Tito’s Folly Averted

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What could’ve been known as Tito’s Folly instead now will hopefully become a footnote on the season. After the lineups were announced yesterday afternoon and included Doug Mientkiewicz starting at second base, the airwaves were filled with critics, both professional and amateur. Francona didn’t really help his cause with his explanation. WEEI, NESN and FSN all hammered the move prior to the game. In the end, Mientkiewicz wasn’t really a factor in the game, other than getting bowled other by Carlos Delgado on the basepath. Nick Cafardo has the game story for the Globe, and he notes the testiness of the contest after the aforementioned incident. Jeff Horrigan focuses on the effort by Derek Lowe and some timely hitting. Steven Krasner asserts that because of the conditions last night, the contest turned into survival of the fittest. Jeff Goldberg says that Lowe and Sox didn’t wilt despite having some circumstances against them. David Borges also has a recap of the night at Fenway. Keith Foulke got himself a two inning save last night, and Sean McAdam says we should expect that Foulke will be serving as his own setup man more often as we go down the stretch. Steve Buckley (subscription only) defends the move of putting Mientkiewicz at second base. He says its thinking-outside-the-box, something that is frowned upon in baseball, and around this region. He says it wasn’t like the Sox put Dick Stuart or Mo Vaughn at second. Mientkiewicz is “an average-sized, slick-fielding first baseman.” The move worked out just fine.

Paul Harber looks at Derek Lowe sending a message to Carlos Delgado. Michael Gee says the Sox and Blue Jays played a little rough last night. Adam Kilgore looks at the collision between Mientkiewicz and Delgado. Alex Speier looks at the shortage of infielders for the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty looks at the Sox once again showing signs of life in the rain. Jeff Sullivan looks at Bill Buckner getting booed at Pawtucket, and a number of other Sox related items. Harber also looks at Curtis Leskanic, itching to get back into action. Steve Buckley looks at Orlando Cabrera feeling the heat of Fenway for the first time. Kilgore also takes a look at Blue Jays Interim manager John Gibbons. Gee also has a subscription column looking at the struggles of the Blue Jays this season. All of the notebooks look at the situation at second base for the Red Sox. Cafardo’s notebook also has Trot Nixon saying he’ll be playing in September and October. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Kevin Youkilis resting up. Krasner’s notebook has Mark Bellhorn getting some swings in. Goldberg’s notebook says Bellhorn is getting close. Borges’ notebook just pretty much sticks with Mientkiewicz.

Michael Felger looks at Benjamin Watson getting welcomed to practice by his teammates. Some typical rookie treatment going on by the lads. Alan Greenberg and Michael Parente also look at Watson coming aboard. Michael Smith says that Ty Warren is shaping up to be a very good selection by the Patriots last year. Tom Curran says Chas Gessner is having a solid camp, especially on special teams, and might just have a shot at making the team. Mark Carig looks at Tom Ashworth finally getting on the practice field. Christopher Price takes a look at the Watson signing. Felger’s notebook looks at Richard Seymour becoming a mentor on defense. Curran’s notebook and Smith’s notebook each look at the signing of Watson.

Shira Springer looks at the Celtics/Lakers trade, saying that Danny Ainge clearly got the better of Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers, and that Ainge is hopeful that Payton will join the team eventually. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics signing Tom Gugliotta. Springer also has a look at the signing of Gugliotta. With Ainge making all these moves, Lenny Megliola is finding it hard to keep up. Kevin McNamara also has a look at the moves made by the Celtics. Murphy’s notebook has Ainge trying to smooth things over with Marcus Banks. Bob Ryan says the US Basketball team got an easy bracket draw, but that’s still not enough to say they’re going to get a medal.

Bill Griffith looks at the Olympic Games opening ceremonies beating the Sox and Patriots on Friday night. He also looks at Eddie Andelman’s on-air apology yesterday, noting that it sounded “stilted” on the show. John Molori also has a detailed look at the Andelman comments in this week’s Media Blitz.

NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. Mike Petraglia and John Molori will be among the guests on CN8 Sports Pulse at 10:00.

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