The Red Sox were unable to sustain any momentum they may have started with Josh Beckett’s sparkling performance, as they got bombed by the previously hapless Tampa Rays 16-5 at Fenway Park last night. Get all the depressing coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
The Celtics made the decision to concede the #2 seed in the East, and rested their “Big Four” last night. The result was a 95-94 OT loss to the Washington Wizards. The Celtics got a couple of good individual performances from Jeff Green (20 points, 15 rebounds) and Jermaine O’Neal (15 points, 13 rebounds 5 blocks) but also lost guard Delonte West to another ankle injury. Get the Celtics coverage at CelticsLinks.com. The Celtics will face the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.
Celtics have gone soft – Gerry Callahan says that Danny Ainge only screwed up by trusting that his four All Star players could actually act like professionals.
Game 1 return goal for Shaq – The Globe notebook has Shaquille O’Neal expected to be ready to begin the playoffs. A. Sherrod Blakely has Jermaine O’Neal giving the Celtics a taste of what they’ve missed.
Dice-K reaction renews eerie memory – Mike Fine says that the postgame reaction from Daisuke Matsuzaka reminded him of a similar poor outing in the 2007 playoffs.
One hundred starts later, the Daisuke Matsuzaka mystery remains unsolved – Rob Bradford says that we still don’t know what Dice-K is.
Bruins report card – Stephen Harris has a regular season report card for the Bruins.
Task force – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins eager to move forward after their epic playoff meltdown last season.
Sitting Seguin needs to be among impact players – Mick Colageo says that sitting down the first round pick seems to confirm “the troubling reality that this wunderkind may not be made of the right stuff.”
Pats’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis training like a champ … a boxing champ, that is – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots running back training in the gym run by Muhammad Ali’s former trainer Angelo Dundee.