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BC opens season vs. Northwestern Saturday

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BC opens season vs. Northwestern Saturday

BOSTON (AP) - Northwestern is touting quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy contender.

But first he has to get back on the field.

Persa was listed as questionable on the injury report for Saturday's game against Boston College as he tries to come back from a ruptured Achilles tendon that knocked him out of the last three games last season. The Wildcats lost all three, including a 45-38 loss to Texas Tech in the TicketCity Bowl.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald says Persa is doing well and doing everything he can to get back on the field.

Boston College has injury problems of its own. Running back Montel Harris will miss the game. He is the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year.

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

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Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.

Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.