A busy day in Boston sports yesterday, with the Red Sox getting their first win, while at the same time thinking about their manager who had been taken to the hospital. The Celtics get a home win after a few setbacks, and there are a few stories on the Patriots’ Larry Izzo.
The Red Sox once again rallied off of Mariano Rivera and this time got their first win of the season, 7-3 in New York. Of larger importance however, is the health of manager Terry Francona, who was taken to the hospital prior to the game after experiencing tightness in his chest. Stories on Francona are filed by Gordon Edes, Jeff Horrigan, Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel. Accounts of the game are provided by Chris Snow, Michael Silverman, Dom Amore, David Borges and McAdam. It was quite an opening series, and Dan Shaughnessy says it left all involved a little dizzy. Steve Buckley (subscription only) looks at Rivera losing his edge against the Red Sox and idea that in the past would’ve seemed a ridiculous as the Red Sox ever winning a World Series.
Gordon Edes looks at the job Brad Mills did standing in for Francona yesterday. Tony Massarotti also has a piece on Mills, who is a longtime friend of Francona. Horrigan also has a piece on the Red Sox players concern for their manager. Nick Cafardo and John Altavilla look at the error by ARod which opened the floodgates for the Red Sox in the ninth inning. Massarotti writes that the pitch from Mike Timlin that hit Derek Jeter was not a purpose pitch. No one felt worse afterwards than Timlin. Karen Guregian looks at Curt Schilling heading to Indianapolis to pitch in a minor league game today. Bill Reynolds says that the message that the game of baseball has always sent out to fans has changed for the worse, due to the steroid scandal and overpaid players. John Tomase says that the Yankees lineup is over hyped, from 1-9 the Red Sox are deeper and more potent.
Silverman’s notebook looks at a strong outing from Tim Wakefield yesterday. The Globe notebook has thoughts from Timlin on hitting Jeter. Borges’ notebook has more on Francona’s health scare. McAdam’s notebook looks at Timlin hitting Jeter and how it heated things up a bit. The Courant notebook has more on how Jeter was feeling after getting hit.
The Celtics turned it on late and pulled out a 103-97 home win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night. Shira Springer writes that the Celtics played smart down the stretch for the second game in a row. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics were finally able to get their house in order. Barely. Carolyn Thornton writes that the green got back that loving feeling at home after having dropped three straight home games. Lenny Megliola says this one was pretty much a must-win. Jackie MacMullan has a very good piece on coach Doc Rivers, who is still getting his message out to his players, and challenging them. He also likes to slip notes under their hotel room doors. Bulpett also looks at Paul Pierce going with the flow of the offense, and Ron Indrisano looks at Pierce coming on strong at the end of the game yesterday. Noted NBA commentator Buddy Thomas opines that the league is full of overpaid stiffs and puts together his All Cadaver team, of which Mark Blount is the starting center. Springer’s notebook says that Antoine Walker hopes to return Saturday against the Nets. Bulpett’s notebook looks at a problem facing Doc Rivers: too many talented big guys to find minutes for. Thornton’s notebook says other than a few players, playing time is up for grabs on the roster.
Mike Reiss looks at Utah defensive tackle Sione Pouha, who is visiting the Patriots today. There are four stories on Patriots special teams ace Larry Izzo, who just returned from a visit to the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar and Kuwait. Alan Greenberg, Jerome Solomon, Christopher Price and Michael Felger have stories on Izzo’s travels. Felger’s story has a couple team notes at the end, including word that Tedy Bruschi will not be making the trip to the White House with his teammates, and ESPN disputing Bill Belichick’s statement that he has been training everyday at the stadium.
ESPN has A’s/Orioles at 7:00. TNT has Spurs/Mavericks at 8:00 and Rockets/Lakers at 10:30.