The Red Sox pull one out of the fire with an impressive late inning offensive surge. There are plenty of Patriots articles today, and a number of other items from around the sports world as well.
Things were not looking so good for the Red Sox as they went into the ninth inning trailing 3-2 last night. To that point they had held to two hits on the night by Tigers starter Nate Robertson, who had cruised through the game only throwing 90 pitches in eight full innings. Inexplicably, Tigers manager Alan Trammell removed Robertson to begin the ninth, and David Ortiz promptly tied the game at three, and then in the tenth, the Red Sox exploded for seven more runs. Not even Mike Remlinger could cough up that lead, though he tried, surrendering a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th, but he still managed to hang on and get the final out in a 10-7 Red Sox win.
Couple that with a late inning collapse by Mariano Rivera and the Yankees down in Tampa, and you have quite the turning point according to Jeff Horrigan. Ortiz also hit a three run home run in the tenth inning, and David Heuschkel has Johnny Damon saying Ortiz is the best clutch hitter in baseball. Chris Snow has a well done game story where he looks at Ortiz drawing on his experience as a teammate of Fernando Rodney during winterball to help beat the Tigers closer last night. David Borges takes note of the sudden two game swing in the standings which occurred unexpectedly last night. Steven Krasner also reports on Ortiz helping snatch victory from the jaws of defeat last night.
Nick Cafardo examines the effort of last night’s starter for the Red Sox, young Jonathan Papelbon. He anoints the youngster the title of best homegrown arm since Roger Clemens, and makes several other references to the Rocket during the article, while at the same time warning that he is not comparing him to Clemens. Tony Massarotti says that watching David Ortiz is what it must’ve been like watching Yaz during the summer of 1967. Horrigan reports that Curt Schilling isn’t in the mix to return to the rotation yet. Massarotti reports on Kevin Youkilis once again being shipped down the Lou Merloni highway, this time to make room for John Olerud’s return. Horrigan makes note of a bizarre scene up in Portland the other night, former short-time Red Sox player (Five games in 1995) Dave Hollins, now coaching in the Mets system, charged into the Sea Dogs dugout after a member of the coaching staff. Kevin Thomas has the story in the Portland Press Herald. Steve Mazzone reports on ex-Sox outfielder Rick Miller coaching some kids at the Bank of America Youth Baseball Clinic.
Snow’s notebook says that this time, Papelbon will be sticking around a little bit longer. Horrigan’s notebook observes that Papelbon made Tigers hitters look silly at times last night with a 97 mph fastball coupled with a biting split-fingered pitch. Krasner’s notebook says that Papelbon was a little more comfortable in his second big league outing. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Curt Schilling isn’t going right back into the rotation anytime soon. When Keith Foulke returns there will be some sort of gradual transition, according to Terry Francona. Borges’ notebook looks at Youkilis being sent to Pawtucket once again.
Jerome Solomon reports on Tom Brady, who wants to put the rumors that there is something wrong with his arm to rest. Tom E Curran looks at Brady coming through just fine yesterday, both in his extra throwing session with Deion Branch and talking about the upcoming GQ article, for which he is receiving a lot of ribbing from his teammates. Michael Felger also reports that Brady claims his arm and pride are both doing just fine. Chris Kennedy also looks at the nonstop ribbing Brady was getting at practice yesterday. Michael Parente has still more on Brady and both his elbow and the heat he was taking from his teammates.
Ron Borges has a powerful piece with Larry Izzo, looking at the Patriots Pro Bowl Special Teamer, who is determined to do what he can for the families of those who have lost loved ones in the war in Iraq. Alan Greenberg reports on Christian Fauria, who has been the center of countless articles this summer as speculation over his future abounds with two younger, talented tight ends in camp. Fauria says he will be playing football this season, be it with the Patriots, or with some other club. Robert Lee reports on the haircuts given to the rookies at practice yesterday, many of them came out of it looking like they were in a punk rock band.
Felger reports that Doug Flutie will see some playing time tomorrow night as he auditions for the role of backup QB with the Patriots. Jonanthan Comey isn’t getting too worked up over the battle for the backup quarterback spot this summer. Bill Simmons wonders when all wide receivers went crazy. Steve Buckley (subscription only) reports on Jack Blais, who purchased the naming rights to the Patriots practice facilities, and then donated them to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He also looks at Robert Kraft, who is enjoying every moment of the Patriots success, though he remembers the down times as well.
Solomon’s notebook has more on the bad haircuts given to the rookies. Felger’s notebook looks at Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, who feels great during this camp. Curran’s notebook has a look at running back Kory Chapman, who might be making a big to stick with the Patriots. Kennedy’s notebook has more on the rookie hazing, while Parente’s notebook reports on Blais’ donation of the naming rights of the Patriots Practice Facility.
Carolyn Thornton reports on the Celtics signing second round pick Ryan Gomes to a three year contract.
Lenny Megliola reports on Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter, who is getting ready to meet the ACC for the first time. Peter May does a profile of Curt Oberg, who is living a dream by serving as a volunteer assistant coach and football operations director for Dartmouth College. Matt Eagan reports on UConn guard Marcus Williams being arrested in the Laptop scandal – a story which doesn’t seem to be getting too much of a push given its significance.
Get the details of the Yankees extra inning loss as well as the other stories of the morning at the New York Sports News page. Check out the stories from the West coast including the possible return of Barry Bonds on the Bay Area Sports page.
NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 1:00. ESPN has Cubs/Astros at 7:00. ESPN2 has Blue Jays/Angels at 10:00.