Alex Speier

The weight is on for Red Sox prospect Henry Owens

Fort Myers, FL - 03/02/15 - Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens throwing live BP. Red Sox Spring Training. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 03Red Sox, LOID: 8.0.2826364469.

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Adding 50 pounds since he was drafted and working with pitching coach Bob Kipper have the lefty one step from the majors.

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The right wing left Wednesday’s practice session early and didn’t return after being hit in the hand with a puck.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/sox_connections.jpg How far does Red Sox’ reach go in Major League Baseball?

The Globe sifted through each team’s 40-man roster, front office directory, and coaching staff list to quantify the Red Sox’ tree.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/rusney673-6815.jpg Red Sox’ Rusney Castillo out with oblique injury

Castillo downplayed the notion that he wouldn’t have enough time to come back for the April 6 season opener.

Fort Myers, FL - 03/03/15 - In honor of Peter Frates, the former Boston College Baseball player who was stricken by ALS and who started the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote awareness and raise money for ALS, Boston Red Sox players and Boston College players wore his number 3. Red Sox Spring Training Game 1 vs. Northeastern University at Jet Blue Park. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 04Red Sox, LOID: 8.0.2826364469.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Pete Frates story continues to inspire

The former BC baseball star has become a fund-raising force for ALS research, and he was honored by the Red Sox Tuesday.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

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With no apparent room in the Red Sox outfield, he’ll have to show other teams he can stay healthy.

Photos by Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

Live updates: MIAA Super 8 first round

Follow Globe coverage of the first round, which continues with two games Wednesday and Thursday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/dev985-6791.jpg Devin McCourty wants to stay with Patriots, but test free agency too

Devin McCourty said he still wants to return to New England, and feels the Patriots want him back as well.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/heaps8465-6813.jpg Revolution maintain focus amid MLS labor strife

Despite the threat of a player strike, the team has its eyes on Sunday’s scheduled opener in Seattle.

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Buffalo has agreed to a trade with the Vikings to obtain Cassel in a deal that can be completed next week.

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The days when Olympic bid cities could give enticements ended with the Salt Lake City scandal.

New England ski conditions

Check the latest SnoCountry report for New England downhill skiing/snowboarding areas.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan90.png More from the columnist

Read past columns from Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in 1968 and now contributes occasional columns.

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

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

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