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The Red Sox finished off a sweep of the White Sox in Chicago in a nationally televised ESPN game. After the White Sox had rallied to take a 5-4 lead, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz had back-to-back home runs to put the Red Sox back on top and the bullpen held the lead. David Heuschkel feels this could be the signature win of the season for the Red Sox. Bob Hohler looks at Manny and Ortiz picking up Derek Lowe. Jeff Horrigan looks at the lethal 1-2 punch that left Chicago KO’d and the Red Sox right in the thick of the division race. Steven Krasner focuses on Ortiz breaking out of his slump, and David Borges says Red Sox fans have visions of the Yankees. Michael Silverman looks at how much the standings have changed in just a week’s time. Gordon Edes looks at Mike Timlin coming through in a clutch situation for the Sox, overcoming a Manny slip in the outfield that put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position in the eighth inning. Alex Speier says there is no doubt, this Red Sox team is better than the one before the big trade. Silverman says we got to see both sides of Manny on display last night. Hohler’s notebook says Ortiz’s struggles have been in part to the change to the cleanup spot in the order, though he had little trouble there last night. Krasner’s notebook also looks at Ortiz. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Mike Timlin coming through in a tough spot. Heuschkel’s notebook has Jason Varitek likely dropping the appeal of his suspension, even though he is in the middle of a hot streak. Borges’ notebook says Alan Embree is ready for action again after getting a week off to rest his arm.

If you’re an on-air Boston sports media personality and at a loss for words and things to stir up and complain about regarding the Red Sox, take heart. You can spend this week ripping the Patriots. Then, if they should lose to a charged-up Panthers team in another meaningless preseason game next Saturday, you can keep the panic going another week and bring it to new heights. Nick Cafardo, voice of reason, says that no team deserves a mulligan more than the Patriots. Kevin Mannix though, disagrees.

If anything, the reality of seeing the defending Super Bowl champions being completely outclassed, outhustled, outperformed and outcoached by Cincinnati is even more disconcerting a day later. Particularly given what's on the horizon.

I’m not sure how it is possible to be outcoached in a preseason game, seeing as how no game plans are usually put in, but hey, Kevin is on a roll here. Let him have his moment. Tom Curran says that this debacle will hopefully serve as a wakeup call for the Patriots. Alan Greenberg says the loss signals a rough week of practice ahead for the lads of Bill Belichick. Michael Parente says the Patriots may not lose often, but when they do, they make it ugly. Joe Burris says that the problem with the Patriots Saturday night was simple fundamentals. Michael Felger says that the Patriots miss Ted Washington. Mike Reiss agrees that there are some serious holes in the Patriots run defense at this point. Felger’s notebook takes a look at Rosevelt Colvin’s performance on Saturday night as the linebacker took part in 33 snaps, had some struggles against the run (as did all the Patriots) but had some good moments in getting to the quarterback.

Bob Halloran says that no one dares question “super genius” Bill Belichick but we’ll rip a similar move by Terry Francona. Del Jones continues his AFC East preview and wonders if this is year Drew Bledsoe finally puts it all together. Funny moment from the Buffalo game this weekend as reported by the Buffalo News:

Referee Johnny Grier apparently was late in hearing Drew Bledsoe had been traded to the Bills two seasons ago. Bledsoe called a timeout on the Bills' second series, and Greer announced, "Timeout, New England," before realizing his mistake.

David Scott looks at the Sunday night shows, says the Pats people aren’t panicking and the Globe won’t have its Smith replacement until after the Olympic flame burns out.

NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. ESPN will have Rangers/Twins at 8:00. ABC will have Rams/Chiefs at 8:00.

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