Sox Close to Moving to WBOS?

The hot rumor in the press box last night at Fenway Park was that Greater Media Boston/WBOS and the Red Sox have come to a deal to broadcast the Red Sox games starting next spring. This morning, Scott Van Voorhis and Jesse Noyes in the Herald report that a deal is close between the two sides.

Obviously if this comes about it would make for a long, painful season on WEEI this summer. The repercussions beyond that would be huge. But, WEEI would then be able to have the chance to prove that their ratings success is truly due to the prodigious talent of the personalities at the station, and not because they are the home to Red Sox baseball on the radio.

Of course, it’s not done yet, and I would expect WEEI/Entercom to make at least one last huge offer to try and keep the rights.

The Red Sox dropped a 5-1 decision last night to nemesis (Every team in the AL East has one) Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Get the links at the Red Sox Daily Links page.

David Scott went inside the Red Sox press box and clubhouse earlier this week for one of the games with Tampa Bay and reports on what he saw.

Just a reminder, if you had planned on sending me an article to run while I’m away in May, I’m going to need those by the middle of next week. I need time to go over them and schedule them in the queue to post.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at Larry Bird lending his name to a wine label.

Steve Bulpett has a season-ending report card for the Celtics. Shira Springer says that developing the young players is the top priority for the Celtics this offseason. Shalise Manza Young goes over her opinions of the team at the start of the season and compares them to the team that ended the season. Mike Fine looks at the positive vibes for the future of the Celtics. Bill Doyle says that just about everything the Celtics did this season was geared towards preparing for the future. Next year they won’t be able to do that. Fine’s notebook looks at possible roster changes in the offseason.

Eric McHugh looks at Bill Belichick’s assesment of the offseason thus far. Mark Farinella previews the quarterbacks available in the draft. Glen Farley looks at the Patriots in team-building mode. McHugh’s notebook tries to read between the lines of Belichick’s press conference on the draft.

Check back later for media links and notes…

Sox Get A Laugher…Finally

After a succession of tight games, the Red Sox finally broke out early and had an easier time of it last night, pounding the Devil Rays 9-1 behind another strong performance from Curt Schilling, who moved to 4-0 on the season.

Sean McAdam notes that last night “marked the first Red Sox win since the home opener that the potential tying run didn’t come to the plate in the ninth inning.” Jeff Horrigan says it was a night for plenty of bad baseball from Devil Rays, who will fail to win a series at Fenway for the 18th time in a row, dating back to 1999. Nick Cafardo says yes, it’s still early, but there continue to be plenty of positive things around this team. Tom Yantz focuses on Schilling getting himself and the Red Sox off to a fast start. David Borges says that the teams may not like each other, but the Red Sox have to love it when they see Tampa on their schedule. Phil O’Neill says that the Red Sox were due for a laugher, but this game dragged on and on.

Jackie MacMullan has a look at Schilling, who has answered the many questions people have had about him, at least here in the early going. He takes the doubts as challenges and they serve as motivation. Karen Guregian says that at 4-0 and with all he went through last year, Schilling should be the story of baseball right now. Lenny Megliola says that as good as Schilling has been, he feels that he can get even better. Alex Speier has more on Schilling, who feels as good as he ever has, and thinks there is more ahead for him.

Steven Krasner leads off his Inside the Game section with a look at Kevin Youkilis’ hustle again paying dividends and wraps up with Tampa outfielder Ty Wigginton getting an appreciative laugh from the crowd. Amalie Benjamin looks at Adam Stern, who will be heading down to Pawtucket, but who opened some eyes and made a few catches in the outfield that will keep him fresh in people’s minds. Ron Chimelis has more on Stern as he prepares to depart for Pawtucket. Mike Fine says that Stern is an example of the great depth that the Red Sox have built up for themselves. Guregian also has a bit on Coco Crisp, who is eager to get out and perform in front of the Fenway faithful.

Paul Kenyon notes that the Red Sox infielders were once again crisp and “efficient night both at the plate and in the field.” Rob Bradford has more on the Ortiz shift. Bill Ballou has a piece on Kevin Youkilis, who has led the Red Sox offense in the early going. Benjamin also has a piece on Mike Timlin, who notched the 900th appearance of his career on Tuesday night and is 15th all time in that category. The Projo grabs some material from the May issue of SI for Kids, which has Manny Ramirez listing 10 things he can’t live without.

Cafardo’s notebook has Scott Kazmir objecting to some comments by Curt Schilling on WEEI this week. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Stern getting demoted to the minors so he get develop further. Borges’ notebook has more on Stern. The Projo notebook has more on Schilling getting off to the best start of his career. Yantz’s notebook has the Devil Rays once again employing their unique shift against David Ortiz. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Stern getting sent down to Pawtucket.

The Celtics finished off their season last night with an 84-78 win over the Miami Heat at TD Banknorth Garden. It was a merciful end to a season that saw plenty of hope for the future, but didn’t see much of that hope translate to the wins column. Shalise Manza Young says that an optimist looks at last night’s game as sees the kids pulling out a win all on their own. Bill Doyle looks at the season coming to a close with the win over the Heat, who will begin the playoffs this weekend…likely with Paul Pierce in attendance as a guest of Antoine Walker.

Bob Ryan and Steve Bulpett agree…the kids need to produce next year. We can’t be sitting here at the same time next year reflecting on the promise of the young players and lamenting that they’re still making mistakes and learning to win, they need to put things together in a bigger way for next season. Both agree that there is talent here, but it needs to step up a level over the summer. Bill Reynolds says that the club could be headed in either of two different directions. He seems to be leaning towards the more negative of the two scenarios. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics are on the path in the right direction, but have a lot of work ahead of them this summer.

Bulpett has Wyc Grousbeck unhappy with the Celtics record, but happy with the team, and says everyone is focused on getting the ring. Bulpett also has Gary Payton quoted as saying he thinks his former club is headed in the right direction. Buddy Thomas says that the Celtics should trade Delonte West, Al Jefferson, Raef LaFrentz and a No. 1 pick for Allen Iverson.

Springer’s notebook has the Celtics looking to host an All Star Game in the future, now that their lease with the Garden has been extended through the 2020-2021 season. Murphy’s notebook has Doc River dispelling the rumors out there and insisting that he will be back with the team next season. Young’s notebook has more on the Celtics signing on with the Garden for another 10 years. Doyle’s notebook has more on Doc Rivers promising to be back for next season.

There are plenty of Patriots articles out there as well, and I simply ran out of time this morning. Check out the Patriots Daily Links page for a look at the stories and coverage of Bill Belichick’s pre-draft press conference.

Stern, Sox Hold On

Much of last night’s game between the Red Sox and Devil Rays was a pitchers duel, as starters Matt Clement and Casey Fossum went six inning with only giving up a single run between them. Then, starting in the seventh inning, the runs started coming, and the 7-4 win for the Red Sox wasn’t sealed until Adam Stern made a diving, tumbling, risky catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning.

Nick Cafardo says that it is clear that these two clubs are simply incapable of playing a normal baseball game. Bill Ballou reports on a completely non-violent game between these two teams. Jeff Horrigan reports on Kevin Youkilis coming up with the big hit last night to put the Red Sox ahead to stay. Carolyn Thornton looks at the Red Sox bats coming alive in the late innings against the Tampa Bay bullpen to pull this one out. Tom Yantz has more on the late inning rallies led by Youkilis, Manny Ramirez and Mark Loretta. Lenny Megliola has a look at another odd game between these two teams. Joe Haggerty looks at the Devil Rays giving the Sox all they could handle last night. David Borges says it was a pair of unlikely heroes who saved the day for the Red Sox.

Jackie MacMullan has a look at Jonathan Papelbon, who recorded his first really tough save of the season, having to work hard to record the three outs in the ninth after the pesky Tampa hitters kept fouling off pitches. Much has changed for Papelbon since last season, he can’t even go to his favorite spot (“Game On”) and get a cup of chowder without being recognized anymore. Matt Kalman looks at Papelbon and his wife going over closing “theme” songs. The Herald had 1100 people email in song suggestions for Papelbon to use as his theme when coming in to close out a ball game. Steve Buckley (subscription only) talks with Joey Gathright of the Devil Rays about his spring training altercation with Julian Tav