A shocking Red Sox loss leads off the headlines this morning, followed by updates from Patriots camp, where Tom Brady tossed the pigskin around a little bit in the afternoon. There are PGA Championship stories, and a few other items of note this morning.
NESN announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy were having a grand old time last night, laughing it up uncontrollably at times, during the Red Sox/Tigers game last night. They laughed over a couple of streakers on the field, and then over the thought of taking Hollywood tours of movie star neighborhoods while out in Anaheim this coming weekend. I had the sound down during the last inning last night, as I was on the phone, but I’m guessing the laughter died down considerably as Curt Schilling allowed three runs in the ninth inning, and allowed the Tigers to come back and defeat the Red Sox 7-6.
Chris Snow looks at a dejected Schilling following the game as he explains that while he is still learning the role of closer, he can’t be costing his team games while doing it. Jeff Horrigan compares starter Bronson Arroyo and Schilling to the two naked streakers, who stepped on the field with absolutely nothing. Steven Krasner also examines Schillings late inning struggles last night, noting that he didn’t get over 91 on the radar gun. David Heuschkel looks at the Red Sox getting themselves in position for a win before having it unexpectedly fall apart in the ninth. David Borges says that prior to Schilling’s meltdown in the ninth, the night belonged to the streakers who halted play for a few minutes in the bottom of the sixth.
Sean McAdam says that the team needs to address its Achilles heel – the bullpen – or their postseason stay if they make it, will be brief. Nick Cafardo looks at the rough patch that Curt Schilling hit last night, and trots out some Chuck Waseleski stats to show just how ugly the bullpen performance has been in tight situations this season. Tony Massarotti notes that the hot streak that carried the Red Sox into the postseason began a year ago today. He asserts that it is time for this year’s edition of the Red Sox to go on a similar tear.
John Tomase has a piece on Gabe Kapler, whom Kevin Youkilis calls the Rodney Harrison of the Red Sox. Horrigan reports on Jonathan Papelbon getting called up to make the start tonight in Detroit, a move which will kick off a number of roster moves this week. Massarotti looks at the laborious start for Bronson Arroyo last night. Jon Couture says the Red Sox are their way to their Division title since 1995. Steve Buckley (subscription only) previews his charity Oldtime Baseball Game, which will take place tomorrow night at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge at 7:00pm. Bill Simmons looks at the race for AL MVP and wonders why Johnny Damon isn’t getting more consideration.
Krasner’s notebook looks at Papelbon getting the starting nod tonight. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at the young prospect getting a second start with the big club. Borges’ notebook also addresses the topic of the phenom trying to get his first big league win in the Motor City. Snow’s notebook looks at…you guessed it…Papelbon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Manny Delcarmen being sent down to make room for Papelbon.
Tom E Curran examines the Patriots stance concerning managing and communicating about injuries. Alan Greenberg looks at Corey Dillon, who is thankful that he got through last year successfully, answered all the questions and skeptics, and is now looking forward to just being able to concentrate on football. Adam Kilgore says that for Rosevelt Colvin, being able to go from play to play, and do simple things like brushing his teeth without thinking about his hip is making a big difference during this training camp. Michael Parente looks at the rest of the linebackers and how they are learning and progressing without the veteran presence of Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson around.
Karen Guregian examines the Patriots special teams, where even the stars get in and do the dirty work. Chris Kennedy has a look at linebacker Wesly Mallard, who looks to be a big contributor on special teams. Parente also reports on receiver Deion Branch, who says he feels the best he ever has coming into camp. Guregian also analyzes the throwing patterns of Tom Brady, who still has many wondering if he is nursing an injury because of his irregular practice schedule. Coach Belichick insists it is a matter of getting the other quarterbacks some work and reps in camp.
Curran’s notebook looks at the unique situation of fullback Kyle Eckel, who is in camp while on leave from the Navy and awaiting his next assignment. Bill Belichick seems confident that if the Patriots decide to keep him, something could be worked out with the Navy. Kilgore’s notebook reports that Brady will play on Thursday night against the Saints. Guregian’s notebook says that the play of the day in practice yesterday involved Doug Flutie, who got steamrolled after getting picked off and trying to tackle linebacker Don Davis. Kennedy’s notebook also looks at the play involving Flutie.
Jim McCabe looks at Phil Mickelson finishing off his first PGA Championship yesterday morning. Bruce Berlet looks at Mickelson winning his second Major. George Kimball says that Mickelson, now having separated himself from the slew of one-major winners out there, might be poise to make a run at a few more in the near future. McCabe’s notebook says that while Steve Elkington may not of won the tournament yesterday, he can take solace in the fact that his world ranking jumped from 129th to 48th with the second place finish. At the start of 2005, he was ranked 386th. Kimball’s notebook looks at Tiger Woods settling for a fourth place tie.
Other than a one sentence mention in the Globe sports log, there was no mention at least in the online editions of the local papers about the Celtics being able to save a little money yesterday by taking advantage of the one-time Amnesty clause and ridding themselves of the luxury tax payment they would have to pay for remaining money they owed to Vin Baker. ESPN reports on how teams around the league took advantage of this provision, and CelticsBlog has a look at why the Celtics didn’t shed either Mark Blount or Raef LaFrentz.
John Molori’s Media Blitz has a fellow agent saying that Terrell Owens agent Drew “Rosenhaus is embarrassing to the business”. He also looks at ESPN Hollywood and debuts a new feature: “Bet you didn’t know”.
Chad Finn has a lengthy and relevant edition of Touching All The Bases.
NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00.