The Red Sox showed some resiliency last night, after giving up a large lead, they pulled out a win in 10 innings, thanks to a romp around the bases by Johnny Damon on a Bill Mueller double. Bob Hohler says the Sox ride in the fast lane continues. Jeff Horrigan says last night was a reminder of the glory days of 2003. Steven Krasner says the Sox made the easy look difficult. David Heuschkel recaps Damon’s wild run around the bases in the 10th. Lenny Megliola says this one wasn’t as easy as the last two, but we’ll take it. David Borges is experiencing deja vu all over again. Sean McAdam says Randy Johnson would rather play for the Yankees instead of the Red Sox, but that if he goes anywhere, in might be to the Angels. Peter Gammons on ESPN News this morning says Johnson has “no interest” in playing for the Red Sox. In the same breath, Gammons said Roger Clemens could be a possibility for the Red Sox. I’m not buying that. Gordon Edes says that the Sox could use Curt Schilling as a pitchman to try to sell Johnson on coming to Boston. For what it’s worth, he says Schilling’s wife has requested tickets to sit next to Johnson’s wife at the All Star game. Karen Guregian says that it is a no-brainer that the Sox should go for Johnson.
Adam Kilgore and Mike Shalin look at the winning combination of Bill Mueller and Johnny Damon, and the sequence of events that led to victory in the 10th. Michael Vega has a piece on Schilling after last night’s outing, and looking into whether the right hander is going to pitch in the All Star game or not. Matt Kalman looks at Curtis Leskanic picking up Keith Foulke. Vega also has a look at Sox lefty Jimmy Anderson, who got his first look at AL baseball this week. Kilgore looks at Kevin Youkilis and Mark Bellhorn (and Manny) taking some practice at first base.
Derek Lowe was not a happy camper yesterday. After a reporter asked him “How’s your head?”, Lowe decided it was time to address an issue that was obviously bothering him. In the segment aired on WEEI yesterday afternoon, Lowe was calmed and reasoned in dealing with the media. It was not an “explosion” or “outburst” as certain members of the on-air media tried to paint it. Lowe’s main complaint is that comments about his mental state on the mound are personal attacks. I guess his point wasn’t entirely made to those present, as Heuschkel’s notebook leads off with: “Derek Lowe, who will never be mistaken for a deep thinker,” Nothing personal there. Jeff Horrigan takes a look at the situation and how Lowe is feeling and if he can turn it around. Hohler’s notebook also has a very even-handed account of the exchange. Borges’ notebook also looks at what Lowe had to say about the situation and his frustration with the media. Joe Haggerty also has a look at the Lowe situation. Krasner’s notebook looks at whether Schilling will start the All Star game or not. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Pedro turning down the chance to replace Tim Hudson in the midseason classic.
In a surprising move, Bruins Captain Joe Thornton signed a deal yesterday to play with Davos in the Swiss league for the upcoming season. The move seems have been made to ensure that Thornton gets to play and get a paycheck even if the NHL doesn’t play this winter. Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy present very different views of the move. The difference is so clear that BSMW reader Steve Salhany wrote in to say: