With all the injuries the Red Sox have suffered to starting pitching this season, the signing of Bartolo Colon in spring training has proven to be a wise investment. The Sox beat the Orioles 6-3 last night behind the burly right hander.

Jeff Horrigan has Colon improving to 4-1 on the season and picking up career win number 150 last night. Amalie Benjamin has more on another strong outing from Colon. Bob Stern says that Colon may have lost some of his fastball, but has retained plenty of savvy and guile. Joe Haggerty has the Sox jumping on the Orioles early and often last night. Paul Jarvey has Colon picking up the Sox once again. Jeff Goldberg has the bargain basement signing of Colon proving huge once again. Joe McDonald wraps up the game stories with more on Colon’s outing.

Gordon Edes has the Sox again being successful when they score first. Karen Guregian has Kevin Youkilis revealing that other teammates have asked him to tone down his frustration displays in the dugout following unsuccessful at-bats. (Something Gerry Callahan insists would never happen.) Jon Couture examines the ugly path to first place that the Sox have taken this season. Sean McAdam looks at how giving their starting pitchers time to heal and rest now could pay big dividends later in the year for the Sox.

Alex Speier has a look at the Red Sox cautious approach to their starting pitchers. Guregian has a look at the recent hot streak of J.D. Drew, who has helped carry the Red Sox offense in the absence of David Ortiz. Lenny Megliola has more on another strong outing from Colon last night. Steven Krasner looks at how Colon mixed up his pitches last night.

John C. Drake has the news that the Fenway Park food stands failed 20 health code violations on opening day this season. Christopher Baxter has David Ortiz becoming a United States Citizen.

Benjamin’s notebook has Coco Crisp set to appeal his suspension. Horrigan’s notebook says that Manny Ramirez may not be able to play the outfield in Cincinnati this weekend, meaning he would not start the games in the NL park. Stern’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka’s rehab picking up. Couture’s notebook has more on Dice-K’s rehab. Jarvey’s notebook has more on Ortiz becoming a US citizen. Goldberg’s notebook also looks at Papi taking the oath. The Projo notebook has Matsuzaka set for a rehab start with Pawtucket on Monday.

Celtics

Mark Murphy says that getting rest might be the most important thing for the Celtics right now. Dan Shaughnessy says that it is time for Kevin Garnett to step up. Jeff Howe wonder what’s wrong with Garnett. Frank Dell’Apa has Kendrick Perkins stating that the Celtics need to dominate the inside more, on both ends of the floor.

Steve Bulpett asserts that it has become clear that the Celtics are the better team in this finals, but they need to go out and get the job done in order to get banner 17. Christopher L. Gasper has Rajon Rondo expecting to play in tonight’s game four. You can read more from Rondo himself on his Yardbarker blog. Bill Doyle wonders if the entire series could turn on Rondo’s ankle. Steve Buckley examines the contrast in delivery between Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers. Bulpett has Eddie House welcoming the chance to play more this evening.

Bob Ryan says that David Stern needs to fully address the allegations made by disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy about the games he claimed were fixed at the orders of the league. Jeff Jacobs says that it is time for this Celtics/Lakers NBA Finals to live up to all the hype. Kevin McNamara examines the reasons for Ray Allen’s fastidious preparation routine for each game.

Jessica Heslam has a look at ESPN sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who has a soft spot for Kevin Garnett, and who has been getting noticed with her dress as much as her work in the NBA Finals.

Buddy Thomas is hoping for the best for former Durfee star and Celtics backup Chris Herren, who had another drug related incident last week.

Shira Springer has Lamar Odom determined to avoid foul trouble tonight and to be much more of a factor in the game. Buckley has Kobe Bryant talking back at Curt Schilling and making a Bill Belichick reference. Laura Crimaldi has former Celtic Rick Fox rooting hard for his other former team, the Lakers.

Check out the coverage from LA in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register.

Murphy’s notebook has Rondo’s status up in the air for tonight’s game. Gasper’s notebook has Doc prescribing rest for his players yesterday. Springer’s notebook has Bryant going after Schilling for his blog entry. Doyle’s notebook has more from Bryant on Schilling.

 

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