For the second day in a row we have articles from all four major pro franchise in New England. The Red Sox win again, the Patriots welcome back Richard Seymour, the Bruins sign another AARP candidate, and the Celtics attempt to figure out what to do next.
The Red Sox extended their winning streak to seven games and their lead in the AL East to 4.5 games with an 8-5 win at Fenway over the Royals. Jeff Horrigan notes that for the last couple nights Manny Ramirez has had his head in the right place. Last night it was in the wrong place as the slugger collided with shortstop Edgar Renteria and had to leave the game. Jeff Goldberg looks at the game, which featured two more Manny moments. Nick Cafardo focuses mostly on starter Wade Miller in his game story, while Steven Krasner notes that the Red Sox got some heads up play on the bases that also helped that attain the win. David Borges calls last night’s game “unsightly”, and in the next sentence uses the word “entertaining” to describe it. Lenny Megliola says that a collision between two of their stars wasn’t enough to stop the Red Sox last night.
This afternoon will mark the return of Matt Clement to the mound for the first time since taking a Carl Crawford line drive off of his head. Jackie MacMullan writes that a scare like that can really put things in proper perspective, as Clement can’t help but think of his three year old son, who saw what happened on TV and was crying for him to get up. Tony Massarotti has Clement saying that he will not be fearful out there on the mound this afternoon. Alex Speier says that no one can doubt Clement’s toughness. Jon Couture notes the Clement is eager to get back out on the mound and get to work, and that the only concerns he has are physical and not mental, as he wonders about his stamina after having the time off. Couture has a couple other items in that article, including a look at the situations of Keith Foulke and Curt Schilling, as well as Manny Ramirez’s production.
Sean McAdam says that just like last year, the Red Sox appear to be using August as the time to turn things on and get down to business. Kelsie Smith looks at aftereffects of last night’s collision for Manny Ramirez. Massarotti reports that Edgar Renteria is a little sore himself after the incident. Horrigan has a brief bit on how Curt Schilling is being prepared slowly to return to the rotation. Jim Donaldson says that the Royals are a team only a cheap owner could love. Smith also has a look at former Sox prospect Chip Ambres, who was able to make his Fenway Part debut after all, only for the Royals.
Borges’ notebook looks at Roberto Petagine getting his Big League chance with Olerud going on the disabled list. That is also the lead topic in Horrigan’s notebook, which also looks at Wade Miller and Keith Foulke. Cafardo’s notebook also leads with Petagrine, and even has a Rich Garces mention. Goldberg’s notebook looks at Matt Clement returning to the hill this afternoon. Krasner’s notebook looks at Manny’s condition after the collision last night and has a couple other injury notes.
Richard Seymour was back on the field yesterday, and glad to be there. Jerome Solomon in the Globe looks at Seymour getting back to where he belongs. Karen Guregian reports that Seymour is ok with his situation after finding “common ground” with the Patriots for this season. Alan Greenberg says that it never crossed Seymour’s mind to extend his holdout merely to sty away from the grind of training camp for a little longer. Chris Kennedy in fact notes that Seymour is happy to be grinding it out with his teammates in camp. Michael Parente and Christopher Price also report on the first day of camp for #93.
Tom E Curran tells us what we have learned to this point in training camp. Mark Blaudschun, who might around the Patriots for more than just a summer vacation assignment this season, reports on the fundamentals that the Patriots are working on, something he says that Bill Belichick feels a little frustrated about. Guregian has a short bit on Tom Brady getting his birthday off, and another on Christian Fauria fighting for his spot on the team, and his thoughts on the retirement of his college teammate, Ted Johnson.
Parente’s notebook reports that Bill Belichick isn’t happy with the fundamentals of many of his players to this point in camp. The Globe notebook reports on Brady’s off day, Guregian’s notebook says Belichick didn’t seem overly pleased with the results of the Tuesday night practice in the stadium. Kennedy’s notebook says that Rosevelt Colvin is preparing for a breakout season with the Patriots. Curran’s notebook reports on the return of Seymour.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the Bruins signing 37-year-old defenseman Brian Leetch to a one year contract. Steve Conroy looks at the Bruins signing Leetch while losing out on Mike Modano. Mick Colageo says that the Leetch signing is not another Paul Coffey deal. He says Leetch still has game. Stephen Harris writes that while the Bruins have done well thus far, but that they have plenty of work still to do.
Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics situation as far as what they have left to spend and what the trade exception is really worth. He says they’re still trying to ship out Mark Blount, and are looking for point guard help. Bill Simmons’ ESPN blog also has a breakout of the trade, with some Celtics information in there, such as why the Celtics got involved in the first place. Gabe Kahn looks at what the Celtics actually got in the Antoine Walker sign-and-trade, and Michael Muldoon takes a look back at the deal as well.
The Yankees continue to scuffle along and the Mets blow a game for Pedro. Those stories, plus a couple articles on Rangers legend Leetch signing with the Bruins are all part of the New York Sports News this morning.
NESN has Red Sox/Royals at 1:00. TBS has Braves/Reds at 7:00.