The Red Sox got back on track last night in Kansas City as Josh Beckett allowed just one run in five innings, and the bullpen was solid, resulting in a 7-1 win over the Royals in a chilly Kauffman Stadium.

Gordon Edes notes that the performance of the pitching and hitting for the Sox was enough to overcome the cold and three errors from Mike Lowell. Jeff Horrigan says that Beckett might’ve been a little out of tune at times with his pitches last night, but his outing overall has to be considered a success. Sean McAdam also notes that Beckett didn’t have his best stuff last night, but was still able to get the win. Jeff Goldberg notes that it was actually Lowell’s glove that created the worst jams for Beckett, but he was able to get out of them. Bill Ballou has the Sox getting back to even Steven with the win.

Tony Massarotti says that the performance of the bullpen in the first two games has to be considered encouraging.

Nick Cafardo says it was just one of those nights for Lowell, who now has half as many errors as he had for the entire season last year. Silverman has more on Lowell licking his wounds after the game last night with the help of some ice cream.

Dan Shaughnessy has Dice-K mania set to begin in earnest at 2:00pm this afternoon. Michael Silverman has Daisuke Matsuzaka not too concerned about the cold weather that he will encounter today, as he has pitched in similar conditions in Japan. Gaku Tashiro of Sankei Sports says that Matsuzaka has the makeup to handle any type of pressure he might encounter on the baseball field.

Edes has former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley talking about the importance and impact of Hideo Nomo.

Edes’ notebook has Curt Schilling still without explanation for his rocky opening day outing. Horrigan’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis showing some power with a seventh inning home run last night. McAdam’s notebook has more on the anticipation for Matsuzaka’s first start this afternoon. Goldberg’s notebook has a chilly afternoon on tap for Dice-K’s debut.

Check the out of town view (with plenty on Matsuzaka) from the Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Channel.


Christopher L. Gasper reports on the Celtics picking up perhaps their most important victory of the season with a 98-89 loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee last night. Yes, you read that right. Mark Murphy has more on the “battle of the un-fittest” that took place last night and resulted in the start of the Kevinn Pinkney era for the Celtics.


Adam Schefter broke the news last night that Asante Samuel is no longer happy with his negotiations with the Patriots and may demand a trade. Mike Reiss and John Tomase have more on the story.

Former Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley passed away overnight. Jeremy Gorner of the Chicago Tribune has the story.


Fluto Shinzawa has Dave Lewis offering some advice to young defenseman Andrew Alberts. Steve Conroy reports that the Devils may be interested in hiring Bruins’s associate coach Marc Habscheid for their vacant head coaching job after the season.

The Masters

Jim McCabe looks at how it was 10 years ago that Tiger Woods reshaped Masters folklore. Bruce Berlet has Tiger changing with the circle of life. Karen Guregian has Woods amazing that someone’s suggestion that a fresh faced winner might add a spark to the Masters.

Bob Ryan has a good feature on 71-year-old walking legend Gary Player. Karen Guregian has Phil Mickelson still haunted by last year’s U.S. Open. McCabe’s extensive Golf Notes says that Arnold Palmer is the perfect choice as a starter to bring tradition back to The Masters.

Jim Donaldson has a look at Brett Quigley, who flew back for the birth of his child this week, but is still playing. McCabe has more on an already memorable Masters week for Brett Quigley.

McCabe’s notebook drought for foreign winners in Majors. Guregian’s notebook has more on Quigley.

Buddy Thomas recaps a memorable sports Monday.