The Red Sox had a fairly easy time of it in Kansas City last night. The Patriots continue training camp as they prepare to face Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Friday night. Those are the main stories today, but there are a few other links out there as well.

It got a little tighter there towards the end, but all in all, it was another routine win for the Red Sox, 5-2 over the Royals last night. Chris Snow looks at how Mike Timlin’s ninth inning unfolded. Michael Silverman calls last night’s game embarrassingly one-sided until the ninth inning. Steven Krasner says that David Wells still feels a little “funky” but he had enough to get the win last night. David Heuschkel notes that the Red Sox were able to make the most of their early opportunities.

Bob Ryan writes that the 2005 Red Sox have been, and will continue to play with house money. They won it all last year, and aren’t really expected to be the favorite again, so we should just sit back and enjoy the ride. I enjoyed his paragraph referencing those who thought that winning the World Series would ruin the “Red Sox experience”, he calls that “an absurd reach on the part of pseudo-intellectuals who can spoil the fun with ludicrous over-analysis.” He correctly says that if winning once is nice, winning more than once is much better. Ask longtime Celtics fans. Ask current Patriots fans.

Karen Guregian looks at how David Wells is still dealing with the “aftershocks” of the virus that has weakened him over his last few starts. Gordon Edes looks at Mike Sweeney and how the Royals first baseman is stuck in Kansas City for a few more year, but might also be available after the season in a trade. Kelsie Smith looks at traveling man Trot Nixon, who found himself back in right field for the Red Sox last night. Guregian looks at Mike Remlinger, who was at least temporarily saved when the Red Sox decided to option Lenny DiNardo back to Pawtucket.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) has a very strong column this morning speaking about against the media for their silence in the steroid issue in baseball for the last seven years. He notes:

The general media assessment during the steroid era was naivet