NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Max Scherzer talks a good game

Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello still maintain their friendship.

Scherzer started his career with the Diamondbacks but really learned how to pitch with the Tigers.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022315RedSoxSpring_spt34-001.jpg Christian Vazquez to get second opinion on elbow Wednesday

Dr. James Andrews will do the exam at his clinic in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

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It’s the first Opening Day assignment for Buchholz, a 30-year-old righthander.

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The Red Sox beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings at JetBlue Park.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin030215RedSoxSpring_spt15-6827.jpg Catcher Blake Swihart almost certainly untouchable now

The injury to Christian Vazquez has left the Sox in no position to trade Swihart.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7124.jpg Christian Vazquez’s injury is a sad, scary development

The Red Sox are anxious about the man they expected to bat ninth and catch 140 games this season.

Red Sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022215RedSoxSpring_spt79.jpg Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez concerned after MRI

Vazquez, whose status for Opening Day appears in doubt, said he was unsure whether there was a tear in his elbow.

FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz speaks during a news conference in Sarasota, Fla. Ortiz says he

David Ortiz comments on why he wrote about drug tests

“It’s not me. It’s the reporters who keep asking me the same questions,” Ortiz said.

Baseball notebook

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New shortstop Gregorius left with a sprained left wrist after the fourth. X-rays were negative

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

AP

Saturday’s spring training report: Matt Barnes makes bullpen mark

The Red Sox beat the Rays, 9-6, in Port Charlotte, Fla.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Dan_Shaughnessy_150px-7151.jpg Dear David Ortiz, since you brought it up . . .

A look at allegations of steroid use and drug testing that have revolved around David Ortiz.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ortiz150-8128.jpg Failed drug test shadows Davis Ortiz

The stigma has stuck to Ortiz like pine tar, scarring his legacy and threatening to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b9453c196f1b425f99a6ed96a0acff76-b9453c196f1b425f99a6ed96a0acff76-0.jpg David Ortiz blasts those who believe he’s a drug cheat

The Red Sox’ designated hitter wrote a first-person essay on PED suspicions, the hall of fame, and MLB testing practices.

Red Sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c1a8eb272a9e4d77a2e179ff87ad7634-c1a8eb272a9e4d77a2e179ff87ad7634-0.jpg Red Sox send Christian Vazquez to get MRI

Vazquez has caught only 26 innings in major league games this spring, the last coming on March 13, because of a sore right elbow and triceps.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/6384134fd279427a8a847b91fa8ccd79-6384134fd279427a8a847b91fa8ccd79-0-7121--90x90.jpg Friday’s spring training report: Clay Buchholz isn’t sharp

Old friend Pedro Ciriaco touched Buchholz for a three-run double in a rain-shortened Atlanta win.