Brad Stevens offered an unequivocal response. “I think our greatest responsibility is as sons, husbands, (and) fathers. I think that’s your No. 1 job,” Stevens said. “We’re thrilled for the Horfords and we’re thrilled to have Al back at practice today…” (Boston Herald)

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