A few links from the afternoon papers. Bob Stern looks at Pedro’s outing last night, and says Pedro feels the best is yet to come. David Pevear also has a look at Pedro displaying his old form. Alan Greenwood looks at a battle of the aces last night at Fenway. Mike Fine has an extensive look at the Red Sox awaiting the return of Nomar. The Dirt Dogs website says that Nomar will play for Boston tonight, but also says that the Red Sox will make a decision based on a physical exam this afternoon. That’s about as clear as mud. Greenwood’s notebook has more on Nomar’s extended stay in the minors. Fine’s notebook looks at the dominance of Pedro last night.

Sports Business News has an interesting feature on Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione – a guy no one has a bad word to say of.

Larry Bird is in the headlines today, after making comments in an ESPN interview that the NBA needs more white stars, and then nothing offended him more during his playing days then to be guarded by a white player.

Eric McHugh looks at Corey Dillon as he prepares for his first mini-camp action with the Patriots. McHugh also has a look at the other new faces in camp, and takes a quick look at each position.