King Felix Outshines Dice-K

Daisuke Matsuzaka was the center of attention to start the night, as the Japanese pitcher made his Fenway Park debut in a sea of camera flashes. Unfortunately for he and his teammates, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez stole the show, giving up just one hit in a dominating complete game 3-0 Mariners victory over the Red Sox.

Jeff Horrigan looks at the brilliance of Hernandez, who nearly became the first pitcher to no-hit the Red Sox at Fenway park in 49 years. Gordon Edes says that the game lived up to the hype, just not in the way that everyone around the world expected. Steven Krasner has the heat from Hernandez cooling off the Dice-K hype at Fenway last night. Jeff Goldberg looks at Dice-K becoming a sideshow to King Felix at Fenway. Ron Chimelis says it was No Dice for Matsuzaka last night. Paul Jarvey says that Matsuzaka’s first Fenway start was almost indeed a historic moment, but not for the reasons everyone thought it would be.

Dan Shaughnessy has a look at night in which both Matsuzaka and Ichiro were outshined by Seattle’s 21-year-old Felix Hernandez. Tony Massarotti says that this game shows that Dice-K is human and still has much to learn about the big leagues. Jon Couture says that Dice-K might’ve been overshadowed last night, but he was not overmatched. Paul Kenyon says that even though he lost, Daisuke Matsuzaka showed his value in that he was able to create an even more festive occasion than usual at Fenway. Paul Doyle looks at Red Sox nation going global last night at Fenway. Lenny Megliola notes that Dice-K was relegated to second banana despite the over-the-top coverage of his first start.

Bob Ryan says that you certainly haven’t heard the last of Felix Hernandez after that performance last night. Steve Buckley says Hernandez stole the world stage with his performance last night. Jeff Jacobs also looks at Hernandez upstaging Matsuzaka’s Fenway debut. Alex Speier says it could be Hernandez, not Matsuzaka who becomes baseball’s next great pitcher.

John Tomase has the Red Sox saluting Hernandez’ ability. Michael Vega has a look at J.D. Drew’s single in the eight to break up the no-hitter.

Michael Silverman notes that Kenji Johjima had a much better night against Matsuzaka than Ichiro did. Nick Cafardo notes that with Hernandez on their side, the Mariners feel like they have a chance this season.

Buckley looks at the media swarm as 350 media credentials were issued for last night’s historic game.

Silverman has Jonathan Papelbon settling into his new locker in the Fenway clubhouse, which is the one that was once occupied by Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight Evans. Michael Vega has Wily Mo Pena hoping that the game is played today, as it will be his personal Opening Day.

The Herald will be running a daily look back at the 1967 season this year, today’s entry has Jeff Horrigan noting that Jim Lonborg got things started in the right direction with a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

Curt Schilling has his latest Q&A session on 38Pitches.

Horrigan’s notebook has the nasty weather following the Mariners to Fenway for today. Edes’ notebook has Brenden Donnelly declining Jose Guillen’s invitation to step outside and settle their differences. The Projo notebook has a look at Drew breaking up the no-hitter. Goldberg’s notebook looks at the attempt to capture the moment by thousands of flashbulbs. Jarvey’s notebook has Jon Lester looking good in his second start at Single A.

Check all the coverage from Seattle on this one in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times.

Patriots

The NFL released its 2007 schedule yesterday and the the local thinking seems to be that the Patriots have a tough slate for next season. Mike Reiss notes that there will be five night games on the schedule. John Tomase says that it is a good thing that the Patriots appear to have reloaded this offseason, as they’re going to need all of it to make it through this schedule. Ian M. Clark also says that the schedule appears to be a tough one for the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young in the Projo however, says that the schedule is favorable to the Patriots. Rich Garven has a look at the slate of games as well.

Shalise Manza Young has Ellis Hobbs looking forward to playing next season without the bulky cast on his arm. Bob Duffy in the Globe looks at Drew Bledsoe calling it a career. Too bad Ron Borges wasn’t around to write about the retirement of the man he coached up to challenge Bill Belichick.

Celtics

The Celtics led for much of the night last night at the Garden, only to fall once again, this time by the score of 102-94 to the Philadelphia 76ers. Ryan Gomes had 26 points for the Celtics, and Gerald Green added 22.

Before the game, the Celtics announced that Paul Pierce would not be suiting up for the remainder of the season. Peter May has a look at the decision, and at the game as well. Mark Murphy has more on the Celtics finally reaching the inevitable conclusion that Pierce needed to be shut down. Bill Doyle has more on the injuries ending the season for the Celtics captain.

Greg St. Martin in the Metro has Celtics legend Bill Russell talking about the state of the game.

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