FOXBORO -- At a ceremony inside Gillette Stadium overlooking the Patriots home field, the team dedicated a black seat to be permanently unoccupied to honor American POWMIAs.
"What an exciting day," said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "Thank you all for coming here today. This is pretty cool and just another small way we have a chance to support all the great military folks who do so many great things for this country and in many ways are still under-appreciated in my opinion."
Over 100 members of Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1 arrived at the ceremony on their motorcycles and cheered loudly after Kraft thanked them for their presence.
"I hope we roll like that Sunday against Buffalo," Kraft exclaimed.
Former Patriots and veteran military members Gino Cappelletti and Tom Yewcic were among those in attendance for the dedication. Cappelletti served in the Army from 1956-58 as an artillery specialist. Yewcic served as an Army lieutenant from 1955-57.
Gillette Stadium is the first major professional sports venue to dedicate a seat in recognition of POWMIAs.
After a power binge in which five of his seven hits were home runs, Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez has been named American League player of the week.
In six games, Ramirez batted .333 (7-for-21) with five homers, 12 RBI, six runs scored, a slugging percentage of 1.048 and OPS of 1.488. Three of the home runs came in one game, an 11-7 victory Wednesday night over the San Francisco Giants.
For the season, Ramirez is hitting .282 with 13 homers, 60 RBI and an OPS of .821.
Mookie Betts returns to the Red Sox lineup tonight as they open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
Betts is in his customary lead-off spot and playing right field. He missed the past two games after leaving in the fifth inning on Friday night with soreness and swelling in his right knee.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz makes his second Red Sox start since being acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres on July 14. Pomeranz lasted only three-plus innings in his first start for Boston, allowing five runs in a game the Red Sox held on to win 11-7 over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.74 ERA) starts for the Tigers.
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jose Iglesias SS
Miguel Cabrera 2B
Victor Martinez DH
Nick Castellanos 3B
Justin Upton LF
Mike Aviles RF
James McCann C
Andrew Romine CF
Justin Verlander RHP
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt LF
Drew Pomeranz LHP
The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham talks with Toucher & Rich about whether the Red Sox should trade, or even have the pitching prospects in the system, to acquire White Sox ace Chris Sale.