Red Sox invent a new way to lose a game last night. Who has ever seen a game lost after having picked off the runner at second? It’s probably happened, but I don’t recall it. Bob Hohler says perhaps papers should be filed with the baseball gods. Jeff Horrigan focuses on Brandon Lyon, who lost his closer job, and made the errant throw to second that Nomar couldn’t handle all in one night. Steven Krasner says the play was just another example of the charmed like of Rocco Baldelli. David Heuschkel has Doug Mirabelli saying that Baldelli must be rookie of the year, if he can come out of that situation smelling like a rose. Steve Buckley says that Grady Little is so impressed with Gabe Kapler that he thought about starting him last night. Buckley gives him credit for that. Nick Cafardo has Little and Dave Wallace raving about Ramiro Mendoza’s side session yesterday. Alex Speier looks at who could be leaving the Sox organization in trades, and who the untouchables are. Buckley’s pay column chronicles all the “heartbreaking” losses the Sox have suffered this year. Krasner looks at the first inning foul-up by the umpires that led to a Tampa protest. He also looks at Byung-Hyun Kim officially being moved to the closer role. Cafardo also looks at Baldelli’s winning mistake and the umpire error earlier in the game. Hohler’s notebook also looks at Kim’s promotion to closer. Wakefield and Lowe will each be pushed up a day, and Mendoza will start on Saturday. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Kim. Heuschkel’s notebook has still more on Kim as the closer. Krasner’s notebook looks at Mendoza being prepared for his start.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the Flyers signing Bruins goalie Jeff Hackett. Steve Conroy also looks at the loss of Hackett. James Murphy wonders if the PJ Stock signing by the Bruins was just a PR move to appease the fans.
Tim Weisberg says the Celtics are clearly headed in a new direction and it isn’t known if Antoine Walker is going to be a part of that.
NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Giants/Cardinals at 7:00 and ESPN2 has Mariners/A’s at 10:00.