Morning Sports Update: John Farrell says starting rotation’s ‘execution has got to improve’

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 12:  Red Sox Manager John Farrell pulls Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox during the 6th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 12, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Red Sox Manager John Farrell pulls Clay Buchholz during the 6th inning against the Baltimore Orioles. –Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox lose to the Orioles, David Ortiz remains optimistic, and Brad Stevens doesn’t appear to care about playoff scenarios.

John Farrell says starting rotation’s ‘execution has got to improve’: “Last couple of games we’ve started with a lead, but still, it’s a matter of going out and executing pitches,” said manager John Farrell after the Red Sox’s 9-5 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday night. “The job of a starter is going to require two, three times through the order, and that’s going to require a mixture of pitches and consistent execution. The execution has got to improve.” (


David Ortiz says ‘It’ll be fine. It’s early’: “Are you panicking?” Ortiz asked a reporter after Tuesday’s game. “Go home and buy a black cat then. That means you’re scared. … No pain, no gain. It’ll be fine. It’s early. That’s what I believe. I know our pitching staff is going to bounce back and put it together. It’s a matter of time.” (

Brad Stevens apparently couldn’t care less about playoff scenarios: A Boston Celtics staffer walked into coach Brad Stevens’ office Tuesday morning with a printout that detailed all the possible playoff scenarios in the traffic-jammed Eastern Conference. It turned out to be a waste of ink and paper. (

J.J. Hardy, Mark Trumbo homer to keep Orioles perfect, beat Red Sox, 9-5: After jumping all over Boston ace David Price in the series opener, the Baltimore Orioles had plenty left for an encore performance Tuesday night. (

Gronk and Odell Beckham hang out in onesies:

Greatest Patriots draft picks ever, by round: No team gets it right every year, in every round of the NFL Draft. But throughout their history, the New England Patriots have had some seriously great picks, including at least one all-time great pick in each round. (


LeGarrette Blount reportedly re-signs with Patriots: LeGarrette Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. (

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