The Red Sox let one get away last night, as the gave up a 4-1 lead to the Angels and lost 7-6. Jeff Horrigan notes that things turned around for the Angels once they lifted Bartolo Colon and went to their bullpen. Bob Hohler points to singles out Manny jogging to first on a hit and then getting picked off second as a big part of the loss. Steven Krasner looks at some decisions from Terry Francona that could be questioned. David Heuschkel says that Francona likely left Bronson Arroyo in the game too long. Tony Massarotti says that the Angels and Red Sox have entirely different approaches to the game, but that they both look good doing it. Dan Shaughnessy flew 3000 miles to tell us that that the Angels outfielders can really throw the ball. Howard Bryant (subscription only) writes today about how the offseason steroid controversies seem not to have affected the popularity of baseball at all. There is a terrific season season going on, with compelling stories. He notes the decrease in the large home run numbers, and makes a couple other observations regarding the testing for steroids. He also looks at Marvin Miller, whom he believes should be in the Hall of Fame. Gordon Edes has a look at former Sox shortstop Rick Burleson, who still bristles over the suggestion that his contract demands had a hand in leading to the death of Tom Yawkey. Steven Krasner looks at the play of Kevin Youkilis. Silverman’s notebook and Edes’ notebook look at the early returns in the All Star voting, where Nomar leads the field at shortstop. Krasner’s notebook compares the Angels and Red Sox. Hueschkel’s notebook looks at Johnny Damon getting on base, but not scoring as many runs.
Michael Felger looks at rumors that Terrell Buckley could be headed back to the Patriots. ProFootballTalk.com has more on Buckley, noting that one Miami media member has mistakenly reported that the Patriots already signed Buckley, they also look at how the Poston Brothers may have misjudged the market (again) this time for Buckley, and also that Ty Law will be with the Patriots, because they have no one to replace him.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Dave Andreychuk, hoping for his first Stanley Cup.
Bill Griffith looks at the lineup for “The Tradition”.
NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00. (ESPN2 Nationally) ESPN has Yankees/Orioles at 7:00.