The good Clay Buchholz shows up, and Red Sox win

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, encourages starting pitcher Clay Buchholz during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


The righthander gave up an early homer, then shut down the White Sox to lead Boston to victory.


// Eduardo Rodriguez may be one start away from return

The goal is to get the rehabbing lefty up to 90-100 pitches, but more importantly feeling good about himself.

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// Will Hanley Ramirez’s bat be more valuable this year?

Ramirez hopes to improve from last season, when he started strong but struggled in his final 84 games.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 30: De'Runnya Wilson #1 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs makes a touchdown catch against Dravious Wright #8 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 30, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Is next Malcolm Butler among Patriots’ undrafted free agents?

The Patriots added nine players after the draft. Here’s a closer look at them all.

// Celtics dive into a very important offseason

The Celtics will find out where the first of their eight picks will be when the draft lottery is held May 17.


// One way or another, Danny Ainge has the tools for a big fix

He is charged with obtaining a major player, and he has draft picks, trades, and free agency to work with.


// Kelly Olynyk still considering shoulder surgery

Danny Ainge expects a decision from the ailing Celtics forward in about a week.

Kentucky Derby hopeful Nyquist, ridden by Jonny Garcia, gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The 142nd Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

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Handicapping the 2016 Kentucky Derby

The 142nd Run for the Roses is Saturday, and here’s a guide to placing your bets.

// Johnny Manziel heads to court in domestic violence case

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January.

// Suffolk Downs to hold three live racing events this year

Two-day racing cards will be presented in July, August, and September, the track announced Thursday.

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// Superstitious? Nyquist draws the No. 13 spot

Nyquist has been made the early 3-1 favorite, with Exaggerator the second choice in the full field of 20 horses.

// Portland Pirates expected to move to Springfield

Springfield was looking for an AHL team because the Falcons were recently sold to the Arizona Coyotes.

Yohan Blake, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 and 200 meters, will compete in Boston on June 18.



Something big afoot: Track stars coming to Boston

A world-class meet will be held in June on Charles Street between the Common and Public Garden.

// Bruins’ development camp will be July 12-15

This will be their final camp at Wilmington’s Ristuccia Arena before moving to their new facility in Brighton.

NHL Playoffs

// Penguins beat Capitals in OT to take 3-1 series lead

Pittsburgh’s 3-2 OT victory leaves Penguins one win away from eliminating Capitals in best-of-seven NHL playoff series.

Red Sox Notebook

// Pablo Sandoval has season-ending shoulder surgery

The Red Sox expect the third baseman to recover by spring training in 2017.