Kendrick Bourne ‘still positive’ despite tough training camp


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“The games will come.”

Kendrick Bourne at Patriots training camp earlier in August. Photo AP/Steven Senne

The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays 9-3 on Tuesday. Toronto had eight runs in the third, with former Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. doubling the Green Monster to open the inning.

Tonight the Red Sox and Blue Jays are playing at Fenway Park again. The first pitch is set at 7:10 p.m.

In Las Vegas, the Patriots will hold another day of joint practices with the Raiders before the two teams’ preseason game on Friday.

Mac Jones talked about Kendrick Bourne: Despite posting a career year in his first season with the Patriots, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne had a rocky start to training camp in 2022.

He has been less involved in the team’s new offense and was recently kicked out of joint training with the Panthers for fighting. Bourne was also absent from the team’s second preseason game for an undisclosed reason.

On Tuesday, Bourne appeared to finally find some success on the court, bringing home a touchdown from quarterback Mac Jones during joint practice with the Raiders.

Asked about Bourne during his weekly interview on WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria & Mego,” Jones insisted on patience.

“I love Kendrick and he works hard,” Jones said in response. “The games will come. Even last year during camp he was trying a bit to learn everything and figure out his role and he didn’t get as many balls. Then the season came and he got a lot of pitches.

“You never know when your time will come,” Jones added. “So you just have to keep working, line up properly and follow your route. And they will eventually come. You can’t chase games, as I always say. KB is always positive and we are really happy to have him on our team.

Bourne, 27, signed a three-year contract with the Patriots ahead of the 2021 season. In his first year with New England, he caught 55 passes for 800 yards and five touchdowns.

Anecdotes: Which former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft played quarterback for the Patriots and Raiders in his career?

(Answer below).

Hint: He won two Super Bowls, none in New England.

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Trevor Story will play for the Portland Sea Dogs: Story is about to begin his minor league rehab mission after a hand injury.

Speaking of the Red Sox minor league system: Here’s Triston Casas hitting a triple in Tuesday’s loss to the Worcester Red Sox.

On this day: In 1940, Ted Williams pitched the final two innings of a Red Sox 12-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of a doubleheader. In what would prove to be his only appearance on the mound, Williams allowed one run on three hits, also recording one strikeout.

‘Red Sox problem kid tempestuous Teddy Williams kicked off at Fenway Park yesterday,’ a colorful post wrote. boston globe to sum up.

In the second game of the day, Boston beat Detroit 8-7, with Williams – playing left field – scoring three points.

Ted Williams Pitcher
Ted Williams pitches in a Red Sox 12-1 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park on August 24, 1940. – Associated press

daily highlight: Outfielder Ceddane Rafaela, the No. 4-ranked prospect in the Red Sox’s minor league system, had a diving dive for the Sea Dogs on Tuesday.

Quiz Answer: Jim Plunkett



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