As opposed to a spotty internet connection, which was yesterday, today I had no internet connection. Yuck. I’m no longer enjoying the Ryan Rupe era, either. Expect talk today to be whether Grady goofed in pitching Rupe after he had just started on Friday. The two days rest thing for starters doesn’t seem to be working for Grady. Rupe says in a David Heuschkel game story, that it was “just one bad pitch…” Sean McAdam notes that Frank Thomas’ 10 pitch at bat in the fifth finished off Pedro for the night. Jeff Horrigan concurs that it was Thomas, not Joe Crede that finished off the Sox last night. Rupe is a hero to Nick Cafardo and Jason Varitek though, because he stood in there and took the heat after the game. Just one bad pitch, one bad pitch, says Dan Wiederer. The opposing pitcher had a little to do with the Sox loss last night, Tony Massarotti looks at Mark Buehrle, who stymied the Sox on two runs over eight innings. Gordon Edes gets some Pedro reaction from Daubach, Thomas and Flash Gordon. Jon Wallach looks at what the return of Pedro could mean for the Sox. Horrigan looks at John Burkett, who knows his spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy. Massarotti also looks at Gordon, who got the save last night and would’ve be adverse to coming back to Boston. Gerry Callahan, in a pay column says that the Sox may not be able to afford to lose Nomar.

Usually it works this way: The player makes it to free agency, the player is gone. If Nomar makes it to the last day of the 2004 without signing a new contract, Nomar is gone. It was always a possibility with Garciaparra, a California boy who never has been comfortable with East Coast intensity, but a new wrinkle has developed in the situation during the past several weeks. Could it be that Nomar, a three-time All Star, a two-time batting champ, is getting better? Will the best of Garciaparra, who will be 31 when his current deal expires, emerge with his next contract?

This was of course a hot topic on Dennis & Callahan this morning, as they discussed who will be kept and who will be gone, Pedro or Nomar. Now it seems Nomar is again the guy you keep. There is no way that the Red Sox can keep both, according to these guys. They will both be demanding 100 + million dollar contracts and the Sox just can’t do that, according to D&C. In part two of his series on performance enhancing substances in MLB, Howard Bryant looks at the dangers in the medicine cabinet. John Tomase looks at some pitching help that might be available to the Sox in a trade. Edes says Bartolo Colon heads the list of available pitchers. Bob Klapisch in the Bergen Record, says that the Red Sox are “more than intrigued” with Armando Benitez. The Yankees are also in the mix. Alex Speier wonders if the four man rotation could make a comeback. Joe Sullivan looks at NH kid, who while serving as a batboy for the Braves, tossed the ball from a rookie’s first Major League hit into the stands. Whoops. Sam Donnellon takes the Rocket to task in the Philadelphia Daily News. From the weekend was a nice piece by Bill Reynolds on the friendship of Johnny Pesky, Dominic DiMaggio and Ted Williams, and the journey of the first two to see Ted for the last time. Jack Perry looks back at Providence’s baseball history with a team that some claim actually won the first World Series. Some diversity in the notebooks today. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Casey Fossum’s recovery. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Grady pondering the idea of flipping Nomar and Manny in the lineup. Something I’ve always thought made sense. Manny is the more selective hitter, Nomar can hit anything, even when he’s being “pitched around”. McAdam’s notebook looks at Brian Daubach, struggling on the bench for the White Sox. Heuschkel’s notebook has Theo getting another look at Bartolo Colon tonight.

Peter May wraps up the NBA finals without any wisecracks about the Duncan/Parker/Celtics connections. Steve Bulpett says that Duncan guy is pretty good. Shira Springer reports on Bruno staying with the Celtics, and has information on the Shaws Summer league. Whereas May says the Final were misleadingly competitive, Bulpett (and Danny Ainge) were apparently misled, as they say NJ showed it could compete with the West in Bulpett’s notebook. Jon Couture contrasts David Robinson with Roger Clemens, noting that is sad that Robinson’s legacy will likely fade over the years, due to his personality type, while Roger’s will continue to grow.

Stephen Harris says this could be a busy week for the Bruins. A new coach, a trade of draft position, could be among the things happening. James Murphy looks at the start of the NHL offseason.

Christopher Price looks at a few sophomore Patriots looking to step things up in their second season.

Steve Salloway looks at Curt Gowdy, who spoke at the Salvation Army’s annual Greater Portland Civic Luncheon, and told many stories. Bill Griffith looks at a Father’s day full of sports programming. Jim Baker has Doug Collins saying that defense hurts the NBA TV ratings.

NESN has Red Sox/White Sox at 8:00.