Gordon Edes has a good look at the relationship between Terry Francona and Brad Mills, which extends back to college, and how the two of them make such a strong team on the Red Sox bench. Rob Bradford has the Red Sox talking about the schedule, which has them back out on the West coast for the second time in three weeks. Sean McAdam notes that things are going so well for the Red Sox this season that even Schilling’s stint on the DL isn’t a huge deal. He leans towards Kason Gabbard getting the start in Schilling’s spot rather than Jon Lester.

Jeff Goldberg has a good look at Julian Tavarez, who has been labeled a loose cannon, who is actually much deeper and more complex than that. Jeff Horrigan examines Hideki Okajima’s All Star qualifications, as well as the apparent slim chances that he will actually be selected to the team. Garry Brown looks at the options the Red Sox have in filling Schilling’s spot in the rotation.

Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox shouldn’t push Jon Lester’s return to the majors. He says Lester’s return should be at Fenway, not at Safeco Field in Seattle. Ron Chimelis says that the clock is ticking for Julio Lugo to get on track this season. Chad Finn names his All-Time Red Sox All-Dirtbag Team.

Amalie Benjamin has a minor league notebook, and she has a look at AA shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is putting things together at the plate. Kevin Gray has a look at the Portland Sea Dogs coming into Manchester to face the Fisher Cats, with many top Red Sox prospects on display this weekend, including Clay Buchholz on Monday night.

Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox bench players talking about why they’re called the I-75’s. Horrigan’s notebook says that David Murphy will likely get the call to join the big league club this weekend with Curt Schilling on the DL and J.D. Drew nursing a sore quad.

Fluto Shinzawa looks at Claude Julien officially taking over the Bruins yesterday and offering his initial thoughts on the team and what he hopes to do with them. Douglas Flynn has Julien noting that the trap was something that the Devils did very well, and he may use something different here. Mick Colageo says the Julien is expected to impart a “never-say-die” identity to the Bruins. Joe McDonald has GM Peter Chiarelli getting his man in Julien.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that as of 10:30 yesterday morning, the clock started ticking on Peter Chiarelli’s tenure here in Boston. Stephen Harris has the Bruins strongly interested in Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez. Rich Thompson has more on Chiarelli’s hiring of Julien.

With the draft starting tonight Flynn says that this is a vital pick for the Bruins, who have the 8th overall selection. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins expect to get a good player at # 8. Shinzawa says that the Bruins will be looking for someone great with that first round selection.

Shinzawa’s notebook says that this draft is week in terms of goaltenders.

Mark Murphy has the agent for Kevin Garnett throwing cold water on the prospect of KG coming to the Boston. Shira Springer has more on the agent saying that a deal is not going to happen. Mike Fine says that a Garnett trade to Boston doesn’t make sense.

Gerry Callahan says that Danny Ainge is desperate to get people to pay attention to the Celtics and might make a move that reflects that. He compares a deal for Garnett to M.L. Carr bringing in Dominique Wilkins.

Murphy also has two Eastern conference officials saying that a Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett combo would be a tough one in the East.

Christopher Price has an interview with Joe Theismann, who talks about the Patriots’ offseason moves, Bill Belichick’s management style, whether or not Donovan McNabb should be worried and his feelings about being replaced on the “MNF” broadcasts by Ron Jaworski.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Versus expanding its offerings and viewership.