Rumblings here and there tell me that the Globe may not even hire a columnist at all. They may decide to just add another full time person as a reporter or beat writer. That would be a mistake, in my humble opinion. The once-proud sports section is a mess. It need a boost. Make a bold move, Joe Sullivan.

Whatever happens, I’m prepared to be thoroughly underwhelmed.

Other than the Sox, a pretty light day today:

Pedro overcomes a little bit of a rough opening to finish strong and beat the Indians. Game stories are issued by Bob HohlerMichael SilvermanJoe McDonaldDavid Heuschkel and David Borges. Pedro’s performance gave the critics something to chew on, as he looked darned good after the shaky start. Karen Guregian and Gordon Edes look at how Pedro helped himself with that outing. Silverman has a short bit about David Ortiz being left off the All Star Ballot. Guregian has a look at KC centerfielder Carlos Beltran, who she says the Sox are interested in. However the Yankees are also interested in the talented Beltran as are a number of other teams. Gerry Callahan has a pay column which is more of a random thoughts collection. A bit of sloppy editing there, as he leads off the column talking about the news last night about Bud Selig canceling the Spider-Man ads on the bases, but further down in the column he has a line telling us how much the Red Sox will receive for putting the logo on the bases at Fenway. Michael Gee has a pay column telling us that the Red Sox season is going much as we could have expected it to. Hohler’s notebook has more on Ortiz being left off the All Star Ballot. Silverman’s notebook has an update on first base coach Lynn Jones. McDonald’s notebook looks at a big night for Pokey Reese at the plate. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Nomar and Trot will likely not be back before June. Borges’ notebook looks at Bill Mueller getting back on track after being moved down to the eight spot in the lineup.

Steve Bulpett has a short report on Doc River putting together his coaching staff.

Bill Griffith reports that Fox25 is canceling “Sports Sunday” and has some news from WCVB channel 5 as well. David Scott gives Jerry Remy some camera handling criticism and compiles his own short list for the Globe columnist position in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots. I mention the guy yesterday on a lark, and he comes up with a sports related column today Ty Burr has a review of the Red Sox movie. John Howell has a look at Chris Berman as he and ESPN prepare for the 25th anniversary in September.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Royals at 7:00. ESPN has Nets/Pistons at 8:00.