Alex Speier

Do Red Sox have a magic trick up their sleeve?

07/25/16: Boston, MA: Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski spoke to reporters in the dugout today during batting practice. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic: Red Sox-Tigers

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There’s a looming curiosity hovering over the team as to whether they are indeed done trading for roster improvements.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/580958420.jpg Game 98: Tigers at Red Sox

The Red Sox have dropped three of their last four entering Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. game at Fenway Park.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-9815.png Reflections on a weekend with the baseball gods

Saturday in Cooperstown I was allowed to salute the diamond gods at Doubleday Field.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosdetpre1_spts.jpg Dave Dombrowski not looking back at Tigers’ tenure

With his former club in town, the Red Sox’ president of baseball operations has kept his focus on the future.

Clay Buchholz, shown during his appearance Saturday, has a 6.10 ERA in 82⅔
 innings this season.

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Alex Speier

It may be a good idea for Red Sox to keep Clay Buchholz

For all his struggles, the righthander still has some value as the Red Sox align for the homestretch.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin070916RedSox-Rays_spt6.jpg Craig Kimbrel making quick recovery

Manager John Farrell said the closer threw 25 pitches on Monday, and he may be able to return as soon as next week.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2016-07-03T051917Z_1647768266_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-NEW-YORK-YANKEES-AT-SAN-DIEGO-PADRES.jpg Blue Jays acquire Melvin Upton Jr. from Padres

Upton is batting .256 with 16 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases this season.

Bryce Brentz walked back to the dugout after striking out with the bases loaded as a pinch hitter for Travis Shaw (foreground).

TIGERS 4, RED SOX 2

Red Sox miss opportunity in loss

Boston failed to take advantage of a bases-loaded, no-out threat in the eighth inning.

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 11, 2012 shows Russia's Yury Postrigay (R) and Alexander Dyachenko celebrating after winning the gold medal in the kayak double (K2) 200m men's final A during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Eton, west of London. Canoeing's governing body has banned five Russians, including a gold medallist and a five-times world champion, from next month's Rio Olympics after an explosive independent report revealed state-run doping across Russian sport. The five were named as Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaya, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia’s list of banned Olympic athletes grows

At least 85 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team have so far been barred.

Newton’s Gevvie Stone a medal contender in rowing at Rio

In preparation for Rio, Stone — ranked No. 2 in the world — has been busy with 16 workouts per week.

Foxborough, MA - 01/21/16 - New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) at practice. The New England Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Michael Whitmer, Topic: 22Patriots, LOID: 8.2.1306764234.

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Julian Edelman among 7 on physically-unable-to-perform list

A surprise was the name that wasn’t on the list: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.

STATE OF THE PATRIOTS I S

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New England’s safety group is versatile and valuable.

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Stan Grossfeld

At the Parade of Legends, baseball is alive and well

Anyone who thinks baseball is dying has not been to this short parade of aging heroes and their sun-drenched fans.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/40689c024b7349b995312353eb8143de-40689c024b7349b995312353eb8143de-0.jpg Boston’s learning curve a valid concern as trade deadline approaches

History shows pitchers often need some time to adjust after arriving here.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5e8ee18ed5ac461e94a5bf99e1a2d9fd-5e8ee18ed5ac461e94a5bf99e1a2d9fd-0.jpg It’s time for the Patriots to go back to work. Here’s your guide

A rundown of spectator info, position battles, key dates, rookies, newcomers, and more.