Morning sports update: Red Sox fans find 2018 division title banner in Somerville

Also: The Red Sox bullpen continues to struggle, a former Patriot rejoins the team, and Lionel Messi's hat trick.

Fenway Park banners hang.
Red Sox division banners hang on Jersey Street next to Fenway Park. –Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Red Sox were held from clinching the 2018 A.L. East title on Monday night, falling 3-2 to the Yankees in New York.

Here’s a look at a few other stories:

Red Sox fans find 2018 division banner in Somerville: Local Red Sox fans Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri made an unusual discovery on Monday morning, according to WFXT-TV.

The trio saw a package lying in the road. Pulling off the paper wrapping, they were shocked to find a division banner for winning baseball’s 2018 American League East. The Red Sox are currently one win away from accomplishing the feat, but haven’t done it yet.


According to the Associated Press, a Red Sox spokesperson said the banner fell off a vendor’s delivery truck.

6 things we learned from the new Bill Belichick book: A new book from ESPN writer Ian O’Connor on Bill Belichick reveals more about the recent tension with Tom Brady (and the role of Jimmy Garoppolo in it). Other subjects include Nick Saban, Aaron Hernandez, and Steve Belichick’s wartime service.

Ex-Patriots and NFL experts weigh in on the decision to trade for Josh Gordon: With the news that Josh Gordon had been traded to New England, it’s caused a range of reactions from not only a mass of media, but also a few former Patriots.

Bullpen continues to be the issue for the Red Sox: The point was hammered home yet again on Monday night. Of the issues facing manager Alex Cora heading into the playoffs, none is more pressing than the leaky bullpen. [Boston Globe]

The Patriots are re-signing Cyrus Jones: Jones is back on a two-year deal after being cut from the Ravens. [Boston Globe]

Former Patriots receiver rejoins Eagles: Jordan Matthews, who was signed by the Patriots in the offseason but cut during training camp, re-signed with the Eagles (who originally drafted him in 2014). [ESPN]


ESPN’s Jalen Rose thinks the Patriots will give Josh Gordon “structure”:

Daily highlight: In the opening round of the Champions League, Barcelona soundly defeated PSV Eindhoven with a hat trick from Lionel Messi and a gem of a goal from Ousmane Dembélé:


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