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Everything is still all about Manny.

Bob Ryan says that everything we see is just part of the package that is MBM. Tony Massarotti says that what is good for Manny is good for the Red Sox. David Heuschkel looks at the speculation surrounding Manny’s knee. Bill Reynolds says that all that really matters is Manny’s output. Lenny Megliola says that we don’t really know Manny, and then proceeds to spend most of the article making fun of Manny. This is the type of thing that I’m talking about when it comes to coverage of Manny. Megliola gives some credit to Ramirez’s Hall of Fame hitting skills, but that is certainly overshadowed in this piece by all the jokes. This wasn’t a mean-spirited piece by Megliola, and I wasn’t referring to just “attacks” on Manny when I was discussing the media coverage of him. So when Ordway shouted on Tuesday “WHO’S ATTACKING MANNY?” he was again, not really addressing the issues of how Ramirez is portrayed in the press.

David Borges says that the Red Sox will be relying heavily on their four young pitchers in the second half of the season. He takes a good long look at the group. Michael Silverman has seven things that must happen for the Red Sox to stay on path to the postseason. Gordon Edes says the Red Sox are in great shape coming off the All Star break and has an in depth look at the rest of the season. Steven Krasner says things get serious starting tonight, and looks at question marks around the team. Bill Ballou notes that several Red Sox, as well as the team itself, are on pace for a historic season if they can keep the pace. Jon Couture looks at the Good, the Bad and the Schedule for the second half of the season for the Sox.

Stan Grossfeld looks at how some kids still manage to sneak into Fenway Park. Buddy Thomas says that the All Star game has lost its charm.

Nick Cafardo’s notebook says that Manny is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight against the A’s. The Projo notebook has more on Francona denying the report that Manny has a tear in his knee.

Steve Bulpett says that Paul Pierce and the Celtics have wrapped up the details on the contract extension for the star. Tim Weisberg has more on the signing getting close for the two sides and what it would mean for Boston. Shira Springer has a bit on the extension as well as a look at the latest summer league action for the Celtics. Bulpett also looks at a pretty intense summer league game for the Celtics. Bulpett’s notebook says that the Celtics might have some competition in their pursuit of Allen Iverson.

Douglas Flynn reports that the new era of the Bruins will begin with five road games. Stephen Harris and Jim Fennell report on the new “Be a Bruin” reality show coming on NESN.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s tonight at 7:00.

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