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Boston Red Sox' Blake Swihart goes without gloves as he waits for a pitch from the Baltimore Orioles in an at-bat in a spring training baseball game, Monday, March 28, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

So far, Blake Swihart fits like a glove in left field

Positional versatility may be his fastest route back to the majors, and he’s working hard at it.

Boston, MA - 04/29/16 - (1st inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens (60) pitches against the New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 30Red Sox-Yankees, LOID: 8.2.2787768127.

Game 28: Red Sox at White Sox

The Red Sox wrap up a three-game series in Chicago tonight by trying to win the rubber match.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 04: Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees hits a double to right in the first inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

BASEBALL ROUNDUP

Yankees shut out Orioles to stop six-game skid

Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with two walks to help the Yankees stop a six-game skid.

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, encourages starting pitcher Clay Buchholz during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

RED SOX 5, WHITE SOX 2

The good Clay Buchholz shows up, and Red Sox win

The righthander gave up an early homer, then shut down the White Sox to lead Boston to victory.

Boston, MA - 04/29/16 - (1st inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) watches from the Boston Red Sox dugout. Rodriguez , who has been on the disabled list has been rehabbing in Pawtucket. The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 30Red Sox-Yankees, LOID: 8.2.2787768127.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Eduardo Rodriguez may be one start away from return

The goal is to get the rehabbing lefty up to 90-100 pitches, but more importantly feeling good about himself.

Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez celebrates his home run in the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Alex Speier

Will Hanley Ramirez’s bat be more valuable this year?

Ramirez hopes to improve from last season, when he started strong but struggled in his final 84 games.

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 03: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two run double in the 8th inning against the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Red Sox 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Game 27: Red Sox at White Sox

The Red Sox look to bounce back Wednesday night after having their three-game winning streak snapped.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval throws to first during a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Red Sox Notebook

Pablo Sandoval has season-ending shoulder surgery

The Red Sox expect the third baseman to recover by spring training in 2017.

Boston Red Sox' Pablo Sandoval prepares to swing during batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Red Sox usually avoid insuring major contracts

The issue came up Tuesday in connection with Pablo Sandoval, who will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta improved to 6-0 after dominating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-1 win.

MLB roundup: Cubs’ Jake Arrieta dominates Pirates in 7-1 win

The Cubs’ ace improved to 6-0 after scattering two hits over seven shutout innings.

Starter Steven Wright allowed two runs on three hits in six innings for the Red Sox.

white sox 4, red sox 1

Steven Wright has the stuff, but it’s not enough to carry Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez provided the only offense for Boston, hitting a fifth-inning home run.

Pablo Sandoval appeared in only three games this season.

Red Sox usually avoid insuring major contracts

The issue came up Tuesday in connection with Pablo Sandoval, who will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.

Xander Bogaerts has shown plenty of bite at the plate, with his on-base and slugging percentages up.

Alex Speier

Have you noticed how well Xander Bogaerts is playing?

The Red Sox’ shortstop has made a bigger impact than any other player through the first month of the season.

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 26: Red Sox at White Sox

Steven Wright will be on the mound Tuesday as the Red Sox open up a three-game series in Chicago.

Jason Hammel handled the mound work for the Cubs, while Anthony Rizzo (right) took control at the plate Monday.

MLB roundup: League-leading Cubs race past Pirates

Jason Hammel raised his record to 4-0 and Anthony Rizzo hit two doubles for Chicago in its 18-6 victory.

Part of what makes Chili Davis (left) a good hitting coach, said Travis Shaw (right), is his individual approach to each player.

Red Sox hitters heeding Chili Davis’s message

Just because there are two strikes or two outs doesn’t mean it’s time to panic, says the Sox hitting coach.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval (right) came into Dave Dombrowski’s first training camp with the Red Sox in what appeared to be poor shape.

Shoulder surgery to sideline Pablo Sandoval for season

Sandoval lost his starting position in spring training, then played only three games before going on the DL April 13.

Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spent the spring semester teaching at Columbia University.

Alex Speier

To learn about himself, Ben Cherington decided to teach

The former Red Sox GM needed to step away from baseball to help him assess his tenure in Boston.

The first month of the season was one big high-five for the Red Sox.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Red Sox spring to life, and we’re talkin’ baseball again

Right now, the compliments outnumber the complaints, as the Sox have been positively accountable.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 22: Jose Quintana #62 of the Chicago White Sox warms up his hand before a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on April 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Red Sox-White Sox pitching matchups

A look at the scheduled starters for the three-game series in Chicago.

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (right), a feared defender, played the role of offensive hero Sunday night.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Brimming with confidence, Red Sox hit the road

Momentum from a three-game sweep of the Yankees has them in high spirits for a series against the White Sox.

From left: Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr. , and Dustin Pedroia celebrated during the Red Sox’ win Saturday night.

Alex Speier

Red Sox are showing resilience early on

Here are a few of the most noteworthy developments from the Red Sox’ sweep of the Yankees.

Curt Schilling pitched Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS after having surgery to repair a tendon in his ankle.

Chad Finn | Sports Media

Why did ESPN cut bloody sock game from 2004 Red Sox film?

On Sunday, the network re-aired its “30 for 30” documentary on the 2004 ALCS, but removed a 12-minute segment.

Red Sox pitcher David Price threw a pitch in the first inning.

David Price salvages another rocky Fenway start

Price worked his way out of a seventh-inning jam and picked up the win Sunday against the Yankees.

After Sunday’s win over the Yankees, John Farrell’s Red Sox are five games above .500 for the first time since 2013.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

John Farrell has gone from firing line to first place

After a rocky start, Farrell has the Red Sox atop the American League East after 25 games.

Red Sox outfielders (from left) Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts have been in synch since Day 1.

Red Sox hit trifecta with Holt, Bradley, Betts

If there’s a play to be made, the outfielders don’t just want to make it — they expect to.

Christian Vazquez celebrated with Jackie Bradley Jr. (left) and Brock Holt after belting a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Red Sox 8, Yankees 7

Christian Vazquez’s homer powers Red Sox’ sweep

The catcher’s two-run blast in the seventh inning helped Boston nail down the win.

The Red Sox — and their fans — are expecting more from starter Clay Buchholz.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox need Clay Buchholz to pick up his game

Manager John Farrell said the team has been working hard to get the struggling starter turned around.

Chris Sale became the first White Sox pitcher to win his first six starts since 2005.

Baseball roundup: White Sox’ Chris Sale improves to 6-0

Brett Lawrie homered for the third straight day as Chicago beat host Baltimore, 7-1.

Game 25: Yankees at Red Sox

David Price takes the mound against the Yankees for the first time as a Red Sox.

After the Red Sox finished their second straight win over the Yankees, Xander Bogaerts (left) and Brock Holt were left walking on air.

Brock Holt’s down, but he keeps battling

The slumping Sox left fielder missed out on a homer Saturday, but still came through in the at-bat.

Rick Porcello allowed five hits with six strikeouts over seven shutout innings. Above: Porcello threw a pitch in the fourth inning.

Red Sox 8, Yankees 0

Red Sox, Rick Porcello roll past Yankees

The righthander improved to 5-0 by throwing seven shutout innings.

David Ortiz celebrated his home run that beat the Yankees on Friday — and it made an ailing 6-year-old boy in Wyoming very happy.

Red Sox Notebook

David Ortiz fulfills home run promise to sick child

“I think God is the one who takes over this stuff,” Ortiz said after he delivered on a promise to an ailing 6-year-old boy from Wyoming.

Michael Conforto (left) celebrated with Asdrubal Cabrera after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning.

saturday’s baseball roundup

Mets topple Giants to win eighth straight

Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom overcame his first four walks of the season, pitching two-hit ball for six innings.

For Red Sox pitcher David Price, Sunday’s game against the Yankees is just another day at the office.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

David Price looks forward to getting a taste of the rivalry

Boston’s ace said he doesn’t hate the Yankees, but he’ll be plenty amped up for Sunday night’s start.

Chris Sale entered Sunday 5-0 on the season.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

For the White Sox, a hot start dwarfs the Adam LaRoche incident

The spring training conflict between the team and Adam LaRoche hasn’t affected Chicago on the field.

Brett Gardner (11) and the Yankees have scored 12 runs and hit .216 (42 of 194) in their last six games.

Game 24: Yankees at Red Sox

The Sox continue their home series against their AL East foe with a 7:10 p.m. game.

NL batting champion Dee Gordon is the latest athlete to disillusion the fandom.

Bob Ryan

Suspicion: A very harmful side effect of PEDs

The permeation of drugs into sports makes it increasingly difficult for fans to appreciate greatness at face value.

Apr 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Matt Szczur (Right) is greeted by his teammates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

baseball roundup

Matt Szczur’s grand slam sparks Cubs over Braves

Matt Szczur, a midgame defensive replacement, hit his first career grand slam during a five-run eighth inning and the Cubs broke away for a 6-1 victory.

Boston, MA - 04/29/16 - (7th inning) A jubilant Boston Red Sox left fielder Brock Holt (12) celebrates at home plate after scoring the tying run on a 2 RBI double by Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25), not pictured, off New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19), at far right, during the seventh inning. The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 30Red Sox-Yankees, LOID: 8.2.2787768127.

A success story about Junior achievement

Jackie Bradley Jr. has driven in six runs and had four extra-base hits in the last six games.

Boston, MA - 04/29/16 - (8th inning) Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) looks skyward as he crosses the plate after his 2 run home run in the eighth inning. The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 30Red Sox-Yankees, LOID: 8.2.2787768127.

Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

David Ortiz blast in 8th beats Yankees

Ortiz’s homer to left-center came off Yankees star reliever Dellin Betances.

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) sits on the field after he was unable to field a ground ball base hit by Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

red sox notebook

Joe Girardi no longer shocked by positive PED tests

“I think guys get caught up in being ultra-competitive,” said the Yankees manager

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.

A replica of the G41 model glove made by Draper & Maynard and used by Babe Ruth. It bears the company’s signature “Lucky Dog” logo.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

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

Draper & Maynard Co. was once among the largest sporting goods makers in the US.

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.