David Scott weighs in on the latest installments of the new media/old media wars, and has news that Mike Reiss will likely be spending more time on the Patriots beat this coming season.

The Red Sox opened the second half the season with a 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Leading 3-1 in the seventh, the Red Sox saw the A’s tie the game when Mark Loretta committed a rare error, allowing the tying runs to score.

Art Martone says that the Red Sox did not help themselves at all last night, wasting numerous opportunities. Amalie Benjamin notes that while Julian Tavarez took the loss for the Red Sox it was Loretta and Willie Harris who made mistakes with turned the momentum of the game in the favor of the A’s. Jeff Horrigan says that the Red Sox know that they were just lucky to be in contention in the ninth inning with the mistakes they made last night. Old School David Heuschkel looks at the Red Sox just handing this one over to the A’s. David Borges and Phil O’Neill wrap up the coverage from the Red Sox loss at Fenway.

Jackie MacMullan looks at the Loretta error, noting that even sure handed all stars have holes in their gloves once in a while. Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox made so many mistakes that they appeared to still be on summer vacation. Steven Krasner observes that opponents are finding it easy to get on base against Jon Lester, but nearly impossible to score.

Alex Speier has a look at the job that Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen are doing out of the bullpen for the Red Sox. John Tomase observes that Hansen has struggled lately in his second inning of work, and wonders if there is a trend at work there. Horrigan has a quick note on Craig Breslow getting called up yesterday, making it back to the big leagues for the 25 year old former Padres pitcher. Rob Bradford has four things which must hold true for the Red Sox to experience second half success.

Julian Benbow has 2005 AL Rookie of the Year Huston Street talking about the rookie pitcher that has everyone talking in 2006, Jonathan Papelbon. Tomase talks with Barry Zito, who holds out hopes to return to the A’s next season, but knows that the club likely won’t be able to afford him.

Get the coverage from the West coast on last night’s game over on the Bay Area Sports Pages.

Horrigan’s notebook looks at Jon Lester playing the tightrope game again in his five inning stint. Benjamin’s notebook has Terry Francona providing injury updates on all his starting pitchers with the exception of Josh Beckett and Lester – the only starting pitchers on the roster injury-free at the moment. Krasner’s notebook has Breslow not getting a chance to pitch in Wednesday’s AAA All Star game, but not finding out why until yesterday. Heuschkel’s notebook has Jason Varitek not making excuses for his tough first half at the plate. Borges’ notebook has more on Breslow, as doesn’t O’Neill’s notebook, which says the reliever’s stay with the Red Sox is likely to be a short one.

Nick Cafardo files a minor league notebook, where the first focus is on AA reliever Edgar Martinez. Horrigan’s The Minors looks at Joshua Papelbon, who has been lights out for Single A Lowell. Jim Donaldson talks to PawSox President Mike Tamburro about the steady stream of pitchers that have made the advancement from Pawtucket to the major leagues this season.

Josh Bousquet offers a first look at top sites for fantasy football. Paul Gaeta has a look at fantasy baseball studs and duds.

Steve Bulpett provides a nice look at how the players on the Celtics summer league roster have looked in the week that the Las Vegas league has been operating. Bulpett also says that the Celtics are simply waiting for league approval in order to be able to officially announce the Paul Pierce extension.

Nick Tavares says that the Bruins have accomplished many things this offseason, the most impressive of which is that they have people talking about them again. Stephen Harris says that it is not 100% certain that first round pick Phil Kessel is heading back to college, but it certainly appear that way. Harris’ notebook reports on the club naming Marc Habscheid associate head coach.

Michael Vega has Jimmie Johnson answering his detractors prior to this weekend’s race in Loudon, NH. David Exum wonders if we’ll see more fireworks between Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth this weekend after the two bumped last weekend in Chicago. Sasha Talcott looks at NASCAR getting into the Harlequin romance novel business. Yes you read that line correctly. Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook looks at Tony Stewart getting into the modified race in NH tomorrow. Exum’s notebook has more on that topic.

Chad Finn has ten things he thinks he thinks.

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