The truck has left and so have at leasts a few of the reporters, who are already down in Fort Myers along with some early arriving players.

Gordon Edes has a piece on Jon Lester, who already figures to be the feel-good story of camp. He’ll be overshadowed by circus around Daisuke Matsuzaka, but Lester’s story of recovering from a cancer diagnosis in time to be back on the field now shouldn’t be lost. Edes says Lester is here to play. Jeff Horrigan has Lester glad to not be living in a bubble any longer and able to go out and live life again. Steven Krasner says Lester is hoping to prove to the Red Sox that he doesn’t need special treatment.

Gerry Callahan pokes fun at the Sunday column in the Globe that outlined what the Red Sox were doing to accommodate Daisuke Matsuzaka and make him comfortable here in Boston. Joe Haggerty says there’s a lot to like about the Red Sox rotation. Horrigan checks in with Jonathan Papelbon, who has added a curveball to his repertoire. Alex Speier looks at the efforts the Sox have made to solidify their bullpen.

Edes’s notebook has Papelbon holding court on a number of topics. Horrigan’s notebook has Matsuzaka hitting camp a few days early.


Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly report on Boston University capturing another Beanpot title with a 2-1 OT win over Boston College.

Karen Guregian says it was another hot goalie that allowed BU to get the win last night. John Powers has more on the performance by John Curry in net. Jim McCabe has a look at BC’s diminutive sophomore forward Nathan Gerbe. Jef Howe says the Beanpot is even more special for the local kids who get to play in it.

The Herald notebook looks at Boston University right wing Eric Thomassian having to leave the game after a hit, but his replacement Brian McGuirk scored the game winner in OT. The Globe notebook has Jack Parker winning yet another Beanpot title.


Steve Bulpett says it should be a playoff atmosphere at the Garden tomorrow night as the Celtics try to end their 18 game losing streak before the All Star break. Shira Springer says getting Paul Pierce back in rhythm was nearly enough to get a win in their last game. Mike Petraglia notes that it has been a rough road back for Pierce. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics players dismissing any lottery talk.


Kevin Paul Dupont has a nice feature on John Bucyk hitting the 50 year mark with the Bruins. He will be honored at the Garden tonight.

Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the recent trade and whether the Bruins will be sellers again in this trade market. Mike Dunshee uses some metrics to analyze the trade on the BSMW Power Play page. Matt Kalman says the new additions could give the club a boost for a playoff push. Mike Loftus says Chiarelli did his job, he was going to lose the two players he traded anyway, and got something in return. Barbara Matson’s notebook says Chuck Kobasew is still a few weeks away from playing.