The Red Sox bats were pretty much held in check last night by Indians starter C. C. Sabathia, as the big guy scattered 10 hits and only one run in eight innings of work as Cleveland beat the Red Sox 6-3 last night at a steamy Fenway Park. The loss dropped the Red Sox into second place, percentage points behind the Yankees.

Gordon Edes looks at a night where the highlights were the news that Captain Jason Varitek needs knee surgery and a wounded bird that flitted its way around the field during the game. Jeff Horrigan has more on the injuries and the Sox falling out of first place. Kevin McNamara has more from a depressing night at Fenway. David Heuschkel writes that the Red Sox flaws are starting to get exposed. Ron Chimelis says last night was a double blow for the Red Sox. David Borges has more on the Red Sox losing more than just a game last night. Phill ONeill has a look at C.C. Sabathia dropping the Red Sox out of first place.

Lenny Megliola says it will be hard to salvage anything from last night. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox need to emulate the Yankees and play through the pain and injuries. Michael Silverman has a followup with Red Sox management, who remains steadfast in their belief that they made the right decisions to keep their young players instead of dealing them away at the deadline. Jim Donaldson decides that the Red Sox standing pat at the trade deadline means that this team is sinking fast.

Michael Silverman and Tony Massarotti team up to report on Jason Varitek needing to undergo knee surgery to repair a partial cartilage tear, a procedure which should keep him out for a month. Alex Speier looks at how the Red Sox will go on without Varitek for the next month or so. Vega has a piece on Doug Mirabelli, who is going to be counted on to lead the Red Sox pitching staff through the dog days of August while Varitek is sidelined. Benbow checks in with former Sox catching prospect Kelly Shoppach, now with the Indians about how his season in Cleveland has gone and how he remembers Boston and Varitek. McAdam also reports on the catching situation, noting at the end that Chris Widger was released by the White Sox yesterday.

Michael Vega looks at Red Sox starter Jason Johnson settling down after a rocky first inning to end up going 5 2/3 innings in the loss. Buckley has more on Johnson getting things together after giving up three runs in the first inning. Julian Benbow devotes a whole article to the bird watching at Fenway last night, as a hobbled black bird provided really the only entertainment for fans in the late innings. Buckley has a quick piece on Wily Mo Pena, who is determined to change the minds of those who were against the trade that brought him to Boston in exchange for Bronson Arroyo.

Art Martone has a look at the amazing stats and clutching hitting of David Ortiz. Steve Buckley talks to Ortiz about Jimmie Foxx.

Edes’ notebook has more on Varitek’s impending knee surgery, as well as possible fill ins. Horrigan’s notebook has the Red Sox taking precautions against the heat at Fenway Park, installing mist making machines and giving constant reminders to fans to stay hydrated. The Projo notebook has John Henry issuing a statement of confidence after the non-moves at the deadline. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Varitek breaking down. Borges’ notebook also reports on the Sox captain. O’Neill’s notebook speculates that Varitek could be done for the season.

Kelsie Smith has a feature on Nashua Pride GM Robin Wallace, one of very few women in a baseball executive position.

Patriots Training Camp

John Tomase reports that Tedy Bruschi may have fractured his wrist at practice yesterday.

Ron Borges says that that Tom Brady proved him wrong yesterday after Borges had earlier claimed that Brady wouldn’t be a “team guy” and speak out against team management in support of Deion Branch. I’m not sure Brady’s comments were as “anti-management” as Borges would like us to believe. Brady was asked about Branch as a player relative to other receivers. Of course he is going to strongly support his main target. Tomase also weighs in on Brady’s comments to Mike Silver of Sports Illustrated. Chris Kennedy has a look at Brady’s return to practice yesterday after a couple days off.

Mike Reiss says a fitter Corey Dillon has the Patriots running back making strong statements about his status as an NFL “senior citizen”. Christopher Price says that Dillon is taking to his role as a mentor quite nicely thus far. Paul Kenyon has more on Dillon taking rookie Laurence Maroney under his wing.

Nearly three years after the devastating hip injury from which many said he would never return, Rosevelt Colvin is still improving both physically and on the field. Jennifer Toland has an article on the Patriots linebacker. Michael Parente reports on Eugene Wilson continuing to work at corner and what his flexibility could mean for the Patriots defense. Kennedy also looks at the center position for the Patriots, with Russ Hochstein continuing to fill in for Dan Koppen.

Tomase’s notebook contains the interesting claim that the reason Richard Seymour hasn’t practiced is that he hasn’t been able to sign his new deal yet because of NFL rules that state that a player can’t redo his contract twice in a calendar year. Reiss’ notebook looks at Tom Brady’s return to practice after giving his arm a rest for a couple of days. Kenyon’s notebook looks at the Patriots working on the passing game during last evening’s practice. Parente’s notebook has more on Colvin looking to improve on his 2005 season. Toland’s notebook has more on Brady’s return to practice.


Mark Murphy has a piece on Brian Scalabrine helping out at the seeds of peace camp. Peter May looks at Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, who continues to rehab his injury while working out with the USA Basketball team.

Shira Springer and Murphy each take a quick look at the Celtics schedule, which was released yesterday.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Phillies/Cardinals at 8:00.