Alex Speier

Mookie Betts proves to be a fast learner

Mookie Betts smacked a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead Monday night.

Steven Senne/AP

His numbers seem more solid than spectacular until one accounts for the fact that he won’t turn 23 until the season has concluded.

Game 132: Yankees at Red Sox

Rick Porcello is on the mound for the Red Sox tonight.

Boston-08/20/15 - Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals- Sox Hanley Ramirez strikes out with the bases loaded in the 1st inning as he walks back to the dugout. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

Alex Speier

Can Hanley Ramirez bounce back?

The fact that he’s been a bad player thus far doesn’t necessarily condemn him to being a bad one going forward.

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The backup quarterback worked with the top unit on Monday while Brady was in a New York court.

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New England sent a conditional draft pick to New Orleans for the return specialist, who also lines up at receiver.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7547.jpg Don Orsillo makes his return to Fenway Park

Monday’s game was Orsillo’s first at Fenway since he learned last week he was being replaced in the booth.

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The outfielder was dealt for Single A lefthanded pitcher Luis Ysla.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Josh Boyce, Jonathan Krause, Jimmay Mundine, Joe Vellano, and Dekoda Watson were let go Monday.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Los Angeles gets USOC nod to seek 2024 Olympics

The Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 to move ahead as the replacement city following Boston’s failed bid.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2015

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After back-to-back trips to the national semifinals, senior QB Sean Goldrich is determined to take the next step.

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford makes remarks during the ACC NCAA college football kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C., Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Gerry Broome/AP

Paying stipends to college athletes remains a divisive issue

The NCAA’s “cost of attendance” provision is causing tremors throughout the college sports landscape.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/08092010_09weeiro_photo1-7677115.jpg Glenn Ordway to join WEEI’s midday show

“The Big O” is returning to the station to join Christian Fauria and Lou Merloni weekdays from 10 to 2.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_brady_court.jpg Judge could rule on Deflategate as soon as Tuesday

The judge in the case will probably either uphold the Patriots quarterback’s four-game ban or will completely vacate it.

Tight ends may get call to fill fullback void for Patriots

Michael Hoomanawanui could be a top candidate to take on some of the role injured James Develin played.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_pablo_sandoval.jpg Pablo Sandoval says transition to Red Sox was trying

The ex-Giant has made some adjustments in the field and still is getting used to AL pitching.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.