Pokey Fever Grips Hub

The Red Sox scored a prime time 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night thanks in great part to a terrific pitching effort by Pedro Martinez, and more spectacular play in the field by Pokey Reese, who also drove in two of the runs for the hometown nine. Pokey’s defensive efforts, especially a leaping snare of a rising liner in the seventh were the talk of the game afterwards. Nick Cafardo’s game story looks at the fans demanding a curtain call from Pokey after that play. Jeff Goldberg looks at Pokey contributing to the win with both his glove and bat. David Borges notes that Pokey has further solidified his spot as a fan favorite in Boston. Tony Massarotti and Sean McAdam focus their game stories on the performance of Pedro, whose strong outing became all the more important with the uncertain status of Curt Schilling’s ankle injury.

Speaking of Pedro, yesterday John Tomase had an extensive piece in which he puts forth the notion that Pedro actually suffered a partially torn labrum back in 2001, in addition to the frayed rotator cuff. More serious labrum injuries usually spell the end of a career for a pitcher. New information that I haven’t seen elsewhere. In the completely opposite vein, Dan Shaughnessy tells us that, hey, did you know that Pedro used to pitch for the Dodgers? And that the gave up on him because they didn’t think he could be a starter? And that he holds a grudge against Tommy Lasorda? Fascinating stuff, all revealed for the first time. Really, not a horrid article by Shaughnessy, (I could’ve done without the game 7 reference) but absolutely nothing new, either. Mike Shalin has Dodger’s manager Jim Tracey, who was a bench coach in Montreal when Pedro won the Cy Young there, speaking about the effort and changes he’s seen in Pedro. Alex Speier also looks at Pedro facing the Dodgers.

Score one for the media. At least in part due to the whining of Tony Massarotti and other media members, Curt Schilling has decided to stop, or at least cut back severely on his on-line posting and chatting with Sox fans over at the Sons of Sam Horn. Schilling made that announcement over the weekend, and named Massarotti as a media person he has issues with. He’s gotten tired of the “small jabs” taken at him by Tony Mazz, and brought up the time that Massarotti said that if Schilling didn’t want to talk to the media, then they (he) wouldn’t promote Schilling’s charitable efforts. Way to go Tony, ruin the fun and enjoyment for a group of fans just because of your own insecurities.

Rob Bradford has a look at the glove magic of Pokey. Rich Thompson has a look at David McCarty hoping for a chance to get some pitching in. Michael Gee (subscription only) says that Schilling needs to take some time to heal now, and be healthy for later in the season. Joe McDonald reports that Trot Nixon will be traveling with the Sox out to Colorado, and should be activated in the middle of the week sometime. Local guy Jeff Goodman has an article on Nomar for the Washington Post (free subscription required) Framingham’s own Lou Merloni is quoted in the piece, and gives some insight into Nomar’s feelings about the offseason:

"It really hit home when he found out the deal was on the table," said Cleveland Indians first baseman Lou Merloni, a close friend of Garciaparra's since their days as minor leaguers. "They were trying to exhaust everything to get rid of him or get A-Rod, however you want to look at it. He didn't understand why they didn't want him after everything he'd done for the organization. He basically resigned himself to the fact that his career in Boston was over."

That’s not really new information, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen something like that from someone who really is close to Nomar and not named Uncle Victor. Marvin Pave has another look at Pokey’s amazing catch. Shalin reports that Glenn Hoffman has no hard feelings at being passed over for the managerial job of the Red Sox. Thompson also has a look at a good outing from the Sox bullpen last night in relief of Pedro. Cafardo’s notebook has Nixon aiming for a Wednesday return. Goldberg’s notebook, Massarotti’s notebook and Borges’ notebook all look at the imminent return of Trot as well. The ProJo notebook says one of either Anastacio Martinez or Mark Malaska will likely be sent down when Nixon is activated.

Michael Felger, Christopher Price and Adam Kilgore have a look at the Patriots new Super Bowl rings, the largest in league history. In looking back at the just concluded mini-camp, Dan Pires has some serious issues with Ty Law.

Peter May and Steve Bulpett look at the Pistons pushing the Lakers to the brink of elimination. Bulpett’s notebook looks at how Danny Ainge helped the Pistons get to this point. May’s notebook looks at Chucky Atkins feeling a little upset at being left unprotected for the expansion draft.

Russ Conway’s extensive NHL notes start out with a look at the impending work stoppage. He says agents have been told to prepare for the league to be shut down for anywhere between a year and 18 months. James Murphy starts the countdown to the work stoppage.

Dave Scott takes a look at the Sunday night shows, and takes offense at some soft-serve writing from Dan Shaughnessy over the weekend.

NESN will have PawSox/Durham Bulls at 7:00. ESPN has Cubs/Astros at 8:00.

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