Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Baseball’s pace of play issue doesn’t have to be rancorous. Here’s how

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: 2016 Hank Aaron Award National League recipient Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs (L) and 2016 Hank Aaron Award American League recipient David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox react as Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred looks on prior to Game Two of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Bringing players into the discussion is a critical first step toward achieving MLB’s goal.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin022017SpringTrainingDay8_Spt28.jpg Hanley Ramirez nagged by sore shoulder

Red Sox manager John Farrell says the injury isn’t serious, and only affects Ramirez’s throwing.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_soxvsyankees201.jpg What’s next, robots calling balls and strikes?

Baseball players and coaches were asked for their most bizarre ideas for speeding up the game.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021917SpringTrainingDay7_Spt21.jpg Allen Craig is focusing on the positive

He knows there aren’t many scenarios this spring that will lead to him getting a spot on the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/609844022.jpg Can Jacoby Ellsbury return to being the player he once was?

The Yankees believe Ellsbury needs to have a better year, and that his role as a leadoff man or No. 2 hitter couldn’t be more important.

Newton, Ma-Jan.16, 2017-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Robert Gaynor, a retired attorney turned sculptor with his sculpture of Sandy Koufax, his boyhood idol in front of his Newton home.

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STAN GROSSFELD

In a Newton front yard, Sandy Koufax stands tall

An amateur sculptor has immortalized his boyhood hero in bronze.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9e67ba63d408488dabf0e987d3a18f6f-9e67ba63d408488dabf0e987d3a18f6f-0.jpg Jonas Jerebko looking to lose mask

The Celtics forward hopes he can ditch the face shield for Monday’s game against the Hawks.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c9e8c0fa591c4308a20ddf9f77fc9cf5-c9e8c0fa591c4308a20ddf9f77fc9cf5-0.jpg John-Michael Liles gets the call while Colin Miller sits

It was the first time Miller was scratched in 12 games.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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CELTICS 104, PISTONS 98

Jaylen Brown gave it his best shot in Celtics’ win

The rookie’s go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute allowed Boston to get past the Pistons.

Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (86) punches Dallas Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

BRUINS 6, STARS 3

Bruins throttle Stars in Dallas

Boston moved into third in the Atlantic, going 3-1-0 on its road trip.

DAYTONA 500

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/645633474-12885.jpg Kurt Busch takes center stage with Daytona 500 triumph

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver won NASCAR’s crown jewel event and the series’ first race under a new three-stage format.

Daytona 500 notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/645636220.jpg Rob Gronkowski shares spotlight with Kurt Busch

The Patriots tight end took part in Busch’s Victory Lane celebration after the veteran won the 500.

Blake Swihart is back to being a full-time catcher after playing some left field in 2016.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Blake Swihart feeling more comfortable behind the plate

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Swihart’s defense has improved noticeably after a minor mechanical adjustment.

MIAA ALL-STATE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_miaatrack1_spts.jpg Milton gets a double victory from Smith Charles

The sophomore won the 55-meter dash and long jump, and he placed fourth in the high jump.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/05816210.jpg Mikaela Shiffrin storms to combined World Cup race victory

Shiffrin extended her advantage in the overall standings to 300 points over Ilka Stuhec.

NBA roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e13f603829bd46eeafc6f629d3257d5a-e13f603829bd46eeafc6f629d3257d5a-0.jpg Russell Westbrook, Thunder overpower Pelicans

New Orleans fell to 0-3 since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento last week.

nhl roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1d3b91800ffe420e955b893582b10269-1d3b91800ffe420e955b893582b10269-0.jpg Johnny Gaudreau scores twice as Flames top Hurricanes

Gaudreau had his third two-goal game of the season in visiting Calgary’s 3-1 victory.

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