It’s a start. An 11-0 win over Oakland could be a nice way to start things for the Red Sox. The key now is putting some wins together, rather than going out tonight and losing 3-1. Nick Cafardo looks at the Sox knocking out 17 hits last night and routing the A’s. Tony Massarotti says that the Sox now need to avoid a step back tonight. Sean McAdam looks at an A game performance by Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox. David Heuschkel looks at some strange things happening at Fenway last night. David Borges concludes the game stories. Bob Ryan says that despite all the good that happened last night, all that it can really be labeled is a good start. Jim Donaldson actually seems a little bit positive after last night’s win. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that it was about time that the Sox made some noise other than in their own clubhouse. Lenny Megliola says that for one night, all was good with the Sox.
Michael Vega and Matt Kalman each write about the night for Johnny Damon, who had five hits. Kevin McNamara looks at the spark provided by the finally healthy Bill Mueller, who had a three run homer in the second inning. Mike Shalin and Bob Ryan look at former Sox catcher Scott Hatteberg, enjoying his best season at first base for the A’s. Alex Speier says that now is the time for the Sox to start streaking. Jon Couture looks at the pieces being put in place for the Sox to turn things around. Joe Haggerty wonders if this is when the Sox finally get on track. Kalman talks to Keith Foulke about Eric Gagne’s consecutive save streak finally coming to an end. Shalin writes about last night being a Wake up call for the Sox. Vega also looks at Octavio Dotel pitching in for the A’s after being acquired recently.
Meanwhile, Barry Zito thinks the Red Sox might have been using illegal means to see what pitches were coming from him last night.
The notebooks deal a lot with the future of Ellis Burks, which doesn’t look so bright. Cafardo’s notebook says another knee surgery is being lined up for Burks. Massarotti’s notebook says the whispers are starting about whether Burks will ever play again. McAdam’s notebook says that further surgery would keep Burks out until at least September. Heuschkel’s notebook says Burks could be out for the season. Later in the notebook, he has Pedro mentioning the possibility that he might leave for the Dominican after his start tonight. (Get ready for the inevitable media maelstrom over that topic.) Borges’ notebook has more on that possibility and an update on rehabbing relievers in Pawtucket.
The Celtics opened up their Summer league schedule with an 86-69 win over the New Jersey entry down in Orlando. Mark Murphy reports on Doc Rivers settling in and getting his first coaching action with the Celtics. A lot of focus is being placed on young big man Kendrick Perkins, who seems to have made a good first impression on Rivers. Shira Springer has a further look at the Celtics second year center, who apparently made some nice passes last night, recording 5 assists. Murphy’s notebook looks at talks with Mark Blount, and has some more notes on the summer league game last night. Springer also has a brief statement from Danny Ainge stating that Paul Pierce is here to stay.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at free agent defections on the Bruins and says that Joe Thornton is not disgruntled with Bruins management. Steve Conroy however, thinks that things may not be all “hunky-dory” between Thornton and the Bruins.
Stan Grossfeld looks at a commemorative wall of baseballs honoring US soldiers that have fallen in Iraq.
NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) ESPN2 has Astros/Padres at 10:00. FSN will have Steve Buckley and Alan Greenberg at 6:30 and more Buckley at 10:00. The Globe SportsPlus will have Bob Ryan and Nick Cafardo arguing over whether Nomar should be traded and will have a Shira Springer 1on1 with Doc Rivers at 11:00. As Griffith mentions in the article above, the show will have a new format and set. CN8’s SportsPulse will have Uta Pippig in studio at 10:00.