Bob Hohler says the Sox bats are in a collective slump. Jeff Horrigan looks at the unhappy crew as they wrap up their 2-4 road trip. Steven Krasner says that perhaps the silence of the bats yesterday was predictable. David Heuschkel says the Sox have a lot of work to do starting on their homestand tonight. Tony Massarotti says that it simply looked liked a lot of the Sox just took the day off yesterday. Bob Ryan says that while they’re not hitting, the real problem remains the bullpen. Krasner notes that Saturday’s debacle carried its poison over to yesterday. Massarotti catches up with Pedro Martinez, who isn’t going to lash out at the relievers, at least publicly. Hohler’s notebook says its pretty sad when your pitcher is your best looking hitter. Horrigan’s notebook says second guessing by Grady isn’t going to do any good. Krasner’s notebook says that Kim deserved a better fate yesterday. Heuschkel’s notebook has Theo calling out his team a bit.

The Bruins will trot out Mike Sullivan this morning to introduce him as the new head coach. Kevin Paul Dupont says everyone who knows Sullivan seems to have a high opinion of him and his abilities. Stephen Harris notes that instead of filling the major hole they had coming into the weekend, the Bruins added a new hole instead with the trade of Jozef Stumpel. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at what the Bruins picked up over the weekend in the draft. James Murphy likes the selection of Mark Stuart as the Bruins first round draft pick. Harris’ notebook has some other draft weekend notes, including a hometown kid being drafted by the Bruins.

Shira Springer looks at Jim O’Brien’s thoughts on developing young players. The coach and Danny Ainge seem to have slight differences in opinion when it comes to that topic, but it doesn’t seem to be a big issue. The article also looks at what the Celtics might be looking at in the draft. Mark Murphy looks at some playmakers that the Celtics seem to have their eyes on.

Mike Reiss yesterday said that perhaps the Patriots should part ways with Charlie Weis, if he’s so intent on becoming a head coach, and bring in Tom Coughlin to run the offense for a year.

Howard Bryant’s Boston Uncommon article today (pay access only) looks at the questionable ticket-selling practices used by teams such as the Cubs and the Red Sox. In both cases the practice involves the re-selling of tickets for far above their original value. In the Red Sox case it’s the “SmartFan” Program, used by a number of teams around the league. The killer is the 20% “transaction fee”. He also looks at the simmering rivalry and bad blood between the Red Sox and A’s. Seems the Sox had their eyes on the A’s pitching coach to fill in, and as he is an east coast guy, he was hoping the A’s would allow him to interview. Permission was denied. This adds to the series of incidents between the clubs in recent years. He also honors Larry Doby.

NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00. ESPN2 has A’s/Rangers at 7:00.

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