BASEBALL PREVIEW

Meet the 2017 Red Sox

The Red Sox will only have two of their “Big Three” starting pitchers at the start of the season with David Price (right) on the disabled list) But Chris Sale (left) and Rick Porcello (center) are ready to go

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The pitching staff should be better with the addition of Chris Sale, but who will fill the void left by David Ortiz?

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The team said the lefthander has a left forearm flexor strain, and the move allows some roster flexibility.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin032917Celtics-Bucks_Spt11.jpg Bucks showed why they’d be a tough playoff matchup for Celtics

The Celtics got a primer from Milwaukee on the physical play they’ll be facing in the postseason.

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 1: Rex Burkhead #33 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to run the ball past Jerraud Powers #26 of the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

John Grieshop/Getty Images

Patriots notebook

New Patriot Rex Burkhead struggled with injuries in Cincinnati

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Burkhead wasn’t 100 percent when he got his opportunities.

BUCKS 103, CELTICS 100

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin032917Celtics-Bucks_Spt7.jpg A really good rookie had the final say in Celtics’ loss

Malcolm Brogdon’s tough shot in the final seconds helped Milwaukee end Boston’s four-game win streak.

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-14261.jpg Dave Dombrowski not alarmed by raft of pitcher injuries

The ailing arms are piling up, but Dombrowski says it’s not a lack of diligence, just part of the game.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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The forward/center will see action in at least two games for Maine, and possibly the postseason.

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The Red Sox center fielder is determined to better his performance with two strikes.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/78f5f8b844ec45549c1e8a45ea7d4549-78f5f8b844ec45549c1e8a45ea7d4549-0.jpg Red Sox now have a bug to work out at first base

Mitch Moreland has come down with the flu and may not be ready for Opening Day.

Charlie McAvoy skates with Providence Bruins

The 19-year-old defenseman practiced Thursday and will likely make his pro debut Saturday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvspredators_sports902.jpg Breaking down the Bruins’ path to the playoffs

The next 11 days will be full of intrigue, but they do play five of their last six games at home.

Stars at Bruins | 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9e1c7e5723014a9d868f2033cce93861-9e1c7e5723014a9d868f2033cce93861-0.jpg Tuukka Rask ready to go again for Bruins

Boston’s No. 1 goalie will make his second start in three days Thursday vs. Dallas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/55e1361ca3434d6baaa8c6f7c21d564f-55e1361ca3434d6baaa8c6f7c21d564f-0.jpg UMass hires Tenn.-Chattanooga’s Matt McCall as basketball coach

UMass AD Ryan Bamford acted quickly to fill vacancy after being jilted by Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey.

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Sean Payton said New Orleans does not want to give up the first-round pick to sign the cornerback.

SPRING TRAINING REPORT

After final tuneup, Rick Porcello is ‘ready to go’

The Red Sox righthander worked four innings against the Twins, and next up for him is Opening Day.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_sbfollow7_spts.jpg Patriots inquired about Richard Sherman, report says

The Patriots reportedly asked about the Seattle cornerback’s availability before they signed Stephon Gilmore.

Gary Dzen | Court Sense

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/01282011_mp28onhoop1-7836971.jpg Here’s what’s happened since the last time Celtics were in first

It’s been more than six years since the Celtics had the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 10: A general view of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017 - test event for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on March 10, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images

NBC flips its script for Winter Olympics

The network will air live coverage across all time zones rather than save the best material for prime time in the US.

Fort Myers, FL - 2/20/2017 - Red Sox Spring Training. Team workouts. Day Eight at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 21Red Sox, LOID: 8.3.1672832220.

Globe staff predictions for the 2017 MLB season

Peter Abraham, Nick Cafardo, Alex Speier, Chad Finn, Dan Shaughnessy, and Christopher L. Gasper weigh in.

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