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05/04/2015 - 9:12pm
Report: Pats land ex-Vandy DT Taylor as UDFA

It appears the Patriots have managed to trump the Raiders in pursuit of undrafted free agent Vince Taylor.

The former Vanderbilt defensive lineman told The Tennessean on Monday that he had initially accepted a non-contracted invite to attend Oakland’s minicamp, but had since changed his mind and signed a UDFA deal with New England.

The 6-foot-1, 307-pounder led Vanderbilt interior defensive linemen with 43 tackles and a team-high two fumble recoveries in 2014. He finished his career with 87 tackles in 50 games. Taylor has played nose in a 3-4 scheme and defensive tackle in a 4-3, which would make him valuable to New England, which frequently changes looks up front.

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05/04/2015 - 7:21pm
Ramirez leaves with left shoulder sprain

Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez was forced to leave in the top of the first inning of his team’s game Monday night at Fenway Park with what the team announced as a left shoulder sprain.

Ramirez injured himself running down a fly ball off the bat of James Loney with two outs in the first. The left fielder initially made the catch, but then crashed into the padding along the left field line, forcing the ball out of his glove.

Ramirez managed to get over to the ball and throw it into the infield, but then crumpled to the ground. Red Sox training staff and...

05/04/2015 - 5:06pm
INF Jimenez officially added, Hinojosa optioned

The Red Sox made another roster move Monday — their seventh roster addition since April 26.

The team activated infielder Luis Jimenez to the roster and to make room optioned right-hander Dalier Hinojosa back to Triple-A. With the move the team is back to the standard 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

“He’ll be in reserve and a utility guy for us,” Farrell said of Jimenez. “Has played all infield positions, most of those games played a third base, but has the ability to move around. That’s the role that he’s in coming over from Milwaukee.”

“Unfortunately, Jeff Bianchi’s injury at Pawtucket has slowed him some, so in the event we have a need here in case someone goes down here’s a guy that is on our roster and available to us,” Farrell added. “It’s a matter of trying to find...

05/04/2015 - 3:27pm
Gronkowski finalist in Madden 16 cover vote

Rob Gronkowski is a finalists in the race to be on the cover of Madden NFL 16, according to an announcement from Electronic Arts on Monday.

The Patriots tight end is one of four players in the field, joining a group that includes Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Voting is open now via Madden NFL Mobile or Madden Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 15. The initial round of voting will close on Monday, and the two finalists will be revealed the next day. Then, beginning May 13, people can vote for an ultimate winner at ESPN.com, with the winner will...

05/04/2015 - 3:23pm
Sox lineup: Leon catching, Holt in right field

After being swept by the Yankees over the weekend, the Red Sox will look to get back on the winning track Monday against the Rays.

Blake Swihart will rest after starting the first two games he was active for, as Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

With the Red Sox going up against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi, Brock Holt will get the start in right field. Holt is in a bit of a slump, as he’s 0 for his last five and 1-for-14 on the homestand.

For a more extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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