The Red Sox salvaged a double-header split with the birds yesterday, thanks to a big performance from Tim Wakefield in the second game. Bob Hohler says the two games were like night and day. Jeff Horrigan says the Red Sox managed to stop some of the bleeding with a win in the second game last night. Steven Krasner looks at the Sox continuing their .500 dance with the split. Paul Doyle and David Borges also recap the two games. Lenny Megliola recaps some sights, sounds and thoughts from the doubleheader at Fenway. The Yankees are coming to town starting tonight, but as Sean McAdam points out, the series is pretty much meaningless at this point. Tony Massarotti says that the Yankees just have more desire to win than the Red Sox do. A little oversimplification perhaps, but it’s hard to argue the point otherwise. Nick Cafardo looks at the Yankees coming in on a roll. Doyle notes that the numbers for the Red Sox and Yankees and the standings don’t seem to add up. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that the Sox have been sleepwalking for the last three months and seem headed for disaster.

Abe Alvarez made his major league debut in the first game, and took the loss. David Borges says Alvarez was “alright” and showed a little of his promise during his five inning stint. Kevin McNamara says that Alvarez’s time just hasn’t arrived yet. Marc Craig says that Alvarez, noted for his control in the minors, had problems hitting his spots yesterday. Steve Britt and Mark Murphy also look at the debut of the 21 year old left hander. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, no Bobby Sprowl references in any of the articles that I saw.

Tim Wakefield stepped up big for the Sox in the second game. Joe Haggerty, Rich Thompson and Marc Craig look at the knuckleballer coming back from his injury in his last start to give the Sox seven strong innings. Paul Harbor and Thompson look at David McCarty having a nice night in the second game. Adam Kilgore has a piece on the Sox debut of Ricky Gutierrez. Steven Krasner and Mark Murphy have the news of David Ortiz being handing a five game suspension by MLB. Steve Buckley has an article of appreciation for Dennis Eckersley. Hohler’s notebook looks at Ortiz planning on appealing his suspension. Doyle’s notebook and Borges’ notebook both lead with the same topic. Krasner’s notebook looks at Scott Williamson hoping to return soon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the debut of Gutierrez.

Michael Felger looks at the Patriots receivers and tight ends today. Thumbnail profiles are available for the players as well.

Gabe Kahn weighs in with some thoughts and observations from the Las Vegas NBA Summer league.

Bob Ryan reports on Lance Armstrong and the Tour De France.

Bill Griffith looks ahead to NASCAR this weekend up in NH. Jim Baker also has a preview of what’s on TV for the weekend. John Howell has a look at what we might expect from Dennis Eckersley when he gives his Hall of Fame speech on Sunday. Scott’s Shots looks at the growing Remdawg empire.

CBS4 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. FSN will have Sean McAdam at 6:30 and Andy Gresh at 10:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have Michael Parente in at 10:00 to talk Patriots.

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