Sean McAdam writes that the CBC has been deemed a failure by the club and scrapped. The pitchers in the pen have been given roles and the club is looking at Robert Person as the possible closer, with Brandon Lyon filling in in the meantime. Last night, Mendoza was charged with a couple more runs, sporting the Royals a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning, before the Royals bullpen, with the league leader in saves, (MacDougal – 10) giving up three runs, gave the game back to the Sox. David Heuschkel notes that Sox coaches could see MacDougal was wild before he even threw an official pitch last night. Bob Hohler has the game story for the Globe. Jeff Horrigan has more on the win, enabled the Sox to tie the team record for wins in April (18). Steven Krasner notes the ninth inning gifts don’t quite erase the earlier ineptitude by the Sox with the bases loaded earlier in the game. Lenny Megliola is in awe of the Royals “impressive act of self-destruction”. Christopher Price reports on one of the more bizarre endings in franchise history. Michael Silverman and Mark Blaudschun look at the effort of Derek Lowe last night, who turned in a “Dr. Jekyll” performance last night and is hoping Mr. Hyde doesn’t appear the next time out. Mike Shalin has a closer look at the wild ending. Steve Buckley’s pay column focuses on the comedic elements of last nights rally, which included the umpire issuing a warning to both benches while the Royals were plunking hitters last night. Buckley says the Sox don’t need a closer, they’re fine as they are, wins like last night affirm that this might be their year. Bill Burt says the Sox should take a lesson rom Tony Pena. No word on whether Burt thinks that Pena is still on the team. Silverman also has a piece in which Theo Epstein says the best is yet to come with this 18-9 team. Alex Speier looks at Johnny Damon’s grousing over having to sit down last night. Damon (and Speier) incorrectly list the number of times he has sat this year as 6, the other papers list it as only four. Horrigan’s notebook leads with the Damon issue, as does the notebook by Heuschkel. The Projo notebook looks at the ninth inning last night, and has a number of other items as well. Hohler’s notebook leads with Embree’s one pitch win last night.
Dan Shaughnessy shows us again today why he is almost universally despised by Boston fans. He’s already got the Celtics losing the series to the Pacers and is putting the 0-for-overtime into his personal pantheon right alongside some of his other favorites:
If the Celtics lose two more times, then Tuesday's nightmare in Indianapolis goes down in infamy. It will simply never be forgotten. It will take its place in the New England Sports Museum Hall of Shame alongside Bill Buckner's error and Too Many Men on the Ice.
I thought no one cared about the Celtics? I guess Shaughnessy is a strong advocate of the saying attributed to British author Kingsley Amis, who once said “If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.”, Dan’s personal mantra might be more along the lines of annoying *everyone*. He goes on later to refer to someone interviewing Walter McCarty as a “radio doofus”. To complete the hat trick, Shaughnessy also claims:
Walker and Paul Pierce are two of the great front-runners in hoop history
“Good Shank” who made a few appearances lately has been replaced with “Evil Shank” it would appear…Steve Bulpett has more on the Pacers attempting to stay alive, with Tim Hardaway likely playing a big role again. Peter May has more on how the Celtics had a golden opportunity to get some rest and now need some help from the Bucks if they hope to get any if they advance tonight. Bob Schron looks at the Celtics trying to figure out how it slipped away Tuesday night. Shira Springer assures us that the Celtics are not tired, frustrated or under pressure and will be fine tonight. Tim Weisberg says this series has been all about expecting the unexpected. No one picked the Celtics to win the series, most said they’d be lucky to win one game. Now, if they manage to lose the series, it will be in seven games and will be considered a huge choke job. Gus Martins gets coach O’Brien’s thoughts going into game six. Carolyn Thornton has O’Brien saying that defense was the problem in the fourth quarter and OT Tuesday, not offense. That’s a little bit of the stubbornness of O’Brien showing there. Had the Celtics had any semblance of movement and creativity on offense, they’d have won that game. Bill Reynolds knocks the modern NBA game, with the Paul Pierces of the league taking all the shots and not involving teammates. He says he first saw this phenomena during a summer league game 15 years ago when Reggie Lewis put in 43 points and didn’t attempt to involve his teammates. That’s a stretch, Bill. Lewis was fresh off his rookie year in which he seldom played, and likely wanted to do something to get noticed. Jerry Trecker notes that the Celtics likely wish Tim Hardaway was still in the ESPN studios. Spinger’s notebook looks at the officiating in this series.
In contrast to his Globe teammate Ron Borges’ doom & gloom about Patriots 1st round draft pick Ty Warren, Michael Smith submits a very positive view of the new defensive lineman. The article reveals a grounded guy, who is extremely mature, motivated and family oriented. Sounds like just the type of guy the Patriots seem to like to target, doesn’t it. Could it at least be possible this was the guy they wanted all along? The Globe headline guy could’ve been a little more creative, however, “Warren Report” was used by the Herald yesterday. In contrast, Tom Curran has a piece about the team looking at an undrafted free agent who on the surface, would seem to be outside of that Patriots “mold”. Former South Carolina and South Carolina State running back Derek Watson, who has a history of relatively minor run-ins with the law will be invited to rookie camp and given a chance to impress. Watson rushed for a 1000 yards at South Carolina and appears to be a low risk/high reward proposition. Mark Farinella looks at the futility of rushing to judgement on draft picks. He recalls writing after the 1991 draft that the Patriots fifth round pick shouldn’t even bother to unpack his bags. That pick was Ben Coates. Nick Cafardo reports on Tom Brady’s performance in CBS’ “Quarterback Challenge”, noting his shoulder held up fine. He also provides a list of undrafted free agents the Patriots have signed.