Last night’s Red Sox power surge may have reminded some of last year’s destruction of the Marlins and the Jack McKeon no mas game. But just as important as 14 runs on 21 hits in the 14-6 win over the Rangers, just may be the resiliency displayed by Derek Lowe who got his act together after one bad inning and six unearned runs. Bob Hohler , Jeff Horrigan, and Joe McDonald have game stories with details on the two home run performance by Manny Ramirez and the hot Damon and Garciaparra. McDonald’s article is curious because he contemplates that Sox ace Curt Schilling may start in the All-Star game even though it’s been decided he’s resting during the break.
Gordon Edes suggests that Derek Lowe take something from the Orel Hershiser “bulldog” personna. In Edes notebook, he has a look at mid-season awards, the story behind the Grady Little “bobble-arm doll” and how you can get one, as well as the ailing shoulder of Jeff Bagwell. Tony Massarotti also gives out mid-season awards. Edes and Tony Maz agree on most awards with the exception of AL Manager of the year with Gordon going with Lou Piniella and Maz going with Buck Showalter. Edes has a front page story in the Globe on Texas’ own Roger Clemens.
Hohler’s notebook has a looks at Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke being relieved that they are not playing the all-star game, David Ortiz being a first time Poppy, and Tito Francona resting his players. It was interesting that Tito did not go with his best defensive infield with Lowe on the mound last night and the Sox paid for that decision. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook informs us that the hot Johnny Damon also has a banged up knee and is looking forward to some rest at the break. Karen Guregian looks at Derek Lowe’s confrontation of the media during the week and his appreciation of Sox fans getting behind him last night.
Marvin Pave has a look at the PawSox hosting the Triple A All-Star game Wednesday night and the festivities in Providence. Laura Meade Kirk has a feature on PawSox owner Ben Mondor who has owned the team over 27 years.
Nick Cafardo has NFL notebook duty for the Globe today. He reports that Matt Light is taking his contract year in stride and that Jamin Elliott is still fighting the Patriots hard to get a Super Bowl ring. Cafardo also has a look at the departing Damon Huard whose greatest contribution may have been keeping the peace between Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe when Brady won the quarterback job in New England. Vito Stellino focuses on the Postons and Jaguars Paul Vance having to deal with the duo for the first time. Stellino goes through all of the controversy the Postons have created with Orlando Pace, Levar Arrington, Ty Law, and now Reggie Williams.
Shira Springer takes a look at the Magic’s Dwight Howard transitioning from High School the pros. She also reports that Chucky Atkins displeasure with being exposed in the expansion draft was overblown. Mark Murphy’s NBA notebook looks at some curious big money signings this Summer. Murphy also has a quick look at Tony Allen. It’s a bit surprising that none of the local newspapers are looking at one of the major sports stories of the year. That’s the Shaquille O’Neal deal in the works to Miami.
Bill Griffith has a preview of Fox coverage of the all-star game and the top notch calls of Joe Buck. Griffith also reports that Fox will be using the game as a test for its HD broadcasts and Fox-25 is ready to bring in HD whatever the network has.
NESN has the Red Sox-Rangers at 2 pm. ESPN(HD) has Cubs-Cardinals at 8 pm. TBS has Braves-Phillies at 1:30 pm. ESPN2 has coverage of the All-Star Futures game at 4 pm. Ch. 7 has NASCAR from Joliet, Illinois at 3:30 pm. Ch. 7 also has prime time coverage of US Olympic Trials for Swimming at 8 pm.