The Red Sox struggles continued last night in Kansas City as they fell to the lowly Royals, 6-4. Jon Lester struggled with his control once again, and the Red Sox bats were unable to come up with any major rallies. Wily Mo Pena (7) and David Ortiz (41) each hit home runs for the Red Sox. The Yankees lost to the White Sox last night, meaning that the Sox still trail in the AL East by two games, but now trail in the wild card standings by a game.

David Heuschkel wonders if things can get any worse for the Red Sox than losing to the worst team in baseball right now. Michael Silverman claims that the Red Sox seem to have lost their appetite for winning. Nick Cafardo says that the Sox learned that the Royals are fact a major league team. Steven Krasner says these are the games in which the Red Sox are supposed to get healthy, but it’s not happening so far. Bill Ballou says that the Red Sox road trip officially became a disaster last night.

Steve Buckley says that all the injuries don’t matter, the Red Sox should still be winning these games. After all, the Yankees have a lot of injuries, and they keep winning. Dan Shaughnessy relates how Theo Epstein blocks out criticism, and says there is a lot of criticism around town aimed towards the Red Sox GM for failing to make a move at the trade deadline. Jon Couture says that in retrospect, Epstein’s trade of Josh Bard for Doug Mirabelli was out of character for the Sox GM and smacks of a panic move. In light of the Twins handling of Francisco Liriano recently, Bob Ryan examines what is one of baseball’s oldest challenges – how to properly handle pitchers and take care of their arms while still getting the most out of them. Alex Speier looks at the magical home run numbers that David Ortiz is on pace for.

Ballou looks at Red Sox rookie pitchers Lester and Craig Hansen getting roughed up by the lowly Royals last night. Kelsie Smith has a look at Jon Lester and his struggles with him command last night. Silverman has a quick report on Mark Loretta getting hit by a pitch last night off the elbow, causing numbness, but the X-rays were negative. Buckley looks at Kyle Snyder returning to oppose the team that released him earlier this season, but insisting there are no hard feelings from him. Smith also has a piece on Corky Miller, whose latest stint in the majors may be coming to an end with Doug Mirabelli close to returning. Bob Snow catches up with a few ex-Red Sox players in the National League. Jay Miller reports on Dustin Pedroia getting some work in at third base over the weekend, just in case.

Silverman’s notebook reports on Dave Wallace resuming his duties as pitching coach for the Red Sox. Cafardo’s notebook has more on Loretta, who is listed as day-to-day after being hit on the elbow. Krasner’s notebook also reports on the Red Sox second baseman. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on the return of Wallace. Ballou’s notebook also reports on the Red Sox pitching coach returning to action last night.


Ron Borges has a report on the new NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, who was elected yesterday by the NFL owners to replace Paul Tagliabue.

Mike Reiss in the Globe and Mike Felger in the Herald each report on the Patriots confirming that Tedy Bruschi has a broken wrist. Felger’s article has more detail on what the situation would be if Bruschi required surgery.

Tony Massarotti says that Boston fans love the tough guys, and on the current sports landscape, there’s no one quite like Rodney Harrison. Mike Reiss looks at another safety for the Patriots, Tebucky Jones, who is glad to be back in New England. Michael Felger reports on the Patriots offensive line, which is young, yet experience and deep. It could be a real strength for the team this season. Shalise Manza Young looks at cornerback Randall Gay hoping to regain the form that made him a Super Bowl starter two season ago. Alan Greenberg has a piece on rookie defensive-end-turned-linebacker Jeremy Mincey, who is having to learn a lot very quickly in training camp.

Albert Breer looks at the two no-name quarterbacks in camp, who are trying to catch the eye of the coaching staff and somehow latch on with the Patriots. Rich Garvin also has a look at “undrafted rookie Corey Bramlet and free agent pickup Todd Mortensen competing for a No. 3 position that may not even exist.” Chris Kennedy and Christopher Price each have articles on Logan Mankins, as the second year offensive lineman looks to build on a solid rookie season. Kennedy also has a piece on Randall Gay looking to bounce back from an injury riddled second season.

Reiss’ notebook leads with the signing of wide receiver Eddie Berlin. Felger’s notebook observes that Ellis Hobbs is getting much of his work in camp at left corner, which could mean the second year corner is being groomed as the top cornerback on the team. Young’s notebook reports on receiver Kevin Kight looking good in the morning session yesterday. Garvin’s notebook leads with Bruschi’s wrist and the signing of Berlin.

John Molori’s Media Blitz looks back at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as well as NBC’s return to the NFL.

NESN has Red Sox/Royals at 8:00. ESPN has Yankees/White Sox at 8:00. FSN has Revolution/KC at 7:30.