David Scott reports that Jerome Solomon will be leaving the Globe and Patriots beat sometime this month to return the Houston Chronicle.

There was no walk off magic left in the Red Sox last night, as they lost 7-6 to the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett gave up a grand slam to Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth inning, which ultimately put the game out of reach for the Red Sox.

I’ve got a shortened version of the links this morning, as technology was not my friend in the early going this AM.

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Sean McAdam reported first yesterday that the Red Sox were after Javy Lopez. He has a follow up article this morning on the team apparently acquiring the veteran catcher from the Orioles. Tony Massarotti says only the commissioner’s signature is required to make the deal official. Nick Cafardo looks at what Lopez can bring to the Red Sox.

Jeff Horrigan’s notebook and Amalie Benjamin’s notebook each report on Mike Lowell coming up limping after fouling a ball off his foot.

Cafardo’s minor league notebook looks at Portland Seadogs outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Football

Head on over the Patriots Game Day blog for our weekly roundtable discussion. In this entry, we discuss events from the first week of training camp.

Barbara Matson has a look at former Globe staffer Lesley Visser becoming the first woman to be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in this weekend’s Hall inductions. John Howell also looks at Visser’s legacy.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at John Madden being inducted into the Hall of Fame. If you didn’t before, check out John Molori’s Media Blitz from earlier in the week about coverage of the Hall of Fame inductions by NFL Network, as well as NBC gearing up for Sunday Night Football.

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A few links from the smaller papers – Ian Clark has a look at the battle at kicker between Martin Gramatica and Stephen Gostkowski. Jennifer Toland writes about Eugene Wilson’s apparent move to cornerback. Dan Pires and Christopher Price have thoughts from Richard Seymour. Albert Breer looks at how the focus in the secondary is on versatility. Pires’ notebook looks at Mike Vrabel and Barry Gardner having to put aside a past feud now that they are teammates.

Misc

Steve Conroy, Bud Barth and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell report on the Bruins coming to terms with Brad Boyes on a two year contract. Mick Colageo notes that now only Patrice Bergeron is awaiting a new contract from the Bruins.

Mark Murphy has a brief report on Al Jefferson’s ankle surgery.

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