The Red Sox look to get back on track at home tonight. Jeff Horrigan says that the stretch of the next 18 games, 12 of which are at Fenway will provide the Sox the opportunity to make up some ground on the Yankees. Sean McAdam and Art Martone examine the Sox historical troubles in National League ballparks. David Heuschkel has a look at the Fenway return for Trot Nixon tonight. Lenny Megliola is feelin’ grouchy. Hard to tell if he’s complaining more about Terry Francona or Manny in this piece. Why so angry, people? Jon Couture also has an article on Francona and how his managerial style is playing here in Boston. Michael Silverman looks at the man who is now the most dangerous left handed hitter in the American League, David Ortiz, as he prepares to face the team that let him walk before last season. David Borges looks at the comparative struggles of Pedro Martinez and Tiger Woods. Steve Buckley (subscription only) has a look at the economic bargains and busts around baseball. For the Red Sox, he’s got Tim Wakefield on the list as a bargain and Ramiro Mendoza as a bust. If you’re looking for bargains, the aforementioned Mr. Ortiz has to be on that list somewhere. Jackie MacMullan looks at Mike Timlin’s efforts in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Joe Sullivan looks at the story of a man helped in life by the autographs of members of the 1946 Red Sox. Bob Hohler’s notebook looks at trade rumors involving Kevin Youkilis. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Curtis Leskanic.
Shira Springer has a look at the “vision” that Danny Ainge has for the future of the Celtics and what steps he sees he needs to take to make it happen. Tim Weisberg also has a look at Celtics and what Ainge is doing to try to resurrect the franchise. He has some assorted team rumors and news as well. Gabe Kahn takes a look at the expansion draft and what it could hold for the Celtics. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics possible interest in a pair of swingmen. Murphy also takes a look at the top wingmen. Springer also takes a look at just where Paul Pierce might fit into the rebuilding of the Celtics. Kevin McNamara has a look at the top 40 prospects for the NBA Draft. Matt Eagan profiles UConn star Emeka Okafor.
Mike Reiss has a look at successful appendix surgery for the Patriots’ Matt Light. There is also a brief note in the Herald about Miami prosecutors dropping the final charge against Ty Law. Patriots rookie linebacker Tully Banta-Cain reported his newly acquired Super Bowl ring stolen, after leaving it in a restroom at the mall.
John Molori has a look at Barry Bonds, contrasting him with Manny Ramirez, who has re-done his image this season in Boston. He also looks at some homegrown announcers and has rising and falling members of the Boston media in this week’s edition of Media Blitz.
NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 7:00. FSN will have Alan Greenberg as a guest on the 6:30 show and Andy Gresh on at 10:00. CN8 will have NHL talk with Mick Colageo and NFL talk with Michael Parente at 10:00. HBO has “Real Sports” at 10:00, the major part will be an interview with Pat Summerall, his first since a liver transplant in April. Included is this exchange:
(Mary) Carillo: "There's plenty of people who think, well, he blew out his liver. Why does he get a new liver? Do you understand why people say that?"
Summerall: "I understand that."
Carillo: "Do you think you deserve that liver?"
Summerall: "I'm not sure. If I deserved it, I must have deserved it, or I wouldn't have gotten it. But based on my life before I went to the Betty Ford Center, my answer to that question was no. But I'm not sure now. I think I've become a better person. I think I've become a purer person."