Onto the City of Brotherly Love

We’ve got Red Sox stories from the off day yesterday as they prepare to take on the Phillies tonight in their new ballpark. The NBA Finals concluded last night with the Spurs winning their third championship. There are a few more NBA draft preview articles, a look at the Celtics move to WRKO, and David Scott weighs in on John Tomase.

With the Red Sox off last night, there is a mixed bag of baseball articles this morning. Adam Kilgore has a feature on John Olerud, who has a daughter with tri-some 2p, 5p-, a unique condition which has caused Olerud and his wife to have to provide almost constant care for five years now. A moving story. Michael Silverman has Johnny Damon saying that if he doesn’t re-sign with the Red Sox this offseason, he may try to convince some of his teammates here who are also free agents to join him wherever he ends up. David Heuschkel has a look at Damon, who is having a fantastic season despite an assortment of nagging injuries and the prospect of being a free agent at the end of the season. Steven Krasner has a look at Mark Bellhorn, who many view as the weak link in the Red Sox lineup. Terry Francona views him as a strength for the things he can do for the team. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the origins of the word “walkoff”, a term which Dennis Eckersley claims to have originated.

Alex Speier has a piece on Jason Varitek, and how 2003 was in many ways a changing point in his career; he found his stroke at the plate, and really entered the prime of his playing days. Yesterday, Mark Shanahan in the Globe had a piece on Eric Van, a “statistical savant” who has gained fame on first USENET and now Sons of Sam Horn for his analysis and projections. Van is now employed by the Red Sox on a stats-based project. I’ve been familiar with Van’s stuff going back to about 1997 on USENET, and he truly is amazing with numbers. Jeff Horrigan looks at Terry Francona’s return to Philadelphia this weekend, a place that did not treat him well while he was there, yet you’ll never hear him complain about it. Chris Snow’s notebook has more on Francona’s return to Philly. Snow also has a minor league notebook in which he looks at Pawtucket first baseman Roberto Petagine, who has an “out” in his contract for next Thursday which he could possibly exercise.

Peter May looks at the San Antonio Spurs winning their third title since 1999 with a 81-74 win over the Detroit Pistons in game 7 of the NBA finals last night. May’s notebook is again about Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich and their 30 year friendship. Mark Murphy says that any number of good players could be available to the Celtics at pick #18 in next week’s draft, as much about this draft is uncertain. Shira Springer looks at the contingent from the University of North Carolina that will be available in this draft, four likely first round selections in the group. Murphy also previews the small forwards available in this draft. Don’t forget to also review Part III of the BSMW Full Court Press Draft Preview, which focuses on big men that might be available at pick number 18.

The Celtics move to WRKO on the radio dial is the subject of a few articles this morning. Lenny Megliola provides a brief overview of the move. Tim Weisberg has a longer look at the deal, and what it means for WWZN, WEEI and Celtics fans. It is also the main subject of Bill Griffith’s Friday Sportview column. Griffith provides some analysis of what options were available to the Celtics, the positives of the deal, and some additional factors.

Tom E Curran yesterday looked at the Patriots signing of Chad Morton.

Jeff Jacobs files sort of a “random thoughts” column, looking at items from around the world of sports and New England. Nick Tavares lists out eight things to be thankful for when Hockey finally does return. I still can’t believe the NBA came to a labor agreement before the NHL did, they even spotted hockey a year.

David Scott looks at the NBA Finals, John Tomase’s venture into the spotlight and Pete Sheppard’s move to the Shores of Hull, among other things, in this Friday edition of Scott’s Shots.

Get more stories on the NBA Championship, the Yankees’ struggles and Pedro Martinez returning to the House that Ruth built, taking the mound tonight at The Stadium, over at the New York Sports News page.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Phillies at 7:00. ESPN has Mets/Yankees at 7:00. (Pedro vs. Yankees) TBS has Braves/Orioles at 7:30.


Tomase Responds

I apologize for the lack of an update this morning.

John Tomase has responded to the feedback he has gotten on his article the other day on Manny Ramirez. He still doesn’t come off very well. I thought and still think John is better than this. Rather than address the issues raised, most of the time he tries to make light of the subject, showing how witty he is, or mocking the emailer for using “Multiple acronyms” in their correspondence (essentially calling the person a geek). He ends with the predictable “maybe the Red Sox should hire me as a motivational speaker” line.

This has been a sad week. I hope it gets better from here on out for Tomase. He shouldn’t be known as the guy who ripped Manny and lost all credibility in the process.

It’s one thing to critique Manny, he is certainly not immune to that. There are things that you can knock the guy for. But this article was over the top, and then was poorly followed up on by the bizarro Big Show appearance and then this print “response”, to which I have no words to describe. I can only shake my head.

You’re better than this, Tomase.

Be sure to check out Part III of the BSMW Full Court Press draft preview, this time looking at the big men that could be available when the Celtics pick at number 18 comes around.

Ortiz Shines Again

The Red Sox cruised in Cleveland last night. John Tomase squirmed on the Big Show yesterday. The NBA announced a new labor deal, and the Patriots sign another punt returner. These are just a few of the things covered this morning.

After barely surviving in Cleveland on Monday night, the Red Sox made it look easy last night against the Indians, winning 9-2 behind a strong performance from Bronson Arroyo and two homers from David Ortiz. Steven Krasner says that this is one of the few times during the season where a team can make it look that easy. David Heuschkel notes that Arroyo used his changeup last night, in fact more than he has the entire season. David Borges looks at the performance for Arroyo last night, noting that the righthander appears to be back in form. Jeff Horrigan looks at the multi-talented Ortiz, big league slugger, jilted waiter. Chris Snow’s game story tells us that Red Sox owner John Henry has had Ortiz in his fantasy baseball league since 1998.

Nick Cafardo says that Mike Timlin wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of being a closer again. Nick being Nick, he notes that Timlin’s contract is up at the end of the year and with pitching at a premium these days some team might want to use him as closer. Michael Silverman looks at Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz getting hot just as summer comes, which is very good news for the Red Sox. Silverman also looks at this year’s Ricky Gutierrez, Ramon Vazquez, who is also playing a little less than he thought he would be.

Snow’s notebook looks at the recent hot streak by Manny Ramirez, who is hitting .363 in his last 20 games. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Red Sox setting a record as being the team going the furthest into the season without having a game go into extra innings. Krasner’s notebook looks at Manny Ramirez, who continues to heat up and hit the ball hard. Heuschkel’s notebook adds that since Manny and Ortiz have heated up together, that coincides with the Red Sox latest hot streak. We’ve heard a lot from Jay Payton lately, Borges’ notebook takes a look at the player traded here with him, Ramon Vazquez and why we haven’t heard much if anything about him.

John Tomase appeared on the Big Show yesterday to discuss his Manny article from the other day. It probably would have been better for him had he not done so. I’ve always held Tomase in high regard as he’s put out a lot of quality articles over the last few years. I just don’t get what he was thinking in publishing this one, AND going on the radio to talk about it. Here’s a few extracts from the interview on WEEI.

After Glenn Ordway had mentioned that we’ve kind of come to accept and even embrace Manny for who he is, this was Tomase’s answer:

Yeah and that’s what I have an issue with. Why is that acceptable? That’s like saying Jeffery Dahmer’s had people in his freezer for a while now, that’s what he does.

Nice, compare Manny with a cannibalistic serial killer. Then came the topic of Manny having missed four games out of 70, and Tomase’s assertion that he looks for ways to get out of games. He and Steve Burton went back and forth on this one:

SB: Hold on John. I’ve backed you up with the numbers in your first paragraph but now you’re taking a shot at a guy who’s missed two out of seventy games on his own merit.

JT: That’s not the point. The point is he’s taken himself out of three other games and there’s a pattern of…

SB: Out of seventy games?? Is he kidding? Maybe it’s me.

JT: He’s been hit in the leg twice. Trot Nixon keeps playing on a knee that needs surgery. Johnny Damon should be on the DL.

Pete Sheppard: John that was a pretty good thump he took the other night. Everybody said it, even Remy.

JT: Everyone says that and yet he’s back two days later.

SB: Forget about him being hit. John have you ever taken a day off in the last seventy days? Have you taken two days off in the last seventy days?

JT: That is so irrelevant that it’s not even worth it.

SB: How is that irrelevant John? That’s his job! Have you taken two days off in the last seventy days?

JT: Ok, you got me. I’ve taken a few days off the last seventy days.

SB: But now you’re ripping Manny for taking two.

JT: Well I can’t battle with logic. You’ve got me.

On where Tomase is hearing that the Red Sox are upset with Manny:

GO: Are you hearing it from players?

JT: That would be an affirmative.

GO: Are you hearing it from management people?

JT: I’m hearing it from in and out of uniform people associated with the team. I’m not going to out anybody.

GO: Nobody’s asking you to but out of uniform could be the concessionaire! We’re talking about management people, correct?

JT: Actually, I should talk to the concessionaire.

SB: So some of Manny’s teammates are coming to you and telling you he’s dogging it?

JT: They don’t come to me. They have to be asked.

PS: On the record they’re telling you this?

JT: On the record, they would be in the paper.

On why Manny has slumped this season:

JT: So then the question is: why? Why is a guy who is as phenomenally talented as he is struggling?

SB: John guys go through slumps all the time. Remember Jeter last year? Jeter went on a two month slump.

GO: Do you think he cares?

JT: Jeter is not part of the discussion here.

SB: I’m making it a part of the discussion.

JT: Manny played like a guy who didn’t care.

SB: John, I’m making Jeter a part of the discussion. When Jeter went on a two month slump, do you think he cared?

JT: I do think he cared.

SB: So here’s my question: why did Jeter go on a two month slump?

JT: Hey, sometimes slumps happen to players.

SB: Then you just answered your own question.

JT: But there are different reasons for slumps. That’s my point. What was the reason for Manny’s slump?

SB: Well I don’t know. What was the reason for Jeter’s?

JT: I just gave you a theory for Manny’s slump. He was swinging along early in the count, he was not swinging at fastballs, he was getting himself out. That to me suggests disinterest.

SB: So if Jeter did the same thing, would that suggest disinterest?

JT: That’s so irrelevant.

Later on, Tomase made this claim:

All you need to know about that is last year when, remember when he got his citizenship and ran out onto the field holding the American flag, he was in the clubhouse the entire time before the game saying ‘send me to Iraq. Somebody send me to Iraq.’ It was the same day that Nick Berg got his head cut off and nobody was making jokes about Iraq then but Manny being in his own world.

He concluded his call with:

Yeah well, I guess we’ve now answered the question Dale Arnold had of who the hell is John Tomase. I wasn’t wrong on Nomar and I may not be wrong on Manny.

That last reference is to a column written by Tomase back on September 15th, 2002. Steve Buckley had a similar column days later.

Peter May looks at the Detroit Pistons forcing a game seven with a 95-86 over the Spurs last night in San Antonio. The big news in the league was of course the announcement that the league and the players have come to agreement on a new six year collective bargaining agreement. Bob Ryan looks at the situation and is glad that the agreement is in place, but towards the end of the article he wonders if David Stern has perhaps stayed on too long and should consider moving on. May has a look at a few of the key points of the agreement. Mark Murphy reports on the deal being reached just in the nick of time. Also in the Herald, Steve Bulpett perhaps only half tongue-in-cheek, expresses his disappointment that he won’t be able to witness the “theater of the absurd” with rich people saying dumb things all summer.

Murphy notes that the timing of this agreement has worked out well for the Celtics, who would not have been able to get Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins had this deal previously been in place. Murphy today also previews the shooting guards available in the draft, noting that this year, this usually stocked position is somewhat thin in prospects. Jonathan Comey says that things were better in the old days for the NBA, but that the league is in pretty good shape right now, and unlike the NHL, will not be missing any games.

Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots signing punt returner Chad Morton to a one year contract, it appears he is insurance should Tim Dwight be delayed in returning from offseason surgery.

Stephen Harris writes that when the NHL work stoppage does finally come to an end, the Bruins are going to be in great shape to quickly build a contender.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) has his Boston Uncommon column today in which he looks at the Yankees announcement about their new stadium and how the Red Sox should be grateful that George Steinbrenner is doing this with private funds. He makes an interesting point however, that this will help reduce the Yankees revenue sharing dues, because MLB rules allow clubs to deduct stadium expenses from revenue sharing. He then looks at college coaches who make millions off their players, such as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, and how that seems patently unfair. He concludes the column by noting that MLB is watching the NHL labor talks closely, because it things work out as expected, they will be the only major league without a salary cap.

After trailing the Devil Rays 10-2 in a start made by Randy Johnson, the Yankees scored 13 times in the eight inning to come back and win. That, plus more stories on the NBA labor agreement are all at the New York Sports News page.

Jeff Jacobs has a good column on Arnold Palmer this morning, looking at the King and what he has meant for golf.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Mets/Phillies at 7:00. ESPN2 has Rangers/Angels at 10:00.

Manny: Take that, Tomase

The Red Sox managed to squeak out a road win over the Indians last night. We’ve also got a look at a couple young prospects headed to Lowell, some NBA draft talk, college nicknames, and a look back at the Shaughnessy/Holley showdown on late night television.

The Red Sox held on for a wild 10-9 victory in Cleveland last night over the Indians. Chris Snow looks at the night for David Wells, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek, all of whom had a part to play in the evening. Jeff Horrigan looks at the offense coming to the rescue of some pretty poor pitching. Steven Krasner says that this game showed that the Red Sox still need a stabilizing force in the bullpen. David Heuschkel writes that the Red Sox didn’t exactly cool off the Indians last night, who had been the hottest team in baseball, but they did manage to outslug them. David Borges looks at a game hyped as a battle between to heavyweight lefties, which instead turned into “a battle of the least fit”.

Michael Silverman looks at the rough night for the Red Sox pitchers in Cleveland. Nick Cafardo looks at Johnny Damon, who is in many ways the face and soul of the Red Sox, is toughness is right up there with Jason Varitek. Nick reports this morning that Damon may be willing to back down slightly on his original demands for a five year contract. You gotta love Nick though, almost every piece he writes somehow involves a contract. Horrigan reports that Curt Schilling is eager to take the next step in his recovery. Steve Buckley (subscription only) examines Terry Francona’s decision to sell his house in the Philadelphia suburbs and move his family up into Boston, where he says he is very comfortable.

Gerry Callahan (subscription only) comes to the defense of Manny Ramirez this morning, though the slugger seemed to make a strong statement of his own with his bat last night. Manny had been criticized by John Tomase and Gary DiSarcina recently, and Callahan doesn’t feel the criticism is warranted. He says we have a happy Manny now, one who plays hard and is a World Series MVP and a perennial All Star. Cafardo looks at Manny’s bat speaking loudly last night as he went 3-5 for 4 RBI in the win last night. Silverman also looks at Manny’s eventful return to his old stomping grounds. Jon Couture wonders if the Red Sox have gone too far by trotting the World Series Trophy to every town in Massachusetts, renaming the left field foul pole after Carlton Fisk, giving rings to former players and even raffling off three rings to fans. Ron Chimelis says that ARod, not Barry Bonds deserves to be the all time home run leader when all is said and done.

Two profiles on a couple of Lowell Spinners, Tim Bresnahan looks at outfielder Jason Twomley, a native New Englander. Rob Bradford has a profile of pitcher Clay Buchholz, a big time prospect, who had to endure a two hour grilling by the Red Sox team psychiatrist before they would draft him. At issue was a incident in college where Buchholz and a classmate stole 29 laptops and sold them to students. The pitcher acknowledges his mistake and calls it a one-time thing, the result of handing around the wrong people.

Krasner’s notebook has Schilling eager to begin a rehab assignment and get back to facing live hitters. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Terry Francona is not going to rush Curt Schilling back into the rotation. Borges’ notebook has more on Francona being cautious regarding Schilling’s return, wanting him to do another side session before going on a rehab assignment. Snow’s notebook also looks at Schilling and provides an All Star voting update. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Aaron Boone facing the Red Sox for the first time since…well, you know when.

There were apparently no rumbles between the Cleveland and Boston Media last night. You might recall that last May, there was a confrontation between the two groups which ended with a Cleveland radio reporter locking himself in a bathroom stall and refusing to come out.

The Yankees fell to Casey Fossum and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last night at Yankee Stadium, get the details over at the New York Sports News page.

Mark Murphy has a look at the point guard prospects available in this year’s NBA draft. Bill Reynolds wants us to know that he still likes the NBA. Shira Springer looks at Robert Horry, whose big game shots are now legendary in the NBA. There were actually a few callers to WEEI yesterday who suggested that Horry would be a Hall of Fame candidate. I don’t see any scenario where that happens, Horry is merely a role player.

Amalie Benjamin has a piece on the issues of college team nicknames and how some are still offensive to Native Americans. She notes that UMass was well ahead of the curve in attempting to reverse this trend. She also looks at the issue in High School sports. Benjamin is the latest full time member of the Globe sports staff, and considered a rising star. One report sent to me said that she had actually turned down an offer from a major New York daily to be the Mets beat writer in order to remain at the Globe. I have not been able to confirm that report, but it came from a solid source.

I had missed this piece from Sunday, Chris Kennedy has a look at the Richard Seymour situation, and also the quarterback position on the Patriots in his Sunday football column.

David Scott has a “Internet Community Journalism Participation” look at the Dan Shaughnessy/Michael Holley confrontation on WHDH’s Sports Xtra on Sunday night. John Molori’s Media Blitz takes a nice look at Lesley Visser and how in many ways she was a trailblazer for women in sports media. Bill Griffith looks at HBO boxing and Formula One racing in his Tuesday media column.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ABC has Spurs/Pistons Game Six at 9:00.

06.20.05 Afternoon

John Tomase tears into Manny Ramirez today, claiming that Ramirez simply does not care at all about baseball this season.

Among the quotes from this piece:

Players who care don’t leave games after getting hit by pitches that wouldn’t have hurt a Little Leaguer. Players who care don’t seek days off like the office hypochondriac.

Ramirez has done all of these things in a brazen affront to the organization and a metaphorical middle finger to its fans. The days of writing off his behavior as quirky are over. He’s robbing the Red Sox and more than indirectly contributing to the cost of baseball’s highest tickets.

Later on, he adds:

So while the fans take out their frustration on players like Millar and Mark Bellhorn, who barely make $6 million a year between them, Ramirez coasts along, hitting .260, disappearing in the clutch and taking the occasional day off.

He does note that Manny has actually only missed four games this season, so I’m a little confused as to how Manny is taking these “occasional” days off. It’s also interesting that Tomase claims the pitch that hit Manny over the weekend wouldn’t have hurt a little leaguer, while one of Ramirez’s teammates, who probably has a better knowledge of the situation said in Gordon Edes’ column this morning,

“Don’t be too hard on Manny,” one teammate advised. “He got hit pretty good. He wouldn’t have been of much use to us.”

Interestingly, on the occasions in the past when Manny has been out of line, you’d be hard pressed to find a teammate sticking up for him. This time it appears to be legit. I’m not sure why Tomase has chosen this incident to make this fuss, as that pitch certainly looked like it hurt. It appeared to bounce right off the ankle or shin bone.

Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox heading into Cleveland, and looking to to improve their road record, which has been pretty poor the last couple years. Bob Stern examines the Red Sox ability to take care of business at home while struggling on the road. Alan Greenwood revisits the Red Sox win over the Pirates yesterday to cap off a strong homestand. Fine’s notebook looks at the Red Sox reserves stepping up. Greenwood’s notebook examines the Red Sox road woes and how they plan to rectify it.

Mike Reiss has decided to take a short posting break on his Blog, from today until around July 8th, likely gearing up for the beginning of training camp next month. So where are Patriots fans going to get their news the next few weeks? Mike promises to brings us any major news as it happens.

Finally today, a request from David Scott of Scott’s Shots. He’d like anyone who personally watched the Michael Holley/Dan Shaughnessy confrontation on late night television last night to write in with their observations. He says:

You can call it an “Experiment in Community journalism where we take a SportsNation approach to a local sports media-related ‘event’. Just taking the pulse of a niche group on an item or some worthiness.”I’ll compile the responses we get (by 11 p.m. tonight, or so?) and we’ll post something at Shots in the morning.

You can send your thoughts and observations to shots@bostonsportsmedia.com

Red Sox Buc Up

The Red Sox finished off a very successful homestand in style yesterday, the US Open was NOT won by Retief Goosen or Tiger Woods, and we even sneak in a few New England Revolution articles into the mix today.

The Boston Red Sox resumed their winning ways with an 8-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates behind Matt Clement. Chris Snow focuses on the performance of Clement yesterday and thus far this season, noting that the the righthander can likely start to make All Star plans. Jeff Goldberg looks at the Red Sox trading being shutout on Saturday for shutting out the Pirates yesterday. David Borges also looks at the Red Sox returning the favor. Joe Haggerty looks at the Red Sox capping off a solid homestand in style. Lenny Megliola says that Clement and the Red Sox were never tested yesterday. Sean McAdam writes that after this strong homestand, Boston must now attempt to keep their momentum as they head out onto the road…again. Tony Massarotti agrees that now is the time to start winning consistently on the road, especially after beating up on weaklings this week at home.

Gordon Edes looks at the patchwork job Terry Francona did yesterday on Father’s Day and also examines the needs of the team as we inch closer to the midpoint of the season. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that Clement hasn’t quite caused people to completely forget about Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe, but he’s also warming up for the All Star game. Alex Speier has a look at the Red Sox depth, which was on display yesterday. Rich Thompson looks at Trot Nixon being placed in the leadoff spot and getting two hits. John Tomase has a feature on Johnny Damon and his rise to national prominence. Kelsie Smith looks at Bill Mueller, who seems to be at his best with the bases loaded.

Buckley has a brief look at the Pirates starter on Friday night, Josh Fogg, and his local ties. Thompson looks at Jay Payton making it difficult for the Red Sox to part with him. Massarotti looks at Manny Ramirez sitting out yesterday. Massarotti’s notebook looks at the strong outing for Alan Embree, who went two innings and displayed his trademark fastball. Borges’ notebook has Payton trying to make the best of his situation. Golderberg’s notebook also looks at Payton. McAdam’s notebook makes the case for Clement as an All Star. Snow’s notebook says that Johnny Damon’s shoulder needs a little rest and also has some theories for the struggles of Alan Embree as of late.

Shira Springer looks at Robert Horry once again working his playoff magic in the Spurs’ 96-95 overtime victory in the NBA Finals. Springer’s notebook looks at the struggles of Rasheed Wallace in the finals and have some dumb comments from Brent Barry about the TV ratings. (“I don’t really give a rat’s [expletive] who’s watching.”) Attitude like that is what has turned a lot of people off from the NBA. Lenny Megliola has a quick look at Bob Cousy, who will be honored at The Tradition tomorrow night. Add Zach Rocha to the list of those who feel Paul Pierce should be sent packing, and he takes a hindsight look at last year’s draft.

Jim McCabe, Joe Gordon and Bruce Berlet look at New Zealander Michael Campbell flying under the radar to win the 105 US Open. Bob Ryan has a look at Campbell and what his victory means for this country. Jeff Jacobs also examines Campbell’s historic victory. McCabe looks at Retief Goosen, who really has no explanation for his final round fade. Gordon looks at Tiger Woods, whose putter was his undoing yesterday. Gordon’s notebook observes that the spirit of Payne Stewart was felt by all yesterday. McCabe’s notebook looks at the final round struggles of Jason Gore.

Frank Dell’Apa looks at the Revolution struggling with injuries as they come off their first defeat of the season. Gus Martins says that the squad might be without a couple of their top players for a little while. Martins also says that Taylor Twellman doesn’t appear to have much of a shot to make the US National team.

Check out the New York Sports Headlines page for more coverage of the US Open, NBA Finals and to keep up with the Yankees and Mets.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. (ESPN2 Nationally)

Quick hits

An extremely brief update today as hopefully people are out enjoying the day today. The Globe has a reprint of a 1991 Father’s Day column by

Jerome Solomon compares and contrasts the contract situations of Richard Seymour and Terrell Owens in a “Tale of Two Cities” style. I’ll have to give credit to Solomon for attempting to use a little imagination for a column that has become too predictable when it is written by others. Mike Reiss looks at the friendship of Scott Pioli with Indians GM Mark Shapiro. The Red Sox and Indians play a series starting tomorrow.

Gordon Edes’ Baseball Notes start off with a look at first round pick Craig Hansen, who is eager to jump into the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. He also includes a Red Sox alumni report later on in the piece. Tony Massarotti is Covering all the Bases in his Sunday column, leading off with the vastly improved Indians, who are still in the race. He ends the piece with “Fastballs and Curves” a section of quick hit oneliners.

Peter May’s NBA Notes continues on the theme May has pursued the last few weeks…Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich. He’s got a few draft items, but nothing terribly interesting. Mark Murphy’s NBA notes looks at the return of Phil Jackson.

Kevin Paul Dupont has Pro Hockey Notes.

Bob Ryan’s post from the US Open focuses on darkhorse underdog Jason Gore.

Keep up with the stories from New York with the New York Sports Headlines page.