Pedro, Jeter Strike Back

The links are a little rushed this morning, but I think all the bases are covered. There are articles on Pedro Martinez, coverage of the Red Sox second straight loss to open the season, reports on the Celtics winning on the road without Antoine, and a couple football and hockey articles.

Karen Guregian has a one-on-one with Pedro Martinez as the former Red Sox ace still believes he was mistreated by the Red Sox on the way out of town. He also says there were never any problems between he and Curt Schilling, but he does question Schilling’s comments about him getting special treatment. Kevin Henkin says that while we’re going to be bombarded with updates of every Pedro start and have his outings compared to those of Wells and Clement, let’s not forget why he’s gone.

The Red Sox dropped to 0-2 on the season thanks to a walk off home run by Derek Jeter off of Keith Foulke in the bottom of the ninth. Games stories are files by Chris Snow, Jeff Horrigan, Sean McAdam, Dom Amore and David Borges. Dan Shaughnessy says it’s early yet. Tony Massarotti looks at the struggles of Matt Clement yesterday afternoon. On the other hand, John Altavilla looks at the strong start from Carl Pavano. Gordon Edes looks at Mariano Rivera putting the home run from Varitek behind him quickly. Nick Cafardo looks at Clement working hard just to keep the Sox in the game. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says unlike last year, Derek Jeter and the Yankees are roaring early.

David Heuschkel looks at the rough beginning of the season for Edgar Renteria, a story also written by Massarotti. Both team’s closers gave up crucial runs in their outings yesterday, Mike Anthony looks at the struggles of Mariano Rivera and Keith Foulke. Michael Silverman looks at Jason Varitek’s game-tying home run off of Rivera and Steve Buckley looks at Jeter’s homer off of Foulke. Silverman also looks at how Foulke got himself in trouble falling behind Jeter in the count. Nick Cafardo also has a piece on Foulke. John Tomase writes that while Randy Johnson was the Yankees’ big offseason prize, much of their success will depend on how well Pavano and Jaret Wright perform. Joe Haggerty talks to a few of the newest Red Sox about being in Yankee Stadium.

Borges’ notebook has more on the struggles of Renteria in these first two games. McAdam’s notebook gives Clement’s first start mixed reviews. Horrigan’s notebook has more on the Sox getting to Mariano Rivera once again. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at the worst pitch from Clement, the one that end up in the seats, courtesy of Hideki Matsui. Snow’s notebook has Renteria’s teammates backing him up.

Wesley Morris reviews Fever Pitch. The premiere of the movie is tonight and NESN has coverage of the event starting at 7:00. Joseph P Kahn also takes a look at the movie, which he says makes all the correct baseball references and inside jokes. Sean L McCarthy looks at the movie for the Herald.

The Celtics got their act together and pulled out a 116-108 victory on the road in Washington last night. Shira Springer and Mark Murphy have the game stories. Springer’s notebook looks at Delonte West and Kendrick Perkins getting starts in place of Tony Allen and Antoine Walker. Murphy’s notebook looks at Raef LaFrentz, who after being implored by Gary Payton in practice to shoot the ball more, finished with 21 points last night.

Mike Reiss looks at Patriots nose tackle Keith Traylor, who would like to come back for another season with the club. Eric McHugh looks at the addition of David Terrell and how the rebuilt Patriots receiving core looks.

Jackie MacMullan talks to Harry Sinden about the future — if any — of the NHL. Kevin Paul Dupont has Jeremy Jacobs seeing signs of a thaw in negotiations.

Ron Borges files his weekly boxing notes.

John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at former Celtic Dee Brown winning the ESPN Dream Job competition.

NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 1:00. FSN has Celtics/Bucks at 7:00. ESPN has Cavs/Pacers at 7:00 and Jazz/Timberwolves at 9:30. ESPN2 has Braves/Marlins at 7:00 and Dodgers/Giants at 10:00.

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