NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

There actually is some competition for jobs in Red Sox camp

Fort Myers, FL - 2/22/2017 - Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright (35) and Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (31) head out to throw long toss in the rain. Red Sox Spring Training. Team workouts. Day Ten at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 23Red Sox, LOID: 8.3.1672831724.

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Three pitchers will battle for the Nos. 4 and 5 spots in the rotation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2015-02-02T031704Z_258128224_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_NFL-SUPER-BOWL-XLIX-NEW-ENGLAND-PATRIOTS-VS-SEATTLE-SEAHAWKS.jpg Richard Sherman’s All-Star jersey collection includes a Tom Brady

The Patriots quarterback wrote a message on the jersey, although part of it is obscured in a photo Sherman shared.

Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

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

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Boston, MA - 7/22/2016 - {9th inning) Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) had a conciliatory pat on the back for Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) who struck out to end the game. The Boston Red Sox take on the Minnesota Twins in Game 2 of a 4 game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 23Red Sox-Twins, LOID: 8.2.3687102459 .

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Alex Speier

Can the Red Sox’ lineup stay healthy again?

The lineup is unlikely to be as healthy this season as in 2016, when seven players appeared in at least 145 games.

HAWKS AT CELTICS | 7:30 P.M. (CSN)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cshawks6_spts-12923.jpg Hawks’ Schroder stands by his accusation on Isaiah Thomas

The Hawks guard reiterated at shootaround that the Celtics star disparaged his family in a January game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9823d179241f420f85e5b72716adec87-9823d179241f420f85e5b72716adec87-0.jpg Why free agent Terrence Jones and the Celtics are unlikely to reach a deal

The forward remains one of the more attractive options in the buyout market.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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

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

SPRING TRAINING REPORT

Relievers about the only bright spot for Red Sox

Starter Brian Johnson gave up three runs in 2⅔ innings as the Sox lost to the split-squad Cardinals, 7-2, in Fort Myers.

//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.

//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.

Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, talks with Celtics draft picks Abdel Nader, left, of Egypt, and Ben Bentil, of Ghana, right, after an introductory news conference Friday, June 24, 2016, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Chad Finn

Enough with the gripes about Danny Ainge, already

If the NBA held a general manager draft, the Celtics’ boss would go in the top 3.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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The tag allows the Cardinals to negotiate with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

CELTICS 104, PISTONS 98

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/24a7985d60a449518fa2a7e9607511ea-24a7985d60a449518fa2a7e9607511ea-0.jpg 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.

Wilmington- 07/15/2016The Boston Bruins held their last day of developmental camp at Ristuccia Arena. Bruins general Manager, Don Sweeney watches a scrimmage from the stands. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

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FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Bruins’ best move before trade deadline: Do nothing

Their needs are long-term, not of the rental variety, and a trade might even hurt more than help.

Fluto Shinzawa | Hockey Food

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Pecan Lodge and Tacos La Banqueta were the go-to places on this trip to cover the Bruins vs. the Stars.

Boston, MA- 12-06-16: Northeastern's Alex Murphy (0) is pictured during the game. Northeastern visited Harvard for a mens basketball game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) reporter: unknown topic: NU-Harvard hoops

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JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Handicapping this week’s conference tournaments

Tha NCAAs are the main event, but the conference tournaments will make for an exciting undercard.

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.

STAN GROSSFELD

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gaynor1-12237.jpg In a Newton front yard, Sandy Koufax stands tall

An amateur sculptor has immortalized his boyhood hero in bronze.

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.

Barry Chin/Globe staff

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.

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