Stan Grossfeld has an engrossing feature on the tragic story of Jason Varitek’s Cape Cod League roommate. Gordon Edes points a finger at the reason for the Sox slide. Jeff Horrigan has the better notebook for today. Tony Massarotti writes about Seattle’s worst trade. involves a Red Sox starting pitcher. Jeff Horrigan’s update on the labor situation includes the recreational way that pitcher Willie Banks made money during the last work stoppage.

Nick Cafardo goes against his conscience and writes a glowing article about Tom Brady. Kevin Mannix writes more about about the trash talk in practice.Michael Felger says contract talks with Brady have hit a stalemate. Cafardo’s notebook is the more complete one. Jim Donaldson looks at the offensive line.

Jackie MacMullan has a brief article mentioning that Larry Bird will be Magic Johnson’s presenter at the Hall of Fame.

NESN has Red Sox/Mariners at 10:00. It’s also on ESPN2 nationally. ESPN has Astros/Cubs at 2:00 and Braves/Giants at 7:00