Sox finally get their act

Sox finally get their act together out west. Same can’t be said for the newly redesigned Boston.com website which still hasn’t put up any stories from the game last night. It seemed pretty predictable that however Derek Lowe did last night, his body language was going to be closely studied, and indeed it was. Jeff Horrigan has the story of a clutch performance by Lowe who got past an early 2-0 deficit to wind up getting the win. Steven Krasner looks at a pumped up Lowe as the key to the win. David Heuschkel also focuses on the emotions and faces of Lowe during his win last night. Tony Massarotti looks at how Lowe channeled his emotions for good last night. In the absence of the Globe stories, we’ll turn to the Oakland Tribune, Mark Saxson says Mark Mulder faced the wrath of the Boston bats, frustrated at having been shut down the previous two nights. There is also a pretty detailed Q&A session with Johnny Damon, who talks about playing in Boston. Scott Ostler says that the Red Sox and A’s are reinventing baseball. If you’re still in the mood for a doom and gloom article, then Steve Britt’s article today is for you. Massarotti says that the Sox can’t beat good pitching. After being tossed out of the previous game, Krasner reports that Trot Nixon had cooled off by last night. With the Sox on the west coast, Bob Halloran unveils his woo-hoo theory of sports fans. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the lineup changes put in by Grady Little last night. Krasner’s notebook looks at the need for surgery for Jeremy Giambi, Heuschkel’s notebook says Giambi really was hurt after all.

Tom Curran is able to pose 19 questions all over the board to coach Bill Belichick. The coach answers them, too. Michael Felger has Tom Brady pushing for more playing time on Saturday night to be able to a better feel for things out there. Mark Blaudschun looks at the Pats pulling up the training camp stakes and moving…err…no where. I marvel at the ability of some to write a full length article about something that didn’t happen…Michael Parente looks at a potential running back-by-committee situation shaping up for the Patriots. Curran’s notebook looks at how having everyone on the same page makes making cuts a bit easier. Blaudschun’s notebook looks at Brady’s push to play more on Saturday night. Felger’s notebook looks at how keeping things simple for the players this camp has helped in the development of the team. Parente’s notebook looks at a couple of minor additions to the roster yesterday.

NESN has Sox/A’s at 3:00. TBS has Braves/Padres at 7:30.

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Sorry about the lack of

Sorry about the lack of links yesterday. Rather not go into it. Rather not talk about the Sox either, but it must be done. Bob Hohler has the coverage of another West coast loss, which puts the Sox behind their pace of a year ago and has them trailing in the wild card standings. Jeff Horrigan looks at a rough first inning which did in John Burkett and the Sox. Steven Krasner says the Sox just never could dig themselves out of that five run deficit to begin the game. David Heuschkel looks at a bit of desperation setting in for Grady Little and the Sox. Tony Massarotti says Pedro is clearly not able to put together back to back long outings these days is just not what he used to be. Jim Donaldson wants to be coddled like Pedro. Sad thing is, Jim doesn’t realize how good he has it, either, compared to most working people. Four columns a week? 1000 words each? You poor thing. Get a clue. Krasner says Pedro will be tested against the league’s iron in upcoming games. That’s of course if they mean anything by then. Alex Speier examines the Sox struggles on the road this year. Lenny Megliola looks ahead to the 2005 Red Sox. Gordon Edes looks at two Sox right handed hitters who figure to get some hacks at the plate against lefties the next few days. Christopher Price talks with Jay Mohr, who says Nomar is all about the game, and winning, not himself. Massarotti also looks at the job done last night by Keith Foulke, who came into the game in the eight with runners on second and third and nobody out and retired Mueller, Nomar and Manny to escape the inning without giving up a run. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the latest ugly twists in the Ted Williams case, as reported by Sports Illustrated. Horrigan’s notebook reports on good news for Brandon Lyon. Krasner’s notebook also looks at Lyon. Hohler’s notebook has Derek Lowe striking back at his critics.

Nick Cafardo looks at Ty Warren as he works to come up to NFL speed, both on the field and in the playbook. Will he be a Richard Seymour type rookie, or a Chris Canty? Kevin McNamara also looks at Warren, who he describes as quiet and willing to learn and get better. Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots problems on the right side of the offensive line. The causes? Injury and retirement, yes, but also poor development of young players and questionable free agent moves, according to Reiss. Michael Felger looks at Rodney Harrison, whom he says might be the most important addition to the defense, simply for the attitude and swagger he can bring to the team, something they’ve lacked since the day Bryan Cox. Alan Greenberg looks at Kevin Faulk and how far he has come and the progress he has made to the point that he’s going to get more first and second down snaps, as he deserves them. Just one note from the article, J.R. Redmond was not a rookie during the Super Bowl season…Christopher Price looks at the Patriots ground game and the pieces that could be a part of it, including Redmond. Michael Parente looks at the secondary, where Otis Smith appears injured again and Leonard Myers has been impressing. Cafardo’s notebook provides some injury updates, as best as can be determined. Felger’s notebook looks at the need for the depth in the secondary, where Smith and now Myers appear to be injured again. McNamara’s notebook has more on nagging injuries that could be holding some players back from even making the team. Parente’s notebook says time is running out on some players to get back onto the field.

Steve Conroy looks at the Bruins again exercising their “walk away” rights, this time to Bryan Berard. Joe McDonald has more on the situation. Douglas Flynn says the club planned all along to walk away from it’s own arbitration offer. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at a community service sentence for Joe Thornton, and has more on the ugly injuries suffered by Jonathan Girard in his car accident. Mike Shalin remembers Herb Brooks. Dupont’s notebook looks at the Berard situation and a couple minor moves by the club. Conroy’s notebook has more on Thornton’s sentence.

Jim McCabe and Joe Gordon look at Tiger Woods, ready to end his Major drought.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. ESPN2 has Padres/Braves at 7:00 and ESPN has Yankees/Royals at 8:00.

The Globe’s newly revamped online

The Globe’s newly revamped online sports pages are still not up and running as of this writing, so we’ll have to carry on without them today. We’ll miss them. Michael Silverman says that the Sox blew a grand chance to leave town with momentum. Paul Kenyon says this series was for the birds. Paul Doyle says starting tonight, the Sox are going to need to be better. Alex Speier says the Sox leave town wounded from these birds of prey. Sean McAdam says the Sox know lies ahead of them, the toughest, most critical part of the schedule. With George Kimball attempting to write a story on Trot Nixon and triples, did Nomar actually tell him “I don’t do interviews on getaway day”? Steve Conroy says the bullpen did its job yesterday, stopping the bleeding after Suppan departed. Yesterday, John Tomase told three anecdotes from the Fenway clubhouse. Conroy says that is the Sox fail to make the playoffs, we’ll be able to point to the Orioles as a big reason. Joe McDonald looks at PawSox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who pitched a perfect game yesterday. Kimball has a pay column on Suppan’s struggles since rejoining the Red Sox. Silverman’s notebook leads off with trouble on the basepaths for Manny and Trot. Kenyon’s notebook says a switch in uniform numbers didn’t bring Jeff Suppan any better results. Doyle’s notebook leads off with Connecticut day at Fenway.

Brendan Stai’s retirement is the big news from Patriots camp. Kevin Mannix tries to sort out why this is now three years in a row with an offensive tackle retiring in camp. Tom Curran looks at the move and the hole it creates (again) on the line. Alan Greenberg jokingly wonders if Joe Andruzzi is getting some favors from back home in Jersey from Tony Soprano, eliminating the competition. Bill Belichick says in Michael Parente’s piece that they’ve met their quota for training camp retirements and can now move on. Mannix’s notebook says that despite reports to the contrary, Larry Centers is happy to be here with the Patriots. Curran’s notebook says that Faulk’s work with the first team isn’t a reflection on Antowain Smith, rather a reflection on Faulk and the work he’s done.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. ABC has Eagles/Saints preseason football at 8:00

A couple of interesting Patriot

A couple of interesting Patriot bits from the national scene. Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News says the Pats might be the only team capable of creating a dynasty in the Salary Cap NFL. Damon Hack of the New York Times has an article today entitled “No-Nonsense Belichick Attracts No-Nonsense Players.” A look at how Bill Belichick goes about the business of football.

I originally had some commentary here in which I suggested that a certain section of Nick Cafardo’s NFL notes today contained a shot against Bill Belichick. (The Globe sports pages seem to be offline as of this writing) The section contrasted Belichick’s record as an assistant and as a head coach. I didn’t see the need for it, and called it a cheap shot against the coach. Perhaps I read too much into it. You can be the judge and decide for yourself whether what Cafardo wrote was a “cheap” shot, as I thought or simply reporting an interesting view of the coach’s record, which Cafardo says was all he was doing.

Not a bad evening for

Not a bad evening for the Boston fan. Two games, two pretty one sided victories. I guess we’ll start with the game that counted. John Burkett lately might be the only right handed pitcher ever described as “crafty”. That’s usually reserved strictly for lefties. Great quote by Burkett in Bob Hohler’s game piece:(It’s in all the game stories, actually)

"I think people are thinking that this old guy with gray hair who is throwing 85 miles an hour isn't going to be able to do the job, so I am constantly battling myself and battling that," he said. "And I like that."

Kind of says it all. I thought that was pretty funny. Not to mention that Burkett tops out at 85, most of his stuff is slower than that. Anyway, enough gushing about John Burkett. (Did I really just say that? If I were someone else, I think this would be the time I’d be saying something about lighting myself on fire.) Jeff Horrigan says that Burkett is getting stronger as the season goes along. David Heuschkel compares Burkett to a ’77 Pinto with primer that just seems to keep running and get good mileage. Alex Speier looks at Burkett’s evening. Sean McAdam says that these Sox are most impressive at home. Bob Ryan writes about the extraordinary David Ortiz. His last twelve hits have been for extra bases. That is truly amazing. (note to Don Skwar…why didn’t Dan Shaughnessy draw this assignment…where’s your sense of humor?) No, I’m glad Ryan wrote this article, as he did it well. Steve Conroy and Steven Krasner also weigh in with pieces on Ortiz. Both are enjoyable reads. Can’t get enough of Ortiz. A rare treat today is two Bob Ryan articles on the same day. His second looks back at Pedro’s complete game, and what that showed. His colleagues at the Globe could learn so much from Ryan. He’s not a cheerleader in his articles, but they’re free of the negative little shots and downers that we’ve seen from Shaughnessy and Dupont the last few days. Michael Vega says that Burkett might want to consider getting his lineup a gift for the support they’ve given him all year. Mark Murphy looks at the zone that Nomar has locked into at Fenway this year. The Derek Lowe Face has gone national, yet Karen Guregian says that Lowe is not changing his demeanor. Conroy also looks at Casey Fossum, back with the big club and ready for his start tonight against the Orioles. Patrick Garrity reports on “Red Sox Day” in Vermont yesterday. John Tomase looks back at vintage Pedro from Wednesday night. Hohler’s notebook looks at the DL as a likely landing spot for Ramiro Mendoza. Horrigan’s notebook has more on that, and reports that Mendoza has already cleared waivers, so that hurdle is past. McAdam’s notebook says the Sox aren’t going to release Mendoza, but need to figure out something with him. Heuschkel’s notebook has still more on that situation.

Patriots defense looked good…that seems to be the consensus. Good thing, says Alan Greenberg, since they didn’t show much in running the ball. Greenberg has a lot of praise for the defense, especially the rookies and Rosevelt Colvin. Tom Curran looks at a few big plays by some of the newcomers. Nick Cafardo says whatever players the Patriots put out there, they were better than what the Giants had. He notes some of the highlights and items of interest from the game. Michael Felger says the play of a number of key defenders should be encouraging to Patriots fans. Kevin Mannix looks at the impressive debut of Dan Klecko, with whom Tedy Bruschi is already very impressed. What’s this? A Ron Borges sighting? After going the entire training camp without hearing from him, he weighs in on the first preseason game. He seems very encouraged by what he saw out on the field. The new guys appeared to be capable of doing what they were brought in to do. Most importantly, no injuries. Michael Parente has a pretty complete wrapup of the action last night. Ian M. Clark says that though it’s only a preseason game, those who needed to show something did last night. Michael Smith writes that it’s hard for Patriots fans not to be overjoyed at some of the things they saw last night. Christopher Price hands out straight A’s for the Patriot rookies for last night. Carolyn Thornton has a look at Fred McCrary and the rest of the fullbacks and what they did last night. George Kimball looks at Tyrone Poole, who had a pick last night and has apparently gotten over his homesickness of a couple weeks ago. Looks like his wife set him straight. I won’t make any Doug Christie comments. Aaron Harlan looks at big plays by Colvin and Poole. Do I even want to touch Dan Shaughnessy’s article today? Starts out whining about football coming too soon. Then he’s trying to compare preseason football with baseball spring training. Save yourself a couple minutes. Don’t read it. Use the time to trim your nails or something else more productive. I’ll never get that two minutes back…Paul Kenyon looks at Giants defensive end and former URI player Frank Ferrara. John Altavilla looks at a rough night from the Giants perspective, and towards the end has a bit about Jeremy Shockey allegedly making a derogatory sexual remark about Bill Parcells. Weird. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the running back competition. Felger’s notebook has more on that topic. Curran’s notebook looks at Dan Klecko. The first line of the notebook is a reference to a group in the Patriots KFFL board which already has a Klecko Cult started.

Peter May looks briefly at the Celtics exhibition schedule.

A couple messy items…Ron Borges looks at Micky Ward claiming he was duped into selling his life story for only $1000. Not really sports media related, but it could manifest itself in some form on the WWZN airwaves between 12-3 in the afternoon sometime, is the ugly story of the Andelman/Costa gourmet food show breakup, as reported in the Inside Track.

John Howell reports on a Connecticut radio station that the Red Sox are allowing to do their own play by play for one game.

NESN has Sox/Orioles at 1:00, UPN38 Has Sox/Orioles game 2 at 7:00.

Some new articles up at

Some new articles up at Football Outsiders. An NFC East preview, some grading of head coaches and some fantasy help.

Mike Fine says Pedro picked up everyone else last night. Alan Greenwood looks at the big effort of Pedro. Even though he didn’t talk to the media, Pedro answered plenty of questions, according to Jim Fenton. Ron Chimelis tries to figure out the solution to the Mendoza mystery of 2003. Bill Simmons is still ecstatic from meeting Fred Lynn.

Eric McHugh looks at some youngsters eager to show something for the Patriots tonight. Hector Longo looks at the battle to back up Brady.