The Twins finished off a three game sweep of the Red Sox with a 5-3 win last night in Minnesota.
Dan Shaughnessy opens his game story trying to look at the positives for the Red Sox, which is admirable, given the current state of the club after getting swept by the Twins. Michael Silverman says that it is clear that the Red Sox are in the midst of a time honored tradition – the June swoon. Sean McAdam looks at the Sox getting swept in a three game series for the first time in over a year. David Heuschkel notes that the Twins bats seemed to find all the holes the last few nights, while the Red Sox couldn’t even get home runs to leave the park. Phill O’Neill looks at the Red Sox making Twins starter Carlos Silva, who hadn’t won in a month look like an ace.
Karen Guregian writes that the Red Sox offense deserves the blame for this recent slide by the club. Chris Snow looks at David Ortiz getting robbed of a monstrous homer last night by a speaker in the Metrodome. McAdam has a brief note about possible replacements on the market for Matt Clement. David Borges reports on the deal that got the Red Sox a lefty relief pitcher yesterday.
Shaughnessy’s notebook reports on the Red Sox acquiring reliever Javier Lopez from the White Sox in exchange for David Riske. Silverman’s notebook looks at what Lopez’s role will be with the club, which finds itself in need of both starting and relief pitching. McAdam’s notebook has more on Lopez, who is being counted on to be a lefty specialist. Heuschkel’s notebook makes the point that all this fuss over a lefty specialist could’ve been avoided if the Sox had re-signed Mike Myers, who has an 0.71 ERA with the Yankees. O’Neill’s notebook says that the move at least shows that the Red Sox are trying to address their bullpen issues.
Snow compiles a minor-league notebook, the focus of which is Single A second baseman Jeff Natale, who has put up some eye-popping averages and numbers in his short time in the minors. Rich Thompson’s minor league report checks in with PawSox starter Abe Alvarez. Kevin Gray looks at the buzz up in Manchester, where A.J. Burnett will make a rehab start for the Fisher Cats against the Portland Sea Dogs this weekend.
Corey Dillon was the center of attention yesterday during the final day of Patriots minicamp as the veteran running back pulled Michael Felger out of the media crowd and handed him a list to read before the gathered assembly. It was a list of Dillon’s career achievements. Dillon apparently feels that he isn’t given his due and is unfairly portrayed as washed up by the media. The session made life easy for the reporters on site, as they merely needed to keep up with him, and their notebooks would be full and their stories were practically written for them. Jerome Solomon says that Dillon was mostly be playful with the crowd, though there was a message underneath it all. Tom E Curran has more on Dillon’s session. Chris Kennedy also reports on Dillon’s session, where he has learned to make his points without causing too much stir. Rich Garvin says we found out that Dillon can talk yesterday, now in six weeks we’ll see if he can still run. Dan Pires says Dillon is still seeking respect, while Michael Parente says that if Dillon’s legs are as quick as his wit, he’ll be in good shape this year. Christopher Price notes that yesterday’s session was classic Corey Dillon theater: charming, polite and funny