Gordon Edes recaps yesterday’s amazing come-from-behind victory, making it seven in a row for the Sox. His notebook notes that umpire Dale Scott did not write Manny up for the “incidental contact” on Saturday, and also mentions Ramirez being on the radar of the MLB fashion police. Michael Vega says Ramiro Mendoza “didn’t hear the boos,” but still managed to turn the crowd to his side before leaving the game. Mark Blaudschun says that on the seventh day, Nomar shall rest, so he will sit out today’s game. Michael Silverman uses a similar biblical reference, starting with the opening line, “and on the seventh day, the Red Sox won again.” David Heuschkel recaps the comeback rally of the Sox, their 6th of the year. Sean McAdam says the Toronto bullpen “laid an egg.” His notebook asks “what bullpen problems?” and notes that the CBC has compiled a scoreless streak of 13 1/3 innings. Ooops. The kiss of death by mentioning it, isn’t it? You know, the feeling you got watching Pierce at the line against the Pacers on Saturday, and hoping that one of the ESPN announcers doesn’t jinx it by saying “he hasn’t missed one yet!” Good thing, it didn’t happen.
Michael Smith provides a draft preview at the linebacker position, and discusses Georgia linebacker Boss Bailey in particular. Michael Felger and Kevin Mannix focus similarly on the linebackers available in the draft.
Bob Ryan commits a bit of heresy and says, “Paul Pierce may be the greatest pure scorer the Celtics ever have had,” later going on to certify him as a “Licensed Professional Scorer.” Shira Springer writes that “there are no surprises with the Celtics,” and there’s no surprises in her article either, listing the keys to the series (pretty much serving as O’Brien’s administrative assistant here) as “stopping Indiana in transition, stopping Ron Artest in post-up situations, and continuing to limit Jermaine O’Neal.” She forgot to mention the only way they’ll win games is if they outscore the Pacers. Her notebook says Battie is still waiting to hear from the league office whether his flagrant foul will be downgraded from a type 1 from a type 2 (which earned him an automatic ejection early in Game 1). Steve Bulpett previews tonight’s Game 2. His notebook tells of the consequences of Battie’s flagrant 2 (cost him $1000, unless it’s downgraded, and another flagrant 2 earns him an automatic one game suspension). Mark Murphy says the Pacers might knock him to the floor, but “they’re not going to keep me down.” He also writes about Erick Strickland being a “good soldier” in his reduced role for the Pacers.
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The Sox look to make it 8 in a row today. Catch the action on NESN, which has the annual Patriots Day game from Fenway this morning at 11. FSNE has Game 2 between the Celtics and Pacers tonight at 8:30 (nationally on NBA TV), TNT has a double-header of Suns-Spurs at 8 followed by Jazz-Kings at 10:30. ESPN2 has Game 6, Flyers at Maple Leafs at 7, and ESPN has Game 6, Colorado Avalanche trying to close out the Minnesota Wild at 7:30.