It would appear that without a doubt Vin Baker’s days with the Celtics have come to a close. The team could take the step of waiving him as early as 10:00 this morning. Details and links are posted at Fox Sports Net.

Jackie MacMullan has a feature on new Red Sox manager Terry Francona, with some disturbing details about Francona’s past health issues. He interviewed for the Seattle Mariners managerial opening in 2002 while having a pulmonary embolism on each side of his lungs. His health is better now, and the article moves onto what kind of manager Francona is going to be for the Red Sox. Howard Bryant has a premium column on the investigation of BALCO, and how that could make things really ugly for Major League Baseball. Nick Cafardo has more on that topic. Gordon Edes catches up with Derek Lowe. Last year, Lowe was still scarred from the effects of his skin cancer, this spring, he’s looking for a new deal. Alex Speier looks at the ongoing issue of race with the Red Sox.

Tom Curran says the Patriots could be interested in Charlie Garner. Hector Longo also reports on the Patriots offseason search for a backfield gem. Kevin Mannix reports on the Patriots new Quarterback’s Coach, Josh McDaniels, who has spent the last three years working on the Patriots defensive coaching staff. Nick Cafardo also has a look at the promotion of McDaniels. Jim Donaldson says the Steelers scored by adding former UMASS football coach Mark Whipple to their coaching staff.

The Bruins’ winning streak came to an end in Ottawa last night with a 3-2 OT loss to the Senators. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy report on the game. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at a report that the NHL lost $273 Million last year. Both the Globe and Herald notebooks look at Andy Hilbert.

Dave Scott is back with a weekend edition of Scott’s Shots.

It’s Friday the 13th and Butch Stearns is returning to WEEI. The Fox25 Sports Anchor will host “The Big Show” this afternoon. I believe this was one of the signs of the Apocalypse…