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Onto the Links for today. New Dad Tim Wakefield was on his game last night as the Sox returned to the win column with a 7-3 victory in Tampa. Game stories are filed by Bob Hohler…Jeff Horrigan…Sean McAdam…David Heuschkel and David Borges. Christopher Price says that Wakefield is one of the under-appreciated stars on the Boston sports scene. Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks pitched a perfect game last night, only the 17th in MLB History. It quickly became the hot topic for the night, and locally, many people turned over to TBS to see the end of it. Gordon Edes talked to Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling about the game by Johnson, neither has through a no-hitter, though Pedro did throw nine perfect innings in 1995 before giving up a hit in the 10th inning. Tony Massarotti also takes a look at the Johnson gem, noting that the 40 year old Johnson could be on the trading block later this summer. Michael Silverman concludes his look at the Sox free agents with an article on Nomar. Once again he goes to sources around the league, and unlike for the other Sox free agents to be, the opinion on Nomar appears to be unanimous. He’s outta here at the end of the season. Keeping with Nomar, Massarotti has a brief piece on Nomar’s agent, Arn Tellem. He says Tellem has a strong relationship with Tom Werner, and if the Sox hope to keep Nomar, they may need to set it up so Werner and Tellem deal directly.
Mike Fine looks at how Terry Francona has his hands full with Curt Schilling. In a good way. Edes also has a report on the Sox efforts to trade Byung Hyun Kim. Massarotti also has an update on Trot Nixon, who continues to make slow progress towards a return. He’s batting in extended spring training games, but unable to run the bases. Borges looks at looks at the empty seats in Tampa, and what affect that has on Rocco Baldelli. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at another collision for Johnny Damon, as does Horrigan’s notebook and McAdam’s notebook. Borges’ notebook has Theo saying that it is possible that Nomar could join the PawSox this weekend. Hohler’s notebook looks at the slow recovery of Nomar and Nixon.
Mike Reiss reports that the Patriots have opened contract talks with receiver David Givens. Brad Blank, who represents Givens, (and plenty of Boston media people) says the talks have not been fruitful. Tom Curran has a piece on Adam Vinatieri, hoping to improve on an “OK” 2003 season. He also hopes to be a life-long Patriot, but will see what happens this year as he enters the final year of his contract.
Bob Ryan looks at the globalization of basketball, specifically in Asia, as he talks with Lawrence Norman – Head of Global Sports Marketing for Adidas.
Jonathan Comey wishes the New Bedford/Fall River area could get a minor league sports team.
NESN has Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Sharks/Flames at 9:00. ESPN2 has Giants/Cubs at 7:00 and Yankees/Angels at 10:00.