Sox get another day closer to the postseason. Jeff Horrigan looks at a strong starting performance from Tim Wakefield. Steven Krasner looks at the Sox, floating like a knuckleball towards a return to the playoffs. Tom Yantz says the Sox seized the opportunity to pick up a game on Seattle. Peter May gets the call from the Globe to write the Sox game story and practically proclaims the Sox as his lock of the century for a playoff spot. Lenny Megliola simply says the playoff chances are looking good. Kevin Gray looks at a very loose Sox clubhouse, which including Manny and Byung-Hyun Kim dancing to rap tunes before the game. Sean McAdam looks at Grady’s strategy this week of leaving his starters in the game as long as he possible can. Jackie MacMullan looks at the Sox, and what they need to do to sew up that playoff spot. Gordon Edes looks at the aftermath of the bullpen TV controversy. Rich Thompson looks at Lou Piniella pushing Rocco Baldelli for rookie of the year. Krasner looks at the late season rash of injuries suffered by the Sox. Karen Guregian looks at the bond between Pedro and John W. Henry, noting that this could mean a future in Boston beyond 2004 for Pedro. Steve Buckley must’ve been stumped for a story, or perhaps just had too many media appearances to come up with a new idea, as today in his pay column he writes about something he’s been talking about since the spring, the Sox playoff rotation and whether Derek Lowe should be the game one starter. Nothing you haven’t heard Buck say a thousand times on the air this year already. Thompson also has a look at how Wakefield approaches each pitch. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Bill Mueller’s back spasms which led to an early exit from last night’s game. Yantz’s notebook also has Mueller as it’s lead. Krasner’s notebook looks at Nomar’s interesting third inning in the field last night. May’s notebook has more on Mueller.
Nick Cafardo says Matt Chatham is ready to step up to a bigger role with the injury to Colvin. Tom Curran says Sunday might be a huge game for Antowain Smith. Alan Greenberg says the team’s depth will be tested early because of an assortment of injuries. Ian M. Clark examines whether the Patriots practice of spreading passes among many players is a good thing, or if it is indicative of the team not having a go-to guy. Michael Felger gets Bob Kraft to come out his bunker and talk some about this 2003 edition of the Patriots. Michael Parente says you won’t find anyone in the Patriots locker room saying that Curtis Martin has lost a step. Christopher Price looks at the adjustments the Patriots have made to face Vinny Testaverde. Michael Gee has a pay column looking at Bill Belichick’s cone of silence regarding injuries and other information. No new revelations in there. Cafardo’s notebook has Dan Klecko eager for some game action. Felger’s notebook says the Patriots will continue to pass more than they run. Curran’s notebook has high praise from Belichick for Tom Brady. Parente’s notebook has more on the Patriots’ pass-run ratio.
Bill Griffith looks at John Rooke, who keeps busy working a multitude of jobs and running his own company. Jim Baker previews BC/Miami in his pay column.
Art Davidson says Jan Volk is rejoining the NBA, in a position with the Atlanta Hawks, recently purchased by Steve Belkin.
UPN38 has Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Astros/Cardinals at 8:00.