Coco Hoping For Fresh Start

Jeff Horrigan has Coco Crisp looking for a turnaround in his second season with the Red Sox. Gordon Edes talks to Red Sox minor league outfield and base-running instructor Lou Frazier about Crisp. Frazier goes back to 203 with the Red Sox centerfielder and expects a big season out of him.

Dan Shaughnessy talks with John Henry about NASCAR and the Red Sox. Tony Massarotti has the Red Sox owners explaining their willingness to spend big money this past offseason. Steven Krasner has the Red Sox owners dancing around putting expectations on Matsuzaka for this season.

Rob Bradford has an interesting story on Alex Ochoa, in camp on a minor league deal, who has played in Japan, facing Matsuzaka, and adjusting to life there. Horrigan has the Sox reaching out to Manny Ramirez in an effort to convince him to report before March 1.

Tom King reports on the Nashua Pride bringing “El Guapo” Rich Garces back to New England. Marc Thaler says Garces was not signed as a gimmick, as the team believes Garces could be the answer to their closing situation. Dan Duggan has Garces hoping that this is the first step in a road that will lead him back to the major leagues.

Nick Cafardo reports on Barry Bonds reporting to Giants spring training, preparing to make the fun push towards Hank Aaron’s home run record. Steve Buckley weighs in on the two biggest stories of spring training thus far, Manny’s late arrival and the A-Rod-Jeter rift. Those are the biggest stories of spring training? How about Dice-K?

Edes’ notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka putting in a heavy workload already. Horrigan’s notebook has the Sox owners looking to wait and see how Curt Schilling looks before giving him a contract extension. Krasner’s notebook has the Red Sox possibly opening their season in Japan in one of the next few years.

Celtics

The post-All-Star break Celtics looked pretty much like the pre-All-Star edition last night, dropping the first game of their West coast road trip 104-101 to the Sacramento Kings, in what may have been the most winnable game of the trip. The Celtics were way behind several times in this, fought back to make a game, but then dropped it at the end.

Shira Springer has the game story for the Globe, while Steve Bulpett does the honors for the Herald.

A new edition of the BSMW Full Court Press features a roundtable discussion on the state of the Celtics at the All Star break. Bulpett has Allan Ray being sent to Austin of the NBA Developmental League, where he can get some consistent playing time under coach Dennis Johnson.

Bulpett’s notebook has GM Paul Pierce again offering his input into what the Celtics should do at the trade deadline and this summer. Springer’s notebook says that things are pretty quiet on the trade front for the Celtics and are likely to remain that way.

Bruins

The Bruins submitted a strong effort on the road last night as they continue their playoff quest. Tim Thomas was great in net as he shut out the Maple Leafs 3-0 in Toronto. Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins are showing flickers of something they’ve trying to achieve all season long – life. Steve Conroy notes that the Bruins get help from unlikely sources last night…and needed it.

Shinzawa’s notebook examines the report on TSN that the Bruins might be close to re-signing Marco Sturm. Conroy’s notebook has Jason York calling his shot prior to the game last night.

Misc

Ron Borges has Zak DeOssie getting ready for the NFL combine, hoping to improve his NFL chances.

Tony Massarotti attempts to address the media’s role in determining what is news and what isn’t. I’ll have to chew on this one for a while, as while I think the intent is good here, the execution might be a little off.

Lenny Megliola goes after the two stories I said in yesterday afternoon posts were the only things being talked about: Manny and Brady. Mark Farinella says that Brady has developed an image problem with this latest development.

Ted Panos offers some random observations on a number of topics.