Any chance the Red Sox can stop the Indians from scoring two runs in the first inning tonight? The Indians did it again, but the Sox were able tie it up and then come back again in the eighth inning to go ahead for good on a triple from David McCarty. Game stories are compiled by Nick Cafardo…Michael Silverman…Joe McDonald…David Heuschkel and David Borges. Sean McAdam looks at Pedro Martinez settling down into an economical groove after needing 50+ pitches to get through the first two innings. Jeff Jacobs has a column about “Citizen Prima Donna” Pedro. He says public and media opinion on Pedro will sway each five days. Lenny Megliola has Pedro enjoying the support and cheers from the Boston fans when he’s going well. Marvin Pave looks at Pedro overcoming a blister to make it through 115 pitches. Michael Gee has a pay column saying it was the right call to leave Pedro in to start the seventh even though he had already thrown 103 pitches. Karen Guregian has a piece on the new American citizen, Manny. Borges also looks at the “new Manny” — seemingly a totally different guy this season.
Michael Vega looks at the clutch hit from David McCarty that won the game for the Sox. Steve Buckley has a pay column about McCarty, who is already being pursued for a career after his playing days are over. Michael O’Connor looks at the Gape Kapler home run which started the scoring for the Sox. Vega has a bit on Bronson Arroyo, who is glad to be rejoining the starting rotation after a brief bullpen stint. O’Connor also looks at Johnny Damon agreeing to shave his beard for charity. Bob Ryan writes about the Sox opening up Fenway for the 7th annual “Field of Dreams” fund raising event. Howard Bryant has a pay column looking at the Braves incredible run since 1991 and also the dead end job which is the first base coach. Silverman’s notebook looks at the Sox sending Byung-Hyun Kim to Pawtucket. Heuschkel’s notebook has Theo taking the blame for the performance of Kim. McDonald’s notebook looks at the demotion of Kim. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the return of Manny as a citizen. Borges’ notebook looks at batting practice for Trot and Nomar.
Tom Farmer of the Herald has a report on the ill will that existed between the children of Ted Williams right down to the death of John Henry Williams. Well adjusted kids, those.
Michael Smith reports on the Patriots signing Guard Bob Hallen. The Inside Track tells us that the Patriots visited Walter Reed Army Hospital on Monday to talk with Soldiers, some of whom are just back from Iraq.
Shira Springer has a brief note that the Celtics and Tony Brown are “far apart” on a contract to bring the assistant coach on-board to work with Doc Rivers.
As a heads-up, I’m planning on having a 3-day “mini” fund drive next week for the spring. Ideas and suggestions for the drive are welcome.
NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Heat/Pacers at 8:00 and T-Wolves/Kings at 10:30. ESPN2 has Braves/Cardinals at 7:00 and Cubs/Dodgers at 10:00.