Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Hall of Fame voting changes a step in right direction

Newly-inducted National Baseball Hall of Famers from left to right, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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New criteria will likely create a younger, savvier electorate more likely to consider advanced statistics.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/186640611-13948-7337%20-%20Copy.jpg NESN owes us an explanation on Don Orsillo termination

Fans and media continue to be perplexed, but so far the reaction from the station has been silence.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin081515SoxMariners_spt7-7467-U732036907123vEC--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Torey Lovullo has become Red Sox’ steady hand

Lovullo’s experiences as a journeyman major leaguer give him perspective as he seeks out a full-time managerial position.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/484797268.jpg Tough matchups nothing new to Henry Owens

In just four starts, the Sox’ rookie lefty has faced some stiff competition. And on Friday, he gets Matt Harvey.

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Red Sox had their eyes on Matt Harvey well before stardom

Back in 2006, at an amateur showcase, the Mets’ future ace made a good impression on Red Sox scouts.

Nick Cafardo I On Baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/485296476.jpg Rick Porcello returning with lots to prove

Whether it’s to Dave Dombrowski, the fans, or himself, the Red Sox righthander is looking to show what he’s capable of.

Red Sox-Mets pitching matchups

A look at projected starters for the three-game weekend set in New York.

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Daniel Murphy hit a two-run double in the 13th after making a spectacular defensive play to end the 10th, leading the Mets to their seventh straight victory.

Aug 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts (50), right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25), and right fielder Rusney Castillo (38) celebrate after defeating the Chicago White Sox 2-0 at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

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NICK CAFARDO | RED SOX MAILBAG

What will Red Sox outfield look like in 2016?

The Bradley-Betts-Castillo configuration is intriguing and promising, but Hanley Ramirez is still in the way.

RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Jorge Marban took the long way to Pawtucket

After stops in independent leagues and Australia, the righthander has excelled at three levels in the Red Sox farm system this year.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7486.jpg With Don Orsillo news, Red Sox drop the ball again

The announcer’s unpopular termination follows the team’s awkward moves involving Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/186640611[1]-7412--90x90.jpg Support for Don Orsillo swells in aftermath of NESN move

Viewers expressed thanks toward the longtime Red Sox play-by-play announcer and were critical of NESN’s decision.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_soxrays12_spts.jpg Red Sox react to news that Don Orsillo won’t be back

Orsillo’s self-effacing manner and professionalism won him many friends in the clubhouse.

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Play-by-play announcers enjoy special place in Red Sox Nation

A passionate fan base has often spread its love for the team to the broadcasters who brought them the games.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_soxroyal12_spts.jpg Pablo Sandoval finding his comfort zone at third base

Sandoval thinks an increased familiarity with the American League has helped.