WWZN streaming is working now. I wish it wasn’t. Loose cannon Ron Borges is implying that Pedro Martinez is a racist. Borges insists that that if Derek Lowe had said what Pedro said regarding the Floyd deal (Pedro would rather have Colon), but instead named a white pitcher, there would be a huge outcry that Lowe was being racist. Borges thinks that if Pedro had a choice between Randy Johnson and Bartolo Colon, Pedro would pick Colon because he’s a fellow Dominican. Nick Cafardo and Steve Burton are in shock over this allegation. When Cafardo challenged the statement, Borges replied with “You probably don’t think Belichick is a liar, either.” Burton is “blown away” by the comments, callers are lining up to tee off on Borges. Reader Walt from Hudson thinks he has it figured out: “Borges is like that old Buck Henry talk host routine – he has no callers and starts saying things like ‘I’m a Communist’ to get a call. Counting Eddie’s show the Zone has gone 1.5 hours without a call today until Borges dropped his poison.” It’s got people talking anyway, at least until the Red Sox announce the trade for Bobby Howry. They didn’t have the name at first, just announced that the Sox had acquired a “reliever from the AL Central”. Rather vague. It wasn’t until 4:42 that they announced it was Howry. ESPN Radio and various sites had it reported earlier.

Mike Port came on a little after 6:00 and says they view Howry as a power reliever, a set-up man and a closer, he had full arthroscopic surgery in 2000, He’s been able to pitch in 47 games this year and is getting back to being the power set-up guy he was with a chance of being a closer for us. He’s a big game pitcher, has an aggressive demeanor. a positive addition to the ballclub. Tomorrow they have to make some adjustments. They made trades, not just for the sake of making trades, but that were right for the Red Sox. Like to think they did two things in that direction today added payroll but had John Henry and Larry Lucchino involved all the way, and let this be a signal to Red Sox fans. Larry Lucchino came on a bit afterwards. They possible four areas that they wanted to make a move in, and did it in two of the four. Some clubs we’re competing with weren’t able to do anything. As far as the Yankees, …not just competing against one team… I do though subscribe to the Evil Empire pathology… I do recognize that if we get to the post season with the couple of starters we have, we will be tough competition for anyone. We will keep our eyes open regarding waiver opportunities if we can… August allows for movement, not a likely possibility compared to July. We like the added depth we’ve brought to the team, these are two very good guys who’ll fit nicely into this clubhouse. Personality and character issues are quite important to us. Did they proceed as if there would be no work stoppage? …hope there will not be one and the issues are solvable, but when you’re as close as you are here you have to take your artillery out and go for it. Situation varies from day to day…. fairly moderate issues… no one fighting for salary cap, rev. share, payroll tax… at the end of the day, will come up with a solution. On the possibility of adding more payroll? Now there is an issue of roster space, that’s why the GM gets big bucks… it’s Mike’s call.

Funny…if Borges feels so strongly about the comments by Pedro, why didn’t he bring them up to Lucchino?