The Red Sox won a back-and-forth game against Atlanta on Tuesday, 10-8. Boston batters connected on four home runs, and J.D. Martinez added his first triple since 2019.
Dont’a Hightower’s reaction to retirement speculation: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower was one of several Patriots players to opt out of the 2020 season, citing the threat of COVID-19.
Hightower, 31, has now returned to football for New England’s mandatory minicamp. On Tuesday, he answered questions from the media. The veteran linebacker was asked about retirement speculation multiple times.
“I wouldn’t be out here doing this for free,” Hightower initially responded.
Asked a follow-up question about whether he would be able to definitively commit to playing the 2021 season, Hightower reiterated that his presence at minicamp should be a sufficient answer.
“I don’t know what y’all want for me to say, man,” Hightower replied. “I’m here. I’m working. I’m in minicamp. I’m not here to write a story for you. I’m here to work, man. I’m …