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After watching the forecast carefully, the Red Sox didn’t waste any time in calling off yesterday’s opening day. The game will now be played this afternoon at a little past 4:00.

Michael Silverman has Josh Beckett not affected by having to wait another day to make his first start. Mike Fine has more on Beckett having to dial it back a day. Adam Kilgore has the Rays OK with the decision to wait until today as well, though they would’ve preferred to be playing at the dome in Tampa, where this wouldn’t be an issue. Joe McDonald says that everyone but the MLB schedule maker knew what was in store for yesterday. Paul Jarvey (on the new-look Telegram &  Gazette page) has more on the opening day washout.

 Amalie Benjamin has a look at the impressive collection of starting pitchers the Red Sox have. If John Smoltz, who played with Maddux and Glavine and the rest of that great Atlanta staff is impressed, that’s says something. On the other side of things, Rob Bradford has hitting coach Dave Magadan talking about where his hitters are at right now.

Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox did the right thing in having a quick trigger to call off yesterday’s game. Lenny Megliola has the opening day magic put on hold for a day. Adam Smartschan says that one day isn’t so bad. Ron Chimelis says that opening day is still special. Dom Amore has Chris Carter happy to be on the opening day roster for the Red Sox. Jon Couture has Carter OK with waiting a day for his Fenway introduction.

Sean McAdam notes that because of the rainout, Brad Penny gets moved up a day to make his first start. Brian MacPherson has more on Penny getting moved up to Saturday. McDonald also report on Penny starting preparation to face the Angels on Saturday. Alex Speier has five things we learned during the rainout.

John Tomase has Carlos Pena still enjoying last fall’s ALCS  win over the Red Sox. Bill Burt has the taste of last year’s World Series leaving Pena wanting more than ever to win it all. Daniel Barbarisi has Dan Wheeler hoping to pitch until he is 40.

Bill Reynolds reviews a new book on Roger Clemens, which reveals we really didn’t know anything about the Rocket. (The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality)

Silverman’s notebook has the Rays a bit critical of MLB’s decision to open in Boston. Benjamin’s notebook has more on the quick decision yesterday. Glen Farley’s notebook looks at a dismal day for everyone. Jarvey’s notebook has Justin Masterson eager to take in opening day.

Celtics

Mark Murphy has Tony Allen tired of his seemingly annual “comebacks.” Robert Lee has Kendrick Perkins stepping up his defense in the absence of KG. Scott Souza has the Celtics playoff preparations being slowed by injuries. Frank Dell’Apa has Kevin Garnett making some encouraging progress, and looking to play as early as next week. Mark Murphy has more on the plan for KG. Lee’s Journal has KG feeling better, but still getting pushed back at least a game. 

Bruins

Stephen Harris has the Bruins skating shorthanded tonight. Kevin Paul Dupont runs down through the injuries facing the Bruins. Mike Loftus has Blake Wheeler learning not to think too much on the ice. Loftus also says tonight will be a night to rest for some Bruins. Harris says that the Bruins will pay for their success this season with Salary cap issues next year. Joe Haggerty has his latest mailbag.

Patriots/Misc

Scott Benson checks out the first day linebackers in this month’s NFL draft for Patriots Daily. Shalise Manza Young has Wes Welker happy to be catching passes from Tom Brady again. Christopher L. Gasper has Welker talking about the rule change based on the hit he received from Ryan Clark last season.  Christopher Price has reader feedback on last week’s column about the worst first round picks in Patriots history. Michael Felger looks at Adalius Thomas’ recent comments as the first salvo in a long labor war.

Comcast SportsNet is hosting an online chat with Patriots Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork at 2:00pm this afternoon.

Mark Blaudschun has North Carolina beating Michigan St for the NCAA mens basketball championship. Bob Ryan has the Tar Heels showing their staying power.

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