Patriots want Rob Gronkowski back on the field on their terms

Don’t expect to see much of Rob Gronkowski in preseason games. The Patriots are more concerned with having him healthy for Week 1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Even though the star tight end has been cleared to play, he’ll be handled carefully in training camp.

//[2]--90x90.jpg Bill Belichick showing no signs of slowing down

At 62, the coach is starting his 15th season with the Patriots and appears to have his mind on both short- and long-term goals.

A clean-shaven Logan Mankins appeared at the start of Patriots training camp on Wednesday.

Logan Mankins eager for the hitting to begin

The Patriots lineman, now 32, would rather just get to the actual games at this point in his career.

Do Patriots finally have a premier secondary?

The addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner gives the Patriots what looks like their best secondary in years.

Pat Bowlen

Robert Kraft heaps praise on departing Pat Bowlen

The Patriots owner said other owners ought to emulate Bowlen, who is stepping away from the Broncos due to Alzheimer’s.

Dustin Pedroia’s slugging percentage has dropped every season since he was at .493 in 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Dustin Pedroia’s dip brings caution to long-term deals

Since signing his contract extension last July, Pedroia has hit .278 with a .723 OPS over 157 games.

The Red Sox have won with more frequency lately, rekindling fans’  hope that a playoff spot might be attainable.

Evan Horowitz

Can the Red Sox make the playoffs?

The Red Sox are a statistical long shot, but baseball has shown before that anything is possible.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

What is Jake Peavy’s trade value?

Peavy has a tough-luck record of 1-9, but has pitched much better than that. Will other teams see him as someone who can help?

Game 101 preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Clay Buchholz (5-5, 5.46) is on the mound for the Red Sox. Game time is 7:07 p.m.


David Ortiz reacted after flying out in the fifth inning Tuesday.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

Jake Peavy loses again as Red Sox streak snapped

Peavy, again suffering from a lack of run support, fell to 1-9 as the Red Sox’ five-game winning streak ended in Toronto.

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.