The Red Sox offense was shut down last night, but worse than that, Pokey Reese could be out for a while with a thumb injury. All in all, a pretty depressing night at Fenway. Gordon Edes’ game story tells us that Doctor Bill Morgan says that in a best case scenario, Pokey could be back by the weekend…paint Edes skeptical on that score. Pokey is also the focus of the game stories by Jeff Horrigan, Steven Krasner and David Borges. Derek Lowe pitched fairly well, and that is the focus of David Heuschkel and Lenny Megliola and their coverage of the game. Marvin Pave and Matt Kalman look at the outing for Lowe, noting that the sinker was effective for the most part last night, producing the usual high number of ground balls. With all the rumors swirling around involving Carlos Beltran, Sean McAdam says the Royals centerfielder would be the best addition the Red Sox could make midseason.
Michael Silverman and Mike Shalin both have more on the injury to Pokey and what it could mean for him and team. Shalize Manza Young has a look at David Ortiz enjoying a visit with his ex-teammates. Pave takes a look at the red hot Johnny Damon, who is unfazed by any rumors of Beltran. Shalin also has a piece on Ellis Burks, who hopes to return from his injury very soon. Kalman takes a look a former Sox farmhand Lew Ford, who has become a starter for the Twins. Borges’ notebook gives us an update on Bill Mueller. Horrigan’s notebook has Scott Williamson dealing with trade rumors, again. Edes’ notebook explore what the Sox will do if Pokey is out for any length of time. The Projo notebook looks at the outing by Lowe, and Heuschkel’s notebook takes a further look at Pokey’s injury.
Shira Springer looks at the options available to the Celtics in tonight’s NBA draft. Steve Bulpett looks at Danny Ainge’s plans for tonight and they don’t include trading Paul Pierce. Dan Shaughnessy pokes fun at the NBA draft, but also reports on some tension in the Celtics front office as he says some feel ownership and new hires are creating “interference” with the draft plans. On FSN last night, Greg Dickerson and Gary Tanguay said it was their belief that the Celtics would make a deal to move up and be in position to select 6-7 High School point guard Shaun Livingston. Tim Weisberg says fans shouldn’t hope for any miracles for the Celtics from this draft. (By the way, Congratulations to Tim, whose wife gave birth to a baby boy on Monday morning.) Kevin McNamara says that the Celtics will definitely be younger after the draft, but wonders if they’ll be any better. Christopher Price also has a look at what the Celtics might do tonight. Jon Japha reminds us that the Celtics have not drafted well for the last 10 years. Peter May trots out his top five prospects at each position. Bill Reynolds says the draft isn’t fun anymore. Michael Muldoon looks at all the foreign players that make the draft so hard to predict. Naomi Aoki looks at the business side of the Celtics, who insist that their focus is on winning, not making money.
Time for the Mock Drafts. Peter May has the Celtics taking Robert Swift, Andre Emmett and Donta Smith. Mark Murphy has them taking Sergey Monya, David Harrison and Emmett. Kevin McNamara has the Celtics selecting Swift, Dorell Wright and Harrison. Gabe Kahn says Swift, Wright and Al Jefferson.
Steve Conroy looks at Ray Bourque’s son, Chris, who should be selected sometime in this weekend’s NHL draft.
NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 1:00. ESPN has the NBA Draft starting at 7:00. ESPN2 has A’s/Angels at 4:00. FSN will be focusing on the Celtics draft on their 6:30 and 10:00 shows, and CN8′s SportsPulse will have MLB.com’s Mike Petraglia at 10:00.