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BOSTON (AP) - Dustin Pedroia drove in three, Drew Pomeranz pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1. Pomeranz allowed an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision and continues to be among Boston's most dependable arms.

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox have officially released Pablo Sandoval because the third baseman didn't report after being designated for assignment last week. It officially ends the Boston tenure for the once-celebrated free agent, who never was healthy enough to live up to the expectations that came with the $95 million contract he signed in 2014.

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - The Celtics signed free agent center Aron Baynes, bringing him to Boston along with fellow former Piston Marcus Morris. On his once and future teammate, Morris said: "That's the type of guy you want to play with, not against."

NEW YORK (AP) - Curt Miller has led the Connecticut Sun to the top of the Eastern Conference. Now he'll get a chance to coach the East team in the All-Star Game on Saturday in Seattle. Miller is replacing New York's Bill Laimbeer, who backed out for personal reasons.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Defending champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia beat American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 in his Hall of Fame Tennis Championships opener to reach the quarterfinals in the grass-court event. The 38-year-old Karlovic had 16 aces and broke Kudla's serve three times.

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's governor is also one of its top stock car racers. Gov. Phil Scott is now in his 27th year of racing at the popular Thunder Road racetrack. Over that time he's won three track championships, most recently in 2002. His 30 feature wins are the most ever. The Republican says that when he took office in January he brought with him lessons of teamwork and competitiveness he learned at the track.

(AP) - Los Angeles got Chelsea Gray and a first-rounder from Connecticut in last year's draft in exchange for its first pick, which became Jonquel Jones. It turned out to be one of the rare trades that benefited both teams immensely. Gray helped the Sparks win the WNBA championship, and Jones is helping the Sun to its best record in years. Both will be playing in the All-Star Game on Saturday in Seattle as first-timers.

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