Well…as good as things went for the Red Sox in their opener on Monday, they went just as bad last night in the second game of the season, as Tim Wakefield and company were roughed up by the Rangers, 10-4 last night in Texas. Expect the inevitable stream of calls and shouting on WEEI that the Red Sox should never have traded Doug Mirabelli, as he obviously was the reason for Tim Wakefield’s success the last few years.
Sean McAdam notes that Wakefield knew right away last night that he was going to have no idea what his knuckleball was going to do for him once it left his hand. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Rangers getting to Wakefield early and often last night. Chris Snow focuses on the struggles of Wakefield and new catcher Josh Bard in the loss last night. David Heuschkel also reports on the struggles of Wakefield and Bard. David Borges has Wakefield being sure not to place the blame on Bard for the rough evening. Bill Ballou notes that Wakefield has never had much success in Texas, and last night was more of the same.
Gordon Edes looks at a former Rangers duo who had their struggles at times with the knuckleball, Jim Sundberg and Charlie Hough. Michael Silverman examines the rough debut for Josh Bard in trying to catch the knuckleball. Tony Massarotti notes that the Red Sox have sacrificed a lot of offense at the bottom of their order, perhaps too much.
Massarotti looks at Josh Beckett getting set for his Red Sox debut tonight. Dan Shaughnessy attempts humor in saying it might be time to panic. He’s topped by Jim Donaldson, who makes fun of young GM’s in baseball and says that they run their major league rosters as if they were Rotisserie Leagues. Horrible column, just horrible.
The Globe notebook has a look at a deposition giving by Derek Lowe in which he tells about using alcohol and ritalin during his time with the Red Sox. Horrigan’s notebook cites Terry Francona’s confidence in Keith Foulke despite his shaky season debut on Monday. Heuschkel’s notebook has Francona saying that the thinks Josh Bard will be just fine catching Tim Wakefield. Borges’ notebook has more on Beckett getting set for his first start with the Red Sox. Ballou’s notebook has Francona and Mike Lowell saying that it could serve Beckett very well to be pitching in the pressure of Boston.
Shira Springer looks at the Celtics finishing out the game strong and coming up with a 124-120 win over the Raptors in Toronto. For the second straight time, a win over the Raptors was punctuated with an explosive, thundering Gerald Green slam dunk. The rookie was on the floor during crunch time and did well. scoring 11 points in the win. Steve Bulpett also has a look at the win and the role played by Green. Jim Byers of the Toronto Star and Robert MacLeod of the Toronto Globe & Mail each also look at last nights game as a decidedly ho-hum close to the playoff race for the Raptors and their fans.
Bulpett’s notebook has Raef LaFrentz expressing his frustration after being moved out of the starting lineup in favor of Kendrick Perkins last night. He had some choice words for the coaches and their lack of communication with him. He did well on the court, however, scoring 20 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Springer’s notebook has more on LaFrentz adjusting to his bench role quite well – on the court – last night.
Steve Conroy looks at the Bruins falling once again to the Canadiens, this time 5-3 at the Bell Centre. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and the Globe don’t even have a game story on-line, instead the game summary takes up a paragraph in the notebook, which leads with a look at defenseman David Tanabe pondering his future. Conroy’s notebook says that the Bruins could end up with a shot at the first pick in the draft. I happened to be in Montreal over the weekend, and the papers up there were actually expressing sympathy at the struggles of the Bruins and how the Canadiens should want their rivals to be competitive. There was at least one article calling for Harry Sinden to be finished with the club once and for all.
Mike Reiss and John Tomase look at the newest Patriot, cornerback Eric Warfield, who hopes he has put his troubled past behind him once and for all, and wants to just focus on football. Tom E Curran also has a look at Warfield, who attends AA meetings twice a week. Chris Kennedy talks with Doug Flutie, who is still pondering his future. He says if he returns to play, it will only be with the Patriots. Curran’s draft card today looks at Michigan receiver Jason Avant.
John Molori’s Media Blitz gets the take of a Cleveland media person on the addition of Willie McGinest to the Browns, and also looks at TO joining Bill Parcells, Drew Bledsoe and the Cowboys.
Amalie Benjamin and Dan Ventura look at Maryland defeating Duke 78-75 in overtime to capture the womens NCAA championship last night at TD Banknorth Garden. Jennifer Toland, Shalise Manza Young and Lori Riley all also have coverage of the game. Jackie MacMullan looks at the young Terps getting the experience of a lifetime. There’s plenty more coverage from the Globe and Herald.
Jim McCabe looks at some changes – not all good according to some – at Augusta National for this weekend’s Masters.
NESN has Red Sox/Rangers at 8:00. FSN has Celtics/Wizards at 7:00. ESPN has Kings/Spurs at 8:00 and Clippers/Suns at 10:30. ESPN2 has Cardinals/Phillies at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Dodgers at 10:00.