The rain couldn’t ruin the Boston tradition known as Patriots day, as both the Boston Marathon and the Red Sox game were both completed despite the elements.

Gordon Edes has Josh Beckett and the Red Sox remaining focused yesterday and getting the win despite the elements and numerous other distractions. Jeff Horrigan has more on the Red Sox completing a three game sweep of the Angels. Joe McDonald has Beckett not allowing yesterday’s scheduling throw off his routine. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox striking early and often in the victory. Mike Petraglia looks at Julio Lugo as a main cog in the win.

Dan Shaughnessy talks to Angels pitcher Joe Saunders, who went to college at Virginia Tech, and was hit hard by the tragedy there yesterday.

Sean McAdam has a look at the Boston offense still containing a few question marks despite putting up 25 runs in three games against the Angels. Steve Buckley has a look at Josh Beckett, who is off to a terrific start with the Red Sox after winning all three of his starts and posting a low ERA. Lenny Megliola has a look at the Red Sox hitting keeping hot despite the cold and rain. Matt Kalman as more on Beckett’s effective outing.

Nick Cafardo is shaking his head and wondering how much longer Julio Lugo can continue to make spectacular plays at shortstop. John Tomase has more on a busy day with the glove for Lugo. Jennifer Toland looks a Lugo getting it done both at the plate and in the field yesterday. Buckley has Dustin Pedroia recalling some encouragement he got from Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada last season. Joe Haggerty has the Red Sox reserves awaiting their chance to play.

John Tomase reports on what some felt was the most entertaining moment of the game, a fan getting hit in the face with a pizza after missing a foul ball. (Video at bottom of this post) Paul Doyle has a look at auditions for the NESN Sox Appeal show.

Edes notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka getting ready for his start tonight in Toronto, and a look at the New Yorker article mentioned here yesterday afternoon. Horrigan’s notebook says Matsuzaka might feel at home in the dome in Toronto tonight. The Projo notebook leads with Vladimir Guerrero suffering only a wrist contusion after having to the leave the game when being struck by a Beckett pitch in the first inning. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Guerrero getting hit and the warning which was issued after it.


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Al Jefferson hit a hook shot with just 0.01 on the clock to give the Celtics a 91-89 win over the Heat in Miami. Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Delonte West scored 28 points.

Steve Bulpett has a 1-on-1 with Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

Mark Murphyhas a look at the win for the Celtics, which impressed Heat coach Pat Riley. The Globe has coverage of the game in Peter May’s notebook.

Peter May has Riley and the Heat gearing up for another playoff run.

Video of pizza hitting fan after foul ball (complete with Remy’s analysis and Orsillo’s giggling):