In baseball, free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reached agreement on a seven-year $153 million contract with the New York Yankees pending a physical exam. The Yankees have become increasingly pessimistic that they will be able to resign second baseman Robinson Cano.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox will also lose catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Saltalamacchia has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Miami Marlins.
In the NFL, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. As a result, the Packers fell into a three-way tie for the top spot in the NFC North with Detroit and the Bears at 5-4. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he had no exact diagnosis of Rodgers' injury.
The Boston Red Sox now have a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series.
Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning for the second time in the Fall Classic as the Sox knocked off St. Louis 3-1 in Game 5. The lefty held the Cardinals to a run and four hits while striking out seven over 7 2/3 innings.
In baseball, the Red Sox overcame a tough start for a 15-10 win over Houston last night. Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice, Jonny Gomes added a three-run shot and the Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit.
Elsewhere in the American League, Chicago won 3-2 over the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch as the Yankees' designated hitter. A-Rod's first major league game since October drew the YES Network's highest rating this year for a Yankees game, even though New York lost 8-1 at the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
It’s July 31 and in baseball today is the non-waiver trade deadline. As the clock struck down to the final moments the Red Sox decided to move on White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy as part of a three-team, seven-player deal. The Red Sox acquired reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit and sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Tigers.
Well, the Red Sox beat the Rangers 6-3 last night. David Ortiz hit a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Red Sox to victory after trailing by three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury scored the tying run on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning of his first game after sitting out five straight because of a groin injury.
Elsewhere, the Yankees won 6-1 over Seattle. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of New York's six-run third inning. Phil Hughes took a shutout into the eighth.
Dillon Gee finished off the New York Mets' most unexpected Subway Series sweep. Gee struck out a career-high 12 and the Mets beat the Yankees 3-1 Thursday night. That win gave the Mets a four-game season sweep. The Yankees plan to activate Andy Pettitte from the disabled list on Monday and start the left-hander against Cleveland.