08.03.06 Afternoon

Breaking News… CBS4’s Dan Roche as well as ESPN Boston 890 are reporting that the Red Sox have acquired catcher Javy Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles. Sean McAdam reported the Sox interest in Lopez in this morning’s edition of the Providence Journal. (Developing)

A few afternoon links…

Tom King has a good piece on receiver John Stone, who is trying to catch on the Patriots in training camp. The former Raider has opened some eyes with his catching and kick returning skills thus far. Mark Farinella has a look at Troy Brown’s on-again, off-again schedule during training camp as the 35-year-old preserves himself for the regular season. Eric McHugh says that Tedy Bruschi’s absence in camp will send a ripple effect through the rest of the linebackers and really, the entire defense. Hector Longo looks at how massive nose tackle Vince Wilfork is dealing with the heat. David Pevear has a look at Matt Light, as the Patriots continues to come back from a broken right leg suffered last season.

Check out the other Patriots blogs and sites on the Patriots Daily Links page.

Pevear also looks at how the Patriots are dealing with the heat down in Foxboro. In Farinella’s notebook, he takes a cynical look at Tom Brady’s clarification of the Sports Illustrated column. McHugh’s notebook has Brady saying his absence earlier in the week was simply a matter of resting his arm.

Mike Fine has a look at David Ortiz letting someone else handle the last minute magic for the Red Sox. Bob Stern has more on Mark Loretta stepping into the spotlight. Alan Greenwood also looks at Loretta’s monster hit sinking the Indians.

Keep up with the Red Sox blog entries on the Red Sox Daily Links page.

Rob Bradford looks at Curt Schilling as the Sox ace prepares for the stretch run. Fine also has Jason Varitek issuing a vote of confidence in his backup. Greenwood has a similar article looking at how they will pick up the slack. Fine’s notebook looks at Wily Mo Pena’s homerun, which could’ve killed someone.

Dick Roche has an inspiring piece on high school student Ted Sellers, who despite suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta and being confined to a wheelchair, has been working the Brockton Rox radio games this season.

Rick Harrison tells us what he does to pass the dog days of sports this August.

The Celtics announced that Al Jefferson underwent ankle surgery this morning.

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