Danny from Quincy…right again. Three years late, but that’s ok. I apologize for the tardiness and brevity of the links, but it’s been a busy morning. The Sox picked up another game in the Wild Card standings with a 12-7 thumping of the Angels. Sean McAdam says turning the page of the calendar didn’t seem to cool off the Red Hot Sox. Jeff Horrigan says the Red Sox have taken advantage of this opportunity to build a little Wild Card cushion. Gordon Edes looks at the Parade on the bases at Fenway last night. Garry Brown says the Sox are looking unstoppable. David Heuschkel looks at the Sox bullpen riding to the rescue of Bronson Arroyo. David Borges also looks at the bullpen outdueling the highly touted Angel relievers. Joe Haggerty also recaps the action from Fenway. Didn’t Dan Shaughnessy write this column yesterday? John Tomase says it’s time to start spreading the news. Bill Reynolds says that this time, this year the Yankees might be done.
Michael Silverman looks at Johnny Damon getting the Sox off to hot starts at the top of the order. Alex Speier says the Sox have kept their focus on the field and it’s paying dividends. Shalise Manza Young looks at Kevin Millar providing the punch last night. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that Arroyo still has a lot of prove. Lenny Megliola has a look at Terry Adams, who played a big role in holding the Angels last night. Shira Springer looks at the struggles of the Angels in this series. Silverman looks at Angels bench coach Joe Maddon, who was a finalist for the Red Sox managerial post last offseason. Springer also has a look at Angels outfielder Jose Guillen. Edes’ notebook says that the Red Sox will open the 2005 season in NY against the Yankees. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Trot Nixon starting a rehab assignment tonight. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Nixon. McAdam’s notebook says Scott Williamson should be able to pitch for the Sox this month. Brown’s notebook also looks at the righthander’s pending return. Borges’ notebook looks at activations, but no call-ups for the Sox yesterday.
Michael Felger says that some Patriot veterans might be in danger of being cut for salary cap reasons. Tom Curran says tonight’s game will likely be a snoozefest. Michael Parente agrees, noting that there will not be much worth watching, except for a couple roster spot battles. Alan Greenberg says the marginal players will be the ones in the spotlight tonight. Chris Kennedy says the fringe players will be hoping to make a final impression tonight. Ian M Clark also covers the “one final chance” angle. Christopher Price says tonight will be the big opportunity for Rohan Davey to secure the backup QB slot. Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots getting Corey Dillion’s contract done and the salary cap relief it provides them. Adam Kilgore has a piece on Michael Jennings. Felger’s notebook focuses on Deion Branch.
NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00. WCVB channel 5 has Patriots/Jaguars at 6:45.