The Red Sox couldn’t finish off the sweep of the A’s, dropping the series finale 5-1 yesterday afternoon in Oakland. After pounding out 18 hits the previous night, the Red Sox were held to four hits yesterday.

Gordon Edes looks at Frank Thomas putting a hurt on the Sox with two homers in the win for the A’s. Jeff Horrigan notes that for the third time in four starts the fifth inning was the undoing of Kyle Snyder. Sean McAdam reports on the Red Sox managing only a feeble attack in their loss yesterday. David Heuschkel notes that other than two pitches to Thomas, Snyder had a decent outing for the Red Sox.

You knew this was coming…Lenny Megliola invites Roger Clemens to come back to the Red Sox since the Astros seem intent on wasting each one of his starts. Karen Guregian insists that Theo Epstein needs to “step up” and deliver a starting pitcher to the Sox before Monday’s trade deadline.

Amalie Benjamin has Doug Mirabelli having hard time coming up with anything that Kyle Snyder did wrong in his start yesterday. Guregian also has a look at Jermaine Van Buren, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning yesterday, including a strikeout of Thomas. Horrigan reports on Kason Gabbard getting sent back down to Pawtucket after yesterday’s game.

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Edes’ notebook takes a peek at the 2007 schedule for the Red Sox, which includes four trips to the West coast. Horrigan’s notebook has Keith Foulke heading to Lowell and then Pawtucket this weekend for a couple rehab outings. McAdam’s notebook reports that Foulke could return to the Red Sox as soon as Monday. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at the frustrations of Foulke, who might consider retirement at the end of the year should this latest comeback not go well.

John Tomase has a very good article this morning on the two tight end offense, something that could be a prime weapon for the Patriots this coming season. The Herald also gets Pat Kirwan to describe how this offense can cause problems for an defense. Jerome Solomon offers up his camp preview, taking a position-by-position look at what we can expect in the next five weeks. Michel Parente examines the defensive backs in his latest camp preview.

Tom E Curran says that the only person exploiting Deion Branch is his agent, who he says is giving the Patriots wide receiver bad advice. Tomase’s notebook has Branch’s agent not backing off his stance, and insisting Branch will not be in camp. Dan Pires also reports on Branch. Larry Phung reports on Rosevelt Colvin working to raise money for Easter Seals.

Alan Greenberg has an AFC preview, wondering if Dante Culpepper is enough for the Dolphins to overtake the Patriots in the East. Eric McHugh has 10 questions and answers about the AFC as well.

Mark Murphy reports on the Celtics signing undrafted free agent Kevin Pittsnogle. Shira Springer also has a brief report on the signing.

Michael Vega talks to former BC star Troy Bell, who prepares to make his boxing debut while waiting for his NBA career to take off. Kevin Gray chronicles what it is like to step in the box against 63 year old Tommy John. I think Bob Halloran is attempting to answer his critics, but I can’t be sure.

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John Molori’s Media Blitz catches up with the very first voice of the Red Sox on NESN, Kent Derdivanis. David Scott reports that Nancy Marrapese-Burrell is off the Bruins beat, switching roles with Fluto Shinzawa.

ESPN has Cardinals/Cubs at 8:00. The Red Sox are off today.