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Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Left-hander Drew Smyly gets the start as the Tampa Bay Rays try to rebound from dropping the opener of a four-game series against last-place Boston. The Red Sox counter with right-hander Allen Webster. Webster gave up two runs, three hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings to beat Chris Archer on July 27.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is set to make his pro debut for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox tomorrow. Boston manager John Farrell announced the news after the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-4 last night. The Red Sox signed Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.

NORTON, Mass. (AP) - The Deutsche Bank Championship is continuing today in Norton, Massachusetts. Ryan Palmer had an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley heading into today's second round.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad. The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

MLB:

Boston (Webster 3-2) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 9-11), 7:10 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:

New England at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.

GOLF:

Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass., all day

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

Boston College at UMass, 3 p.m.

Duquesne at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Albany (NY), 6 p.m.

Norfolk St. at Maine, 6 p.m.

Marist at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.

CCSU at Towson, 6 p.m.

New Hampshire at Toledo, 7 p.m.

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