Gronk’s special day edition

Red Sox lost to the Rays, 11 to 2.

The morning quote:
“Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mothers out there, especially to the best momma out there, my mom! I was graced to give her the best mothers day gift ever—myself, 28 years ago when I was born!”
Gronk, on Instagram yesterday celebrating Mother’s Day and his 28th birthday.

The morning quote, II:
“I felt something in warmups kind of similar to what I felt in spring training.”
Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who was pulled before the start of yesterday’s game with left triceps tightness. He’s getting an MRI today and is expected to make his next start. Pomeranz (5.29 ERA) hasn’t been right all season.

You can’t keep a good man down for long.
ESPN is set to announce that Rex Ryan will be the color commentator alongside play-by-play broadcaster Beth Mowins for one of the two Monday Night Football games to be played on week one. The over/under for times he mentions the word “Belichick” is 53.

Vegas likes the Patriots. A lot.
Westgate SuperBook released its odds for NFL division champions yesterday, and put New England as 1/14 favorites to win the AFC East. The Dolphins are listed at 8/1, the Bills 15/1 and the Jets, 100/1.

Our favorite article of the morning…
Comes from the New York Times: “What was unusual about Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey? He got it back.” There has been a string of high-end sports collectible thefts in the past few years, and the crimes have almost all gone unsolved.

What you need to know about yesterday’s Red Sox game.
Good thing rainy Fenway was practically empty yesterday, because the Sox embarrassed themselves on the field. The team gave up seven runs in the ninth inning and 11 overall in its lopsided loss to the weak-hitting Rays. Highlights here.

More than 20 percent of the Major League Baseball season has passed…
Which gives us a decent window into the 2017 Red Sox (19-18). Here’s what we know: they have no pitching depth, they have the worst third-base situation in baseball, they lack a cleanup hitter, and they have no one in Pawtucket offering hope. Heckuva job, Dave Dombrowski.

In case you didn’t know…
Game 7 of the Celtics-Wizards series is tonight. It should be fun.

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