Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Here are six ways the Red Sox can get better right now

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 23: Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox throws in the first inning against the aka at Fenway Park on June 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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As the Red Sox rebound from a poor start to the season, there are several moves that might speed the process.

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Alex Speier

What should the Red Sox do with Mike Napoli?

The Red Sox soon face some hard decisions regarding their first baseman’s fate.

Florida Panthers right wing Jimmy Hayes (12) skates past Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Bruins sign Jimmy Hayes, Brett Connolly

Hayes got a three-year contract, Connolly a one-year deal. The Bruins have now locked up all of their restricted free agents.

Boston Red Sox's Steven Wright steps off the field after pitching in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Boston. The Blue Jays won 13-5. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Red Sox option Steven Wright to Pawtucket

With Wright sent down, the Red Sox will have a roster spot to fill on Tuesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RedSox-Astros09.jpg Red Sox make defensive history in win over Astros

For the first time in more than 17,000 games, the Sox did not have a first baseman record a putout.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/sox2-7473.jpg Red Sox improving, but there still is a problem area — bullpen

The pen is suffering from some wear; it had to go four innings Sunday and Alexi Ogando struggled.

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Serena Williams extended her streak of Grand Slam victories to 25 matches.

US 5, Japan 2

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2015-07-06T014255Z_1264409463_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_SOCCER-WOMEN-S-WORLD-CUP-FINAL-JAPAN-AT-UNITED-STATES.jpg Carli Lloyd’s hat trick leads Americans to third World Cup

The American women overwhelmed the defending champion for their first World Cup title since 1999.

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Wambach was a winner in what was expected to be her final World Cup match on Sunday night.

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About 500 people waving US flags and sporting red, white, and blue gathered at City Hall Plaza to cheer on the Americans.

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs looks to pass under pressure from Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 5 of their first round NBA playoffs series in Los Angeles, California on April 28, 2015. TThe Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

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Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

For NBA free agents, shorter deals may pay off later

With teams getting richer from a new TV deal next year, free agents must weigh long-term security vs. big paydays.

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The forward spent the last four seasons in Boston, averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/479635498.jpg 13 fans hurt after wild last-lap crash at Daytona

The car driven by Austin Dillon soared into the fence in front of the stands, and one person was hospitalized.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/easley.jpg Patriots’ Dominique Easley out to help sister, conquer fibromyalgia

Destinee Easley, 16, is among an estimated 5 million Americans who are afflicted by the chronic disorder.

Sports Log

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One report says Pierre-Paul injured two fingers and thumb during a display at his Florida home.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_kelly_olynyk.jpg Summer training suits Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk

The third-year forward is not required to be at the team’s summer practice in Salt Lake City, but he sees it as an opportunity.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_rory_mcilroy.jpg Ankle injury puts Rory McIlroy’s British Open defense in doubt

The world’s top-ranked golfer said he suffered the injury while playing soccer.

Budapest’s 2024 Olympics bid moving forward

Boston could have more competition for the Summer Games, as the Hungarian government is expected to approve Budapest’s proposal soon.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/DV2077434-7447.jpg Chris Froome takes over as Tour de France leader

The crash-marred third stage saw about 20 riders fall and several withdraw.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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

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