Sean McAdam reports that the Red Sox and Terry Francona should agree to a contract extension by the end of this week which will keep the skipper here through 2008. David Heuschkel has Curt Schilling clarifying the remarks he made over the weekend regarding the pitch he threw that hit the Pirates Chris Duffy in the head. Chris Snow has more from Schilling on the incident. David Borges looks at Alex Gonzalez making fans with his play in the field. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that Barry Bonds should do some hard time in jail.
Tony Massarotti looks at Matt Clement chipping in with a solid outing yesterday against the Dodgers. Clement pitched four shutout innings. He credited his effectiveness to the resurrection of his sinker which he hasn’t used for a few years. Dan Shaughnessy has Clement putting the 2005 season behind him. Jon Couture has more on Clement’s outing yesterday. McAdam looks at the Red Sox overload of starters, and what options they might have to employ to keep everyone productive and happy. Joe Haggerty thinks that Jonathan Papelbon and Bronson Arroyo could be headed to the bullpen. Massarotti says that Tony Graffanino’s time with the Red Sox could come to an end as quickly as today, as the Red Sox will be obligated to guarantee 1/4th of his contract, about a half a million dollars, if he is still on the roster at the end of the day.
Snow’s notebook looks at a sparkling day from shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who turned in a couple of great plays in the field, and hit a home run. Massarotti’s notebook has more on Gonzalez flashing his skills both with the glove and at the plate yesterday. McAdam’s notebook has more from Clement, who hopes to put together a complete, solid season this year. Heuschkel’s notebook speculates that David Wells might not be happy with spot in the rotation given to him by Terry Francona. Borges’ notebook looks at a slow start at the plate this spring for Mike Lowell, who says he is always terrible in the spring. Couture’s notebook has another look at Alex Gonzalez.
Nick Cafardo reports on the United States losing to Korea, 7-3 yesterday in the WBC, setting up a must win game against Mexico on Thursday. Steve Buckley (subscription only) also has a look at the loss for the U.S. Buckley has a second subscription column on Roger Clemens, and the aura that surrounds him. Clemens has been working with Dontrelle Willis during the WBC, running with him and talking shop.
Jim Wyatt in the Tennessean has David Givens leaning towards signing with the Titans. A couple quotes from Givens: “In New England, I felt at times I wasn’t utilized to my full potential” and “Being a 1 is important to me”. Guess we know how Givens feels about things. Rather disappointing. Tom E Curran looks at the Patriots slow start in free agency and what it all might mean for the team. John Tomase rehashes quotes from Willie McGinest from the Len Pasquarelli article of yesterday which seem to indicate that the veteran linebacker has seen his last days with the Patriots. Jerome Solomon reports on Givens’ meeting with the Titans, the Patriots releasing Chad Brown, and Matt Chatham signing with the Jets. Tomase’s notebook has more on Givens and Brown.
Mark Blaudschun says that Boston College has suddenly become America’s team. David Scott explains his “Bracketosophy” for the NCAA Tournament. Michael Vega looks at BC’s first opponent, Pacific, which had hoped to draw Gonzaga in the first round. Michael Muldoon says long live the mid-majors in this year’s tournament.
Lenny Megliola examines whether #34 will find its way to the Garden rafters someday to join the other Celtics greats. Megliola believes that Paul Pierce’s number should and win be retired. Peter May says that this upcoming four game road trip which starts tonight in Memphis, could be very telling for the Celtics playoff chances. Tomase talks to Celtics radio guy Sean Grande about becoming a TV star along with Cedric Maxwell on the “Sopranos”.
Stephen Harris has Mariusz Czerkawski hoping to boost his production with the Bruins after being buried on the Toronto bench by coach Pat Quinn. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the hard numbers facing the Bruins.
NESN has Bruins/Maple Leafs at 7:30. FSN has Celtics/Grizzlies at 8:00. ESPN has the Monmouth/Hampton NCAA play-in game at 7:30 and NIT action with Stanford/Virgina at 9:30. OLN has Sabres/Capitals at 7:00 and Coyotes/Kings at 10:00. ESPN2 has Venezuela/Dominican Republic WBC baseball at 7:00.