A fairly light Monday for links. There is coverage of the Red Sox win over the Angels yesterday, a few football articles from Patriots training camp, and just a couple other miscellaneous items.
The Red Sox bats has pretty much been held in check for the entire series against the Angels until the eighth inning yesterday. Edgar Renteria snapped a scoreless tie with a three run homer, and then after David Ortiz laid down a bunt single (!) against the over-shift, (I’m looking forward to the three weeks of heated debate on this topic on WEEI…after all the precedent was set with the Edgar bunt earlier this season.) Manny Ramirez hit a two run homer, giving the Red Sox all they would need for a 5-1 victory and a split of the four game series against the Angels.
Gordon Edes says the shocks came one after another in the eighth inning, but produced a much-needed win. Michael Silverman reports on the Red Sox having the needed fireworks to overcome the Angels. Steven Krasner makes note of the many memorable sights and moments from yesterday afternoon in Anaheim. David Heuschkel notes that lost amid all the late inning happenings, we saw again the bright future that Jonathan Papelbon possesses, as the youngster tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Dan Shaughnessy says it is about time that Renteria finally did something. Karen Guregian says that Renteria seems to be finding a groove at the plate, at least. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that the Red Sox are making the right move by putting Curt Schilling back in the rotation. He says they are not going to go far in October without the top of the rotation ace and the closer. He says Keith Foulke or even Craig Hansen will need to nail down the closer spot.
Jon Baker reports on Trot Nixon’s rehab appearance for Pawtucket yesterday. Jonathan Comey makes the case for Jason Varitek as American League MVP. Edes has a piece on Kevin Millar, who seems to have accepted the inevitable, that John Olerud deserves to be playing every day ahead of him. Guregian has a short bit on yesterday’s starter, Jonathan Papelbon, who impressed once again. Bob Halloran says the Red Sox are good.
I don’t think I was alone in being a little aggravated on Friday night at the UPN38/NESN Red Sox telecast from Anaheim. After David Ortiz was called out on strikes to end the top of the eighth inning, he started arguing the call with the umpire. You could see that things were getting heated and something was going to happen. The production crew decided to go right into their commercial break anyway. This is no second-guess, right when they went to the commercial I was annoyed. Of course when they came back, Ortiz had been tossed from the game and Remy and Orsillo had to go over everything that happened during the break. The network should’ve stuck with the live coverage. Remy was very strong in stating that he thought that Ortiz will be suspended for his actions. I haven’t heard anything else on that angle since then, though Remy did mention it on the FOX telecast Saturday.
Edes’ notebook says that the Red Sox are going to give Craig Hansen at least a few more day before calling him up to big club. Silverman’s notebook looks at the end of Schilling’s days as a reliever and reports that Mike Timlin will probably handle the closing duties until Keith Foulke or someone else are ready to take the job. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Schilling accomplished what he set out to do when he agreed to come out of the bullpen.
Michael Felger takes a position-by-position look at the roster and where the upcoming cuts are likely to come from. Jerome Solomon also looks at the roster and who is still trying to make an impression on the coaching staff. Tom E Curran has a look at Doug Flutie, who showed on Thursday night that he can still play this game and is in camp for a reason. Michael Parente has a piece on rookie Ellis Hobbs, who is making the most of his opportunities on the field, even on special teams.
In case you missed it, and the link has already expired; over the weekend Hector Longo suggested that it is time for Patriots fans to panic over their team. This of course is the same Hector, who last summer wrote about the “alarming whiff of negativity” around the Patriots in training camp and then the team proceeded to go 17-2 and capture their second straight Super Bowl title. I wish I could get the link back, but the Eagle-Tribune site doesn’t seem to have an archives section available for non-subscribers.
Kevin Paul Dupont reports on the AND1 tour, which came to Boston last night. I guess I should give credit to the Globe for trying to think young and hip and include something on this in their pages, but I struggle with the idea of Kevin Paul Dupont hangin’ at that event.
Randy Johnson and the Yankees lost to the other Sox yesterday, falling back to 4 games behind the Red Sox once again. Ty Law finally gets on the practice field with the Jets. Get these stories and more at the New York Sports News page. A big story from the weekend was the sudden death of 49er’s lineman Thomas Herrion after a preseason game in Denver Saturday night. You can find the latest news on this tragedy on the Bay Area Sports page.
The Red Sox are off tonight, but you may get a glimpse of Craig Hansen as NESN is showing Sea Dogs/Thunder at 7:00. ABC has Cowboys/Seahawks preseason at 8:00. ESPN has baseball at 8:00, but the teams are not listed on their website yet.