Back To It

Yesterday was a day to breathe a little bit. Enjoy the events of the weekend. David Heuschkel has a nice look at Keith Foulke and what he has meant to the Red Sox bullpen. Even the Yankees are impressed by him. Bob Hohler also looks at Foulke, for whom baseball is job, not something he’d pay to watch if he wasn’t pitching. Jeff Horrigan says that the bullpen as a whole is functioning in textbook fashion. Dan Shaughnessy loves Manny. He wants you all to know that Manny is not a bad guy, and he never thought he was.

Let’s get this straight about Manny: He has been roughed up in this space and others when he declined to run out a ground ball, or vanished on an important weekend, or refused to pinch hit. But he is not a clubhouse cancer. Never has been. Not even close. He comes to the park early, does his job, and goes home.

Thanks for setting that straight for us, Dan. Some of us were confused. David Borges also has a look at this “new” Manny. Michael Silverman has a look at Mark Bellhorn, who has been effective enough at the plate to draw a league high 19 walks thus far. Jeff Sullivan looks at the return of Brian Daubach. Jon Couture says that games in April count as much as games later in the season. Sullivan also has some baseball thoughts from the weekend. Did you know that “Byung-Hyun Kim is one small dude?” Hohler’s notebook looks at knee surgery for Ellis Burks. Horrigan’s notebook also looks at Burks.

Kevin Mannix polls GMs around the league who feel the Patriots got a steal with Vince Wilfork, even if the rest of their draft wasn’t all that good. Michael Parente says the Pats hope as many players from this draft stick around as have players from the last two drafts. Ron Hobson says the draft went according to plan. Gerry Callahan has a pay column on Pat Tillman, who he calls the ultimate American. Jim Donaldson lauds Chargers GM A.J. Smith. Why? Because he’s a Providence homey. Rich Thompson looks at Marquise Hill. Mike Reiss says there is a lot to ponder from this draft. Parente also looks at safety Dexter Reid.

By the way, when thinking about the Patriots being knocked for having a “make up” draft by a certain Globe writer…it occurred to me…what does that same writer think about the Bills spending a first round pick on a QB, a mere two years after trading a first rounder for Drew Bledsoe – a favorite of the writer? Is that an admission that Bledsoe was a bust? Anyone remember Tom Donahoe crowing after acquiring Bledsoe…saying that they stole him for only one first round pick, when they were actually willing to give up more? Remember the huge rally in Buffalo? The parade? How quickly things change. This is not a knock on Drew, its just another indictment of the ability of the media to make any sort of player evaluation. ProFootballTalk.com has a bit on the media’s inability to judge talent. Scroll down to the “Scouts Scoff At NFL Writers” section.

John Carroll is out at Celtics coach, and the search for a replacement begins. There are also roster reviews from both major papers. Links are over at Fox Sports Net. Lenny Megliola also has a piece on Danny Ainge meeting with the players yesterday morning.

John Molori looks at Pat Tillman, the NFL draft, Bob Ryan and a couple other items in this week’s edition of Media Blitz.

Stan Grossfeld looks at a program of youth boxing. Children, actually as young as three years old.

The registration page for the message board is once again open. The cost for registration is $15. This helps keep the site in bandwidth and is also an attempt to keep the nitwits away.

NESN has Red Sox/D-Rays at 7:00. TNT has Heat/Hornets at 8:00 and T-Wolves/Nuggets at 10:30. ESPN has Red Wings/Flames at 9:00. ESPN2 has Lightning/Canadiens at 7:00.

Sweet Sweep

What a weekend for Boston sports. Sox sweep the Yankees in Yankee Stadium and the Patriots score some prospects in the draft.

Ron Borges completely reverses course from his column of yesterday. Yesterday he said that the first two picks on Saturday were nothing more than an admission that the Patriots last two number picks Daniel Graham and Ty Warren were complete busts and needed to be replaced. Today he gives the Pats high marks, says they got younger on defense and are a stronger team this morning. He gives them high marks in the AFC East. How can he do that? Tom Curran looks at why the Patriots drafted more D-line and another tight end, and the depth that the team now has. Kevin Mannix says character issues aside, the Patriots drafted well. Tom Curran, Nick Cafardo and Rich Thompson look at Cedric Cobbs, the running back from Arkansas who has a bit of a troubled past. The Patriots hope he can get a fresh start here in New England. Thompson also has a look at free safety Dexter Reid from North Carolina, picked in the fourth round. Alan Greenberg looks at Patriots picks from the south who are happy to come north. Mike Reiss looks at the depth added by the Pats this weekend. George Kimball has a pay column looking at Bob Kraft, and his sideline role in the draft these days as he lets his staff do the work. He’s content to sit back and enjoy this run. Cafardo’s notebook has Belichick saying that he has a better team this morning than they were. Curran’s notebook has the Pats moving forward on players with character issues. Reiss’ notebook has more on Cobb.

Pedro and Manny lead the Sox over the Yankees yesterday in the Bronx. Game stories are provided by Bob HohlerJeff HorriganDon Amore and Steven Krasner. No Dan Shaughnessy, Red Sox fans are not “calculating the Sox’ magic number and planning Yankee Elimination Day parties.” Tony Massarotti looks at Pedro, changing his style, yet still dominating. Sean McAdam says the Yankees knew early they wouldn’t be getting to Pedro this time. David Heuschkel says there was no Bronx nightmare for Pedro this time. Howard Bryant says Pedro is less intimidating, but still impressive. Gordon Edes looks at the silent Yankee offense. Michael Silverman looks at another big homer against the Yankees for Manny Ramirez. Jeff Jacobs looks at the mess that is the Yankees. Massarotti looks at the work done by Jason Varitek, while Silverman looks at Scott Williamson doing what he should’ve had a chance to do last October. Hohler’s notebook looks at a smooth road trip. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Francona giving Keith Foulke a day off. Krasner’s notebook has more on Williamson. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Manny’s blasts against the Yankees.

The Celtics season is mercifully over. Links from yesterday’s loss are over at Fox Sports Net.

The best NHL writer in New England, Russ Conway has a great piece yesterday on Joe Thornton, challenging the attack made on the Bruins captain by Kevin Paul Dupont in the Globe on the morning of game 7 against Montreal. He looks at what it means to be a captain and gets quotes from Bruins past on the subject. A must read for Bruins fans, and hockey writers alike.

Dave Scott looks at the draft, Sunday night shows and all over things Boston sports media in a Monday edition of Scott’s Shots.

TNT has Bucks/Pistons at 7:00 and Kings/Mavs at 9:30. ESPN has Sharks/Avalanche at 8:00. ESPN2 has Cubs/Diamondbacks at 9:30.