Alex Speier

The Red Sox don’t hit a lot of homers, but they’re OK with that

Hanley Ramirez is tied for the Red Sox lead with 18 home runs.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The Red Sox are last in the AL in homers, but still have the look of a championship contender.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

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If he felt uncomfortable in Boston, it was probably because he couldn’t fit into the jersey the Sox provided for him.

Boston Red Sox baseball hall of fame player Carl Yastrzemski waves to fans, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Fenway Park in Boston, during ceremonies to retire David Ortiz's number

Red Sox to honor 1967 ‘Impossible Dream’ team Wednesday

A ceremony before Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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The two-game set at Fenway Park wraps up Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

New England Patriots (12) quarterback Tom Brady smiles as he looks to pass while head coach Bill Belichick looks on during a joint NFL football practice with the Houston Texans, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2016 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

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JIM MCBRIDE

At 40, Tom Brady is still putting in overtime

The 18-year veteran found time after Wednesday’s joint practice to chat with heralded Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson.

PATRIOTS PRACTICE REPORT

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Defensive linemen Derek Rivers and Kony Ealy were shaken up during the workout with the Texans.

Boston-10/08/15 - The Boston Bruins vs. the Winnipeg Jets. Bruins David Pastrnak celebrates his 3rd period goal. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

FLUTO SHINZAWA/ON HOCKEY

David Pastrnak likely winner as Leon Draisaitl hits it big

The Edmonton center’s eight-year, $68 contract should aid the Bruin winger’s push for a new deal.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_devers2_spts.jpg Tuesdays and Red Sox? Some of their greatest hits

The Sox are 15-2 on Tuesdays, which have featured walkoffs, extra innings, and a triple play.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1a33c87413a54ddaa8b74fe065516f8d-1a33c87413a54ddaa8b74fe065516f8d-0.jpg Fired-up Tom Brady rips into teammates

QB stormed off the field after a less-than-inspiring series and lit into teammates

Boston, MA: August 15, 2017: The Red Sox Eduardo Nunez (left) and Mookie Betts (right) scored on a bottom of the fifth inning double by Hanley Ramirez off of Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake the first two of the eight runs Boston scored in the frame. The Boston Red Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a regular season inter league MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

RED SOX 10, CARDINALS 4

On a night of standouts, triple play highlights the Red Sox’ rout

The rare feat was turned in the fourth, and then the Sox scored eight runs in the fifth.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/830595902.jpg John Brebbia grew up rooting for Red Sox but now pitches for Cardinals

He fulfilled his dream of making it to Fenway, even if it was in another uniform.

PATRIOTS PRACTICE REPORT

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Rob Gronkowski and Stephen Gostkowski showed their stuff in the Patriots’ first workout in West Virginia.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_patriotsminicamp_sports244.jpg Belichick already calling on Elandon Roberts

In one year, he has morphed from obscure rookie to a signal-caller for the Super Bowl champs

Foxborough, ,Ma--July 29, 2017-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- N.E. Patriots training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Three Tom Brady jerseys in a row plus a Tom Brady GOAT cutout.

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STAN GROSSFELD

Is there value in Patriots fans’ hero worship of Tom Brady?

They don’t need a reason, but a psychology professor sees the deeper benefits of the quarterback’s adoration.

Chad Finn

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The Red Sox shortstop has not homered since July 5, the day before he injured his hand.

This Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, photo, Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge, looks on during a fund raiser, in Orem, Utah. The Republican race to fill the congressional seat abandoned by Utah's Jason Chaffetz is pitting the state's GOP establishment against further-right conservatives split over two candidates. The winner of Tuesday's primary will be the overwhelming favorite in the November special election in a district where Republican voters outnumber Democrats five-to-one. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Tanner Ainge loses primary election for Utah’s U.S. House seat

The son of the Celtics’ team president finished third in Tuesday’s primary election.

LeBron James held his daughter, Zhuri, during an event Tuesday in Sandusky, Ohio on Tuesday.

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LeBron James calls Trump ‘the so-called president’

The Cavaliers star ripped President Trump while calling for unity in light of the Charlottesville tragedy.

Celtics Notebook

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Cleveland’s urgency to make a deal involving All-Star guard Kyrie Irving remains unclear.

ALEX SPEIER

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Given that Cleveland and Boston may be on a postseason collision course, will Encarnacion represent the difference between them?

Boston MA 9/9/16 Boston College High Danny Abraham scores another touchdown against Andover High as teammate Kyle Burke (#5) makes the call during first half action at Boston College High on Friday September 9, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK

School football stakes its claim to Friday nights

The national federation issued a resolution asking pros and colleges not to play on Fridays.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AIRING%20IT%20OUT-185843.jpg Steve Lyons’s domestic battery charges dismissed

The NESN analyst, eager to return to work, has not been in contact with station officials.

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The Patriots coach gave a positive assessment of Welker’s potential.

Bruins radio announcer Dave Goucher leaving for Las Vegas

Goucher, a fixture here for 16 years, will be the TV play-by-play man for the expansion Golden Knights.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/greenhouse_BCfootball-7_sports.jpg Things get a little heated at BC football practice

Coach Steve Addazio got to see how his players react to fatigue and frustration.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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