Shoulda Swept ’em

….but we’ll settle for two out of three. Baby steps. That’s all that was accomplished this weekend. The Sox beat the Yankees 9-6 last night before a national ESPN audience. Game stories are provided by Nick CafardoTony MassarottiSteven Krasner….David Heuschkel and David Borges. Dan Shaughnessy says last night wasn’t a bad night to be at the ballpark. Lenny Megliola looks back at a wild weekend at Fenway. Sean McAdam looks at Derek Lowe, recovering from a rough beginning to post a very solid outing in a pressure packed situation. Rich Thompson and Marc Craig also look at Lowe, who said he pitched as if it was his last game for the Red Sox. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that the weekend brawl could turn the season around for the Sox. Then again, it might not.

Alex Speier has a look at the injury bug rearing it’s ugly head at the Sox once again. Kevin Millar had a monster series, going 10-13 with four homers and eight RBI. Mark Murphy and Paul Harbor take a look at the resurgence of the KFC pitchman. Terry Adams made his Red Sox debut last night, and Thompson and Harbor have small pieces on him. Murphy talks to Willie Randolph about a time when men were men and fights were fights, back in the Red Sox/Yankee brawls of the 1970’s. Sean McAdam says Jason Varitek and ARod are likely facing suspensions for their actions from Saturday. Del Jones says that it is time to ban brawls in baseball. David Borges and Steve Krasner look at Trot Nixon and Curtis Leskanic heading to the DL. Craig has a look at the life of utility infielders, always moving around and needing to adjust their perspective in the field. Down in Pawtucket, Eric Benevides has a look at Scott Williamson, who was displeased with his rehab outing. Cafardo’s notebook has more on Nixon heading to the DL. Massarotti’s notebook also looks at Nixon. Krasner’s notebook looks at Varitek sitting out last night. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at Varitek’s injury. Borges’ notebook has a look at Terry Adams and an incident he once had with Manny.

Mike Shalin and Gordon Edes each have a look at Dennis Eckersley being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday and his emotional speech. Shalin also has a Hall of Fame notebook.

Yesterday, Len had run a complaint from “NASCL” who had purchased extra tickets to the game Saturday, and had received them from the team, then got to the park and found out the tickets were no good. Here’s an update from that same person:

Yesterday I posted regarding the Red Sox screwing up by mailing out tickets that were invalided without notification.

I just wanted to pass along that I did speak to a young man at the Sox offices today by the name of Sean Walsh and received superior customer service. He is a credit to the Red Sox organization.

Michael Felger looks at the Patriots linebackers. The biggest question of course concerns the health of Rosevelt Colvin. The popular stance that many have taken this offseason is to say that he won’t play at all or will be on the PUP list to begin the season. That of course is a no-lose proposition for those fearless prognosticators. If he plays to begin the season, everyone is happy to see him and forgets the predictions. If he’s delayed because of injury, these guys get to toot their own horn and tell everyone how right they were. My opinion is that they will take it easy on Colvin in camp, and ease him into the physical contact part of things. I think he’ll be ready to start the season. Michael Parente previews the defensive line for the Patriots. Yesterday Hector Longo had a training camp preview of the Patriots. Bill Burt had a look at newly signed QB Kurt Kittner, whose high school coach raves about him. Of course he does. Christopher Price looks at the Dolphins hellish off-season reaching it’s apex with the retirement of Ricky Williams.

Bob Ryan looks at Lance Armstrong winning his record sixth Tour De France.

Scott’s Shots weighs in asking for Zim to come back, Larry Merchant to leave and Christian Fauria to sit down.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. ESPN has Cardinals/Reds at 7:00. FSN will have Tony Massarotti at 6:30 and Steve Buckley at 10:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will not be on this week due to the DNC.

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