Draft Day

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.

Michael Smith and Tom Curran have brief bits about the Patriots coming to terms with second round pick Marquise Hill.

Steve Conroy looks at Ray Bourque’s son, Chris, who should be selected sometime in this weekend’s NHL draft.

Jeff Jacobs says that Jim Brown is a “goal” model for all to follow. Wacky Buddy Thomas recounts his adventures wearing an Indianapolis Colts cap in Baltimore.

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.

Sox stories from the afternoon papers. Mike Fine looks at the Sox finally getting all stars on the field for the first time at Fenway this year. Ken Lechtanski looks at a “grand” party for the local nine. Alan Greenwood and Chaz Scoggins look at the effort turned in by Curt Schilling last night. Gordon Wittenmyer of the St Paul Pioneer Press looks at how happy David Ortiz is to be in Boston, and how much the Twins miss him. He also looks at former Sox farmhand Lew Ford finally making Fenway Park debut…with the Twins. Fine’s notebook looks at Curtis Leskanic…thrilled to be with the Red Sox. Greenwood’s notebook also has a look at the newest Red Sox reliever.

Jon Heyman of Newsday says that Barry Bond’s comments about Boston last week were not out of line. Eric Wilbur addresses this topic in his blog today. Loran Smith looks at Fenway as a baseball monument. The Betting Fool, Steve Tandy, enjoyed the visit of Red Sox fans to San Francisco last weekend. Tom Caron has his Red Sox mailbag for the week.

Rob Bradford thinks at that the Celtics might be targeting high school center Robert Swift. Mike McGraw speculates on a possible big trade between the Bulls and Celtics involving Paul Pierce.

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository has a nice profile on the Patriots’ Mike Vrabel. Glen Farley reports on Tully Banta-Cain getting his Super Bowl ring back.

ESPN.com has launched the new webpage for Bill Simmons material: Sports Guy’s World.