Bob Hohler says at least the Tigers can take their whippings like men. Michael Silverman says the Sox offense is alive and well. In the same article, John Burkett notes his stellar record when the Sox score 10 or more runs for him…Paul Kenyon says Grady Little is among those surprised at how well his team can hit. David Heuschkel notes that this one was put away early. Kevin Paul Dupont provides some musings over Fenway and baseball. Yes, he does tell us again that Pedro and Manny don’t speak to the media. Some of the others are fairly interesting, in a 1960’s sort of way. Rich Thompson says John Burkett is making it difficult for the Sox to replace him. Sean McAdam expands on that, noting the Sox might be best off just sticking with the Mike O’Connell lookalike. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell also chimes in on Burkett. Matt Eagan has the script from an hour long discussion that John Henry and Tom Werner had with Courant reporters and editors yesterday. Issues discussed include NESN and minor league baseball in CT. Mike Shalin looks at trying times for Alan Trammell. Kelvin Ma looks at Todd Walker finally breaking out of his slump. Michael Gee’s pay column tells us that Grady Little did all he could not to run up the score and have to apologize to another opposing manager. Thompson also has a piece on Damian Jackson, who accepts his role and will play and do whatever he is asked. John Tomase looks at the transformation of the bullpen, and debunks at least one myth that Bill James critics like to espouse. Ma also has a bit on former Sox farmhand Mike Maroth, who is eager to face the Sox at Fenway tonight. The Herald notebook reports that Tony Cloninger is cancer free. They also have the Sox looking at a couple of Reds relievers. Hohler’s notebook has Jeremy Giambi looking to break out of a season long funk. Kenyon’s notebook says that Giambi was able to get off to a good start with last night’s performance. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at Giambi.
Gerry Callahan says Kobe has finally been exposed for the phony that he is. His pay column looks at Kobe’s carefully crafted image and the press conference with his wife, which Callahan describes as a “bad school play”. He says:
It was all up to Kobe, who sure was glad he didn't throw out last year's Christmas cards. Where else could he have found this kind of prose? I mean, Kobe, come on. You are the air that I breathe? Was that your idea? A piece of my heart? My backbone? A blessing? Where did you get that, from one of Air Supply's greatest hits?
"You're the strongest person I know,'' Kobe said, directly addressing his wife.
That probably means she could go to Colorado for three days without jumping on the front desk clerk. In Kobe's world, that's real strength.
Jim Donaldson goes after Lawyer Milloy, saying he is all talk, and that his numbers don’t indicate that he is worth anywhere near what he is getting paid. Basing performance on statistics? The horror. Michael Felger looks at the secondary for the Patriots with Milloy and Ty Law both perhaps entering their final season with the Pats, are replacements being lined up? Tom Curran looks at the release of Derek Watson, and the signing of all the draft picks. Shane Donaldson provides a Patriots Checklist heading into training camp. He looks at players with something to prove, sleepers and competitive positions. Nick Cafardo looks at the deal signed by top pick Ty Warren, which contains protection for both the team and player. Felger’s notebook looks at an injury to Guard Stephen Neal, who may miss up to three months of the season. He also looks at other injuries on the O-line.
Frank Dell’Apa looks at a US tour of the elite soccer clubs of Europe.
Bill Griffith looks at coverage of the Tour De France.
NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00. TBS has Cubs/Braves at 7:30.