A trial run of early morning links. No negative Boston media this morning when in comes to the Red Sox. Nothing to be negative about. It’s all roses. Jeff Horrigan says Pedro’s rainman like memory motivated his sterling performance yesterday afternoon. Gordon Edes looks at the likely playoff-bound Sox. Steven Krasner examines the capper to an extremely productive road trip. David Heuschkel says the trip was likely a launching pad to a playoff appearance for the squad. Tony Massarotti says the postseason is right within reach. Bob Ryan looks at a classic Pedro performance, and notes that Martinez deserves the Cy Young, though there is no chance he’ll win it. Bill Reynolds quotes a magazine article in which Red Sox players tell their part of the story about the adversarial relationship they have with the media in Boston. The article is from 1957. In Baltimore, Laura Vecsey says the Red Sox can sense fear in the Yankees. Massarotti looks at a milestone for Tim Wakefield, today will mark 10 years in the big leagues, qualifying him for an MLB pension and making him a 10-5 man, meaning he can veto any trade. The notebooks all look at Trot Nixon’s injury. Edes’ notebook also looks at the first MLB start for Andy Abad. Horrigan’s notebook says Nixon could possibly be out for the year. Krasner’s notebook says going back to Fenway can mean only good things at the plate for Nomar. Heuschkel’s notebook says that at the very least, Nixon won’t play this weekend.

Nick Cafardo looks at the injury to Ted Johnson and what it could mean for the Patriots inside linebacking rotation. Good stuff from Nick, informative. Tom Curran also looks at the Johnson injury and who is behind him on the depth chart. Alan Greenberg has another look at the injury and how Roman Phifer will need to play a bigger role inside. Michael Felger says that Tom Brady and Donovan McNabb aren’t looking back at their disastrous open day performances. Michael Parente says the entire Patriots team has put last week behind them and is focusing on stopping McNabb and the Eagles. Dan Pires says Belichick isn’t hinting at any major changes in the lineup in the wake of last Sunday’s game. George Kimball, in a pay column for the Herald, suggests that the Lawyer Milloy situation will be the Patriots version of Babe Ruth. Kimball says:

Only time will tell whether Milloy's departure was just another football transaction or whether it, like Ruth's, foreshadowed the wholesale disintegration of the team he left behind. Could it be that future generations of Patriots fans will be telling their grandchildren about their team winning their lone Super Bowl back in 2001, only to banish their best player to a divisional rival less than two years later, thus initiating Milloy's Curse?

Please. Curran’s notebook has Belichick pointing the finger at himself for last Sunday. Felger’s notebook has more on Ted Johnson, as does Parente’s notebook.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Bruins training camp opening without Sergei Samsonov or Nick Boynton. Nick Colageo also looks at the holdouts. Stephen Harris says that with the shortage on defense with Boynton unsigned, Jonathan Girard out for the year and Bryan Berard in contract limbo, Jeff Jillson could get a big opportunity. Harris’ notebook has more on the camp holdouts and other missing persons.

Shira Springer has a lengthy feature on Vin Baker, who admits he had a serious problem with alcohol last year and years previous, and is grateful to the Celtics for insisting he go to treatment. He is at 241 lbs, the playing weight of his first two seasons in the league. He has no statistical expectations for the season, other than to contribute. He has his support system in place, and will be apologizing to his teammates. He is eager to show the fans what he can do as a sober player. You can’t help but root for the guy. Mark Murphy says Tony Battie is looking impressing in early workouts coming off of knee surgery.

OK, a couple Revolution stories….Frank Dell’Apa looks at the team’s fading playoff hopes. Gus Martins looks at some hard feelings between the Revs and the MetroStars.

ESPN has Utah/Cal college football at 7:30. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30.

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