Morning links while watching the Red Sox season opener…
J.D. Drew has been scratched from the lineup due stiffness in his lower back.
Michael Silverman has the Sox beginning their title defense with a game against the A’s this morning in Japan. Dan Shaughnessy has this morning as an odd way to begin a title defense. Sean McAdam says that with his illness fully behind him now, Jon Lester’s time has come. Joe Haggerty has the Sox hoping that the same crew can deliver a second title for the Red Sox.
Gordon Edes has Daisuke Matsuzaka’s old club struggling despite the $51.1 million windfall they received as the posting fee for Matsuzaka. Amalie Benjamin has the whole nation of Japan watching Matsuzaka today as the leads off the regular season at the top of the Red Sox rotation. Rob Bradford has Manny Ramirez starting this season in a much better place (in many ways) than he started last season in. Joe McDonald has veteran Joe Thurston hoping to earn a callup with the Sox sometime this season.
The Herald notebook has Coco Crisp with his injuries behind him, and ready to go. Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has the Red Sox with a juggling act on their hands as they set the active roster for these games.
After sweeping through Texas, the Celtics suddenly find themselves unable to close out games, blowing their second straight seemingly comfortable second half lead in as many games. Last night, the Philadelphia 76ers stormed back on the Celtics, winning 95-90 at the Garden.
Marc J. Spears says perhaps it was just one of those nights coming off a long road trip for the Celtics. Mark Murphy has Philadelphia wearing down the Celtics with their endless supply of energy. Jessica Camerato had a live blog of the game. Scott Souza has things crashing down on the Celtics in the fourth quarter last night. Bill Doyle has the Celtics suddenly losing their ability to close things out in the fourth.
Jeff Horrigan has Kevin Garnett and the Celtics learning a big lesson from last night. Lenny Megliola says that the Celtics need to get used to getting the best effort from the opposition each and every night. Mike Fine has poor shooting by the Celtics in the fourth letting the Sixers back in. Horrigan also looks at the turnaround of the Sixers both last night and this season in general. Jim Fenton has Doc Rivers experimenting with his rotation in order to try and get his bench more experience together. Bob Halloran says that we should all be very disappointed if the Celtics don’t win the NBA title.
Spears’ notebook has the Atlanta Hawks eager to get a shot at the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Murphy’s notebook has Doc Rivers pleased with the “Seats for Soldiers” promotion put on by the Celtics last night. Doyle’s notebook has Garnett scoring Eastern Conference player of the week for last week.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that times are desperate for the Bruins, and its not just the offense that is ailing them. Steve Conroy has the Bruins shorthanded at practice yesterday. Matt Porter looks at some of the things that the Bruins do to get ready for games, including a soccer game in the hallway. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins need some of their youngsters to step up right now with all the injuries.
Dupont’s notebook has Marc Savard and Andrew Ference the latest Bruins touched by injury. Loftus’ notebook says that the Bruins will be shorthanded for their home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs this week.
Mike Reiss and Christopher L. Gasper has Sammy Morris joining his teammates for offseason workouts, which began yesterday. They also report that the Patriots are not interested in Pacman Jones. Karen Guregian has a look at Jarvis Green, who will be on today’s episode of “Montel” with Montel Williams, shedding tears because of the joy he provided a Hurricane Katrina victim.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Revs’ Shalrie Joseph performing double duty this week, playing for both New England and his national team of Grenada. Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Revs starting the season a bit shorthanded.
Mark Blaudschun has the Boston College football team starting over with spring practice and beginning life without Matt Ryan.
Rich Thompson has UMass hitting the road for Syracuse in the NIT Quarterfinals.