The Red Sox continued their strong play in interleague play with a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals last night at Fenway Park. Kyle Snyder, picked up off the scrap heap, pitched well enough in his five innings of work to pick up the victory for Boston.
Amalie Benjamin has the game story for the Globe, and notes that in appearance, Synder looked like “a supersized Bronson Arroyo, come back to save a Red Sox pitching staff”. Michael Silverman isn’t sure if it was Kyle Snyder or Keyser Soze out on the mound for the Sox, but he got the job done. Shalise Manza Young looks at Snyder giving the Red Sox a boost with his efficient five innings of work. Jeff Goldberg also focuses on the nice outing from the Royal retread. Ron Chimelis says that Snyder was sent out there to take one for the team, but he might’ve made it instead. Laurie Los says last night had the makings of a slugfest, but Snyder and the Boston bullpen got the job done. Bill Ballou says this one might’ve seemed lost before it even started for the Red Sox, but they got a gift from Synder.
Dan Shaughnessy has a look at “quite possibly the most underrated player in the history of baseball” in Nationals manager Frank Robinson. Shaughnessy puts together an interesting piece on the Hall of Famer, including a tidbit that I probably knew at one point, but forgot…Robinson played high school basketball with Bill Russell. Gerry Callahan is gushing over Alex Gonzalez, and deservedly so. The Red Sox shortstop amazes everyone on a nightly basis with the things he does in the field. If I had a dollar for every time in the last week I heard a media member say he’s the best defensive player they’ve seen on the Red Sox in their lifetimes I’d be rich…however this time, it’s no hyperbole. If Ozzie Smith is the Wizard, then as former manager Jack McKeon said, Gonzalez is a magician.
Mark Murphy looks a the job done by Synder last night in his Red Sox debut. Kelsie Smith examines Terry Francona’s bullpen getting the job done last night. John Tomase looks at former PawSox and AM 1510 broadcaster Dave Jageler enjoying his role as a play-by-play man for the Washington Nationals radio crew. Matt Eagan says that the Sox let an ace get away in Bronson Arroyo. Seeing Snyder on the mound last night might’ve caused Alex Speier to reflect on how much the Red Sox miss Arroyo.
Lenny Megliola looks at unsung heroes getting the job done in the Red Sox win last night. Smith also reports on the Fenway crowd welcoming back Gabe Kapler. Tomase makes the observation that Red Sox fans love Gabe Kapler. Silverman has a quick report on the Red Sox parting ways with J.T. Snow. Murphy also has a look at Alfonso Soriano adjusting to his move to the outfield quite well. Bob Halloran looks at an award winning season in the works for Jonathan Papelbon.
Benjamin’s notebook looks at J.T. Snow’s stint with the Red Sox coming to an end. Silverman’s notebook looks at Craig Hansen getting recalled from Pawtucket following the game, with Jermaine Van Buren being sent down. The Projo notebook has more on the J.T. Snow era coming to an end in Boston. Chimelis’ notebook, Ballou’s notebook and Los’ notebook have more on Snow.
Murray Chass in the New York Times his morning says that before Barry Bonds signed with the Giants in 1992, his agents proposed a 7 year, $50 million deal to the Red Sox. Lou Gorman, the Red Sox GM at the time talks about how close things got. (Not very) Interesting story, but again, we’ve got the Times writing about the Red Sox, their investment…
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Glen Wesley and the Carolina Hurricanes finally being able to hoist the Stanley Cup. Down in Hartford, Jeff Jacobs looks at the franchise formerly known as the Whalers winning it all – a concept still unbelievable to many. Burrell’s notebook looks at rookie Cam Ward winning the Conn Smythe Trophy postseason MVP trophy.
Stephen Harris reports that it appears unlikely that Mike Sullivan will be brought back as head coach of the Bruins. He also indicates that the club is preparing to make a run at Peter Laviolette, whose Hurricanes just won the Stanley Cup. Kevin Provencher looks at the L.A. Kings hiring former Bruins GM Mike O’Connell as a pro scout and player development consultant, who will likely remained based here on the East coast.
Steve Bulpett and Scott Souza look at former Duke and Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams working out for the Celtics. Williams is attempting to come back from a horrific motorcycle accident three years ago which left him with a shattered pelvis and mangled leg. Shira Springer looks at the Dallas Mavericks needing to regroup after losing three straight to the Heat in Miami.
Jim McCabe talks to pros who are still stunned by Phil Mickelson’s collapse in the final hole of the U.S. Open.
NESN has Red Sox/Nationals at 7:00. ABC has Heat/Mavericks at 9:00.