After yesterday’s game, a clear pattern seems to be developing with this Boston Red Sox club. When Curt Schilling or Josh Beckett pitches, they’ve got a tremendous chance of winning, now moving to 6-0 on the season with either of their aces on the mound. In games started by anyone else, they’re 2-4. Yesterday’s 3-2 win by the Red Sox was finished off by Jonathan Papelbon’s sixth save of the season.
Chris Snow looks at Beckett dazzling the Fenway faithful once again, including a 98 mph pitch to get out of a jam in the sixth inning. Michael Silverman reports on Beckett rescuing the Red Sox offense, which continues to struggle a bit. Sean McAdam focuses on the slumping offense, which provided just enough for Beckett to work with. David Heuschkel says this one was about the J-Crew, as in Josh and Jonathan. Lenny Megliola says we’re seeing some patterns with this Red Sox team. David Borges and Bill Ballou round out the recaps of yesterday’s action.
Tony Massarotti says that this Red Sox team thus far is totally unrecognizable compared to previous editions. He says it is an understatement to say they’re re-invented themselves. Dan Shaughnessy has a look at closer Jonathan Papelbon, and one of the sterling bits of information Dan provides to an audience hungry to learn more about the phenom is that he says “man” alot. Alex Speier has a look at the Red Sox perfect 1-2 punch.
John Tomase has Carl Everett, Mike Timlin and Dustan Mohr complimenting Manny Ramirez on his defense, after he made a pair of nice plays yesterday despite the wind gusts. Amalie Benjamin looks at the Red Sox getting a break on a blown call from umpire Rick Reed. Massarotti also looks at Wily Mo Pena having trouble with a ball in the field yesterday. Tomase also has more on Josh Beckett’s performance.
Heuschkel’s notebook has David Wells saying that he is 100% sure he will retire after this season. Snow’s notebook looks at more adventures in the outfield for Wily Mo. Silverman’s notebook has another look at the blown call at first base. Steve Krasner’s Inside the game examines Kevin Youkilis not be taken out for defensive purposes last in the game, the struggles of the Red Sox offense and the blown call, among other items. Ballou’s notebook has more on Wily Mo, as well as a presidential lineup of Red Sox, past and present. Borges’ notebook has hitting coach Papa jack confident that Manny Ramirez will start hitting soon.
The Celtics enter the final week of their season with just games against Cleveland tonight and Miami Wednesday remaining on the schedule. The Celtics dropped a pair of close ones to the Nets over the weekend, falling 79-74 at home on Friday and yesterday in New Jersey, 95-93. Paul Pierce did not play in yesterday’s game, putting Gerald Green in the starting lineup, where he led the team with 19 points. Green has been the reason to watch the Celtics this past month when as they’ve fallen out of the playoff hunt. His play has given Celtics fans something to enjoy and look forward to more of in the future. Peter May contrasts the disappointing year from Al Jefferson with the resurgence of the Nets Richard Jefferson and says it is a “cautionary tale”. Steve Bulpett has a look at Brian Scalabrine, who got 28 minutes and a season high 14 points yesterday again his old club, and realizes that he has a huge offseason ahead of him.
Tim Weisberg looks at Red Auerbach getting after the Celtics players on Friday night after he felt they weren’t showing enough hustle on the floor. Mark Murphy looks at Tony Allen’s role at a combo guard, as it becomes clear that he is not really a playmaker. Bulpett’s notebook has more on Paul Pierce, whose injured elbow caused Doc Rivers to hold him out of yesterday’s game with the Nets. May’s notebook also looks at the injury to Pierce. Shira Springer had a piece yesterday looking at Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Gomes, who may be different in style and background, but who share many of the same qualities and should provide the Celtics with a solid frontcourt duo. Scott Souza has Doc Rivers optimistic about the future of his team, and looking forward to being a part of that future.
Steve Conroy has a season-ending report card for the Bruins. Only Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes and Brad Stuart come away with “A’s”. Joe McDonald had a nice feature yesterday looking at Hannu Toivonen’s interest in a 5-year-old leukemia patient. Karen Guregian says that the Bruins problems run a lot deeper than the team they put out on the ice. Mick Colageo says this offseason is the time for the Bruins to pick up the pieces as he looks at all areas of the organization. He also provides a report card for the players.
Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots are under a lot of pressure to hit it big in this month’s NFL draft. Albert Breer says that Minnesota tailback Laurence Maroney might be someone the Patriots could be very interested in. Nick Cafardo made a top-10 draft list for the Patriots yesterday and had a number of other notes on current and former Patriots, as well as an update from the never-was-a-Patriot-but-still-got-screwed-by-Bill-Belichick-anyhow Cafardo favorite, Rob Konrad. And oh yeah, Carl Poston’s suspension was “head-scratching”. Tom E Curran today looks at NC State Linebacker/Defensive End Manny Lawson.
NESN has Red Sox/Mariners at 11:00 AM. FSN has Celtics/Cavs at 7:30. CBS4 and WCVB will have Marathon coverage today, with CBS4 going out all with 9 1/2 straight hours of coverage, starting at 9:00 AM and broadcasting live through 6:30 PM.