An emotionally spent fan base deserves the off day they have tonight to recover from this weekend. In Gordon Edes‘ game story, he tells a tale that shows how much Sox fans want to beat the Yankees. Michael Silverman says the Sox sent the message that they are not going away. David Heuschkel and Sean McAdam note that Ramiro Mendoza called Varitek’s pitch and home run. Perhaps the “embedded Yankee” is now serving as a triple agent. Art Davidson says that the seventh inning last night could be remembered as the moment that pushed the Sox over the top. Kevin Gray looks at a classic finish to a classic series. Jackie MacMullan says that the Sox produced in all areas of the game the last two games. Alex Speier notes that hanging on for the save meant the world for Byung-Hyun Kim. Tony Massarotti writes that with his production this weekend, Johnny Damon may have finally arrived for the 2003 season. Shira Springer looks at Yankee pitchers trying to take the loss in stride. Joe McDonald says that this time, the Yankees were the ones who wasted a great effort by a starting pitcher. Don Amore has Jeff Weaver wishing he could’ve finished that seventh inning. Mark Murphy and Aaron Harlan look at the curious decision by the Yankees to turn Jason Varitek around and allow him to hit right handed. McAdam says this was a late inning comeback like no other this team has put together this year. Michael Vega says Damon’s solo home run stole the spotlight. Rich Thompson looks at David Ortiz’s new role: Yankee Killer. Nick Cafardo looks at things from the Yankee side, this series didn’t turn out as planned for them. Thompson also looks at Manny’s great catch and his chatter in the clubhouse after the game. McDonald looks at the Giambi brothers, and their dinner together Saturday night. Murphy writes that Jeremy Giambi hopes that Saturday can help turn his season around. Steve Buckley’s pay column talks about the seventh inning wakeup call for the Red Sox last night, and how Manny doesn’t like that the team has an off day today. Michael Gee says the Sox are copying the Yankees pattern for winning games, and any team that has Manny excited about playing is doing something right. Howard Bryant’s first pay column says the Yankees are beatable this year. His second talks some about race, and how Ron Burton and others are saddened to see a few African American athletes putting their lives in jeopardy, and reinforcing unfair stereotypes along the way. Yesterday, John Tomase explored the reality that Nomar could be leaving Boston. Edes’ notebook looks at Nomar’s wrist after getting hit last night. Silverman’s notebook has more on that, and a note about Fossum as trade material. Heuschkel’s notebook says the Sox may go away from the 12 man pitching staff and add another position player.

Michael Felger looks at Damian Woody, who didn’t get his contract season off to a flying start by failing the conditioning test. Tyrone Poole appears to be the prime candidate to be the third Patriots training camp retiree in as many summers. Alan Greenberg, Michael Parenteand Shalise Manza Young look at Poole’s situation. The Globe notebook looks at the signing on Larry Centers as well as a few other notes from camp. Felger also reports on the signings of Centers and Brendan Stai. Young’s notebook looks at the tight end position, and Ty Law’s thoughts on the rookie corners, both of which he says can play at a high level. Yesterday, Hector Longo had a look at Rosevelt Colvin. SI’s Don Banks looks at the Patriots front seven on defense. Some interesting notes in there, such as how the switch to the 3-4 isn’t such a big deal, since they’ve done it off and on in the past, and will switch it up this year as well. Also Seymour will likely play around 50% of his plays on the inside. So not too much will change, but the hype about the switch to the 3-4 will give the press something to harp on if the defense struggles early in the season. Felger’s notebook has more on Poole’s wavering as to his football future.

Chad Finn remembers Reggie Lewis.

No Red Sox tonight, but you can watch the AA edition of the Red Sox/Yankees starting at 6:00 on NESN as the SeaDogs and Thunder play a doubleheader. ESPN has Braves/Expos at 7:00