Tony Massarotti has a look at new Sox shortstop Julio Lugo’s first day and camp and his thoughts on being part of the Red Sox. Steven Krasner has more from the dynamic shortstop, who is replacing Alex Gonzalez, and being compared personality-wise to Orlando Cabrera. Gordon Edes has NH native Kyle Jackson enjoying his time in camp, and looking forward to the day he can walk into Fenway Park through the player’s entrance.
Jeff Horrigan has Julian Tavarez talking about his pal, Manny Ramirez, and why he’ll be reporting on March 1st. Jeff Goldberg has more on Tavarez and Manny. Lenny Megliola says that Boston College will be the first live batters to Daisuke Matsuzaka on March 2nd. Massarotti has Mike Timlin expressing an interest in closing, but the Red Sox might feel he is more valuable in his set-up role.
Horrigan’s notebook has Coco Crisp still feeling the aftereffects of a broken finger suffered almost a year ago. Edes’ notebook has Terry Francona still waiting to hear from Manny. Krasner’s notebook has more on Manny’s likely late arrival.
Steve Bulpett has a mid-season report card for the Celtics, with higher grades than you might think for a team coming off an 18 game losing streak. Jackie MacMullan has a feature on the Celtics owners determined to stay the course with Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers despite the losing ways.
Shira Springer says that the Celtics may be going West starting tonight, but they could very well be going South again at the same time. Bulpett has Doc Rivers not expecting and not wishing for a trade to be made before Thursday’s deadline.
Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots moving Nick Caserio from the personnel department to the position of wide receivers coach, replacing the departed Brian Daboll. John Tomase has more on Caserio, who was a college teammate of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Shalise Manza Young has a bit more on Caserio.