Trailing 5-2 in the fourth inning, the Red Sox were granted a reprieve after a lengthly rain delay when yesterday’s game was called off and the score and statistics wiped out. Chris Snow reports on the damp afternoon at Fenway. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox getting saved by the rain yesterday. Sean McAdam also looks at the streak be preserved, while the Red Sox head out onto an extended road trip. Paul Doyle says that the rain didn’t dampen the optimism around the Red Sox, who despite trailing in the game when it was called, are playing their best baseball of the season. Ron Chimelis and David Borges also report on the wet afternoon in Boston.
Brendan McGair talks to Dan Booth, who works inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park. In the course of the story, he tells what happened that night against the Devil Rays when Manny went inside the wall. Gordon Edes looks back at Morgan’s Magic in the summer of 1988. This is relevant because thanks to the rain, the Red Sox are still in the midst of their longest home winning streak since that time. Howard Bryant (subscription only) notes that Matt Clement has the luxury of wiping yesterday off the slate completely. He can forget it ever happened. Alex Speier looks at the rain helping keep the home winning streak intact for the Red Sox.
Jon Couture has an article on Adam Stern, with a couple notes on Johnny Damon and Mike Remlinger tossed in there. Adam Kilgore looks at the fans who stayed the nearly 6 complete hours at Fenway Park yesterday only to have the game rained out in the end. Howard Bryant documents how David Ortiz sent a clear message to the White Sox on Friday and Saturday night. Chimelis hates the Manny being Manny slogan.
The Globe notebook looks at Matt Clement getting off the hook with his rough outing yesterday thanks to the rain. It also reports on whether first baseman Paul Konerko might want to sign here in the offseason. Horrigan’s notebook examines the possibilities of when the game might be made up. The next off day for both teams is Labor Day but the players seem hesitant to give up their only day off in a stretch of 30 days. McAdam’s notebook says that the game might not be made up at all. Doyle’s notebook also says that both team might want to pass on the makeup date. Borges’ notebook says that Johnny Damon plans on being back in the lineup tonight in Detroit. Chimelis’ notebook says that the Red Sox are not giving up on Mike Remlinger.
Karen Guregian says that Patriots fans can rest easy…Tom Brady was seen throwing the ball at practice yesterday, and looked good doing it. Jerome Solomon submits a profile of rookie cornerback Ellis Hobbs. Shalise Manza Young takes a look at how some of the Patriots veterans, such as Troy Brown and Adam Vinatieri approach training camp. Alan Greenberg looks at the uphill battle facing rookie free agent receivers Jason Anderson and Bam Childress in their attempt to secure a spot on the Patriots roster this season. Chris Kennedy talks to Christian Fauria about another NFL training camp, the 11th for the veteran tight end. Guregian also details Bill Belichick urging caution on the sky high optimism surrounding rookie quarterback Matt Cassel.
Solomon’s notebook also has Belichick addressing Cassel’s performance, Young’s notebook has more on the same topic. Guregian’s notebook examines the situation at linebacker, with the names Monty Beisel, Mike Vrabel and Roman Phifer being mentioned.
Jim Fennell of the Union Leader chronicles his attempts to tell the story of former Franklin Pierce College basketball player Kevin Scott. Mike Reiss says farewell to the Metrowest beat as he is headed for the bigger pastures of the Boston Globe.
The New York Sports News page has headlines on Pedro Martinez’s near no-hitter yesterday, and the NY Times has an article on the Red Sox webpage being rated higher than the Yankees webpage. You can also check out the Bay Area Sports page for headlines on the Raiders, A’s and Giants.
NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00. ESPN has Eagles/Steelers preseason football at 8:00.