Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up his first win of the season last night, though it was a typical Dice-K performance, runners on base, getting out of jams, and generally keeping the pace of the game at a crawl. Jason Bay hit a two run homer in the Red Sox 5-1 victory over the Tigers.

Michael Silverman says that last night gave us some more signs that the rotation is starting to round into shape. Amalie Benjamin has the Sox holding on for Terry Francona’s 500th win with the Red Sox. Daniel Barbarisi has Jonathan Papelbon again making things interesting in the end.

Rob Bradford has Francona talking about the biggest influences on him as a manager. Ron Borges looks at a typical nail-biter from Dice-K. Barbarisi says that more and more it’s looking like the shortstop’s job is Green’s for now. Dan Lamothe looks at Francona’s 500th win with the Red Sox.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at the depressing state of things for the people of Detroit, and all over Michigan with the woes of the automakers.

Borges has Jacoby Ellsbury using his time at the bottom of the order to work on getting on base more. Barbarisi has Mark Kotsay finally ready to make his return. He also has John Smoltz making his final preparations to join the Red Sox.

Jim Fenton has Brian Daubach set to make his debut as manager in the Can-An league. Jonathan Comey reports from the first New Bedford Bay Sox media day.

Silverman’s notebook has more on Francona’s 500th win. Benjamin’s notebook has Francona pretty much settling on Nick Green as the everyday shortstop over Julio Lugo for the time being.

Patriots

As noted yesterday, Rodney Harrison will be announcing his retirement as a player today, and also be announced as part of the new broadcast crew for NBC. On Patriots Daily, Scott Benson looks back and remembers just how huge Harrison was for the Patriots.

Christopher L. Gasper and Mike Reiss have the news on Harrison’s retirement, which will be announced at a 9:00am conference call today. John Tomase has Harrison trading tackles for TV. Mark Farinella and the ProJo Patriots journal have more on Harrison calling it quits. Christopher Price has Harrison’s former teammates prepared for life without Rodney.

Karen Guregian has Richard Seymour talking like someone who won’t be a Patriot for life. Shalise Manza Young has the well traveled Paris Lenon hoping for a long stay in Foxboro. Farinella has Joey Galloway appearing to have “a little fun with the coaching that he and all other Patriots receive from the master at spin control, Bill Belichick.” Rich Garven has the Patriots looking inside for the solution at outside linebacker. Jeff Howe checks in with the constant linebacker, Tedy Bruschi. Mike Petraglia has more from Seymour.

Jim Donaldson gives us permission to be optimistic about the Patriots offense in 2009, but doesn’t want us to get carried away. Steve Buckley says that the sight of Brady to Moss is comforting, indeed.

Gasper’s notebook has Vince Wilfork once again staying away from the workouts. The Herald notebook has wise old Tedy Bruschi back for more.  

Misc

Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris have the Bruins locking up one of their young stars. David Krejci signed a three year contract reportedly worth $11.75 million.

Mark Blaudschun has BC quarterback Dominique Davis deciding to transfer, which could open the door for…Billy Flutie.

Marc J. Spears has Clifford Ray proud of his former pupil, Dwight Howard.

Fluto Shinzawa has the Penguins finally taking a game from the Red Wings and his notebook has goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury rising to the occasion.

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