It’s Opening Day for the Red Sox and Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. On paper, tonight’s game looks like a mismatch as the Red Sox send out the most anemic lineup we’ve seen in a while to battle Baltimore’s revamped offensive juggernaut. But the Red Sox are sending out Pedro Martinez.
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The Celtics moved into a tie for the seventh spot in the East last night beating Golden State at the Center to be named later. Mark Murphy has the game story on the Celtics win after blowing and 18 point lead. Banks, Welsch, and Davis came up big. Where are all of the Ricky Davis and Danny Ainge bashers today?
Michael Holley and Jackie MacMullan play point…counterpoint on the effects of the Sox not landing A-Rod in the offseason. Holley says not getting A-Rod was the best thing that could’ve happened to the Sox this offseason, while MacMullan says that A-Rod was the perfect fit for what the Red Sox needed. Jeff Horrigan says that despite injuries this spring, the Sox are optimistic heading into the season opener Sunday night. David Heuschkel says that for the first time in his career, Curt Schilling is listening to and deferring to his catcher. It speaks to the influence of Jason Varitek. David Borges also looks at Schilling allowing Varitek to call the game. The Projo has its Red Sox 2004 Preview up today. It’s supposed to be a preview anyway. In my opinion there is way too much looking back at game 7. Sean McAdam says the loss made the Sox resolve to win this year stronger. Art Martone says the numbers seem to add up for the Sox this year. There are also articles on Terry Francona, pro and con, the front office, Ellis Burks and a comparison with the Yankees. Bob Hohler looks at the history between Schilling and Kevin Brown. Gerry Callahan has a pay column this morning saying that we’ll find out what the Sox stars are made of this year. Dan Shaughnessy writes that Keith Foulke, who has struggled this spring, will be judged almost solely on what he is able to do against the Yankees. Gordon Edes says the Red Sox and Yankees are joined forever, for bitter or for worse. Shaughnessy also has a column on the Red Sox/Yankees and their influence on pop culture. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the ongoing spring struggles of Keith Foulke. Hohler’s notebook also focuses on Foulke.
A few people have made comment about the remarks made by Peter Gammons on WEEI yesterday afternoon. I didn’t hear them personally, but when I did listen to the Big Show, it was obvious that they were generating a lot of reaction. Apparently the view was that Gammons downplayed the steroid issue and the effect that steroids have had on the power numbers in the game.
The Bruins managed a 3-3 tie with the Capitals last night, but the big story is the health of Joe Thornton. Steve Conroy, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Joe McDonald have the game details. Douglas Flynn says the tie is costly in the Bruins playoff standings race. The Herald goes after the Thornton injury angle much harder than the Globe does. Karen Guregian looks at the fear around the injury to Thornton, which is being described as a “rib injury”. Stephen Harris says details are hard to come by in this injury. Ron Indrisano looks at Glen Murray, who despite his 31st goal of the season, isn’t pleased with the outcome last night. Harris also has a look at Sergei Samsonov, who has a little more time to get ready for the playoffs than he did last year. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at Andrew Raycroft winning the seventh player award. Conroy’s notebook also looks at the honor to the rookie goalie. McDonald’s notebook looks more at the injury to Thornton.
Michael Felger and Michael Smith have the details of Bill Belichick denying the report by Ron Borges in yesterday’s Globe claiming that the Patriots have a conditional deal in place with the Lions to move up the sixth pick in the draft. Michael Parente also has a piece on the denial and a couple other Patriot notes. Kevin Mannix has Dennis Erickson (who recruited him) heaping praise on Oregon State running back Steven Jackson. Speaking of the draft, if you haven’t had a chance yet, check out the work done on the BSMW Draft Central page. I really had nothing to do with it, but the people who worked on it have produced a top-notch site, which could hold claim to being one of the best out there. Jackie MacMullan looks at how Tom Brady has virtually disappeared this offseason, in contrast to the offseason following the Patriots first championship.
Celtics links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Bill Griffith looks at all the options available for following the Sox this year. Dave Scott is headed to the Final Four and filed his Friday Edition of Scott’s Shots before he headed out. Lenny Megliola remembers former Daily News sports editor Richard B. Dew III, who passed away on March 29th.
Bob Ryan approves of the Final Four teams. A good mixture of basketball history, tradition and “semiupstart stuff” among the four schools.
FSN has Celtics/Warriors at 7:30. NESN has Red Sox/Braves at 7:00. ESPN has Cavs/Bucks at 8:30.
OK…I think I’m covered for paying for the message board. The order has been placed…
Thanks a million for those who chipped in.
Welcome to the new redesigned Boston Sports Media Watch. There’s still a lot of work to be done, the sub pages still have to be re-built, but over the next few days loose ends should be tied. The message board is a challenge, I really want to be able to import all the old posts and member accounts, and it should be possible, I just have to figure how to do it, or pay someone to do it. New features – the link sections on the left can be expanded or contracted, to allow the site to be a bit “cleaner”. Also on the left you see a box with a quote in it from a local sports media personality. As you refresh the page, that quote should change to another one. I’m going to just keep adding to it, it should be fun.
Links for today. Wow, I was only offline for a little over a day and it just seems much longer than that. Nomar is starting the season on the DL. It’s the top sports story of the morning. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel all focus on Nomar as their lead Red Sox story for the day. Gordon Edes reflects on how Nomar’s injury affects his contract talks, and how the Sox will be content to go into the season with all their free agents to be still unsigned for next year. Michael Holley doesn’t understand all the panic and fuss over Pedro’s struggles this spring. He asserts that Pedro will be just fine once the season begins. Jeff Sullivan has a number of mostly baseball related thoughts, including the idea that the Sox don’t want any of their top four free agents. David Borges looks at yesterday’s 8-8 spring training tie for the Sox and Pirates. Art Davidson looks at Lou Merloni making the Indians opening day roster. Steve Buckley has a pay column today saying that the Sox pitching is so strong that it can offset the loss of Nixon and Nomar to begin the season. Hohler’s notebook says that the Sox have no plans to bring someone in to fill in for Nomar’s absence. Horrigan’s notebook says the opening night roster is nearly complete. McAdam’s notebook looks at Terry Shumpert exercising his out-clause after being assigned to Pawtucket.
The Patriots signed up a free agent yesterday, inking 340 lb defense lineman Keith Traylor to a deal, but the big news according to Ron Borges is that the Patriots have agreed to a deal with the Lions to move into the sixth spot in the draft — if the player they want is still there when the pick comes. Borges says the player the Patriots want is Miami Safety Sean Taylor. Of course, Borges insisted that the Patriots were hot after Dewayne Robertson last year as well. Tom Curran says that Traylor will add the heft to the line that the Pats were looking for. Alan Greenberg says that Traylor is no Ted Washington. Michael Parente looks at the signing and a couple other Patriots notes. Mike Reiss also has a brief report on the signing. Michael Smith and Michael Felger each have a look at Robert Kraft, who is enjoying the view from the top and vowing to keep level headed about the team’s success. Kevin Mannix has Ty Law’s agent Carl Poston taking some shots at the Patriots. Mannix also reports on the new pass interference “point of emphasis” adopted at the owner’s meetings.
The Celtics couldn’t make a stop on defense and fell to Portland last night 105-98 at the FleetCenter. The links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Charlie Pierce reflects on how far the NCAA tournament has come.
NESN has Bruins/Capitals at 7:00. TNT has Kings/Mavs at 8:00 and Rockets/Lakers at 10:30. ESPN2 has Red Wings/Blues at 8:00.