With the Red Sox finally making it back home, and the Devil Rays coming into tow, and Curt Schilling on the mound, the local media and fans following the team thought this one was in the bag. Funny how things can turn out so differently. But where there clues on how Schilling might’ve performed last night that didn’t get picked up elsewhere? Perhaps. More on that in a bit. First, the game stories are turned in. Michael Silverman looks at the new-look Sox coming up short in their first game on the homestand. Gordon Edes says there was something missing out there for the Sox last night, and it was more than just Manny. Paul Doyle says the charge to October will be delayed at least another night. Sean McAdam also looks at the homestand starting with a dud. Paul Teves looks at Schilling get shelled by the Rays. Ron Chimelis says the Sox certainly got off on the wrong foot last night. Lenny Megliola says meet the new Sox…same as the old Sox.

Now…Curt Schilling has three complete games this season. It’s very interesting to note his performance in the three games after he had thrown a complete game in the previous affair. Apologies for the formatting, but I think you can follow it. (Thanks to BSMW reader Michael for these stats – you won’t find them in a paper anywhere.)

5.0 8 3 3 0 2 3 104 L(4-3)
5.1 11 3 3 1 0 8 115 W (ND for Curt)
5.0 10 6 6 3 2 3 100 L (13-6)

The third entry is of course last night. I think a quote from one of my favorite authors, Ian Fleming, is order here: “Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time it’s Enemy action”. The (unknowing) enemy within (the team), perhaps? Paul Harber has a look at the struggles of Schilling last night.

Last night was the first game at Fenway since the trade of you-know-who. Dan Shaughnessy thought the trade was necessary, and was one of the many going after Nomar in the days following the trade. Today he tells us:

Hang down your heads, John Henry, Larry Lucchino, and Theo Epstein. You too, Terry Francona. And all you guys in uniform -- you just keep telling yourselves that any day now you'll take off on a hot streak. You are 45-44 since May 1 and you have a chance to be remembered as the biggest pack of frauds ever to don the Sox uniform.

Chimelis also has a piece on Sox without Nomar. Up in NH, Joe Sullivan looks at the Great Nomar Divide. The notebooks will have a further look at the first game in Fenway without Nomar. The front page of the Globe features a story by Christopher Rowland, who says the Sox owners might be looking to invest in another sports franchise to try to raise more revenue. I don’t know if that is exactly an earth shattering news, but it’s the Red Sox, and it makes the front page of the Globe. One interesting tidbit in there is that the Red Sox are looking into buying radio stations to broadcast the games. A shot across the bow at WEEI? Time will tell. Howard Bryant takes a look at Doug Mientkiewicz and what his glove is going to bring to the Red Sox. Alex Speier looks at the Red Sox new pieces making their Fenway debut. Joe Haggerty says new faces, same results for the Red Sox. Paul Harber says the Sox new additions are hoping to be pluses for the team. Paul Perillo has a look at Gabe Kapler, who continued his hot hitting.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) says the Red Sox are still in the hunt, but the long winning streak that will propel them into the postseason has been very elusive thus far. Ron Chimelis says the wild card chase is no fun for the fans, who want to beat the Yankees for once. Jon Couture gets a west coast perspective of the Red Sox. Jeff Sullivan has a number of Red Sox related thoughts. Silverman’s notebook says that all traces of Nomar are gone from Fenway…except in the stands. Doyle’s notebook has more on the Sox putting Nomar out of mind. McAdam’s notebook has Manny sitting out again with the flu. Edes’ notebook and Teves’ notebook also look at Manny.

Michael Felger looks at Patriots positional battles heading into Friday night’s preseason opener against the Eagles. Alan Greenberg takes a look at the battle for the nose tackle position. Paul Kenyon takes a look at “role player” Roman Phifer…whose role is to play every down. Tom Curran had a Pats Chat on Projo.com last night…not a whole lot of participation, but some interesting stuff from Curran. Michael Smith has a look at Rosevelt Colvin, getting some contact in practice and getting excited for the start of the season. Mike Reiss looks at the tight end position, and with Zeron Flemister being injured yesterday, the call to Benjamin Watson may be close.

Chris Kennedy looks at QB Jim Miller, hoping to be a part of this Patriots team. Michael Parente says that Matt Light is itching to get back out on the field again, and is close to doing so. Mike Reiss also has a quick look at Light. Marc Carig says Tully Banta-Cain is hoping to expand his role beyond special teams this year. Felger’s notebook says that Watson’s holdout might just end sooner rather than later. Reiss’ notebook also looks at Watson’s contract situation. Kenyon’s notebook looks at the battle at nose tackle. Kennedy’s notebook has Dana Stubblefield trying to play catchup. Smith’s notebook looks ahead to Friday night.

Mark Murphy looks at the three ex-Celtics happy with the trade to the Lakers.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have in Michael Vega to talk college football and NASCAR, Shira Springer to talk Celtics and Phil Burton will have a feature on the Patriots offensive line at 10:00.