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Baseball and Beantown

SpringtrainingBOSTON -- Sitting up here in cold and gloomy Boston where one of the lead stories on the local news today was how the Red Sox loaded up their equipment truck and sent it on its way south toward Fort Myers.

Only a few more days 'til pitchers and catchers report.

On Frozen Pond has been in hibernation the past few days, bad travel and nothing much to say prompting the shutdown. I assure you, I'm back on.

The mood up here in Boston is pretty good. Was just on NESN, the network that covers the Bruins, and was asked about the sports landscape in Miami as opposed to Boston. We sure don't have much. As I said, the Heat stink, the Marlins continue to rebuild, the Panthers are trying to hang on in the worst division in their league and the Orange Bowl is about to be torn down.

But we still got the '72 Dolphins.

Not a popular answer around these parts.

-- If you are watching on TV, you know Tomas Vokoun is back in net tonight (there was a thought Craig Anderson was going to go) and Ville Peltonen has made his grand return.

-- Talked to Alex Auld before today's game. He's doing well up here, says the biggest thing he learned from last year is how to accept your role. He's Tim Thomas' backup right now, and he seems fine with it. He earned a huge shootout win Friday night in Buffalo.

-- Latest from JM: If all goes well, Mike Van Ryn could be back in about a month. Also, he hopes to see Rostislav Olesz skating when the team returns from its chilly foray into the Great White North, with Mr. Rusty possibly back in the lineup by next weekend.

-- Anthony Stewart was sent back to Rochester, or did that go without saying? Sure he'll be back next week.