Another explosion from the Red Sox bats puts them 5.5 games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. The Patriots continue to get ready for tomorrow night’s preseason opener against the Bengals. A couple new BSMW pages are added today as well.

The Red Sox made it four in a row last night with a 16-5 win over Kenny Rogers and the Texas Rangers. Nick Cafardo writes that Fenway was clearly not Mr Rogers neighborhood last night. Steven Krasner says that last night’s relentless offensive attack by the Red Sox resulted in a Texas massacre. David Heuschkel notes that whether they are pretty or ugly, all that matters to Terry Francona and the Red Sox is whether they are wins. Jeff Horrigan reports that it was a rough night all around for Rogers, who really didn’t pitch all that badly, having just one poor inning. David Borges says that a game that started out perfect ended up as anything but for the two clubs. Damian Vega says that Bronson Arroyo’s performance was music to the ears of the Fenway faithful last night.

While watching the game last night, Manny Ramirez came to the plate, I was thinking about how much all this “Manny being Manny” stuff and his general goofiness have really overshadowed the truly remarkable accomplishments this guy is on his way to achieving. Tony Massarotti apparently channeled my thoughts, and put them in the paper this morning. He looks at Manny’s RBI pace and his place in history in terms of at-bat-to-RBI ratio. The guy is a truly remarkable hitter, and I strongly feel he should finish his career here, though his departure after this year seems a foregone conclusion to many. That would be too bad. His production wins you many more games than any of his goofy antics might take away over the course of the season.

Kenny Rogers was in the spotlight at Fenway last night, and found it a harsh environment. Robert Lee writes that that the fans as well as the Red Sox bats ensured that Rogers wouldn’t enjoy a happy return from his aborted suspension. Lenny Megliola says that Rogers should be prepared for more of this, and after considering the night that Rogers had, Megliola wonders what type of reception Rafael Palmeiro is going to get from his home fans. Ron Indrisano notes that Rogers did indeed take his share of lumps last night against the Red Sox. Rich Thompson also examines the night for the Texas lefty. Jon Couture says that Rogers’ appearance did not slow down the Red Sox last night, while Massarotti notes that a couple of Rogers ex-teammates who now play for the Sox are still surprised by Rogers’ incident with the cameraman.

Dan Shaughnessy notes that it has been a rough couple days for Commissioner Bud Selig, who insists that baseball is not sitting on a large number of positive steroid tests, as has been rumored. Alex Speier says that the Red Sox are rolling right now, having the luxury of being able to get their house in order in preparation for a postseason berth. Indrisano looks at Matt Clement being able to laugh off the hit he took on Tuesday night off the bat of Gary Matthews. Horrigan also looks at Clement being able to laugh off the near miss.

Cafardo’s notebook gives an update on the rehab of closer Keith Foulke. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Foulke isn’t setting a date for his return, but took another step towards that end by throwing 35 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. Vega’s notebook says that it was a productive day for Foulke. Krasner’s notebook has Edgar Renteria saying that he is embarrassed by the number of errors he has committed this season. Horrigan’s notebook reports that August 10th is becoming an annual big day for Bronson Arroyo. Borges’ notebook talks to Bill Hasselman, who caught Arroyo’s perfect game for Pawtucket two years ago yesterday.

Michael Felger examines the Patriots offensive coaching without Charlie Weis, and looks at how the plays are going to be called to Tom Brady. The new system will get its first tryout tomorrow night in Cincinnati. Jerome Solomon looks at veteran cornerback Chad Scott, who earned words of praise from Bill Belichick for his professionalism and work during the offseason and in camp. Felger also has a brief note on Belichick’s praise for Scott. Tom E Curran looks at another Scott, Guss Scott, who is making up for lost time and opening eyes in his second training camp. Chris Kennedy looks at David Terrell attempting to fit in with his new club.

Dan Pires has a look at second year running back Cedric Cobbs and several other items of note. Michael Parente reports on first round pick Logan Mankins as he adjusts to life in the NFL and going up against Richard Seymour in practice each day. One of the surprises of camp has perhaps been rookie wide receiver Brandon “Bam” Childress, who Hector Longo says “has toyed with Pats secondary, both young and old, through a couple weeks in camp.” Christopher Price says that Chad Morton may be short in size, but he makes up for it with other attributes. Cold Hard Football Facts makes a case for Andre Tippett in the Hall of Fame, comparing his career to that of Lawrence Taylor.

Be sure to check out the newly revamped and expanded Patriots Game Day Rear View, which features a visit to training camp and observations on what we’ve sen thus far, plus a look ahead to the season.

Parente’s notebook has more on rookie receiver Childress. Curran’s notebook has more from Belichick on Chad Scott. Felger’s notebook says that it has been all offense for Troy Brown to this point in camp. Kennedy’s notebook looks at a strong camp for Tyrone Poole, coming back from almost a lost season last year. Solomon’s notebook looks at rookie Nick Kaczur impressing on the offensive line.

Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy report on the Bruins getting three including Sergei Samsonov, signed to one-year qualifying offers. Conroy also reports that the ball is now in Joe Thornton’s court, as the center weighs the latest offer from the Bruins.

Check out the latest sports headlines from New York on the New York Sports News page. I’ve also added a Bay Area Sports page, which might take a minute to load as the headlines are fetched and organized according to newspaper and team. It’s good to check out that page to keep up with the hard charging A’s as they make another run towards the postseason, and also for news on the Raiders as they prepare to open the season in Foxboro against the Patriots.

The Red Sox are off tonight. ESPN has Packers/Chargers preseason football at 8:00. TBS has Braves/Giants at 7:30.

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