The good news? Well the good news is the Patriots start training camp next week. That’s about all I got. The Red Sox and Pedro Martinez suffered a 10-5 loss to the Orioles. The O’s are 1-8 against the Yankees this year and 5-2 against the Red Sox. Yes, a sports radio blackout may be in order once again. Games stories are filed by Bob Hohler target=”_blank”Michael SilvermanSteven KrasnerTom Yantz and David Borges. What’s the deal with these Red Sox? Sean McAdam says there is no excuse for this team to be playing .500 ball. Tony Massarotti looks at the Sox in their “hellbent pursuit of mediocrity”. John Tomase says that this Red Sox team is just barely going through the motions. Alex Speier looks at the worn out Red Sox bullpen.

Marc Craig looks at Pedro Martinez finishing up rough after a promising start to his evening. Steve Buckley and Steven Krasner look at Karim Garcia’s return to Fenway. Mark Murphy looks at the bizarre incident of Manny cutting off a throw from Johnny Damon in the outfield last night. Joe Haggerty has a look at Gabe Kapler, who hit a home run last night, and then called out his teammates after the game. Tony Massarotti has a look at Abe Alvarez, who will be starting one of the doubleheader games today. Paul Harber looks at David Newhan, who had quite a night for the Orioles in the first game he’s played at Fenway. Murphy has a look at the return of Kevin Youkilis, while Craig looks at the return of Mark Malaska. Borges’ notebook has more on Alvarez. Yantz’s notebook looks at Mark Bellhorn’s night at shortstop, and reinforcements on the way. Krasner’s notebook looks at Pokey going to the DL and the Sox bringing in Ricky Gutierrez. Hohler’s notebook and Silverman’s notebook also have more on this topic.

Kevin Paul Dupont takes a look at baseball as it was played in 18th century Pittsfield Massachusetts.

Michael Felger takes a look at the Patriots’ running backs today, including new back Corey Dillon. He has thumbnail profiles of each of the backs on the roster. If you missed it from earlier this week, Ron Borges on MSNBC (Exactly one Globe column since June 15th) says the Patriots have a good shot at repeating. FootballOutsiders takes a look at the AFC over-unders in a two part series. It’s a look at each team in the AFC and their current line for wins and some comments about that number. Here’s part one, and here’s part two.

I really have nothing to say about Jim Donaldson’s column today, except that the title of it seems to say it better than I ever could. Thanks for being honest, Jim.

Adam Kilgore looks at the Bruins and Hall Gill coming to agreement on a one year deal.

Michael Vega looks at Jimmie Johnson as he and the rest of NASCAR get ready to invade New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend.

NESN had Red Sox/Orioles at 1:00 and at 7:00. FSN will have Steve Buckley at 6:30 and Bill Burt at 10:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have Mike Petraglia and Kevin Winter on at 10:00.