John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at changes over at CN8 sports, has a look at NESN’s Paul Devlin, who has been moonlighting for the NFL network, and Lesley Visser being honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Red Sox concluded interleague play yesterday by beating the Marlins 4-3 in Miami. Boston finished 16-2 against the National League this season, tying the record for most wins in a season in interleague competition. Four Red Sox players were also named to the All Star team yesterday, as David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Mark Loretta will be starters and Jonathan Papelbon was named as one of the pitchers.
Sean McAdam notes that in this game, the Red Sox really had to work to win, unlike a lot of the games recently in which they have just outslugged the competition. Gordon Edes focuses his game story on Mike Timlin going after an infield popup, rather than chancing having David Ortiz handle it at first base, which is the same plot David Heuschkel uses in his game story. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox dominance in games against the NL, where they are 25-3 since June 12, 2005. David Borges looks at the stars shining for the Red Sox in their win over the Marlins yesterday. Phil O’Neill looks at All Star Loretta in his game story, as the second baseman saw two hitting streaks come to an end yesterday, but still drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
Amalie Benjamin looks at the Red Sox All Stars getting the news, including Jonathan Papelbon, and a few who didn’t get named, such as Curt Schilling. John Tomase has more on Papelbon and the rest of the Boston All Star selections. Tomase also writes on the ones who didn’t make it, most notably Schilling. McAdam has more on the selections and non-selections for the Red Sox. Borges focuses on Schilling’s snub while reporting on the Red Sox All Star selections.
Jon Couture tries to figure out why the Red Sox and other AL teams have been so successful against the National League this season. Horrigan reports on Jon Lester once again battling through tight spots in his five innings of work yesterday. Alex Speier has Keith Foulke speaking about his immediate future, where he hopes to get healthy enough to help the Red Sox down the stretch run, and his long term future, which might not include baseball beyond this season. The Eagle-Tribune has a new website up and running, and at first glance it appears to be an upgrade. They offer this article from the weekend, which examines the possible reasons for the Red Sox new defensive prowess. I assume the article was written by Rob Bradford, but there is no byline on the article, nor does there appear to be on any of the articles on the site…
Edes’ notebook examines the job that reserves like Alex Cora and Gabe Kapler are doing off the Red Sox bench. Horrigan’s notebook suggests that several Red Sox players could thank interleague play for a boost in their stats (and paychecks). Heuschkel’s notebook has Schilling’s disappointment at not being named an All Star. A Johnny Damon quote sneaks in there, as the Yankees centerfielder sayings Schilling deserved to go. Borges’ notebook looks at Lester getting by without his “best feel’. O’Neill’s notebook reports on the All Star selections.
It was a huge weekend for the Bruins, as the team signed the top defenseman on the market just hours after the start of the free agent signing period. Zdeno Chara has been a Norris trophy finalist, and gives the Bruins that anchor to the defense that they have lacked since they traded Ray Bourque to Colorado. Kevin Paul Dupont is pleased with the signings, but wonders why the club never opened their checkbooks like this when there was no salary cap. Stephen Harris reports on the Bruins signing veteran right winger Shean Donovan last night, and also that Brendan Shanahan wants to play for the Bruins, but that money might turn out to be an issue. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins talking with former Boston College left wing Chris Collins. Check out the coverage from the weekend on the Globe Bruins page and the Herald Bruins page.
If you’re looking for a Patriots fix, Albert Breer had an update on Rodney Harrison yesterday as well as a number of other Patriots items in his Sunday column.
A few Boston media members (see how many you can identify) probably wish this video was destroyed after it was made, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can watch them sing about the Patriots’ first trip to the Super Bowl, back 20 years ago. It’s pretty choppy at times, and I doubt you’ll get through the whole thing, but WOW. (Thanks to CHFF for the tip)
(It’s probably best to hit play, then hit pause, to allow the video to load fully and then you can play the whole thing without interruption.)
Dan Shaughnessy is rooting for Pat Hurst over Annika Sorenstam in today’s US Women’s Open playoff.
NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:15.