All four Boston teams figure prominently in the sports pages today all making significant news yesterday. The Red Sox beat the Royals, the Patriots continue with training camp, the Celtics trade Antoine Walker (again) and the Bruins start assembling their 2005-06 team.
Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox found themselves in an early hole last night, but ended up being glad this time that Manny acted like Manny, at the plate that is. With four last night, the slugger savant now has 97 RBI in 98 games. The Red Sox came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 6-4. Nick Cafardo has the game story in the Globe. Jeff Horrigan notes that Manny produced a sign before tearing up the Royals. Steven Krasner says that the Red Sox had the benefit of playing a bad team last night, which helped them win despite now playing their best ball. David Heuschkel has more on Manny’s sign and monster game. David Borges writes that last night we saw what Manny being Manny is really all about. Joe Haggerty looks at the next episode of Manny on display at Fenway last night.
Gordon Edes says the signs around Manny are good right now, as the slugger appears happy to be back on-board with the club and doing his job. Edes rehashes some of the events of the last week, and again throws the name Pedro Martinez out there as a possible reason for Manny’s weirdness last week. Jeff Sullivan on his new site writes that despite his production and the team winning, Manny is just selfish. Tony Massarotti has David Ortiz speaking up for Rafael Palmeiro, urging everyone not to rush to judgment on the Orioles stars. This was prior to the overnight AP report that the substance that Palmeiro tested positive for is not available in any dietary supplements. Kelsie Smith has Johnny Damon not buying Palmeiro’s excuse. Howard Bryant, (subscription only) tells us that by keeping things quiet until his appeal was heard, Major League Baseball protected Palmeiro and allowed a steroid use to continue playing, perhaps for weeks, probably while he was on his quest for 3000 hits.
Alex Speier writes that Theo Epstein knows when to hold ’em when it comes to dealing prospects. Massarotti takes a look at Tim Wakefield as he moves into sole possession of third place on the all time Red Sox wins list. Kelsie Smith looks at Tony Graffanino, who played his old team last night and compared each experience. David Borges has an article on former Pawtucket Red Sox player Chip Ambres, who was traded to Kansas City for Graffanino. Horrigan reports on Jonathan Papelbon being moved down to Pawtucket to start working out of the bullpen. Mac Daniel in the Globe reports on a Maine farmer honoring the Red Sox with a maze on his land. Joe Fitzgerald has a column on Debbie Boggs, wife of Wade and how she stuck by him through all the years.
Cafardo’s notebook has more on Papelbon heading to the Pawtucket bullpen. Horrigan’s notebook and Krasner’s notebook look at the arrival of Jose Cruz Jr. Heuschkel’s notebook reports on Papelbon, while Borges’ notebook does as well.
The Patriots made it official, announcing yesterday that they had reached an agreement with Richard Seymour that would get the veteran into camp. Tom E Curran reports that a $1.2 million pay raise for this season was enough to get the job done, and allow the sides to work on a longer term deal. Alan Greenberg says that Bill Belichick blinked in this instance. However, Dan Pires writes that neither side blinked in this episode. Karen Guregian claims that both sides deserve credit, as they played it clean and didn’t let things get ugly. Mark Blaudschun says things should be back to normal for Seymour and the Patriots today. Michael Parente concurs that things will now be business as usual down in Foxboro.
Eric McHugh looks at the return of Troy Brown this offseason and how his temporary absence from the roster this spring caused a lot of heartache among Patriots fans and nasty letters to the front office. I’m fairly surprised that these fans didn’t understand what was going on in that situation and didn’t realize that Brown was likely going to be back with the Patriots in the end. Adam Kilgore reports on how David Terrell is doing in adjusting to playing with his college quarterback, Tom Brady once again. Curran reports on the NFL Officials coming into Patriots camp to instruct them on the new rules changes. Guregian also has a report on the update, which was giving by snow-bowl ref Walt Coleman.
Pires notebook has Terrell saying that the fear factor for football is back for him, and that is a good thing. Curran’s notebook says that Terrell has been very solid in camp thus far. Parente’s notebook reports on the Patriots and Adam Vinatieri working towards a new contract. Guregian’s notebook has Seymour’s teammates glad to have him back in camp. Blaudschun’s notebook reports on the rules changes.
The trade is being labeled the biggest in NBA history, and while the Celtics are involved, they’re getting…nothing, really. Or are they? Shira Springer reports on the deal, in which the Celtics send off Antoine Walker and receive a couple of second round picks, a sizable trade exception and a couple warm bodies. The Celtics would have lost Walker for nothing, so by doing the sign and trade, they at least get a few assets for him. Steve Bulpett says that the trade gives the Celtics some flexibility to make a future trade. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics actually got some value in this deal, without sacrificing any financial flexibility. Carolyn Thornton also has a report on the trade. I’m happy for Antoine. He’s going to a team that is immediately going to be a favorite to win it all. I agree with Pete Sheppard who said yesterday that if the Celtics can’t win a title this year, I’d like to see Antoine get one.
Before the trade went down, the Celtics officially introduced forward Brian Scalabrine, who appears to be their only foray into the free agent market this summer. Lenny Megliola has a look at the new Boston forward, who he says will be a hit with Boston fans for his hustle and enthusiasm. Christopher L. Gasper writes that Scalabrine will have plenty to offer this Celtics team as they continue to develop. Bulpett’s notebook also looks at the Scalabrine signing, and Thornton also has a brief report on the introduction of the redheaded forward.
The Bruins are also making news and moves, as they signed Glen Murray and Shawn McEachern yesterday, bring both former Bruins back to Boston. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy report on the signings as the Bruins begin to build their roster for next year. Mick Colageo writes that the three players that the Bruins have added in the last two days will certainly add bulk to the roster. James Murphy says that Mike O’Connell and the Bruins haven’t wasted time in getting offers out there to players they want. Joe McDonald looks at the Bruins pursuit of Mike Modano, who as of late last night was leaning towards returning to Dallas. Kevin Paul Dupont reports on signings around the NHL.
John Molori’s Media Blitz talks to the vice president of sports programming of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, who says that their sports talk aims to be more intelligent than what you hear on WEEI. Molori also looks at the Manny Mania of the last week, and has a look at Stephen A Smith’s new ESPN show.
NESN has Red Sox/Royals at 7:00. ESPN has Indians/Yankees at 7:00. ESPN2 has Orioles/Angels at 10:00.