The Red Sox took two out of three over the weekend against Detroit, capped by yesterday’s 8-3 win over the Timers.
Gordon Edes recaps the victory, noting that Matt Clement might’ve temporarily quieted the debate over whether he should be allowed to “retain membership in the human race” – a little shot at sports radio – with his performance against the team with the best record in baseball. Edes also works in a little Yankees preview, with the Sox headed into the Bronx tonight. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox staying focused and not looking ahead to the Yankees in beating the Tigers yesterday. Steven Krasner has good old fashioned hard work receiving the lion’s share of credit for Clement’s ability to bounce back after a number of rough starts and get the win against Detroit yesterday. Jeff Goldberg says Clement worked extensively on his delivery last week and the results were on display against the Tigers. David Borges recaps the win for the Red Sox, which allows Boston to sit a half game ahead of the Yankees going into tonight’s game. Bill Ballou notes that four home runs helped pave the way for Clement and the Red Sox yesterday afternoon.
Amalie Benjamin looks at Clement making some adjustments to his delivery and trusting Jason Varitek to know when it was time to call it an afternoon. John Tomase has Clement changing up his preparation for this start, and having the results speak for themselves. Horrigan has Kevin Youkilis expecting to be in the lineup tonight after having to leave yesterday’s game after being hit in the forearm by a pitch. In the Boston Sports Review magazine for June, Alex Speier has a look Mike Lowell, who has landed on his feet here in Boston after an awful 2005. Lowell’s play thus far has the “experts” who proclaimed him done a week into spring training this year looking like fools.
Michael Silverman says that Red Sox fans need to face up to the fact that the Yankees are better than the Red Sox, despite what the standings might say. He cites the Yankees lineup and pitching statistics as superior to Boston’s, and the evidence. that the Yankees play better against better teams. Tomase has Curt Schilling lauding Joe Torre for the work he’s done with this year’s Yankee team, as well as over the years. David Borges has Mike Lowell fondly recalling his brief stint as a Yankee when he was called up at the end of the 1998 season. There are also preview articles in the New York Sports Pages as well as the Yankees prepare to welcome the Sox tonight.
A few MLB draft articles from the weekend, Alex Speier looks at the Red Sox having an abundance of picks in a draft that isn’t considered all that strong. Steve Buckley has Rudy Seanez remembering back 20 years to when he was drafted. Rob Bradford (link already expired – thanks E-T.) looks at the stress that the draft places on interested parents, and talks to the parents of Tom Brady and Josh Beckett about their experiences with the baseball draft. (Brady of course was drafted as a catcher by the Montreal Expos, but chose to go play football at Michigan instead. ) Mike Fine has Theo Epstein contrasting this draft to his first in 2003, and also looks at the top picks of the Epstein era.
Edes’ notebook reports that the signs continue to point to Jon Lester making his major league debut this coming Saturday in a doubleheader with the Texas Rangers. Horrigan’s notebook has Varitek’s bat starting to show signs of life after a rough start to the season. Krasner’s notebook looks ahead to the Yankees, and also provides updates on a number of Red Sox injuries. Borges’ notebook has more on Youkilis, who plans on playing tonight after getting hit in the forearm by a Tiger pitch yesterday. Ballou’s notebook has David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez approaching a pair of Red Sox Hall of Famers in the record books.
Hard to believe, but this week it will be 20 years since the Boston Celtics were last NBA champions. The Herald has a few articles commemorating the anniversary of that last title team. Mark Murphy says that “1986 was one last gasp of brilliance before the NBA moved from an age dominated by great teams to one of individual stars. ” Murphy also has a Where Are They Now article on the roster and talks to Bill Walton about being a part of that team for the ages. That era ended much too soon, as Murphy also has a piece about the swift downfall of the franchise not too much later. Kevin Henkin says that it is time for the Celtics roster to grow up, while Mike Fine has a look at the Celtics putting top NBA Draft prospects through the paces in recent workouts. Peter May has a look at the rejuvenation of the Dallas Mavericks, who not long ago were considered one of the worst franchises in sports.
Mick Colageo says it will be a long hard road to Stanley Cup contention for the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at some local flavor in the NHL draft. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Sergei Samsonov enjoying his time with the Oilers, who will be playing for that Stanley Cup starting tonight. Alex Beam wonders whatever happened to the game of hockey.
Christopher Price has a look at Patriots first round pick Laurence Maroney for Boston Sports Review.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00 (ESPN Nationally) OLN has game one of the Stanley Cup Finals with Edmonton taking on Carolina at 8:00.