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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart said doctors pulled a shard of glass out the palm of his hand after his frame-punching incident in LA. It barely missed the tendons near his pinky, which would have likely meant season-ending surgery. Said Smart: "Literally the glass was sitting right in between [two tendons]. So [the doctors said], ‘You should go play the lotto or something because you missed your tendons.' They don't understand it."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't expect J.D. Martinez to work out with the Red Sox on Thursday, according to Dave Dombrowski. But don't read anything into it either. My understanding is that the logistics of completing a physical are more challenging when it's being conducted away from Boston. It takes a bit longer than usual to collect all the information and get it reviewed.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox won't have the results of J.D. Martinez's physical until at least Thursday.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman on whether the Yanks and Sox are now on "equal footing": "Ultimately we're not on the same ground because they are the American League East champions, and until someone takes that away from them, you have to pay that homage."

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Celtics still have a chance (0:45)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

A glimpse of the new #28... J. Martínez

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

JD Martínez's physical is done. Red Sox medical staff is currently consulting and reviewing the results; expected to pass with flying colors.

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Price ready to reignite rivalry with Yankees (0:35)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price on the potential impact that J.D. Martinez could make on the AL East race: "To add a hitter like that to the lineup, that's good, especially in this division. The Yankees made moves this offseason. To be able to combat those moves with a guy like J.D., that was a good move."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price describes J.D. Martinez as "quiet" and "different than me." Price claims he "didn't talk anything about baseball" in his recruiting pitches to Martinez. His advice to Martinez on dealing with everything that comes with playing for the Red Sox: "Go play baseball. Just go be yourself."

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Price, Martinez reunite in the Boston (0:34)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

David Price when asked whether the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has heated up with the Stanton/Martínez acquisitions (with a big smile on his face): "You guys want it, let's do it, we hate the Yankees. You guys want it, yeah we hate the Yankees. We hate them."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

JD Martínez has arrived at Red Sox camp! Martínez is currently undergoing his physical.

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Bruins score three in the third period to defeat Oilers (0:35)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots DT Alan Branch was asked on sports radio WEEI's "Dale and Holley Show with Rich Keefe" if he knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't play in Super Bowl LII and said, "I didn't know anything, honestly. On our team, gossip doesn't travel, let's say that. ... I noticed he wasn't in the game, but then again, you never know the reason for what's going on at a certain time in that organization, especially."

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Price describes recruiting pitch to Martinez

David Price told USA Today Sports that part of his recruiting pitch for J.D. Martinez to join the Red Sox was "he will love the guys here in this clubhouse, but also told him he'll get booed."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pirates for cash considerations. Brentz, 29, hit 31 homers last season in Triple-A and was a candidate for a bench spot. But once the Red Sox agreed to terms with J.D. Martinez, Brentz was no longer a fit. Trading Brentz also opens a spot on the 40-man roster, which presumably will be occupied by Martinez once he passes his physical and the deal becomes official.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's my best estimate of the Red Sox's payroll, with salaries calculated for luxury tax purposes. After the J.D. Martinez signing becomes official, it looks like the payroll will be approximately $232 million.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez on how forthcoming addition of J.D. Martinez might affect his playing time: "At-bats are not on my mind. You know what is on my mind? Winning. That's it." Ramirez, who moves from being the primary DH into a possible 1B timeshare with Mitch Moreland, needs 497 plate appearances to vest his $22 million option for next year.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With the deal still pending results of a physical, Red Sox manager Alex Cora declined to talk about J.D. Martinez. But reviews in the clubhouse were predictably positive. "He's a force," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. called Martinez a "difference maker."