Just One Of 162, Folks

I hate that opening day is almost always followed by an off day. What’s the point? The first game then gets rehashed over and over again. It happened last year when the Sox dropped the opener to the Devil Rays, and will happen again today. Expect nitwit radio to be in full effect today. I can hardly wait. (Heavy on the sarcasm.)

Pedro is in the crosshairs of the media this morning. Bob Hohler says it was just one bad inning for Pedro that did him and Red Sox in. Jeff Horrigan says Pedro still can’t finish off a game. Art Martone says that Pedro just wasn’t good enough. David Heuschkel says that Pedro fell short once again. Tony Massarotti says that the old Pedro has gone missing. Dan Shaughnessy says that Pedro’s outing and early departure were troubling. Massarotti also says that signs say that things are getting ugly in Pedro’s negotiations with the Red Sox for a new contract. Howard Bryant has a pay column saying that for the Sox, the risk of Pedro’s health is too great to be giving him a big contract. Sean McAdam looks at the Sox getting the season off on the wrong foot. David Borges says it’s just another rough opening day for the Sox. Steve Buckley looks at the Sox stumbling out of the gate and Sox fans making the trip to the Tobin. Howard Bryant says that the Sox offense is hampered by injuries. He also has a sidebar on the shoddy defense. Nick Cafardo says Johnny Damon wasn’t hiding after a rough start. Buckley takes a look at Bill Mueller’s lifetime success at Camden Yards. Joe Burris looks at Red Sox fans in Baltimore. Borges also looks at the debut of Mark Bellhorn at second base for the Sox.

Nick Cafardo looks at Miguel Tejada making his Oriole debut and extracting some revenge against the Sox. Joe Burris and Tony Massarotti look at Javy Lopez and the other new Orioles making a quick impact.

Gordon Edes and David Heuschkel have articles looking at Terry Francona, his background and debut as Sox manager. Heuschkel has a second article looking at Francona’s interview.

Hohler’s notebook looks at an unusual wild stint from Mike Timlin. Horrigan’s notebook says that Johnny Damon plans on keeping his long hair and beard. McAdam’s notebook looks at Francona’s debut. Heuschkel’s notebook says Francona can’t wait to get into a routine. Borges notebook looks at Francona losing sleep over the opener.

Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins beating the Devils and clinching the number two seed in the East heading into the playoffs. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell also looks at the victory in New Jersey. Dan Hickling also has coverage of the game. Mick Colageo looks at the Bruins admiration for the Devils and how they hope to emulate their playoff success as well. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook says that Joe Thornton’s status for the playoffs is unknown. Harris’ notebook says that it is possible that Thornton could play in the opener on Wednesday.

Celtics Links are over at Fox Sports Net.

Dave Scott has reported from San Antonio each day of the Final Four. Check out his observations in Scott’s Shots.

ESPN2 has baseball all day, with prime times games with Giants/Astros at 7:00 and Rangers/A’s at 10:30. CBS has the NCAA Tournament Championship with UConn/Georgia Tech at 9:00.

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