The Red Sox finished off their first West coast road trip of this month with a 5-1 loss to Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The loss gave them a 3-4 record on the trip through Oakland and Arizona.

Jeff Horrigan looks at Daisuke Matsuzaka once again coming out on the short end of the stick against a dominant pitching performance by the opposition. Gordon Edes looks at a bad throw from Mike Timlin costing the Red Sox dearly in the defeat. Steven Krasner has Timlin’s throwing error dooming the Red Sox in their finale with the Diamondbacks. Jeff Goldberg notes that Randy Johnson looked like the pitcher the Red Sox expected to see the last two seasons with the Yankees.

Nick Cafardo has a look at Randy Johnson, who is back to his dominant self with the Diamondbacks, and on a mission to reach 300 wins – a goal only 16 victories away. Rob Bradford has more on Johnson’s reemergence back in the National League. Krasner writes that Mike Lowell is always fully prepared for whatever might be asked of him. Alex Speier looks at the Sox righting the ship after a rough first three games in Oakland. Bradford has a look at Mike Timlin losing his grip on the ball and throwing it over Dustin Pedroia’s head into center field, giving the Diamondbacks three unearned runs. Bradford also has Kevin Youkilis ripping the schedule that had the Sox flying West after a night game last Sunday, without an off day the entire week.

Joe McDonald has Kason Gabbard doing exactly what the Red Sox asked of their minor league pitchers in spring training – being consistent. Horrigan has the Red Sox giving Jon Lester plenty of time to ensure that he is ready to return strong to the major league rotation. McDonald also has Brandon Moss showing steady improvement at Pawtucket.

Horrigan’s notebook reveals Julian Tavarez’s secret treatment for finger blisters. Edes’ notebook has Mike Lowell picking up another error, which places his standing as baseball’s all time leader in fielding percentage by a third baseman in jeopardy. Krasner’s notebook observes that there will be room to second-guess Terry Francona’s decisions in yesterday’s game. Goldberg’s notebook has Matsuzaka finding Johnson impossible to hit against.

Patriots
John Tomase has the Patriots preparing for life without Asante Samuel, as Chad Scott, Randall Gay and others work to fill the starting cornerback position until Samuel’s situation is resolved. Eric McHugh says that the Patriots can live without Asante. Jim Donaldson says that Stanley Morgan should win election to the Patriots Hall of Fame by a landslide.

Celtics/NBA
Steve Bulpett says that there can be no more excuses for the Celtics next season, it has to be playoffs or bust. Peter May looks at the Spurs holding off the Cavs in game 2 of the NBA Finals. May’s notebook has P.J. Carlesimo hoping for another shot at an NBA head coaching job.

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