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A-Rod “really enjoyed” his day as a burger flipper

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A-Rod “really enjoyed” his day as a burger flipper

Alex Rodriguez lost a bet with Mark Wahlberg after the Red Sox’ four-game sweep of the Yankees and had to spend Sunday working at Wahlburgers near Fenway Park before calling the Sox-Astros game for ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball”. He recapped it in an Instagram post and video.

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Last month, @markwahlberg and his @RedSox brought the broom out and swept my @Yankees. So today, I got the mop. . It was time to me to hold up my end of the deal and report for duty to the @wahlburgers location near Fenway Park. Today, I had to do a little bit of everything - greet customers, flip burgers, clear tables, and yes, mop the bathroom floor. But what I thought was going to be a tough day turned out to be a day I really enjoyed. . The people in New England were incredibly hospitable. I'm sure they were in a great mood with both the Red Sox at home today and the @Patriots opening their season here, too. I was grateful for the way I was treated, and hey, I even got a free lunch in the deal. . It's no surprise there more than 25 Wahlburgers locations already across the country. If there's one near you, definitely find your way there. Delicious! . Now, I need to double down and hopefully get Mark in the Bronx sometime. #GoYankees . #beantown #patriots #celtics #redsox #sweetcaroline

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A Sox series victory next week at Yankee Stadium - or more importantly, in a potential playoff matchup - will probably keep Marky Mark out of a New York burger joint. And no, A-Rod DID NOT slap any burgers out of anyone’s hand.

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Ian Kinsler drops puck (in Stars jersey) for Stars-Bruins matchup

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Ian Kinsler drops puck (in Stars jersey) for Stars-Bruins matchup

Even though Ian Kinsler won a World Series with Boston in 2018, it's clear his heart is still in Texas.

Kinsler, currently a free agent, dropped the puck before Friday night's Stars-Bruins matchup in Dallas while wearing a Stars No. 5 jersey.

It's far from a shock that Kinsler sided with Dallas over Boston. The 36-year-old second baseman spent his first eight MLB seasons with the Texas Rangers.

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Free agent Patrick Corbin set to cash in, but probably not with Red Sox

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Free agent Patrick Corbin set to cash in, but probably not with Red Sox

EDITOR'S NOTE: This week across the NBC Sports Regional Networks, we'll be taking an in-depth look at some of the top free agents in baseball. Friday is dedicated to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin.

BOSTON — Patrick Corbin’s place in the pitching market will have a loose effect on what Chris Sale can expect if he indeed reaches free agency a year from now. Corbin's results, too, could impact Sale's outlook if he wants to discuss a lucrative extension this winter.

The general crossover: both Sale and Corbin figure to lead their respective classes in dollars. 

Corbin, who has spent all of his major league career with the Diamondbacks, is probably going to pull in more money than any other starter this offseason. Sale likely will do the same in the 2019-20 offseason — unless he signs an extension beforehand or winds up hurt.

Sale, of course, is set up for a greater payday because he’s undoubtedly a better pitcher, on a Hall of Fame track. Corbin, also a lefty, is coming off a career year in 2018, with a strikeout rate that jumped almost three full batters per nine innings compared to the year before. He fanned 11.1 per nine this year, up from 8.4 the previous season.

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Entering his age-29 season, Corbin dropped his ERA down to 3.15 from 4.03. He reached 200 innings exactly, only the second time he’s hit that mark — and the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery, keeping him out all of 2014.

Corbin does have a connection to the Red Sox organization. The Angels drafted and signed Corbin in 2009. Eddie Bane, now with the Red Sox, was the scouting director then. Tom Kotchman, a longtime scout who doubles as a minor league manager, was the scout assigned to Corbin. 

The Sox may need to add a starting pitcher, depending on what happens with free agent Nate Eovaldi, but a top-of-the-line starter doesn't make sense for them at this moment.

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