The Red Sox were off last night, and get back into action tonight at home against the Colorado Rockies.

With Todd Helton and the Rockies coming into town, Nick Cafardo revisits the spring training rumors that had the Red Sox exploring a deal for Helton which would’ve involved Mike Lowell, a move many – including Lowell – are glad was never made. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox looking at the bright side after pretty much salvaging what could’ve been a disastrous West coast road trip. Bill Ballou has the Sox eying a rebound after the rough trip.

Jeff Horrigan has a look at the Red Sox bullpen, which was a major question mark heading into camp, but has blossomed into a strength of the team. Steven Krasner asserts that the time has come to move Julio Lugo out of the leadoff spot in favor of Dustin Pedroia. Joe Haggerty has Tim Wakefield making some adjustments to his mechanics in hopes of getting back into form.

Rob Bradford looks at Sox draftee Nick Hagadone through the eyes of scout John Booher. Joe McDonald has Jon Lester no longer doing “rehab” in Pawtucket, he’s pitching for real now. Bob Halloran says that the Red Sox look like a 100-win team, but fans should perhaps hope for 99. Haggerty has a look at Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday.

Gerry Callahan opines that it is just plain stupid not to rip Bonds for cheating when he comes to Fenway with the Giants this weekend. Bob Ryan says that the addition of Roger Clemens to the Yankees adds an element of intrigue to the AL East race. Sarah Green looks at the role of the stopper not being just a young man’s game these days. Mike Giardi is convinced he’ll get to see a Red Sox no-hitter someday.

Horrigan’s notebook has Jon Lester being optioned to Pawtucket, where the “chains” are now off and he is free to pitch without limitations. Cafardo’s notebook has more on Lester remaining in Pawtucket for the time being.

Shira Springer has the Celtics putting Joakim Noah and Brandan Wright through the paces in a predraft workout at their facility yesterday afternoon. Mark Murphy notes that the Celtics learned for sure that Noah isn’t the quiet type yesterday. Desmond Conner says that whether the Celtics keep the 5th pick or trade it away, they’re going to add a big piece that will help their team. Murphy’s notebook has Wright choosing to work out on his own yesterday, not going up against Noah in the drills and workouts.

Peter May says that the NBA finals are essentially over.

Michael Felger claims that if you want to get excited about Randy Moss on the Patriots, don’t watch him practice. John Tomase profiles Patriots Hall of Fame finalist Ben Coates.

Bill Reynolds says that the NHL is now the tree that fell in the empty forest.

Joe Sullivan ranks the 21st century sports movies.

John Powers looks at former Revolution star Clint Dempsey returning to Gillette with the US Team. Mike Biglin has more on Dempsey.