Spring Training stories continue, including word that Curt Schilling may not be able to start opening night, Rodney Harrison makes some calls, the Celtics look to keep up their improved play tonight against Atlanta, and Boston College prepares to start their final Big East tournament this week.

David Heuschkel and Michael Silverman report that Curt Schilling may not be ready to start opening night after all. Alex Speier writes that the Red Sox should be able to withstand the early absence of Schilling. Nick Cafardo has an interesting article on pitcher Josias Manzanillo, originally signed by the Red Sox back in 1983, and now trying to make the club as a reliever. Tony Massarotti says that Hanley Ramirez is in a great situation with the Red Sox organization, and his very presence here is a reflection of how far the organization has come. Theo Epstein credits Dan Duquette with “bringing in people with different backgrounds into the organization.” Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox starting rotation, a group built to be deep.

Scott Thurston reports on the congressional hearings set to start next week looking into steroid use in baseball. Howard Bryant (subscription only) has Orlando Cabrera speaking fondly of his time in Boston. There’s no bitterness in the former shortstop, who only wishes he could’ve stayed and helped in the defense of the title. David Borges reports on Rule V pick Adam Stern, who injured his thumb sliding headfirst into a base, despite a warning from Johnny Damon. Steve Buckley (subscription only) looks at Matt Clement, who started yesterday against the Twins, giving up one run in three innings. Clement knows what is expected of him here in Boston, and is looking forward to the challenge.

Silverman’s notebook says that those of you who can’t get enough of all things Red Sox will have much to look forward to in the coming weeks. Cafardo’s notebook says a bout with the flu is what may ultimately hold Curt Schilling back from making that opening night start. McAdam’s notebook focuses on the good health – thus far – of reliever Matt Mantei this spring. Borges’ notebook has more in Schilling.

John Howell reports on COX cable expanding NESN coverage in Connecticut.


Jonathan Comey is a bit concerned that Bill Belichick has apparently decided to go without an offensive coordinator for the time being. (How long before someone…I have my suspects…writes that the Patriots are just being cheap and trying to avoid paying someone to be the offensive coordinator?) Comey also looks at the Randy Moss to Oakland trade and takes a quick look around the AFC East. Michael Felger has a number of Patriots items today, including word of the team’s interest in Tim Dwight. Jerome Solomon and Alan Greenberg look at Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who is doing an NFL internship in hopes of becoming an NFL official after his playing days. Harrison made some calls as a back judge during an NFL Europe scrimmage yesterday. Mike Reiss had four entries in his blog yesterday, including contract information for a couple players, newly re-signed Stephen Neal is in that group.


Jackie MacMullan has a feature on Celtics rookie guard Delonte West, who remains upbeat despite the return of Gary Payton, a move that likely means less minutes in the short term for the St. Joseph’s product. Steve Bulpett looks at Paul Pierce, who hopes that fewer shot attempts for him result in more wins for the Celtics. Peter May says that staying healthy for the stretch run is the most important thing for the Celtics at this point. Bulpett’s notebook says that the Celtics hope to feast tonight against Antoine Walker’s old club, the Atlanta Hawks.

Boston College

Mike Shalin files a feature on BC coach Al Skinner, who has made a name for himself as one of the top coaches in college basketball. He also files a piece that says that Skinner has no interest right now in moving on to higher profile job, as many BC coaches have in the past. Michael Vega has a feature on BC forward Jared Dudley, who was named to the All Big East team and selected as co-Most Improved Player. Lenny Megliola looks at the less than amicable divorce between Boston College and the Big East. Vega has a quick preview of the Big East tournament, and Shalin has Dudley prefering to play West Virginia in their first game. Vega’s notebook looks at Al Skinner winning his second Big East coach of the year award, while Shalin also looks at a couple awards for BC. Jim Donaldson hates conference tournaments.

Top 5 Links from Yesterday

I recently found a neat little website that allows you to track how often links on your site are clicked. I thought it would be neat to check out what interests people the most from here. Periodically, or perhaps each day I might take a look and give you the “Top 5” from yesterday.

1) Jon Couture’s piece – 471 clicks
2) New Media Matters – 235 clicks
3) Chris Lynch’s Blog entry – 232 clicks
4) Michael Felger’s Patriots notebook – 230 clicks
5) Mike Reiss’s blog – 227 clicks

In all, there were nearly 4,500 links clicked on this page yesterday.


FSN has Celtics/Hawks at 7:00. ESPN has Big East tournament games at 7:00 and 9:00 and ESPN2 has the Northeast Conference championship at 7:00 and the Big Sky title game at 9:00.