The offensive woes of the Red Sox continue as they could only muster one run while leaving 13 runners stranded on base. Bob Hohler has the game story and looks at the litany of futility at the plate last night. Michael Silverman says the Sox give new meaning to the phrase “nothing to it”. Joe McDonald looks at the Sox leaving a fine performance by Curt Schilling stranded. David Heuschkel looks at a few “Ripley’s Believe it or not” type facts from last night that prove just how bad things are going against the Red Sox right now. David Borges also looks at another punchless performance by the Sox last night. Karen Guregian says that if you want hope that the Sox bats are going to come around, look no further than the Yankees and what they’re doing right now. Gordon Edes looks at Bill Mueller, noting that the AL Batting champ isn’t going to let his current slump frustrate him needlessly. Bill Reynolds tells Pedro to shut up and pitch. Mike Fine wishes Pedro would just go away. You may just get your wish very soon, boys. Be careful what you wish for. Jon Couture wants to know who that guy playing left for the Sox is, and what has he done with Manny Ramirez? Stan Grossfeld looks at a movement by fans to have cellphones banned at Fenway.
Gerry Callahan has a pay column looking at Pedro, noting that his performance hurt him the most this weekend, not his words. Callahan says Theo is smart not to give in to Pedro’s demands and instead wait it out, simply because Pedro isn’t the pitcher he used to be. That’s all well and good, but how nicely that contrasts with what Callahan wrote on March 25th when he said the Sox need to sign Pedro at all costs. Nice flip-flop Gerry. Steve Buckley also has a pay column on Pedro, and his premise is that Pedro is made for Boston and needs to get his head on straight. Buckley still contends that Pedro will never play for the Yankees, simply because he has such a strong memory and Yankee stadium holds such bad memories for him over the years. Guregian looks at Rickey Henderson, who has signed to play another season with the Newark Bears, hoping for another big league callup. Edes also gets reaction from David Ortiz on a troubling ESPN report on the status of youth baseball in the Dominican, where Steroid use is through the roof and kids are dying. Hohler’s notebook has Theo Epstein still hopeful the Sox can strike a deal with one or more of their free agents to be. Silverman’s notebook has Curt Schilling shouldering the blame for the loss last night, saying he shouldn’t have given up that two run homer. Heuschkel’s notebook has Nomar stepping up his workouts. McDonald’s notebook and Borges’ notebook both look at Lou Merloni in Cleveland, looking forward to coming to Boston next week as a visitor.
ESPN’s Jack Ramsey reported last night that Doc Rivers had told him that he had approval over any personnel move made by the Celtics. Today, Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer have Danny Ainge and Rivers saying that the claim is not true. Rivers has say over his staff, but not players.
Bill Griffith looks at Monday Night Football hiring Michele Tafoya as sideline reporter. He also reports that Michael Holley is leaving the Globe again. He’ll likely be doing TV work with Max Kellerman on Fox Sports Net. By the way, Holley’s book on the Patriots, titled “Belichick : The Genius of Bill Belichick and How He Built a Super Bowl Champion.” is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com. You can order it through the link on the left side of the page. Wonder if Holley is leaving so that he doesn’t have to face Ron Borges with the title of that book…UPDATE: I’m being told that the title listed there and on Amazon is *not* the title of the book, it is still yet to be named. The title used is what Amazon is calling the book for now. John Molori tears into Mustard and Johnson for their comments on Pedro during the Saturday edition of their WEEI radio show in this week’s Media Blitz. Elsewhere, in the Globe today, Joseph P. Kahn reports on the Red Sox movie. Is Angry Bill’s 15 minutes of fame up yet? In that piece he refers to himself as an “assassin” on the radio. 1) Way to be politically correct, “Bill”. Assassin…nice word to use in this day and age. 2) I think you got the first three letters right, that’s about it.
NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. TNT has Heat/Hornets at 7:00 and Kings/T-Wolves at 9:30. ESPN has Sharks/Avalanche at 8:00 and ESPN2 has Flyers/Maple Leafs at 7:00.