Sox Take a Holiday

The Red Sox took a pounding from the Orioles in a one game makeup yesterday. Bob Hohler says there’s no way to sugarcoat yesterday’s performance by Derek Lowe and the rest of the Sox. Jeff Horrigan says that despite a couple poundings, this just completed homestand was a success. Joe McDonald looks at another Mr Hyde performance from Derek Lowe. Jeff Goldberg has Lowe completely understanding why the fans were booing him. David Borges terms yesterday the “Memorial Day Massacre” – not to inject too much political correctness into this space, but I think the use of that term for a baseball game is a bit out of place, given what Memorial Day actually stands for. Nick Cafardo looks at the struggling Derek Lowe. Lenny Megliola says Lowe is looking forward to turning his season around. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that Lowe might be feeling the stress of his impending free agency. He says though that even if Lowe has a bad season, his market value isn’t going to be hurt all that much. For his evidence, he points to Miguel Tejada, who had a poor season last year, yet still cashed in big time on the free agent market last winter. Alex Speier wonders if Lowe could be pulled from the rotation. Sean McAdam notes that now would be a good time for the Sox to get their act together for road games. Gordon Edes, Brian Bennett and Jeff Robinson look at Nomar’s progress from his rehab games over the weekend.

Jon Couture tells us that despite yesterday’s pounding, the Sox are in good shape and showing the stuff of champions. Marvin Pave and Matt Kalman look at the sizzling season thus far for the Orioles’ Melvin Mora. Steve Buckley (subscription only) looks at Lenny DiNardo, and whether his status as a Rule 5 draftee is a help or hindrance to his confidence after shaky outings like yesterday. Rich Thompson has a piece on Kevin Youkilis, after the rookie third baseman completed his first homestand with the big club. Jeff Sullivan provides a number of baseball related thoughts. Bob Halloran looks at a few strange-but-true baseball injuries. Hohler’s notebook and Horrigan’s notebook both lead off with Kevin Millar snapping a homerless streak of 115 at bats. Goldberg’s notebook looks at a different relief role for Pedro Martinez. The ProJo notebook looks at the Sox hoping for success on the road. Borges’ notebook says that Lowe wasn’t the only member of the Red Sox who had a bad day yesterday.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at the Lakers as they move onto the Finals and hope to threaten and break more Celtics records. Shira Springer looks at the Pistons, hoping to join the Lakers in the finals.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy look at the Lightning tying up the Stanley Cup Finals. The Globe notebook looks at the goaltenders, while the Herald notebook has Brad Richards coming through for the Lightning again. They are an amazing 30-0-2 when he scores this year.

Charlie Hamilton, from Massachusetts is using his summer to cycle to each Major League ballpark to see a game. As he says, he’s “doing this mostly for the adventure, but will also be using the trip as an opportunity to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.” At the site, you can follow his progress, and also read his journal entries of the trip, and get his own unique perspective of baseball and the country.

John Molori has a look at Mark Mulvoy, being honored by The Sports Museum, and more on the Celtics/WWZN radio deal.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00. ESPN has Pacers/Pistons game 6 at 8:00.

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