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New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury waits his turn in the cage during batting practice before a spring training baseball game with the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Game 23: Yankees at Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury and the New York Yankees make their first trip of the season to Fenway Park this weekend.

Clay Buchholz wrapped up April with an 0-3 record and 6.51 ERA, one of the worst 10 ERAs in baseball to this point.

Alex Speier

Bad performances in April nothing new for Clay Buchholz

The good news for Red Sox fans is that Buchholz tends to get considerably better after his slow starts.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Back in the day, Plymouth, N.H., was the hub of sporting goods

The Draper & Maynard Company was once among the largest sporting goods makers in the country.

Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon celebrates after scoring on a balk by Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Marlins’ Dee Gordon suspended for PED use

The infielder is the reigning National League batting champion, but tested positive for two banned substances.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Monday, April 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. New York won 3-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Red Sox-Yankees pitching matchups

The three-game series begins Friday night at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox's Henry Owens delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Red Sox’ Henry Owens ready for redemption against Yankees

The lefty, who takes the ball Friday, is winless in two career starts against New York with a 13.50 ERA.

Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Roundup

Cubs’ ace Arrieta rolls against Brewers, 7-2

As an encore to his no-hitter at Cincinnati April 21, Cubs’ righthanded ace Jake Arrieta won his 16th straight decision.

Boston--4/28/16- Boston red Sox vs Atlanta Braves. Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz poured a bottle of water over his hair in the dugout in the 5th inning. Boston Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

BRAVES 5, RED SOX 3

A bad team’s worst hitters get best of Buchholz, and Red Sox lose

Clay Buchholz’s struggles continued as he gave up five runs as Boston’s four-game win streak ended.

Boston--4/28/16- Boston red Sox vs Atlanta Braves. Sox Dustin Pedroia runs full speed as he rounds 1st base on the way to second base on a 1st inning double hit to right field. Boston Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Steals aren’t what make these Red Sox go

The team leads the AL in thefts, but also in runs, doubles, OBP, and slugging percentage.

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens appears with Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione during a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Red Sox, WEEI agree to seven-year contract extension

The new radio rights deal keeps WEEI as the team’s flagship station through 2023.

Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi waits for a pitch during the first inning in a super regional game of the NCAA college baseball tournament against Missouri State in Fayetteville, Ark., Sunday, June 7, 2015. Benintendi was walked. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada tearing up the Carolina League

It may be time to start thinking about promoting the two hot Red Sox prospects to Double A.

Boston, MA - 04/27/16 - (8th inning) Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) celebrates with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) after his second home run of the evening this one a solo home run in the eighth inning . The Boston Red Sox take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of a two game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 28Red Sox-Braves, LOID: 8.2.2781676111.

Alex Speier

There’s still plenty of gas in Dustin Pedroia’s tank

On a team that skews young, the second baseman continues to prove he’s a reliable cornerstone.

Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Game 22: Braves at Red Sox

The Red Sox are going for a four-game sweep of the Braves in Thursday’s series finale at Fenway Park.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Former ESPN Analyst Curt Schilling (C) talks about his ESPN dismissal and politics during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted by Stephen K. Bannon (R) and co-host Alex Marlow (L) at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Curt Schilling accuses ESPN commentators of racism

The former Red Sox pitcher discussed his firing by the network in a Sirius radio interview.

Apr 27, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) celebrates with catcher Brian McCann (34) after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MLB ROUNDUP

Rangers handle Yankees

Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI triple and Texas beat the Yankees, but not before former Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit his 100th homer at the ballpark in Arlington.

Boston, MA - 04/27/16 - (1st inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright (35) pitching during the first inning. The Boston Red Sox take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of a two game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 28Red Sox-Braves, LOID: 8.2.2781676111.

Wednesday was windy, and that’s just how Steven Wright likes it

The conditions were just right as the Red Sox’ knuckleballer baffled the Braves at Fenway Park.

Boston, MA - 04/27/16 - (2nd inning) Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) strokes a grand slam home run home to short right field during the second inning. The Boston Red Sox take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of a two game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 28Red Sox-Braves, LOID: 8.2.2781676111.

RED SOX 9, BRAVES 4

Pedroia picks good time for first Pesky Pole shot

Dustin Pedroia hit two home runs, including a grand slam off the Pesky Pole, to lead the Red Sox over the Braves.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Carson Smith works against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Carson Smith eyeing Monday for return

The plan is for him to pitch Friday and Saturday in Pawtucket.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bud Norris throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Red Sox-Braves pitching matchups

Projected starters for the two-game set in Boston on Wednesday and Thursday.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, April 10, 2016. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Game 21: Red Sox vs. Braves

Steven Wright is on the mound as the Red Sox return to Fenway to play Atlanta.

David Price high-fived teammates after coming off the field in the eighth inning Tuesday night.

Alex Speier

Why David Price’s stuff might be the best of his career so far

There are plenty of reasons to believe that Price’s dominance Tuesday is a harbinger of more such outings to come.

Minor league pitcher Sean Murphy dies at 27

Murphy was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 33d round of the 2010 draft, but never made it to the major league level.

FILE - In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Chris Colabello loosens up before a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets in Dunedin, Fla. Colabello has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the same anabolic steroid that caused Philadelphia pitcher Daniel Stumpf to be disciplined last week, the commissioner's office, Friday, April 22, 2016. The substance, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, is sold under the name Turinabol. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Chris Colabello says he didn’t knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs

The Blue Jays player, who is from Milford, was suspended last week by Major League Baseball for 80 games.

Red Sox starter David Price scuffled in the first inning, then showed ace stuff over the next seven innings.

Red Sox 11, Braves 4

This was the David Price that Red Sox wanted to see

The Red Sox’ ace pitched eight innings and struck out 14 to rebound from a poor outing and improve to 3-0.

Oakland’s starting pitcher Rich Hill, of Milton, threw seven scoreless innings of four-hit baseball.

MLB roundup: Rich Hill, A’s tame Tigers

The Milton product threw seven scoreless innings as Oakland beat host Detroit, 5-1.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia signed autographs before the start of Tuesday’s game in Atlanta.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Dustin Pedroia looks and sounds like his own self

The 32-year-old second baseman is fine — and he’ll be the first to tell you.

Steven Wright, who will get his fourth start of the year Wednesday, has a 1.40 ERA through his first 19⅓
 innings.

Red Sox notebook

Who stops Red Sox hearts from fluttering?

Steven Wright, whose season was cut short in 2015, has already thrown 116 or more pitches twice this year.

Rick Porcello pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and allowed four hits on Monday.

Alex Speier

Is Rick Porcello a bona fide No. 2 or 3 starter?

The righthander’s stats profile, especially lately, puts him in the upper tier of starters in the American League.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox reacts at the end of the first inning after allowing a run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on April 16, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Game 20: Red Sox at Braves

David Price will be on the mound as the Red Sox look for another win at Atlanta.

“He threw the ball well,” Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, a Billerica native, said of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello. Above: Porcello threw a pitch during the first inning Monday.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Rick Porcello’s latest outing impressed a Hall of Famer

Porcello teamed with three other pitchers in Monday’s 1-0 shutout, and Billerica’s Tom Glavine liked what he saw.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 25, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

RED SOX 1, BRAVES 0

Stellar pitching allows Red Sox to get by with one run

Rick Porcello tossed 6 shutout innings, and Craig Kimbrel picked up the save in the opener of the two-game set.

David Price had a short work day last Thursday when he was pulled in the fourth inning of his start against the Rays.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

‘I need to pitch better,’ David Price says

The Red Sox ace takes a 7.06 ERA into Tuesday’s start against the weak-hitting Braves.

Apr 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan (10) rounds third base to score a run during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Cafardo | Apropos of Nothing

It’s hard not to like the way Ryan Hanigan plays ball

The Red Sox’ backup catcher leaves everything on the field, and sets a great example for teammates.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning at Fenway Park on April 20, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Game 19: Red Sox at Braves

Rick Porcello will be on the mound tonight as the Red Sox open a two-game series in Atlanta

Apr 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts and Houston Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus (28) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Speier

What’s behind the struggles of Craig Kimbrel?

The Red Sox’ closer is still throwing smoke, but has now had three poor outings in 10 appearances.

epa05270773 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Wisler delivers to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 21 April 2016. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Red Sox-Braves pitching matchups

Projected starters for the two-game set in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday.

Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan beat the throw at home plate in the 12th inning, giving the Sox an insurance run. Boston beat Houston, 7-5, in 12 innings.

Red Sox 7, Astros 5 (12 inn.)

Red Sox top Astros in extra innings to take series

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s single provided the winning run, salvaging the game after another blown save by Craig Kimbrel.

Pat Light was watching television with a Pawtucket teammate when he got the call to join the Red Sox in Houston.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Reliever Pat Light gets a surprise call from Red Sox

The Pawtucket reliever, a 2012 draft pick, joined the team Sunday in Houston.

Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis has turned around underperforming pitching staffs in Cleveland and Seattle.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Carl Willis expects Red Sox starters to turn it around

If the Sox pitching doesn’t improve, it’s going to fall on Willis’s shoulders.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Pat Light checks first base in the seventh inning of the team's spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 6-5. (Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP)

Pat Light called up as Red Sox shuffle roster again

The Red Sox adjusted their pitching staff for the fourth time in six days on Sunday.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens throws warm up pitches before a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Game 18: Red Sox at Astros

The series in Houston wraps up with nationally televised night game.

Dustin Pedroia dove, but couldn’t come up with this ground ball during the Astros’ four-run fifth inning.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Red Sox are in desperate need of a spark

The team hasn’t been able to break out of its win-one, lose-one start to the season.

Colby Rasmus was greeted at at the plate after his fifth-inning grand slam.

Astros 8, Red Sox 3

Clay Buchholz runs into trouble in fifth, Astros roll past Red Sox

Colby Rasmus’s grand slam broke open a close game, and Houston cruised to a win.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts dodged serious injury when he was hit on the right wrist in Friday night’s game.

Red Sox Notebook

Xander Bogaerts expects to return soon for Red Sox

X-rays on the shortstop’s right wrist were negative; he hopes to play Sunday night.

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ threw a pitch during the first inning.

MLB roundup: Blue Jays snap A’s winning streak

Troy Tulowitzki hit two solo home runs and Josh Donaldson added a three-run blast as Toronto won, 9-3.

It’s not unprecedented for a manager to be fired this early in a season, but it would seem to be a little unfair in John Farrell’s case.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Let’s cool off John Farrell’s hot seat for now

Yes, expectations for the Red Sox are high, but it seems very early to be calling for a managerial change.