Pope Clement Remains Perfect

A strong performance from Matt Clement and some leftover items from the weekend make up a pretty busy Monday edition of the links.

The Red Sox finished a wet series with the Atlanta Braves at Fenway yesterday with a 5-2 win behind a impressive complete game from Matt Clement. Nick Cafardo says that Clement was very clean and tidy in his performance yesterday afternoon. Cafardo also seems to go out of his way in the article to point out twice that despite going 0-4, Edgar Renteria worked the count on John Smoltz a couple times, forcing his pitch count higher. With the trend on the air seeming to be to bash Renteria at any opportunity, it’s good to find someone looking for the positive at least. Tony Massarotti says that it seemed like Clement and Smoltz switched pitching styles for the day, with Smoltz being the one with control issues and high pitch count. Sean McAdam notes that this was quite a contrast from Clement’s last start, out in Oakland. David Heuschkel says that there was no debate in the dugout as to whether Clement should go out in the ninth and finish the game himself or not. David Borges says that the afternoon was a complete success for Clement. Joe Haggerty also has a look at the outing for Clement.

Lenny Megliola says there are some good signs that the sky is brightening for the Red Sox as we near the end of May. Mike Shalin looks at Manny Ramirez appearing to wake up a little bit with a 3-5 afternoon that included a two run homer. John Tomase yesterday had a piece on Manny in which he raised the possibility that either Manny could be on “a precipitous down phase of his career” or that he simply could have a desire problem and is guessing at the plate too much. Howard Bryant (subscription only) looks at Kevin Millar asking the press to get off of Edgar Renteria and asks if the fans are going to boo anyone, it should be him, not the shortstop.

Rich Thompson looks at Bill Mueller’s hot day yesterday against John Smoltz. Marvin Pave looks at Clement’s impressive 5-0 start to his Red Sox career. Massarotti has a brief piece discussing Kevin Youkilis’ impressive play at first base. Paul Harber examines at the continued struggles of Edgar Renteria. Shalin has a quite bit on new assistant coach Mike Barnett, who is impressed with what he’s seen of the team thus far, there’s also another sidebar on Johnny Damon’s plans for Cooperstown. Michael Gee (Subscription only) writes that Clement’s complete game could signify that Terry Francona might use Keith Foulke a little differently until he gets his problems straightened out.

Borges’ notebook looks at Manny seeming to snap out his funk a little bit yesterday. Heuschkel’s notebook has Millar asking people to lay off Renteria. McAdam’s notebook looks at Youkilis looking pretty impressive over at first base yesterday. Massarotti’s notebook has Millar refusing to get the boot. Cafardo’s notebook leads with more on Youkilis.

You knew Dan Shaughnessy was begging for this assignment, and in my opinion he should’ve been the last guy the Globe sent down to the New York to cover Pedro Martinez pitching for the Mets against the Yankees. You know he was praying that Pedro would blow up and that the Yankees would ride roughshod over him. He manages to keep the insults to a minimum, but of course he can’t let a piece go by without mentions of “He Who Must Not Be Named” – very lame. And by the way…Pedro sure looked like he was scared and ducking the Yankees yesterday, didn’t he?

If you missed it yesterday, Mike Reiss had a good article on Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who finally feels completely healed from his broken hip from 2003 and is looking forward a bigger role in the Patriot defense this season. Desmond Conner reports on Bill Belichick receiving his honorary doctorate from Wesleyan University. The big news over the weekend was the return of Troy Brown to the fold. One thing that bugged me in the coverage of it however was the constant references by sports anchors and hosts to the claim that Brown had been “released” earlier in the offseason by the team. This may be a minor point, but it is simply not true. The team declined to exercise the outsized option for this year on Brown’s contract, making him a free agent. There’s a difference. As I said, it may seem to be a minor point, but these people are professionals and should be accurate in their reporting of what happened.

Frank Dell’Apa has Eric Wynalda singing the praises of the Revolution’s Tyler Twellman. Wynalda, the US national team all time leading scorer, believes that Twellman will break his record someday. Of course, he has to still make the team, and according to Gus Martins, the US coach doesn’t appear to be all that impressed with Twellman.

Yesterday, Bill Burt spoke with Al Jefferson’s high school coach about the future for the Celtics forward. Peter May looks at the questions around Shaquille O’Neal going into tonight’s game one of the Eastern Conference finals.

A couple items on the Bob Lobel lawsuit against ”Get Fuzzy” comic strip creator Darby Conley, United Feature Syndicate, and the New Bedford Standard-Times. First, BSMW reader “Feejis” has some thoughts on how the local Boston sports media has reacted to this incident, and I believe he raises many good points in his analysis. I would highly recommend a read of this article. Also Michael Feldman has some thoughts on the comic strip and Lobel in his blog, he also includes the original cartoon in case you missed it.

More on Lobel…Sports Final last night which celebrated 25 years on the air at the station was pretty much a home run. The 25 minute highlight package was outstanding, showing the highs and lows of Boston sports from the last quarter century, with many of Lobel’s sportscast from the events. After the highlights, the Three Bobs of Boston sports media, Lobel, Ryan and Neumeier (sorry Bob Hohler) gave their thoughts on the last 25 years and what stood out the most. Bob Ryan’s most vivid memory was the Snow Bowl game, and he singled that out as the night he’d most like to re-live. Neumeier focused on the tragedies and untimely deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis and covering those. I also enjoyed following the program, the various advertisments from over the years that Lobel had done with Ted Williams, Bobby Orr and others. The one where he gets checked by a Bruins player against the boards and spits out a few teeth was one of the funniest.

TNT has Pistons/Heat at 8:00.


Troy Brown returns to the fold

(Sunday links by Bryan: bryan @ bostonsportsmedia.com)

The Sox fall to the Braves in a wet and sloppy game at Fenway, and Troy Brown is returning to the Patriots.

We’ll start with Brown. On “New England Sports Tonight” earlier this week, Michael Felger said he expected the wide receiver would re-sign with the Patriots, noting that 1) Brown hadn’t visited with any other clubs in the offseason to talk about a deal, and 2) No. 80’s name plate hadn’t been removed from the Patriots locker room at Gillette. The latter was not an oversight, Felger said, because Bill Belichick’s staff overlooks nothing.

Felger either was either taking good notes on a spring wander through the locker room, or had some good information from his sources. Brown is indeed back with the Patriots for the 2005 season, and Felger has the story in today’s Herald. Mike Reiss had the report on Brown in his Reiss’ Pieces blog yesterday afternoon at 5:31. Jerome Solomon has the story for the Globe.

Felger also has public words from Tedy Bruschi, who says he hasn’t yet made a decision on whether to play this season.

In a Sunday NFL notes column today, Nick Cafardo looks at the Ravens naming former Giants head coach Jim Fassel as their new offensive coordinator. Kevin Mannix, meanwhile, leads with an update on Tim Hasselbeck, a former quarterback at Boston College and now a backup for the Giants.

Solomon also has a feature on Logan Mankins, including the horrific details of a summer 2000 truck crash that left the first-round pick’s brother, Morgan, with severe brain damage.

Soggy night at Fenway
There aren’t many positives to take from the Red Sox’ rain-soaked 7-5 loss to the Braves last night (box score).

Cafardo, Jeff Horrigan, Steven Krasner, and David Heuschkel file the game stories.

Edgar Renteria had two of Boston’s four errors last night and was also ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the ninth inning. Paul Harber writes about Renteria’s struggles this season. Mike Shalin, meanwhile, has an article on Tim Wakefield’s rough outing. Robert Lee writes about Johnny Damon, one of the few bright spots for Boston on an otherwise dreary night.

Curt Schilling and his ankle are among the topics in the Sox notebooks by Cafardo, Horrigan, and Krasner.

Bob Ryan compares the Red Sox’ start this season to the starts of former Red Sox clubs the “year after” previous championships and other standout campaigns.

In paid columns in the Herald, Steve Buckley writes about the successful major league debut of Atlanta starter – and Georgia native – Kyle Davies, while Michael Gee examines the offensive slumps of several Sox players.

Buckley also delivers a very enjoyable read with a feature on Sox legend and Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who was in town last week.

Williams always referred to Doerr as the ``silent captain of the Red Sox.'' And in 1986, when Doerr received the call informing him he'd been elected to the Hall of Fame, it was Williams who was on the phone.

``Well, first it was Ed Stack from the Hall of Fame,'' said Doerr. ``Someone had told me I missed by one vote the year before, so when Ed Stack called, I'm saying to myself, 'Oh, my, am I really in the Hall of Fame?' And then he handed the phone to Ted, who came on the line and said, 'You're a Hall of Famer now, Bobby.' I still get excited just thinking about it.''

Tony Massarotti looks at the upcoming baseball draft in his Sunday “Covering All Bases” column today.

Gorden Edes checks in with Gabe Kapler, who’s having a miserable go of it in Japan.

On the air
1510 the Zone broadcasts all day today (9:00-4:00pm) from Suffolk Downs, site of Eddie Andelman’s annual “Hot Dog Safari”. “Sports Court” follows from 4:00-6:00, and will include a discussion of the Bob Lobel libel lawsuit, which, according to Bill Griffith was filed in Norfolk Superior Court by Lobel’s attorney Harry Manion on Thursday.

Griffith has more on Lobel in his regular Sunday “SporTView” column, but this time he’s referring to the ”25 Years of Boston Sports” tape scheduled to run on Channel 4’s “Sports Final” tonight.

NESN broadcasts the finale of the Sox-Braves series this afternoon at 2:00.

Miller tames Braves

A sincere “Thank you” to all that helped make the recent “mini” fund drive a success. The goal was reached and your generosity and support is very much appreciated.

The Red Sox got back on the winning track last night at Fenway Park, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3 behind 6 1/3 strong innings from Wade Miller. Michael Silverman says that just about everyone was impressed with Miller…except Miller. David Heuschkel writes that Miller felt the least comfortable in his three starts so far last night. Nick Cafardo notes that it was another nail-biting save for Keith Foulke, who needed a double play in order to preserve Miller’s victory. Steven Krasner says that it wasn’t a perfect win, but it was pretty close. Lenny Megliola agrees that it was quite a night at Fenway. Mike Fine and David Borges round up the game recaps.

Michael Silverman has the second of his two part series on the Red Sox organizational philosophies, this time looking at the pitching side. Dan Shaughnessy turns in a run of the mill effort saying that Interleague play has run its course. His biggest reason seems to be because the Red Sox have no natural rival. Jon Couture says that we saw the Wade Miller we had hoped for last night. Mike Shalin looks at Jason Varitek’s role in the win last night. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Curt Schilling shedding the boot on his ankle and preparing for the next step of his rehab. Silverman’s notebook reports on Doub Mirabelli landing on the DL after hurting his wrist in batting practice. The ProJo notebook and Fine’s notebook each have more on Schilling, while Borges’ notebook and Heuschkel’s notebook each focus on Mirabelli.

The Celtics and Danny Ainge agreed to a new three year contract extension yesterday, ensuring that the developmental plan that had been in place will continue. Shira Springer reports that the deal only took “two or three minutes” to negotiate, showing how satisfied both parties have been with how things have gone thus far. Steve Bulpett notes that Ainge felt that now was the right time to get this deal done. Carolyn Thornton has a fairly extensive article with Ainge noting that he is grateful that these owners can see the “big picture”. Michael Gee (subscription only) says it’s still too early to say whether Ainge will succeed or not, the extension ensures that we’ll get to see whether his “vauge master plan” is sound or not. He notes he has made some progress so far, the extension lets it continue.

Eric McHugh looks at Milton’s Tim Bulman from Boston College, who is hoping to hook on with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bill Griffith has a short report on Bob Lobel’s lawsuit against ”Get Fuzzy” comic strip creator Darby Conley, United Feature Syndicate, and the New Bedford Standard-Times.

NESN has Red Sox/Braves at 7:00.

Dennis and Callahan still don’t get it

Because it’s easy and “edgy” for them to say that Pedro was “ducking” Randy Johnson tonight, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan continue to say that it is the case, even when they are challenged on the matter. Here’s an exchange from this morning:

John Dennis: Jeffrey from Boston says

2005 May Mini Drive – Day 3

We’ve got about $300 to go to reach the goal of the May Mini Drive. Thanks to all who have contributed thus far. Let’s try to hit the goal this morning and finish things off.

Again, the main page for the drive is located over here, and you can click here to donate to the drive via PayPal.

With an off day yesterday there was plenty of time to go over the just concluded 2-4 road trip. Tom Yantz says that the trip left plenty of questions around the Red Sox. Gordon Edes looks at the season thus far and finds a few things that could be second guessed. Michael Silverman has the first of a two-part series in which he looks at the Red Sox organizational philosophies. Today’s piece is on hitting. Sean McAdam writes that there are three hurdles that the Red Sox must overcome…pitching injuries, Manny’s slump and a bad first half schedule. Bob Ryan is sick of Red Sox/Yankees and glad that Baltimore and even Toronto have improved to the point that the division games against them are just as meaningful as those against the Yankees.

Jeff Horrigan looks at the Atlanta Braves coming into town this weekend as the Red Sox “Natural Rival” a notion sneered at by Trot Nixon. He also reports that the Dropkick Murphys placed a call to Billy Beane last offseason to try to convince him to trade Tim Hudson to the Red Sox, offering to play a gig at Beane’s daughter’s birthday party. Silverman takes a look at the Red Sox minor league prospects, and Chris Snow has a minor league notebook. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the slow start for the Red Sox bullpen. Snow’s notebook looks at Mark Bellhorn starting to come around at the plate.

Can someone please post a memo at WEEI? Pedro Martinez is not missing Randy Johnson by not starting tonight. Kevin Brown is and has been tonight’s scheduled starter for the Yankees. Several times on the station it’s been inferred that Pedro got a cortisone shot so he could be pushed back a couple days and avoid getting in the batters box against Johnson. John Dennis said it several times, then Dale Arnold made the correction during his show, but then on the Big Show, Larry Johnson was again saying that Pedro was ducking Johnson. Ridiculous.

Michael Felger and Mike Reiss have details of a speech made by Patriots coach Bill Belichick to Big Brothers last night in which he praised Troy Brown and spoke on a number of other team-related topics. Eric McHugh takes a look at the recently retired Otis Smith.

Steve Bulpett says that while in recent weeks the Celtics have gotten a bad reputation around town as being a bunch of bad guys, in reality they are not one of the more dysfunctional teams in the league. Bob Hohler looks at the possibility of an NBA lockout this fall. Nick Tavares says the league won’t be so dumb as to follow the example of the NHL. Hohler also looks at the league getting slammed by congress for their “pathetic” steroid policies.

Frank Dell’Apa has a feature on Revolution rising star Clint Dempsey.

Bill Griffith explores possible future destinations for the Celtics radio games. Jim Baker looks at the season opener for MLB on Fox this weekend, examines the Lobel lawsuit and has some other media notes. John Howell talks to Joe Buck, who says that he and Tim McCarver won’t be forcing a diet of steroid talk on viewers during their broadcasts. David Scott issues a “UMass Report” and has many other media notes and observations in this weeks edition of Scott’s Shots. The Inside Track reports on Bob Lobel filing suit against the “Get Fuzzy” cartoonist.

If you want more on the Lobel Lawsuit, the WWZN program “Sport Court” this Sunday should be interesting. They will be running from 4-6 PM this Sunday, right after the Hot Dog Safari. Here’s a preview of the show:

We will speak with well-known libel lawyer Mitchell Langberg of the Los Angeles law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. In response to the Get Fuzzy cartoon recently published in papers across the country, we will discuss the Bob Lobel case with Attorney Langberg and talk about what Lobel would have to prove in order to prevail in any pending defamation suit he may choose to bring. We will also talk about who Lobel mights sue and explain why it is that these cases often result in settlements before ever going to trial. (In addition, we will discuss the fact that I have learned that Lobel has consulted with an area defamation lawyer and is strongly considering filing a suit).

Langberg and his firm represent a variety of celebrities and frequently file defamation lawsuits against tabloids and news publications. Langberg's firm has handled over 100 libel cases involving celebrities and most recently filed a defamation suit on behalf of their client Aretha Franklin.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Braves at 7:00. ESPN has Suns/Mavericks at 9:00.

2005 May Mini Drive – Day 2

Thanks to all who helped make day one of the mini drive a success. We had 25 people donate a total of $700. Today, I’d perhaps like to hear from some of the media people who use the site as a resource on a daily basis. Yes, I know you’re out there. (Your identity will be kept confidential.) We’re almost halfway to the goal amount. Let’s reach the goal today and not even have the third day of the drive…

Again, PayPal is the preferred, though several people have used the Amazon.com method as well. Each is fine. You can click here to Donate via PayPal. You can also check out the progress of the drive and see other ways to donate at the Fund Drive Homepage.

The Red Sox are likely glad to be getting away from the West coast, as they finished the six game trip with a record of 2-4. David Wells returned from the disabled list and was rocked in a 13-6 A’s win. What the team as a whole would really like is to stay in one place (home) for a while, but that isn’t happening. Jeff Horrigan has a few players talking about the weird schedule that the Red Sox have had to endure the first couple months of the season. Chris Snow has Wells’ reactions after pitching one inning and giving up seven runs. He also mentions a reporter bringing up the subject of whether Wells rushed back to get another start to reach incentives in his contract. Sean McAdam writes that the early hole that Wells put his teammates into was too much to overcome. Tom Yantz says that any great expectations for Wells based on his quick recovery were quickly dissipated as the lefty struggled right off the top. This game was a gift for some sports radio shows, who will now have their topic – did the Red Sox rush Wells back? Or did he come back to try to reach an incentive? They can have a field day labeling Wells “selfish” and calling Francona an enabler…

Alex Speier has a very good article on Wade Miller and if healthy and 100% just what he can bring to the Red Sox rotation. Gordon Edes wraps up the six game road trip, and also mentions the weird schedule which has the team home for three games this weekend against the Braves and then off on the road again next week to Toronto and New York. Tony Massarotti writes that the Red Sox did themselves no favors by bringing back Wells so quickly and wonders about a few other decisions the team has made lately as well. He also looks at Johnny Damon’s slump now reaching 0-12. Mike Fine says that these Red Sox will begin to pound the ball again at some point. Jeff Horrigan has a brief bit on Cla Meredith, who despite not having much success and being sent back down to the minors, will end up benefiting from this experience. McAdam’s notebook says that Meredith’s pride is intact as he goes to the minors. Snow’s notebook also looks at Meredith. Horrigan’s notebook has a recap of the brief West coast swing, while Yantz’s notebook looks at the slumping Johnny Damon.

Michael Felger looks at the fates and possible destinations of several members of last year’s Patriots team, including Ty Law, Troy Brown, Roman Phifer and Keith Traylor. Mike Reiss talks to former practice squad running back Kory Chapman, now having a big season in NFL Europe about his chances of competing for a spot on the 53 man roster this fall. He also has a statement from Bill Belichick on the retirement of Otis Smith.

Jackie MacMullan says to prepare yourself for an NBA lockout this summer. She does feel however, that the sides will get something done before the season is scheduled to start. Lenny Megliola talks to Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca about the disappointing end to the season and their confidence about things going forward. Steve Bulpett reports that the team is finding it difficult to get prospects to work out for them, because their first pick is at # 18, and all the players seem to think they’re going to be drafted in the top 10.

Kevin Henkin attempts to sort through the madness of the local sports scene. Buddy Thomas states that it’s only a matter of time before several things happen, such as Edgar Renteria getting booed, the Celtics being dismantled, and Peyton Manning admitting that he can’t beat the Patriots and deciding to just hang it up. Oh wait, Buddy didn’t write that last one. Christopher Young looks at men behaving badly. He also had a piece on what NL players might be headed to the hall of fame. James Murphy looks at what Bruins management has been doing during the work stoppage. Bob Hohler has the latest on the congressional investigation into Steroid use in Professional sports.

Jim McCabe has the touching story of golfer Kim Julian, who lost her husband, also a golfer, to ALS, and is doing what she can to promote awareness and to seek a cure to the disease.

It was interesting to hear Gerry Callahan yesterday speak wistfully of former colleague Bob Neumeier and how

Drive Update

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2005 May Mini Drive – Day 1

As I did last year, I’m having a three day “Mini” fund drive in May to bridge the gap until the main Fund Drive in November. Once again there is a page set up for the event, go to http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/funddrive/ You’ll be able to chart the process of the donations over the next three days. Once again PayPal is the preferred method, and you don’t have to become a PayPal member to donate through that means. Your support is always greatly appreciated – the last six months have been the busiest and most eventful in BSMW history. I recently had to double my bandwidth order with my hosting company due to the influx of new visitors. Take a few minutes and help out the drive, please.

In what universe does four hits = seven runs? For the Red Sox, Oakland was that place. The managed to squeak out a 7-5 win thanks to an Edgar Renteria bases loaded hit in the seventh inning which plated three runs. Tom Yantz says that this was a big hit for the quiet, proud Renteria. Sean McAdam says this one was won with the full help and support of the A’s. Jeff Horrigan looks at a game in which neither side could hold a lead or keep runners off base. Chris Snow looks at a rough night for the starting pitching, Matt Clement gave up five runs, including the first homer he’d surrendered since the opening week of the season.

Tony Massarotti looks at the suddenly hot Edgar Renteria, who after last night is now hitting .556 with the bases loaded this season. No sign of the “Rent-a-wreck” as the shortstop has been cleverly named by the Dennis & Callahan program. Gordon Edes has a piece on last night’s starter, Matt Clement. He speaks to Rene Lachemann, who coached Clement in Chicago and has nothing but good things to say about him. After Edes had the piece yesterday about Terry Francona’s contract, Massarotti today takes Bronson Arroyo and writes that he is deserving of a new, long term contract as well. I don’t quite understand the fascination that the media in Boston has with contracts and feeling that they should inject themselves into the situations. Renteria and Francona were the subjects of an angry rant by Dale Arnold yesterday against the Boston Dirt Dogs website for what he termed “irresponsibility” in their use of quotes from Tony LaRussa and also for taking a line with which Dale joked that Michael Holley wondered if Francona planted the story yesterday.

Horrigan has a brief article on Arroyo beginning his suspension last night. McAdam looks at the Red Sox bad habit of not capitalizing on bases-loaded situations. Snow has an update on Curt Schilling, who still appears weeks away from a return to the rotation. Jonathan Comey says there is no logical reason to be concerned about Manny Ramirez. Christopher Price looks at the strong efforts of the starting pitching in the absence of Schilling and David Wells. Howard Bryant (subscription only) looks at how far and fast the AL West has fallen. Oakland and Seattle were top teams for quite a stretch earlier this decade and now both are stumbling along. Art Martone says Oil Can Boyd would’ve been a great fit with last year’s Red Sox club.

Yantz’s notebook looks at David Wells returning to the rotation this afternoon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the slow recovery for Schilling. Snow’s notebook looks at what moves the club will likely make to work around Wells’ return and the suspension of Arroyo. McAdam’s notebook looks at Wells’ return today. (Weather permitting)

Tom E Curran has a Patriots Notebook in which he reports that Otis Smith has signed a one-day deal with the Patriots and then retired. He also has some more information on Tom Brady’s new contract. Michael Felger has a piece today on third year defensive lineman Ty Warren and what he is working to improve on this season.

Mark Murphy has a piece on Mark Blount, who has a lot of work to do this summer to prove that he is deserving of playing day from Doc Rivers next season. If he isn’t traded, that is.

Stephen Harris looks at what could be facing the Bruins in the new NHL, if the two side ever get things worked out.

Gabe Kahn takes a look at what teams people love to hate in each sport. Jackie MacMullan has a piece on a tennis prodigy from Billerica and the struggles the whole family faces as they have put all their hopes into the 16 year old daughter.

Rumors are flying everywhere about cuts coming at the Boston Herald. Buyouts have been offered, even sought for by some parties. Multiple sources tell me that the following sports writers will be taking the buyout package:

Kevin Mannix – Patriots/NFL
George Kimball – Columnist
Mike Shalin – Boston College
Joe Gordon – Golf
Gus Martins – Soccer

As of June 30th, these will be gone. However, they may still appear on the pages of your paper, as they could be kept around to do free-lance work. A couple sources were pretty definitive that these were the ones for sure who had been bought out. If the list changes, I’ll let you know…

John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at the Revolution’s red hot start getting a little attention and also takes a look at the future of the Celtics on 1510, and situation perhaps made more tenuous by the comments of Wyc Grousbeck on WEEI last week. Rob Bradford has an interview with WEEI and “Ted Nation” producer Marc Merriman.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 3:30. ESPN has Cardinals/Phillies at 7:00. ESPN2 has Giants/Rockies at 7:00. TNT has Mavericks/Suns at 9:00.

Left on Base

The Red Sox suffered another late night loss on the West coast, and that’s really about it for sports today. We have a few tidbits here and there, but the Red Sox are king of the hill for media attention. If you turn on sports radio, be prepared for Star Wars talk. The morning show thinks its stupid, the afternoon show thinks its great and they’re going to 12:00 AM showings Thursday. That’s about all you need to know.

The Red Sox West coast struggles continued last night with a 6-4 loss to the Oakland A’s, who snapped an eight game losing streak with the win. Jeff Horrigan says that the A’s fans finally had something to drink to. Chris Snow says it was the men left on base all night that did the Sox in. Sean McAdam writes that the Sox just could not get through the open door of opportunity. Tom Yantz notes that two streaks came to an end last night. the A’s eight game losing streak and the Red Sox nine game winning streak over the A’s.

Gordon Edes demands to know why Terry Francona did not receive a raise after winning the World Series. Tony Massarotti looks at Mike Timlin, who despite giving up the go ahead runs last night, has still been unbelievably strong at age 39. He wonders if the fact that he’s from Texas has something to do with it. McAdam looks at Kevin Youkilis making his debut start at first base last night. Horrigan has Kevin Millar downplaying the batting tips he gave to Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo over the weekend. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes that Millar is far more valuable to the Red Sox in the clubhouse than he is at the plate, and it’s for that reason that he will remain in the lineup and a vital part of the club.

Joe Haggerty looks at Johnny Damon’s contract situation and notes that he has a booster in Jason Varitek as well as in the manager. Snow has a piece on Trot Nixon, playing through a leg injury and thriving at the plate. Bill Reynolds says we may never figure out Manny Ramirez, but we should certainly appreciate his skills at the plate. Art Martone looks at the other times a Red Sox slugger has hit home run number 400. Garry Brown wonders how far Manny can go…500…600…700?

Dan Shaughnessy and Mark Murphy report on Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd starting his comeback with the Brockton Rox last night, pitching three innings, striking out three and giving up just one hit. Murphy also has a brief chat with Rich Gedman, who managed the opposing team last night, as well as a little player reaction from the opposition. Lenny Megliola says that Mark McGwire surely isn’t enjoying his retirement as much as he probably wishes he could.

Snow’s notebook reports that the signs indicate that David Wells will return to the rotation tomorrow night. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Youkilis’ debut at first base. McAdam’s notebook has more on Trot’s injury’s which will require offseason surgery, a subject also tackled in Yantz’s notebook.

Michael Felger has a look at third year center Dan Koppen, getting ready for another season in the trenches. He also has word that Bill Belichick will receive an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan this weekend. So that will be Dr. Belichick to you reporters from now on… (Note: Belichick already has an honorary doctorate, received from BU last year.)

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks with Bruins Captain Joe Thornton about his year away from the NHL, which included plenty of hockey.

Frank Dell’Apa looks at the undefeated (6-0-1) New England Revolution playing a defensive brand of soccer. He also has a piece on Malcolm Glazer’s purchase of Manchester United, a move that has not been popular across the pond.

Stan Grossfeld has a feature on the nation’s only prison with a golf course…but the inmates are not allowed to play.

Bill Griffith has his Tuesday media notes, which include a look at the Hot Dog Safari, Bob Lobel and his attorney taking action and other notes from the airwaves.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. TNT has Pacers/Pistons at 7:00 and Spurs/Sonics at 9:30.

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Manny’s 400th for naught

An interesting start to the week here. We’ve got a look back at yesterday’s Red Sox loss in Seattle, which featured the 400th home run on Manny Ramirez’s career. There’s a look back at a few articles from the weekend, as well as a couple references to WEEI passages from the two days. Also, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, we will have the BSMW May Mini Fund Drive. More details will be forthcoming.

Even though the Red Sox went into Seattle this weekend and dropped two out of three, it was an interesting weekend nonetheless in the land of Microsoft and Starbucks. Last night, Boston lost 5-4, but Manny Ramirez hit career home run number 400. Chris Snow’s game story is centered around that milestone blast for the Red Sox slugger. Jeff Horrigan looks at Tim Wakefield struggling once again in Seattle, a place that always seems to give him problems. Sean McAdam notes that the game turned on a slow rolling dribbler by the Mariners’ catcher. Tom Yantz’s game story leads with an interested exchange between Ramirez and David Ortiz, just prior to Manny’s fifth inning, three run blast. Gordon Edes and Tony Massarotti each have articles on Manny’s Milestone, and a look at the historical achievements of the enigmatic slugger, Edes spends a lot of time speaking with Ramirez’s first big league manager, Mike Hargrove, who happened to be in the opposing dugout yesterday.

Yesterday in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Daniel McGinn had an extensive feature on Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum, and what his job and life are like. Steve Buckley (Subscription only) writes that it is a good thing that the Yankees are suddenly winning again, Red Sox fans want to have them around to chase and have important games with. Massarotti reports that Trot Nixon is going to need surgery following the season for an undisclosed leg injury. Snow’s notebook looks at the success of the lineup switch that Terry Francona put into place over the weekend, flipping Ramirez and Ortiz, and batting Nixon fifth. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Manny getting his 400th home run ball back from the fan who caught it. McAdam’s notebook looks at Manny’s back and forth opinion on the milestone. Yantz’s notebook looks at Time Wakefield’s continued struggles against the Mariners.

Yesterday morning on WEEI’s Baseball show, Peter Gammons issued an apology to Michael Felger for the way he spoke to him on The Big Show last week. That’s just Gammons being Gammons.

Dan Shaughnessy has a “picked up pieces” column in the Globe today, touching on many things in the world of sports, among them: The Celtics should trade Paul Pierce, Johnny Damon’s interest in the Yankees, the fact that Keith Foulke is not an idiot and Dwayne Wade is pretty good.

The weekend football columns were about what you would expect for this time of the year. For Nick Cafardo, you have items from his usual contacts…Tom Condon, Brad Blank, Chad Eaton and Carl Poston. All that we’re missing is Tom Donohoe and Rob Konrad. There was also a curious reference to people who continue to “flee” from the personnel offices of the Patriots. He mentions three people in three years. Mass exodus, all right. From Michael Felger, we got some shots at Condon, even blaming him for the injury that sidelined first round pick Benjamin Watson “in August” (Watson actually hurt his knee and was out for the season during a midweek practice in September). He also looks at the relationship the Patriots have with Neil Cornrich, how that is viewed around the league and mentions the “grudging respect” that Belichick has for Drew Rosenhaus.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) this morning has a piece on Al Jefferson and how he believes that the Celtics big man may not quite be ready for the massive expectations that people are already placing upon him. He believes it wouldn’t be the worst thing for Jefferson and the Celtics to continue to bring him along slowly. Yesterday, Jim Donaldson tried to figure out Danny Ainge’s plan for his new “code of conduct” for his team. In one of the more uncomfortable reading sessions in my recent memory, Donaldson attempts to write in the voice of the current NBA player.

Man, I didn't read nothin' in that one year I had to waste in college before comin' to the Association, and I'm not readin' nothin' now. That's why I have an agent. That lazy son of a gun ain't done nothin' anyway to earn his percentage since I signed that $100-million sneaker deal to wear shoes kids can't afford to buy 'til they get their own endorsement contracts -- or their AAU coach or some friendly college booster slips 'em a few dollars. Why, I even let him borrow one of my six Rolls-Royces to go pick up four of my $3,000 suits at the dry cleaners and it took him two hours to run that simple errand. I was timin' him on my $20,000 Rolex. So let him read the rules and then I'll decide which ones I might sometimes decide to follow.

Unfunny and Stereotypical are the two words that spring to mind from that bit. Michael Muldoon had a better article yesterday, looking at how Danny Ainge is getting the last laugh here in Boston. Bill Burt talked with Tommy Heinsohn about the disappointing end to the season and what the future looks like for the green.

Another interesting WEEI moment from the weekend was Greg Dickerson’s somewhat veiled comments about Wyc Grousbeck making derogatory statements about WWZN while on WEEI earlier this week, making a remark about the station’s lack of ratings. Dickerson didn’t feel those comments were appropriate given the fact that the Celtics have been cashing checks from WWZN for the last few years for the radio rights.

Back to Friday’s “Get Fuzzy” cartoon, the Inside Track this morning notes:

And that Bob Lobel and WBZ are mighty miffed at a nationally syndicated comic strip that ran Friday suggesting that the longtime sportscaster was drunk on the air. "Get Fuzzy" by Darby Conley featured a sports fan, his dog and cat watching TV with the dog asking, "Is this sportscaster drunk?" and the fan replying. "Lobel? He's like some TV outreach program or something." (The Globe ran the strip but changed the word "Lobel?" to "Him?") Lobel's attorney is on the case...

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. ESPN has Rangers/White Sox at 8:00.