Sox sweep the doubleheader and move back into first, but the big story still is Sammy Sosa. Bob Hohler has the report on the two victories, in which starting pitching was the key to winning. Michael Silverman looks at the twin seven inning, five hit, one earned run performances by Kim and Lowe. Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel wrap up the game summaries. Gordon Edes chats with Larry Lucchino about further enhancements to the roster, included a rumored Todd Walker for Roberto Alomar swap. Ugh. After one start, Karen Guregian proclaims the Kim move the correct and intelligent move to have made. Another big story for media is that Manny talked to them. They feel very special now. Hohler has the story of Manny holding court on a number of topics. We waited nine months for this? For all the firestorm about Manny not talking, you’d think the media was being denied the chance to talk to, well, someone as entertaining as Pedro…Manny says he’s happy to be here, he’s not worried about his power numbers and he thinks Sosa is innocent. He likes having the fans behind him on the wall. Manny’s chat is also the topic in three notebooks this morning. Horrigan’s notebook leads with Manny and looks at Pedro, as well as some familiar names being selected by the Sox in the draft (Sons of coaches). McAdam’s notebook looks at many of the same things. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on media maven Manny. Hohler’s notebook looks at sympathy for Sammy.
The other story in baseball is of course, Sosa and his corked bat. Steve Buckley, in his pay column today insists that MLB throw the book at Sosa and make an example of him…because he is a good guy and baseball already has too many black eyes in recent years. Make an example out of Sammy….simply because they’ll get attention if they do it to him. Gordon Edes looks at how many people already look upon baseball with a suspicious eye. Jim Donaldson says cheating just goes hand-in-hand with baseball, and wonders just when this became the case. Alex Speier thinks the court of public opinion is being a bit too harsh on Sammy, whose only crime was being stupid. Karen Guregian looks at the support Sammy is receiving from members of the Red Sox. Sean McAdam has a similar piece. An AP report by Donna Tommelleo tells us that the benefits of corked bats are minimal.
The Patriots hold their three day mini-camp starting this morning. Nick Cafardo takes a look around the division and how the Patriots moves stack up with what other teams have done. Vegas for one, isn’t all that impressed with the Patriots at this point. He looks at some of the questions surrounding this team. Michael Felger weighs in with some things to look for out of this camp. He touches on Antowain Smith’s visit to WEEI yesterday, where the running back brushed off questions about his conditioning and ability to pass the test at the start of camp. He insists it just isn’t his strong point. Tom Curran offers a suggestion for a slogan for the Patriots camp and season: Better Be Good. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Belichick getting a chance to look at Tyrone Poole and Ty Law, both of whom do their own conditioning work in the offseason, rather than being with the team.
Steve Bulpett reports on Vin Baker joining an NBA program to care for his “psychological condition”. This program will give him a network of support in each NBA city. Reading between the lines of this piece, it’s clear though, that Baker isn’t too keen on returning to the Celtics. Shira Springer reports that Chris Wallace is likely as good as gone from the Celtics in the very near future. She also looks at some draft prospects for the Celtics. Peter May and Mark Murphy report on the Spurs game one victory over the Nets last night.
NESN has Red Sox/Pirates at 7:00. ABC has game five of the Stanley Cup Finals at 8:00.