Manny Ramirez was everywhere last night, as his image and the story of the grill for sale on eBay circulated around the internet, and then the airwaves, as it was even a story on evening newscasts.
Naturally, reporters wanted to try and talk to Manny about it. To their surprise, he actually responded, and the result is a pair of stories in the paper this morning. Karen Guregian seems to have gotten a little more out of Manny for her story this morning, as Manny talks among other things about having two years left on his contract, and then perhaps going somewhere else, but being happy here in the meantime. Amalie Benjamin has the story in the Globe, with Manny taking some ribbing from his teammates for the grill.
Jeff Horrigan reports that Mike Timlin will start the season on the disabled list, which opens the door for Julian Tavarez to start the season as the Red Sox closer. Sean McAdam has more on Timlin, who has says could be activated right after the April 9th home opener, because the DL stint can be backdated for up to six days before the season.
Guregian also has David Ortiz talking about adjusting to a new hitting coach, and weighing in on a few other topics. Maureen Mullen has Julian Tavarez as a guy who is willing to take on any role for the Red Sox, starter, closer, or anything in between. Even though he feels silly writing about it, Jon Couture attempts to set the record straight regarding the gyroball of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Horrigan has Josh Beckett starting his outing against the Twins strong, but then falling apart in the fifth inning.
Horrigan’s notebook says that the depth in the starting rotation, not his performance, is what earned Kason Gabbard his ticket to Pawtucket to start the season. Benjamin’s notebook has Julio Lugo feeling that the work his done on his footwork at shortstop will pay off. McAdam’s notebook has Beckett taking a few lumps near the end of his outing last night.
The end continues to loom for the Bruins, who dropped a 1-0 decision in Montreal last night. Fluto Shinzawa has the failing to muster any offense with Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard both ailing. Steve Conroy says that the Bruins didn’t do anything to embarrass themselves last night, but they didn’t make any progress towards extending their season, either. Dan Hickling says the Bruins have lost the art of scoring at the wrong time.
Shinzawa’s notebook has Dennis Wideman still trying to adjust to his new team. Conroy’s notebook has Ben Walter feeling at home last night in the town in which he was born and his father played. Hickling’s notebook has several Bruins players looking forward to watching their schools play in the NCAA hockey tournament.
Shira Springer has Danny Ainge making a scouting trip to China, where presumably he won’t be fined for sitting next to prospect’s mothers. Steve Bulpett has tonight’s matchup against the Bobcats one that the Celtics cannot afford to win. He also has Paul Pierce preparing to speak to the Doctors about shutting it down for the season.
Mark Blaudschun has John Calipari not changing his frenetic manner of doing things.