Manny Wants To Stay

Michael Silverman reports today that after having requested a trade a number of times, Manny Ramirez is now “at peace” with Boston and would like to play the rest of his career here. The episode Silverman relates at the end would’ve been priceless to see. Bill Burt wonders why we still sweat the small stuff when it comes to Manny.

Steve Buckley says Manny is lying.

And Buck, I’m pretty sure no one has ever said Manny is “blame-free” as you claim towards the end of your column. Nice strawman. Even Manny’s biggest fans are well aware of his shortcomings.

Jackie MacMullan has Curt Schilling eager to silence his doubters. He also reiterates that he will never pitch for the Yankees. Maureen Mullen also has a look at Schilling. Jeff Horrigan has a look at the relationship on the field between Tim Wakefield and Doug Mirabelli, one that they both hope continues for a few more years. Steven Krasner makes an early assessment of the closer position for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg has a look at the attempts by MLB to speed up the game, however, several Red Sox players place the blame on TV for the excessive length of the games.

Rob Duca has a look at Joel Pineiro, who is considered the top closing candidate for the Red Sox. Buckley has a look at Dustin Pedroia getting set to open the season at second base, and has Mike Andrews saying that Pedroia’s situation is very similar to his own in 1967. Joe Haggerty reports on a slimmer David Ortiz this spring. Nick Cafardo reports on the veteran’s committee once again not electing anyone to the Hall of Fame. Lenny Megliola looks at Dan Duquette’s new role with the Israel Baseball League.

Horrigan’s notebook has veteran pitcher Adam Bernero feeling pain in his elbow and going to visit Dr James Andrews to have it checked out. Dan Shaughnessy’s notebook has the Red Sox trying to find a place for Wily Mo Pena on the field and in the lineup. Sean McAdam’s notebook has Joel Pineiro first in line for the role of closer. Goldberg’s notebook has Terry Francona holding Manny out of the first few exhibition games.

Bruins

The Bruins were busy yesterday, making a pair of trades before the deadline. Steve Conroy looks at Peter Chiarelli adding Aaron Ward and Dennis Wideman to his defense while giving up Paul Mara and Brad Boyes. Fluto Shinzawa has more on the trades, which came as a surprise to those involved. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins gave up too much in these deals. Joe McDonald further examines the moves made to shore up the defense. Bud Barth calls the moves a surprise and a major engine overhaul for the Bruins.

Karen Guregian looks at the addition of Ward, who has three Stanley Cup rings, to the Bruins locker room. Mick Colageo says that by trading Mara, Chiarelli showed that he can admit his mistakes. The BSMW Power Play also has a look at the deals.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett has Al Jefferson impressing Paul Pierce with the improvements in his game and how he showed more power to his game during the West coast road trip. Shira Springer says that everything the Celtics are doing and learning right now is being stored up for the future.

Jesse Noyes in the Herald reports that Cedric Maxwell will apologize on the air tonight for his remarks that referee Violet Palmer should “go back to the kitchen” during Monday’s win over the Rockets.

Patriots/NFL

Albert Breer has comments from Rodney Harrison’s agent after the NFL Network reported that Harrison would be back for his 14th NFL season in 2007. Christopher L Gasper reports on the Patriots hiring Bill O’Brien as an offensive assistant.

Shalise Manza Young has a look at Don Shula, who still has the NFL in his blood. Kerry Byrne has a look at Shula’s newest restaurant, which just opened in Providence.

Gasper also has a piece on former 49ers assistant Robert Talley becoming the 2nd African-American head coach at a New England school, Stonehill College.

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