With the Sox rained out last night it was another slow night on the Boston sports scene. A few rainout style articles to offer up today. Bob Ryan takes a look at the most valuable .185 hitter in baseball, Mark Bellhorn. Tony Massarotti writes about Tim Wakefield taking one for the team, being skipped in the rotation and available for bullpen duty during the doubleheader tomorrow. Lenny Megliola notes the value and versatility of Wakefield. Jeff Horrigan and Joe McDonald look at the return of Byung-Hyun Kim to the rotation, a bit earlier than expected. Curt Schilling will take the mound tonight, and according to Michael O’Connor, he is hoping to avoid the same kind of trouble he ran into in his last start against the Blue Jays. David Heuschkel, Michael Vega and McDonald look at the return of Brian Daubach to the big league roster. David Borges and McDonald write about Rocco Baldelli, the Rhode Island native now in his second year with the D-Rays. Laura Meade Kirk has a look at the food and service in the new rooftop section at Fenway. Horrigan has a look at the Dodger eying David McCarty for an executive position. Karen Guregian has a piece on Don Zimmer’s return to Fenway, this time in the uniform of the D-Rays. Nick Cafardo’s notebook looks at Kim’s return to the rotation tomorrow. Horrigan’s notebook has more on the return of Daubach. McDonald’s notebook (busy guy today) looks at Ellis Burks missing six weeks due to knee surgery. Heuschkel’s notebook touches on the return of Kim.
Michael Felger has a look at Rohan Davey, who is tearing up NFL Europe. Some have even called him the best QB to come through that league. Jonathan Comey says that the Patriots draft should seal their position as favorites to win it all again next year. Eric McHugh gives us the best and the worst of the NFL draft. Matt Kalman looks at the Patriots signing A Bentley college player as an undrafted free agent. Drew Bledsoe restructured his contract yesterday with the Bills. It seems that Bledsoe may have even taken a pay cut in some areas. Wonder what guys like Lawyer Milloy think of that…
Peter May says that John Carroll is lucky to get away from the Celtics, who he says are in worse shape right now than they were in the mid 1990’s. Michael Muldoon says there are hard times ahead for the Celtics. Mike Fine looks at the search for a new coach. Steve Bulpett says that Dennis Johnson could be a candidate to join the Celtics, though no necessarily as the head man. Shira Springer looks at the Celtics players clearing out their lockers yesterday and gets some comments from the outgoing players. Mark Murphy says that Carroll hopes that lessons learned from this experience can help him going forward. Springer’s notebook looks at candidate Lionel Hollins, who seems to fit what Ainge is looking for.
NESN has Sox/D-Rays at 7:00. ESPN has A’s/Yankees at 7:00 and Sharks/Avalanche at 10:00. ESPN2 has Flyers/Maple Leafs at 7:00 and Braves/Giants at 10:00. TNT has Rockets/Lakers at 10:00.