David Ortiz hit a three-run homer last night to spark the Red Sox offense in a 6-4 win over the Washington Nationals.
Adam Kilgore has Ortiz seemingly having turned it all around for himself. John Tomase says that Ortiz’s home run last night was just a like the old days – a no-doubt-about-it moon shot. Joe McDonald has Ortiz and Jason Varitek powering the Sox to victory.
Michael Silverman looks at John Smoltz’s first start for the Red Sox tonight, and prepares us not to see a finished product just yet. Brian MacPherson notes that today has been more than a year in the making for Smoltz. Mike Fine says that Smoltz is still pitching because that is what he loves to do.
Nick Cafardo says Jason Varitek is giving the Red Sox everything he has, and a little more. Cafardo compares him to Bill Buckner in 1986, who did anything he could to get on the field. Rob Bradford says that there was a lot of the familiar in last night’s win. Silverman has Nick Green nearly getting impaled by a flying broken bat last night. McDonald has Green able to avoid injury on the play.
McDonald has Julio Lugo just trying to be a good soldier. McDonald has Dusty Brown talking about his “awesome” time in the majors as he prepares to go back to Pawtucket. Bradford has Jason Bay working to become a United States Citizen.
Jeff Jacobs has Sandy Koufax making an appearance at a CT charity golf tournament.
Kilgore’s notebook has Smoltz set to make his debut with the Red Sox tonight. Tomase’s notebook looks at a little piece of history between Smoltz and Dave Magadan. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has Smoltz rarin’ to go tonight.
The NBA draft is tonight, and the Celtics will either do something big, or nothing at all, it seems.
Danny Ainge went on WEEI yesterday morning and had some curious things to say about Rajon Rondo. Bob Ryan believe that where there is this much smoke there has to be at least a small fire. You know what? This Bruce Allen guy agrees in the Metro. Glad we see eye-to-eye for the most part, Bob. Bill Burt says that this just might all be a wake-up call for Rondo. Mark Murphy says that the saga with Rondo is more important than tonight’s draft. Marc J. Spears has Rondo’s agent responds to Ainge’s criticism of his client. Matthew Conyers has Ray Allen speaking at a golf event about the trade rumors around him.
Steve Bulpett notes that Danny Ainge can pretty much sit back and relax during this draft, a marked change from some years past. If they pick at all, Scott Souza says the goal will be to find a diamond in the rough. Jim Fenton says that pickings will be slim for the Celtics at #58. Jessica Camerato notes that taking flyers on international players in the second round hasn’t really panned out for the Celtics thus far. Bill Reynolds notes the trade talk surrounding Ainge and the Celtics. Jeff Howe tries to figure out what the Celtics are going to do tonight.
Ron Chimelis thinks that the Celtics should draft UMass’ Tony Gaffney. While the talent level isn’t as high as some drafts, Spears thinks that this could be among the most entertaining and surprising drafts ever because of some of the side stories. Dan Duggan checks in with Memphis guard Antonio Anderson, a Lynn native hoping to hear his named called tonight. Frank Dell’Apa thinks that UConn’s Jeff Adrien could be worth a second look.
Kevin Paul Dupont has BC-bound Chris Kreider likely to be a first round pick in the NHL draft. Steve Conroy has Ryan Bourque ready for the next step in his career. John Connolly has Merrimack goaltender Joe Cannata also among those who could be drafted.
Steve Buckley has a report from The Tradition.