Pedro’s the Sheriff, the enforcer,

Pedro’s the Sheriff, the enforcer, the stopper. So say Bob Hohler and Frank Dell’Apa. In the latter article, Pedro says the Sox are just as good as the Yankees and could’ve swept them last weekend. He said the Yankees are lucky, and sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Over at the Herald, Jeff Horrigan calls him the human lug wrench. Karen Guregian studies the new Pedro. What I’m wondering is if Pedro will get suspended for retaliating and hitting Ben Grieve last night. The MLB offices seem to take a delight in suspending Red Sox pitchers, and in light of Pedro’s defiant comments after the game, I’m thinking people and the media might be surprised to hear from Bob Watson on this one.

The two papers once again have matching articles on Jason Varitek. (Chris Snow and Mike Shalin ) How and why does that happen? Don’t the papers want to be different from each other, “scoop” each other? Now it appears they share in writing of articles. The Notebooks are comparable, each featuring Fossum and the possible release of Garces, maybe even as soon as today. Bob Hohler’s notebook is a little more informative. Steven Krasner’s ProJo notebook reports that the rumor was that it was Garces who erupted in the clubhouse after the game Tuesday night.

Jim Donaldson attempts satire on the subject of the Patriots chances to repeat. At least that’s what I hope he was doing…After Tom Curran gave us 20 questions heading into camp yesterday, Michael Felger gives us 10 things to look for. Felger also rates the Pats coaching staff as the best in the league. Kevin Mannix tries to explan why the oddsmakers have the Pats as a barely .500 team this season. Michael Holley is reluctant to see the new season start, as he still wants to savor last year. Nick Cafardo tells us what Charlie Weis’ will be able to do this preseason.

The headline for Jim Baker’s column is “Walton pans C’s trade”, yet there is a quote inside from Walton where he says: ” The Celtics aren’t interested in being in the middle of the pack and this is a definite step in the right direction – if Baker can play.” Which is it? Walton, by the way will join former NBC studio analyst Tom Tolbert in moving to the ABC broadcasts of the NBA next season. Bill Griffith’s media column looks at the Ruiz fight, as well as some more remembrances of Ned Martin.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30. ESPN Classic has Roger Clemens SportsCentury at 8:30 and 11:30.