The Theo Watch, T-Minus 5 Days

The Theo Epstein watch continues. Sean McAdam seems to have perhaps the best sources in this situation, as he has another report this morning on the situation, saying that there was some progress made in the talks yesterday. (McAdam had a report in yesterday’s ProJo, but due to a publishing oversight, it did not appear on the Projo website until about 4:00 PM.) McAdam’s report today deems it “moderate” progress that was made towards getting the Red Sox GM a new deal. Meanwhile, the Globe combo of Gordon Edes & Chris Snow reports that Epstein yesterday rejected an offer of three years at 1.2 million from the Red Sox. The Herald doesn’t have a report on Epstein, but Jeff Horrigan does have the tidbit that Assistant GM Josh Brynes is a top candidate to become GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gordon Edes, Jeff Horrigan and Dom Amore report on the White Sox taking a 3-0 World Series lead with a 7-5 win over the Astros in 13 innings last night. Bob Ryan writes that this game may have been long, hard work, but it made for great baseball. Tony Massarotti notes that the game went so late that many in New England likely did not see the conclusion. Chris Snow has a piece on Scott Podsednik, who is leading the White Sox to a World Series victory.

Horrigan reports on Major League Baseball’s decision to keep the roof in Houston open for the games played there. This was after the Astros played almost the entire season with the roof closed. Now while the decision isn’t such a big deal, I’m getting uncomfortable with how much Bud Selig and his regime need to have control over everything. If Sean McAdam’s source is correct that Selig also weighed in and urged the Red Sox not to give Theo Epstein a larger deal because he wants to keep executive salaries down, then the commissioner is not just a control freak, he is also flirting with collusion. Bob Ryan has a second piece today, this one an opinion bit urging baseball to take a second look at instant replay. Events of this postseason have shown the need for a new way to review controversial calls. Kevin Gray reports that Nashua Pride manager and former Red Sox player and manager Butch Hobson would like a shot at managing the NH Fisher Cats. Massarotti has a brief look at the pitching matchups for game four. Horrigan’s notebook reports that if the Astros make it to a game five, they’re still hoping Roger Clemens will be able to go. Edes’ notebook has more on the roof situation.

The Celtics, despite letting a 20 point lead get away in a 118-116 OT loss to New Jersey last night, still had a pretty good night. Their regulars were strong and outplayed the regulars of their division rivals. Steve Bulpett has a short report on the game, noting that the OT experience was good for the young players.

One area which is becoming more clear is the point guard spot, where it seems that Delonte West and Orien Greene will get most of the minutes. Shira Springer has a piece on West, who appears to have won the starting position with Greene being the first guard off the bench. Mark Murphy has a mini-feature on Paul Pierce, who is successfully working at repairing his image after his playoff performance and is growing into the role model that this young Celtics squad really needs. Bulpett also has an article on Brian Scalabrine, who went back to his old haunts last night, and played pretty well. The article gets Nets President Rod Thorn’s thoughts on the forward, and how he’ll do in Boston. Jackie MacMullan reports on NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik announcing his retirement effective at the end of the season after 30 years with the league. Inside Hoops has a question and answer session with rookie Gerald Green. Bulpett’s notebook has more on the point guard situation, and has Doc Rivers giving his players a lesson on Rosa Parks.

Michael Felger has Tyrone Poole responding to his article from last week in which the Herald writer suggested that football was not a priority for Poole and that he was taking his time in coming back from his injury. The Patriots cornerback strongly speaks out about that article and that claim by Felger. Nick Cafardo looks at the Patriots situation coming out of the bye week and preparing to face Buffalo this Sunday night. Overall, it’s a fairly positive article, but in both this one and in Cafardo’s notebook, Nick makes sure to point out that Bill Belichick and Nick Saban share a disdain for the media. Way to work those both in there, Nick. The notebook otherwise is a look at what Tedy Bruschi’s status and role might be for Sunday, as well as more on Poole, and a number of other items. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots need to find a way to stop the big play. Christopher Price notes that other than Tom Brady, the AFC East is not the place where quarterbacks develop and thrive. John Altavilla reports on the death of Wellington Mara.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris report on the Bruins narrowly escaping tragedy yesterday as the drive of their team bus just managed to avoid a high speed accident in Toronto. Mick Colageo believes that the introduction of the shootout in hockey could just be the start down a slippery path that could ruin the sport as we now know it. Harris notes that the Bruins still have plenty of work to do on getting their defense up to par. Harris’ notebook says that Nick Boynton appears to be finding his legs and timing after coming back from his holdout.

BC wide receivers are in focus today as Steve Conroy has a piece on Kevin Challenger, while Michael Vega profiles Tony Gonzalez. Both notebooks look at the status of Mathias Kiwanuka. Conroy’s notebook reports mixed signals, while Vega’s notebook says that the team is being cautious bringing the defensive end back to play.

NESN has Bruins/Hurricanes at 7:00. FSN has Celtics/Cavs at 7:30. FOX has White Sox/Astros at 8:40.

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