Dice-K Day One

Dice-K played long toss!

Daisuke Matsuzaka arrived in Red Sox spring training around noon yesterday, and one of his first acts on the field was a session of long toss with minor league catcher George Kottaras (acquired in the David Wells trade last season). Jeff Horrigan says the shutters from all the camera for the events made it sound like a den of rattlesnakes. Gordon Edes has Kottaras getting his moment in the spotlight this spring, thanks to Matsuzaka. Steven Krasner has more on the meeting between Kottaras and Matsuzaka.

Tony Massarotti has a piece on Red Sox manager Terry Francona as he prepares for another season leading the Boston nine. Jon Couture goes through nine stories that figure to be big for the Red Sox this spring. Ted Panos says Spring Training is a wonderful time of year. Joe Haggerty has the Sox putting together an entirely new infield for this season.

Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox and Wily Mo Pena apparently headed to an arbitration hearing on Friday.

Keith Reed wonders if John Henry is buying into NASCAR too late.

Bruins

With a 3-0 win over the Oilers last night, Kevin Paul Dupont suggests that maybe the Bruins have begun to change their fortunes. Maybe. Steve Conroy says that the Bruins did not disappoint those who showed up last night to honor Johnny Bucyk. Joe McDonald says last night’s game could end up being a benchmark for the Bruins. Bud Barth has Brandon Bochenskiand Marco Sturm taking care of the scoring for the B’s last night.

Mick Colageo looks at how Johnny Bucyk has made his mark in a half century of service to the Bruins. Bill Kipouras has former teammates raving about the Chief.” Karen Guregian says that these Bruins could use a few like Bucyk. Dupont has more on Bucyk being honored by the Bruins last night. Guregian has Marco Sturm as the latest Bruin dealing with trade rumors.

Dupont’s notebook has Chuck Kobasew stuck in Calgary, a victim of immigration papers in limbo. Conroy’s notebook suggests that when Kobasew does finally get here, he’ll find a nice comfort zone in Boston. Barth’s notebook has Andrew Ference making a good impression in his first game as a Bruin.

Celtics

Mark Murphy has the Celtics hoping that having both Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak on the floor tonight will finally get them a victory. Christopher L Gaspar has more on the Celtics hoping their two best players can help them finally break the streak. Scott Souza says the size of the streak is starting to really hit home with some of the players.

Shira Springer has a mini-feature on Gerald Green and his preparation for the Slam Dunk contest. Green is getting help from his brother in figuring out what to do to win the contest, but also wants to be known as an all-around player, not just a dunker.

Dylan on the BSMW Full Court Press has a look at the Celtics competition for the top pick in the draft.

Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics realizing that if they don’t get a win tonight, the road ahead gets much tougher. Souza also asks Leon Powe for his favorite high school memory.

College/Misc

Mark Blaudschun has a look at BC coach Al Skinner, who “has pushed all the right buttons and prepared his team the best way he can — but with only the slightest touch of emotion.” Which of course, is exactly his style. Steve Buckley has Skinner with no intention of changing the way in which he does business.

Jim Donaldson wants to remind Boston College fans that if their team beats Duke tonight, don’t rush the floor – this is an off year for the Blue Devils.

Michael Vega has NASCAR suspending four crew chiefs for “unapproved modifications discovered during pre- and post-qualifying inspections last Sunday.”

John Altavilla says Tiki Barber’s new role at NBC fits him just fine.

Mark Farinella has another edition of Ask Fearless, with a few Patriots items thrown in the mix. Garry Brown hits to all fields.

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