Patriots close to 53-man roster limit

Linebacker James Morris (52) and Steve Beauharnais (58) were cut by the Patriots Saturday.

AP

The Patriots have cut four linebackers, leaving them with five on their roster.

College Football

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The Battle of the Bay State is the season opener for both squads.

Ryan Palmer blamed his iron play for his struggles, and said he was frequently forced to hit less-than-full shots because the yardage he had left him between clubs.

Deutsche Bank Championship

Ryan Palmer still in front after second round

Palmer managed only an even-par 71 on Saturday.

Yoenis Cespedes, hitting an RBI double Friday night, has 22 RBIs in 25 games with Boston. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Chris O’Meara/AP

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

David Ortiz appreciates the lineup presence of Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes has improved the Sox lineup this year, but it will mean much more come 2015.

Game 135 preview: Red Sox at Rays

Game 2 of the Labor Day weekend series kicks off at 7:10 p.m.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The new Sox outfielder will make his US playing debut in the Gulf Coast League playoffs.

Bob Ryan

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Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.