A few afternoon links while we await Sox/Angels tonight…

Joe Haggerty and Rob Bradford made the trip up to Lowell last night to see David McCarty and Kevin Youkilis face some live pitching in preparation for their return to the big league roster. Mike Fine says the emergence of Ramiro Mendoza and acquisitions of Curtis Leskanic, Terry Adams and Mike Myers have made a huge difference in the Red Sox bullpen. Christopher Young looks at how sometimes rooting interests can get clouded by a variety of factors.

Rich Maclone of the CapeNews.net website has the story of Manny Ramirez bringing his 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS to Falmouth Auto Works for custom work. Here’s another photo on their website of Manny.

More on Rosevelt Colvin…Glen Farley has the Patriots linebacker expressing confidence that he’ll be able to regain the form he displayed with the Chicago Bears. Tom King says that Colvin is just about back to feeling normal out there on the football field. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders has the 2004 DVOA Projections, and the Patriots come in at number one. A surprise is that the Jets project to number four.

Mike Loftus looks at the World Cup of Hockey.

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