The Red Sox managed to continue their hot streak, taking down the equally hot A’s out in Oakland, 8-3. Bob Hohler has the game story and a look at Kevin Millar’s latest team rally effort. Jeff Horrigan has more on the dynamic duo of Manny and Ortiz leading to Sox to victory. Sean McAdam looks at the Sox taking advantage of a blown call to take down the A’s. David Heuschkel looks at the efforts of the starters, a pair of guitar strumming, laid back beach bums. Dan Shaughnessy checks out the atmosphere in Oakland with a look at the A’s and how they keep on winning. Howard Bryant has a comparision of the A’s and Red Sox, noting that they are every bit the rivals that the Red Sox and Yankees are. He looks at how they chase the same players, executives and follow similar philosophies. Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the two clubs have a real rivalry…and a civilized one. Jeff Goodman, writing for USA Today, looks at the Championship run the Red Sox seemed to be poised to make. Lisa Olsen says the Red Sox are winning the way that the Yankees used to.
Tony Massarotti says that the Yankees asking that the Devil Rays forfeit a game shows that they are “either insultingly arrogant or insanely desperate, though that does not eliminate the possibility that they are both.” The Yankees are taking heat everywhere, including New York, where Mike Lupica and Kevin Kernan carve them up this morning. Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic has a look at Curt Schilling, and how the reception and treatment that he’s received in Boston have left him speechless. Jon Wallach of WEEI is quoted in the article as well. Sean McAdam looks at Derek Lowe returning to the mound in Oakland tonight for the first time since his game 5 controversy in last years’ ALDS. Howard Bryant has more on the A’s anger over the blown call by a rookie ump last night. Hohler’s notebook looks at Johnny Damon sitting out again, and says that Trot Nixon and Pokey Reese will be activated tonight. Horrigan’s notebook says Damon might be ready to go tonght. McAdam’s notebook has more on the injuries and how Pedro Astacio might be used down the stretch.
This morning on WEEI, John Dennis showed his membership in the Michael Gee “are we peaking too soon” club when he asked whether the Red Sox might’ve put things together just a little too early and might not be able to sustain it. The Michael Gee reference is of course a reminder of a column Gee wrote last fall when he asked if maybe it would be a good thing for the Patriots to lose one of their final regular season games to “get it out of the way”.
The buzz is building for Thursday night’s NFL opener between the Patriots and Colts. Nick Cafardo says the quarterback matchup is a throwback, like an old Joe Montana/Dan Marino tilt. A nick article, but it wouldn’t be Nick without making reference to Brady’s contract and how much more Manning makes, with the implication that the Patriots will be too cheap to ever pay Brady what he is really worth. Alan Greenberg also looks at the two players, and he too compares the salary, but refrains from a shot at the Patriots. Kevin Mannix has a look at Brady, and the fact that he’s often the object of good natured ribbing from his teammates. Christopher Price says that the backup QB’s are a big part of the practice preparation this week. Tom Curran tries to examine why the Patriots have had so much success in recent meetings with the Colts.
Michael Parente looks at undrafted rookie cornerback Randall Gay sticking with the Patriots and making the roster – beating out Terrell Buckley in the process. Chris Kennedy looks at the preparation the Patriots are putting into the matchup with the Colts. Jonathan Comey has a brief bit on the practice squad. Eric McHugh looks at the unknowns abot what we might see in the opener Thursday night. Hector Longo looks at the improvements on offense since the 2001 season. Kennedy also has a Patriots Preview piece looking at the challenges facing the defending champions. Cafardo’s notebook has Tony Dungy saying he had nothing to do with pushing the point of emphasis regarding illegal contact for this season. Mannix’s notebook looks at the preparation of the stadium and team for the season opener. Curran’s notebook also looks at Dungy distancing himself from blaming the Patriots physical play for his team’s loss in the AFC title game. Curran also had a Patriots chat on Projo.com last night. Parente’s notebook also looks at the role of the backup QB’s this week.
John Molori’s Media Blitz has Bryan Cox’s thoughts on the Patriots, a look at the WWZN/Celtics radio rights situation and a game by game look at the Patriots schedule.
NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have Patriots Football Weekly’s Fred Kirsch and Bob Lamey, the play-by-play voice of the Colts on tonight at 10:00.