Report: Mankins had surgery on torn ACL after Super Bowl

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Report: Mankins had surgery on torn ACL after Super Bowl

Nobody ever questioned Logan Mankins' toughness before, and after this latest bit of news, nobody ever will.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com tweeted that Logan Mankins had surgery on a torn ACL after the Super Bowl, and even played on the injury without even knowing he had torn it.

The Patriots signed Robert Gallery to a one-year deal earlier on Monday, and the signing makes even more sense now. Gallery has spent time at both the offensive guard and offensive tackle position during his career, and is not only a serious option to start on the Patriots, but also a safety net in case Mankins can't return to the team in time for the start of the season.

Seeing as Mankins' injury didn't appear in the Patriots' pre-Super Bowl injury reports, you have to assume it happened at some point during the game, although it's unclear when exactly it happened.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.