The winless Red Sox look to Josh Beckett to turn their fortunes around tonight in Cleveland as they begin a three game series with the Indians.

Winless Red Sox turn to Josh Beckett – Gordon Edes says that the Sox put Beckett fourth in the rotation to ease him in after a rough 2010 season, but they need him to come up big tonight. Peter Abraham has the Sox needing Beckett to be the stopper he once was. Scott Lauber says Beckett has plenty to prove. Sean McAdam has Beckett determined to start things off right.

Red Sox banking on Josh Beckett – Gerry Callahan says that signing Josh Beckett to an extension last year might be the worst decision of Theo Epstein’s eight year tenure as GM of the Red Sox.

Disastrous weekend over, Sox look to right the ship – Brian MacPherson has the Sox a little grumpy heading into tonight’s game. John Tomase has some early observations on the Sox after the disastrous opening weekend. Dave D’Onofrio says that it is time for the Sox to flip the switch and get things started.

Remembering the birth of a closer, five years later – Alex Speier looks back at Jonathan Papelbon’s ascension to the closer role. Brian MacPherson has Papelbon hoping that a slight tweak to his mechanics will help him.

Pitching coach unfazed by brutal start – Lauber’s notebook has Curt Young looking to get his staff straightened out. The Globe Red Sox notebook from Abraham has signs pointing to a start for Jason Varitek behind the plate tonight.

Bruins get cute, take ugly loss vs. Rangers – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins blowing a lead against the Rangers.

B’s not good enough to take East – Joe Haggerty says that any hope of getting the top seed in the East was lost last night. DJ Bean says that it looks like the Bruins will be the third seed in the East.

Paille pushes fast-forward button – Stephen Harris has the winger making a statement with his play last night. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has David Krejci ready to get back onto the penalty-killer squad. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have Tyler Seguin still looking to prove his worth.

Shaquille O’Neal may be back by weekend – Steve Bulpett says that the big man may play again as soon as Friday. Jim Fenton says that the center position will be a worry spot the rest of the way for the Celtics. A. Sherrod Blakely has more on the center situation.

Celtics’ matchups have playoff feel – Chris Forsberg says there will be no pushovers the rest of the way for the Celtics. Paul Flannery says that while the Celtics will try to win these games, it won’t come at the expense of health. The Globe notebook from Gary Washburn has more on the stretch run.

Sanders Hall election a nod to working man – Bob Ryan looks at former Celtic Satch Sanders being elected to the Hall of Fame. The Herald notebook from Steve Bulpett has more on Sanders, as does the Celtics notebook from Fenton.

UConn Beats Butler 53-41 For Third National Title – Mike Anthony has UConn winning their third national title.

Three For Calhoun In The Blink Of An Eye – Jeff Jacobs looks at the third title for the UConn head coach.

Prince Amukamara Could Be Surprise Draft Target For Patriots – Jeff Howe thinks that the Nebraska cornerback could draw interest from the Patriots.

Vrabel is arrested, charged with theft at casino – Shalise Manza Young reports on the former Patriot being arrested.

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3 thoughts on “Sox Seek First Win

  1. I agree. Theo has made much worse mistakes than Beckett's extension. Besides, Beckett is in his early 30s and still has the potential to be an ace again. He's always had what you'd call an "up and down" career, but his "up" years gave been the stuff that World Series champs are made of (2003 Marlins, 2007 Red Sox). If he's healthy this season I'd expect him to win 15+ games. Theo's biggest problem, to me, has been overpaying in free agency. Renteria, Lugo, Drew and Lackey come to mind. He paid Rolls Royce prices for Cadillac (or lesser) talent in those cases. Hopefully Carl Crawford won't be the next Sedan de Ville Theo overpaid for.

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