Sox In Japan, Game 2

David Scott has ESPN.com needing to explain a weird online gaffe involving the late Cory Lidle.

The Red Sox got the regular season off to a bang with their 6-5 extra innings victory over the Oakland A’s in Japan yesterday. This morning the two clubs are at it again with the A’s currently holding a 4-1 lead in the 6th.

Gordon Edes has Manny Ramirez and Brandon Moss leading the Red Sox to victory yesterday. Michael Silverman has the offense coming to the rescue of Daisuke Matsuzaka and the pitching. Jeff Goldberg has a number of observations from opening day. Sean McAdam has Ramirez and the Red Sox getting off to a quick start yesterday.

Rob Bradford says that the “new” Manny Ramirez was a hit on opening day. Amalie Benjamin has more on Moss making the most of his opportunity to get into the lineup on opening day. Bradford has more on Moss replacing J.D. Drew and saving the day for the Sox. Lenny Megliola kept a running thoughts diary as he got up and watched the game yesterday. Kevin Gray also had a number of thoughts.

Bradford looks at today’s starter, Jon Lester as he gets ready for his 2008 debut. McAdam has Bud Selig taking in the season opener yesterday. Bradford has the Red Sox and A’s visiting the United States Embassy yesterday as well. Jon Couture says that opening in Japan is just part of the price they have to pay for their success. Joe Haggerty thinks that Mike Lowell could be even better this season. Bob Stern has Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima as question marks for the Sox heading into their second season with the team.

Bill Burt and Peter Schworm check in with some early rising Sox fans who went out for the season opener. Michael Medeiros also has a story on this topic.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell recaps the DirecTV outage yesterday.

Edes’ notebook has a look at a shaky outing from Jonathan Papelbon yesterday. Silverman’s notebook has Dice-K apologizing to fans for his poor performance yesterday.

Bruins

The offense broke out last night, scoring 6 times on the Maple Leafs in a 6-2 Boston victory. Kevin Paul Dupont says that while the standings didn’t change that much, the Bruins could hold their head a little higher after last night’s performance. Stephen Harris has the Bruins getting a badly needed lift and victory last night in Toronto.

Harris’ notebook reports that the Bruins leading scorer, Marc Savard, has a broken bone in his back, though possibly in “the best place to break your back.” Dupont’s notebook has Chuck Kobasew being felled by a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the ankle, and has Dupont showing a little frustration with the Bruins Patriots-like stance on injury information. (Might be the only time we compare the Bruins to the Patriots…)

Celtics

We’ve got a couple of new pieces on on the BSMW Full Court Press, there are Random Thoughts and Further Reflections and a A Second Open Letter to the Readers.

Peter May has Sam Cassell drinking Tom Thibodeau’s Kool-Aid, which means working hard on the defensive end. Jessica Camerato has Cassell possibly looking at his last chance to get back to the NBA finals, where he hasn’t been since the first two seasons of his long career.

Mark Murphy has the Celtics getting ready for the Suns tonight, and hoping to avenge one of their worst games of the season. Jackie MacMullan has Shaquille O’Neal finding his place with the Suns, and with the help of Bill Russell, accepting his reduced production and role. He also takes a nice swipe at Ricky Davis, praises James Posey, and looks forward to playing the Celtics now that they’re back to being “Boston Boston.” Shaq is always entertaining, and this is a good read from MacMullan.

NCAA

Down by 22 points with less than 15 minutes left in the second half to Syracuse, things didn’t look good for the UMass Minutemen. Then it happened. They staged a stunning comeback to win the game and earn a spot in the NIT Final Four with a 81-77 victory in the Carrier Dome. Erik Gallant wonders if this was the greatest comeback in NCAA history.

Jackie Friedman and Kerri Fleming have reports on the UMass victory. Eli Rosenswaike has the story in the Herald.

Marty Dobrow has Bentley trying to keep their unbeaten season (33-0) perfect as they head into the NCAA Division 2 Elite Eight. Mark Murphy has more on Bentley’s quest for the perfect season. Sean Jacquet has the Falcons looking to finish the job this year after falling in the elite eight last year.

Patriots/Misc

Karen Guregian and Mike Reiss each have Richard Seymour among those starting off fresh in the Patriots offseason conditioning program which started this week at Gillette Stadium.

Amy Derjue on the Boston Daily blog follows up on the Brian McNamee appearance at a local nutritional store this week as noted in yesterday’s afternoon post here on BSMW.

  • JD

    Is the board down (9:30)?