Lunchtime links…

A few more wrapups from yesterday’s Red Sox loss. Alan Greenwood and Garry Brown have game recaps from Fenway. Mike Fine says the Sox feel they finally have their game turned around and headed in the right direction. Bob Stern says the Red Sox are catching the break at just the right time. David Lennon of NY Newsday says the Mets interest in Derek Lowe has waned. Eric Wilbur reminds us of the Sox disturbing record on the road this season. David Ropeik gives us a view from behind the Green Monster. Brown’s notebook wonders if Manny will be ready to play after the All Star break with his sore hamstrings. Greenwood’s notebook says that they won’t keep him from going to Houston. Fine’s notebook also has a look at the situation.

Tom Verducci was a guest of Dennis and Callahan this morning and floated the idea that Randy Johnson might not want to come to Boston not because there are any personal issues between he and Curt Schilling, but because he doesn’t want to be thought of as a package deal with Schilling. On the midday show, Sean McAdam commented that he thought that was a great point, and added that if their careers ended today, Johnson is a first ballot Hall of Famer, while Schilling doesn’t get it at all.

Vic Carucci of has a preview of the AFC East. Bob George gives us a game-by-game preview of the upcoming Patriots season. Len Pasquarelli goes position-by-position, looking at the deepest unit at each spot in the NFL. Lots of Patriots mentions in there.

Shawn Akers of The Daytona Beach News-Journal has an article on guard Dexter Lyons trying to make an impression with the Celtics. Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers are quoted in the article regarding Lyons’ game.

Matt Bonesteel is tired of ESPN’s summer programming. One thing that might be interesting is a planned Sportscenter “Throwback” episode. David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has some information on that possibility.