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NBCSB Breakfast Pod: Red Sox bullpen issues were preventable

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NBCSB Breakfast Pod: Red Sox bullpen issues were preventable

1:16 - With the Red Sox relievers blowing it on Opening Day, Lou Merloni breaks down the loss to the Rays and Evan Drellich explains how the Sox’ bullpen issues were preventable.

6:12 - Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to discuss the Bruins' huge victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, which launched them into first place in the Eastern Conference.

9:52 -We’ve seen Brad Stevens coach his way through some tough stretches this season, but is he having the best season of any head coach in Celtics history? Gary Tanguay, Michael Felger and Mike Giradi debate this and more.

Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has received many prayers, well-wishes and messages of support from athletes in all different sports since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9, and one Major League Baseball player took the time to honor Big Papi with special cleats.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco, who like Ortiz was born in the Dominican Republic, recently paid tribute to Ortiz with custom cleats.

Ortiz was shot in the back in Santo Domingo on June 9 and has undergone two surgeries, one in the Dominican Republic and one at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was still recovering at MGH as of late last week, and his wife, Tiffany, has given multiple statements on his condition since he returned to Boston. 

Police are still investigating the shooting and any potential motives of the suspects involved.

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

After a four-game sweep of the 50-loss Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox will be tested with a series in Minnesota against the 47-win Twins. 

Boston is just 16-23 against teams above .500, and the Twins currently lead the AL Central by 10 games. As a team, Minnesota leads the major leagues in batting average and home runs and has won seven of their last 10. 

On Monday night, Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69 ERA) gets the nod for Boston, while Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the hill for the Twins. The Red Sox trail both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees by five games for the division lead, and the Yankees and Rays begin their own three-game series tonight. 

Below are the complete starting lineups for Boston and Minnesota: 

Boston Red Sox: 
Mookie Betts, RF
Andre Benintendi, LF
J.D. Martinez, DH
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brock Holt, 2B
Michael Chavis, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, P

Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Jose Berrios, P

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