Manny Ramirez showed up at camp yesterday, later than everyone else, but ahead of his own personal deadline set by the club.

Michael Silverman reports on the welcome received for Ramirez by his teammates and fans. Sean McAdam has more on Ramirez showing up earlier than expected. Jeff Goldberg says it was just another Manny Monday.

I’m pretty sure Jackie MacMullan and Dan Shaughnessy are slowing morphing into the same person. Why did the Globe feel they needed redundant columns on Manny’s arrival into camp? Both cover the same topics, both barely conceal their contempt for Ramirez and his agents and fans (enablers).

Rob Bradford has David Ortiz and Julio Lugo very impressed with the new and improved Joel Pineiro. Steve Buckley has Curt Schilling speaking out against unnamed front office types that are telling reporters that the club is unhappy with his conditioning. Bradford also has a look at how Schilling’s new venture, Green Monster Games took up a lot of his time during the offseason – time he’d usually spend conditioning. Rob Duca says there are plenty of stories in camp as the team gets ready to start playing games.

Silverman reports on Daisuke Matsuzaka throwing batting practice to David Ortiz and Ramirez. Steve Buckley has Ortiz giving his first impressions of Matsuzaka. Silverman also has a quick bit on Manny’s first batting practice session of the spring.

Tony Massarotti has Dan Duquette getting back into baseball…with the Israel Baseball League. He’ll serve as the league’s director of baseball operations. Garry Brown says that despite what the Veteran’s Committee may decide today, Luis Tiant deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Shaughnessy’s notebook has teammates impressed with Daisuke Matsuzaka’s stuff during a batting practice session. Silverman’s notebook has Mike Timlin dealing with an oblique spasm. McAdam’s notebook has more the session from Dice-K.


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The Bruins suffered a tough loss as home last night, 3-2 to the Atlanta Thrashers. Fluto Shinzawa notes that a bad bounce was all it took for the Bruins to be hit with a loss. Steve Conroy says that the Bruins just cannot afford to lose games like they did last night. Joe McDonald notes that there are plenty of distraction around the Bruins right now, mainly because of the trade deadline. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins window of opportunity closed a little more last night. Bud Barth says that games in hand don’t mean anything unless you win them.

Karen Guregian says that trading Glen Murray makes sense for the Bruins right now. Barbara Matson says that with the team in a playoff push, this loss was especially tough. McDonald has Hannu Toivonen trying to stay positive after his demotion last weekend. Mick Colageo says that Keith Tkachuk will be a big boost to the Thrashers. Mike Loftus doesn’t foresee any big moves being made by the Bruins.

Shinzawa’s notebook looks a Tim Thomas’ latest backup, Joey McDonald, acquired from Detroit last week. Conroy’s notebook says there has been plenty of talk, but little action leading up to this afternoon’s trade deadline. McDonald’s notebook has Murray just trying to get back onto the ice right now. Barth’s notebook has the Bruins latest arrivals starting to settle in with their new club.


The Celtics salvaged the final game of their trip, coming back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Houston Rockets 77-72. Paul Pierce had 28 points and Al Jefferson had 16 with 17 rebounds.

Shira Springer looks at the win, in which the Celtics took their first lead of the night with 90 seconds to play. Steve Bulpett says that trailing by 13 with nine minutes to play, the Celtics reached into a place they didn’t know they had to pull out this win.

Did anyone hear this on the Celtics radio broadcast last night?

Bulpett looks at a rough night for Gerald Green in his homecoming. Springer’s notebook has the Celtics catching a break after Tracy McGrady sat out with flu-like symptoms. Bulpett’s notebook has Danny Ainge taking blame for how things have gone this season.


Albert Breer has Daniel Graham set to test the free agent waters as no deal with the Patriots is likely to get done before Friday. In the Point After blog, Breer looks at rumors that two of the top linebackers on the market – Adalius Thomas and London Fletcher-Baker – might off the market before the market even opens.