Tim Wakefield played the role of stopper for the Red Sox yesterday, while the Patriots continue preparation for their first preseason game this coming Friday, Ty Law appears headed to the Jets. The Bruins free agent moves are under scrutiny, and a few media notes are all on tap for Monday.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three game weekend series in Minnesota yesterday afternoon with an 11-7 victory over the Twins. Tim Wakefield had a career high 11 strikeouts in the win, but still needed Curt Schilling to save the game for him after Manny Delcarmen struggled in relief. Chris Snow has the account of the game for the Globe, while Jeff Horrigan reports in the Herald. Sean McAdam notes that the Red Sox didn’t help themselves in the field any yesterday, but this time their bats picked them up. Tom Yantz looks at the offense coming through, perhaps with some Divine help. David Borges looks at the Sox managing to hang on in the end, after Curt Schilling worked out of a tight spot in the ninth.
Gordon Edes, while looking at Roberto Petagine collecting his first hit in seven years, also looks at attitudes towards Spanish speaking ballplayers after an incident involving a San Francisco sports radio host. Steve Buckley also has an article on Petagine, who had three RBI with his hit yesterday. Jon Baker looks at Jonathan Papelbon, as he adjusts to coming out of the bullpen for Pawtucket in preparation for another stint in Boston this season. Horrigan has an update on Keith Foulke, who is to throw off of a mound for the first time since his surgery today. Buckley also looks at Adam Stern, who is still learning his way on the MLB basepaths. Yantz files an article looking at the probable future of the Twins, in Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. The article of the weekend, in my opinion was yesterdays column from Bob Ryan, who looked back at The Steal, and its impact on the life of Dave Roberts.
Snow’s notebook examines the struggles of Manny Delcarmen yesterday afternoon as the young pitcher continues to learn on the job in the big leagues. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Wakefield filling the role of the stopper yesterday. McAdam’s notebook has an update on Keith Foulke as he continues to work towards a return. Yantz’s notebook has more on Wakefield and his success in the dome against the Twins. Borges’ notebook looks at Wakefield’s continuing march towards Young and Clemens, reaching another milestone yesterday.
Tom E Curran has a look at rookie quarterback Matt Cassell, who will get a chance to play in a game Friday night as the Patriots open their preseason schedule. There has been a lot of buzz around camp involving Cassell, and Curran explains why he didn’t get to play much in college. Michael Felger examines some of the jobs up for grabs in Patriots camp. Jerome Solomon has a look at the Patriots defensive line. Ron Borges filed the NFL Notes yesterday and the closest he got to the Patriots was separate column on former Patriot linebacker Vincent Brown, who is serving this summer as a coaching intern under Bill Parcells in Dallas. Good article from Borges. I fully believe that if he stays away from Belichick and the Patriots, as has been rumored will be the case, Borges’ articles will improve tenfold. Mike Reiss, finishing up for the Metrowest Daily News looks at Aaron Schatz’s Pro Football Prospectus, a work which examines all 32 team statistically and examines such issues as whether it is really necessary to establish the run early in the NFL. Schatz will be signing copies of the book tonight at 7:30 at the Borders in Framingham. Speaking of football stats and facts, Cold Hard Football Facts is back with a new look for the new season.
Ty Law is reportedly very close to signing with the Jets and could be introduced as early as today. There are several articles on this in the New York papers, get all the sports headlines from the Big Apple on the New York Sports News page.
Yesterday’s NHL notes were a study in contrast, as they usually are. Kevin Paul Dupont slammed for the Bruins for their moves thus far, calling all their signings “B” list free agents. The section on the Bruins is all Dupont’s opinion, while Stephen Harris on the other hand actually talked to someone in the game, a veteran scout, who says that after their moves of this week, the Bruins have to be considered co-favorites in the East along with the Flyers. The scout would have liked to have seen the Bruins sign one more quality defenseman, but overall, really likes what they did. Mick Colageo is also critical of the Bruins, and believes that Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov will be elsewhere by next summer. One can certainly understand the feeling that it is all just the same old song and dance from the Bruins front office, business as usual, but Harris did a good job in looking for another opinion rather than going with the conventional wisdom.
David Scott reported on Friday night about changes to the WBCN Patriots Radio broadcasts, where Ryen Russillo, Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak are set to join the crew this season. Bill Griffith didn’t touch those changes in his media notes yesterday, looking instead at ABC as they prepare to begin their swan song of Monday Night Football telecasts, which begins tonight with the Hall of Fame game.
Rob Bradford in the Lowell Sun had a piece on sports blogs and their growing influence in sports journalism. Yours truly has a couple quotes in the piece.
We’re working on trying to find out why Craig Mustard and Larry Johnson were apparently serving a week suspension from WEEI, as alluded to by fill-in Greg Dickerson on Saturday morning.
NESN has Red Sox/Rangers at 7:00. ESPN has Cardinals/Brewers at 8:00. ABC has Bears/Dolphins preseason football at 8:00.