Manny Happy Returns

The Red Sox picked up an 8-6 win over the Cleveland Indians last night at Jacobs field as Manny Ramirez hit a three run homer in the eighth inning after the Indians had intentionally walked David Ortiz to get to him. Keith Foulke again looked pretty good out there, with his changeup tailing away from batters and he picked up the win in relief of Curt Schilling, who struggled a bit for the first time this season.

Jeff Horrigan looks at Manny coming to the rescue of Schilling with his eight inning home run. Chris Snow looks at “a long, sometimes unclean, but ultimately triumphant night of baseball.” Joe McDonald reports on Schilling coming up short in his bid to start the season 5-0 in his first five starts, but the Red Sox getting the win nonetheless. David Heuschkel focuses on Schilling as well as on the heat Terry Francona will likely take for leaving him in the game for so long. David Borges reports on Manny returning to his old haunts to lift the Red Sox to victory. Phil O’Neill looks at a night full of Manny moments.

You can check the Cleveland coverage in the Plain Dealer.

Gordon Edes talks to Al Nipper about the chances that his good friend decides to join the Red Sox for his final season in baseball. Nipper believes that the Red Sox have a very good chance to land the services of Clemens, and he has been pitching the idea hard to the Rocket. Garry Brown says that the Red Sox need the Rocket. Steve Buckley has a look at former Sox prospect Kelly Shoppach, now with the Indians. McDonald also has a look at Shoppach, who has room to grow with the Indians. Horrigan looks at another solid night of work for the bullpen.

Edes also looks at Schilling throwing 133 pitches last night and chiding the media in advance for the big deal they will make about it. Grabbing the bait, Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that it was “colossally dumb” to have Curt Schilling throw all those pitches on a cold April night. He says that since Schilling said the media shouldn’t blame Francona that Schilling should take the heat. Jim Donaldson says that some Red Sox players are star-kissed (Jonathan Papelbon) while others are star-crossed. (Wily Mo Pena)

Snow’s notebook looks at Kelly Shoppach, who is enjoying his time with Cleveland, even if he doesn’t get to play a whole lot behind Victor Martinez. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Terry Francona adjusting his rotation a bit, and as a result Matt Clement will pitch in Tampa for the first time since getting hit with a line drive there last summer a day earlier than originally scheduled. McDonald’s notebook has more on the rotation flip-flop. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Jonathan Papelbon notching his ninth save of the season last night, leading the majors and tying a rookie record. Borges’ notebook has more on Shoppach. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Clement and Lenny DiNardo switching slots in the rotation.

Jerome Solomon today profiles USC safety Darnell Bing, who could be one of five Trojans taken in the first round of the NFL draft this weekend. Could he be someone that the Patriots could be interested in? Michael Parente says that the Patriots could be interested in getting a young safety to develop, but doesn’t mention Bing in his article. Solomon says Texas safety Mike Huff is a guy who should go in the top 10 and who Pat Kirwan says is the safest pick in the draft. Solomon also looks at a third defensive back, Richard Marshall of Fresno State, who is good friends with James Sanders of the Patriots.

John Tomase notes that the draft is loaded with linebackers, another area of need for the Patriots. He looks at some of the top prospects available. Chris Kennedy says that linebacker is definitely an area of need for the Patriots, who find their talented core getting up there in age. With A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter getting all the attention, Albert Breer says that a third Ohio State linebacker, Anthony Schlegel could also be a solid pick and pro and notes the attention that the Patriots have paid to him.

Tim Weisberg says that the age and health of Corey Dillon could also force the Patriots to look at running backs in the draft. He examines some of the possibilities. Tom E Curran looks at Memphis kicker Steve Gotkowski in his draft card today.

Steve Bulpett looks at Danny Ainge pondering his options for the draft. Should he add another young player, or perhaps package the draft pick in a deal for an established veteran?

Jon Couture says that the Bruins have rapidly become the region’s biggest joke.

Mark Blaudschun looks at Fox Sports already putting together their plans for airing the newly revamped Bowl Championship Series games next winter.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. TNT has Grizzlies/Mavs at 8:00 and Lakers/Suns at 10:30. OLN has Devils/Rangers at 7:00 and Stars/Avalanche at 9:30.