A busy morning for links, we’ve got Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots. The Red Sox and Curt Schilling had a frustrating night against the Yankees last night, while the Celtics clinched a spot in the postseason and the Patriots visited George W Bush in the White House. (again)
It wasn’t quite the debut that Curt Schilling likely had in mind last night at Fenway as the Red Sox righthander gave up five runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and was the losing the pitcher in the 5-2 setback to the Yankees. Chris Snow looks at a high pitch count and a couple of home runs from the bottom of the order that did in Schilling. Jeff Horrigan says that Schilling could find nothing positive to take from this outing. Steven Krasner says the Boston offense was not able to get clicking against Jaret Wright and pick up Schilling. David Heuschkel says it was a matter of one team being able to capitalize on the other pitcher’s mistakes. David Borges wonders if Schilling’s struggles against the Indianapolis Indians should’ve told us he wasn’t ready to face the Yankees.
Dan Shaughnessy says that the Yankees eventually wore him down, but that it was an encouraging first start for Schilling. Tony Massarotti says the Yankees did to Schilling what they used to do to Pedro Martinez. Sean McAdam looks at Schilling giving himself a failing grade for last night. Dom Amore notes that it was the bottom third of the order for the Yankees that did the most damage against the Sox ace. Lenny Megliola says that Schilling makes no excuses and was thoroughly disgusted with his performance from last night. Alex Speier says that Schilling showed flashes of brilliance, but also showed his pitching mortality last night. Jon Couture writes that it was a decent outing for the Red Sox ace, but that his offense did nothing to pick him up. Jeff Jacobs says that the whole night was very “Petey-esque”
An emailer to BSMW earlier this week had a simple question about the opening day ceremonies: “WHERE WAS THEO????” I replied to him that the Red Sox GM was already completely focused on 2005. Jackie MacMullan has an article today on Epstein, how he values his privacy, and how a chat with Bill Belichick was just one thing that pushed him to turn the page on 2004 as quickly as possible. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox failure to get to Jaret Wright. Gordon Edes, Michael O’Connor and Jeff Goldberg all look at Mariano Rivera getting back on track and getting the easy save against the Red Sox last night. Jack Thomas looks at former Red Sox infielder Ted Lepcio, now just a big fan of the team.
Edes looks at the lack of head games going on last night, as there were no beanballs, as was anticipated. Silverman looks at Randy Johnson’s history at Fenway Park, where he hasn’t pitched all that much during his career. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that Johnson is one of the few remaining of a dying breed, the intimidating fireballer. Jon Baker looks at tomorrow’s opening night of the Pawtucket Red Sox and some of the events that have happened to the top minor league club over the years. Nick Cafardo looks at Joe Torre tweaking his lineup a bit last night, and he also has a piece on Jason Giambi going 2-4 with a two run homer off of Schilling. Michael Gee (Subscription only) also has a look at Giambi stepping up amid all the catcalls and distractions. O’Connor notes that Johnny Damon’s wild offseason and spring hasn’t affected his play thus far. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that Bronson Arroyo is the one who should go to the bullpen when the Red Sox starting staff is full assembled.
Borges’ notebook looks at Kevin Youkilis being sent to Pawtucket to make room for Schilling. Krasner’s notebook also looks at Youkilis’ demotion. It’s also the lead for Horrigan’s notebook, as well as Heuschkel’s notebook and Snow’s notebook. On the Yankee side, Amore’s notebook looks at Jaret Wright getting out of early trouble.
Celtics in the Postseason
The Celtics clinched a playoff berth last night and took a step closer to their first division title since the waning days of the Larry Bird era with a 111-108 win in Milwaukee last night. Shira Springer and Mark Murphy look at the green punching their postseason ticket. Springer’s notebook has Antoine Walker still feeling the effects of a knee bruise, but pushing through the pain. Murphy’s notebook has Doc Rivers quoting Herman Edwards about getting the letter next to their place in the standings.
Patriots visit White House, get 2005 schedule
David Lightman, Jerome Solomon and Andrew Miga all report on the Patriots making their third trip to the White House in four years as Super Bowl Champions. Michael Felger makes a quick analysis of the 2005 schedule which was released yesterday. Jonathan Comey feels that the schedule adds up to 12-4 for the Patriots. Tom E Curran also looks at the highlights of the schedule. Mike Reiss says that the Patriots could be looking at another LSU product in cornerback Corey Webster. Solomon also got Tom Brady to make a few comments about his contract, which doesn’t appear to be close to being finalized anytime soon. He also gets a few words from Brady on the schedule, and we could’ve guessed Bill Belichick’s analysis of it: “It is what it is.”
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) TNT has Heat/Sixers at 8:00 and Mavs/Blazers at 10:30.