Downward Spiral Continues for Sox

The lost road trip continued for the Red Sox, as they dropped a 5-4 decision to the Royals last night in Kansas City. Leading 4-3 in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon couldn’t hold the lead after giving up a leadoff triple. Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 24 with a first inning home run for the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo says it might be time to panic in the streets for Red Sox Nation. Michael Silverman looks at the Sox melting in the 102 degree heat of Kansas City for the second straight night. Steven Krasner says this one should’ve been easy for the Red Sox. David Heuschkel looks at the Sox turning up the heat on themselves once again. Bill Ballou reports on the Sox dropping another to the loyal Royals.

Steve Buckley says Curt Schilling needs to pitch deep into tonight’s game and take some pressure off his bullpen. Dan Shaughnessy has dinner with John Henry and shares the experience with us. Bill Reynolds says that the Red Sox should be focused on winning now, not the future. Vin Sylvia examines what is wrong with the Red Sox, breaking it down into four main areas.

Kelsie Smith looks at Papelbon, who says he got ahead of himself on the mound in the ninth inning. Buckley also looks at Josh Beckett coming out after six innings last night, having given up three runs. Smith also talks to Coco Crisp, who had the day off yesterday, about his offensive woes this season. Silverman also has a short article on Crisp, who is aiming to be more consistent at the plate. Joe Haggerty looks at the Sox turning into a M*A*S*H unit.

Christopher L. Gasper and Ari Bloomekatz report on former Peabody high ace and Florida Marlins prospect Jeff Allison, who overdosed on heroin on Monday.

Cafardo’s notebook looks at the Red Sox holding a closed door meeting prior to last night’s game. Silverman’s notebook looks at Mark Loretta jumping right back into the starting lineup last night after getting hit on the elbow the night before. Krasner’s notebook focuses on the roller coaster season that Coco Crisp has had. Heuschkel’s notebook has a couple Red Sox players expressing understanding as to why the team didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline. Ballou’s notebook looks at Coco’s stolen base streak.

Adam Speaks Out

Jackie MacMullan talks with Adam Vinatieri about his decision to leave the Patriots and sign with the Colts. It’s the first extensive comments we’ve gotten from the former Patriot on what went down that caused him to end up in Indianapolis.

Mike Reiss reports on the wrist surgery for Tedy Bruschi, which might keep him out for the beginning portion of the regular season. John Tomase says a source close to the Patriots linebacker says that he is shooting for a return for the season opener. Alan Greenberg reports on the Bruschi situation with only a passing reference to his own confrontation with Bill Belichick at yesterday’s press conference. (David Brown has the story on that.) Tomase has Bruschi’s teammates giving their thoughts on his absence. Chris Kennedy also reports on the procedure for Bruschi, as do Jennifer Toland and Christopher Price.

Michael Felger says that the Patriots defensive line depth makes it an easy call that they will be playing more 4-3 defense while Bruschi is out. Michael Parente has more on what the Patriots will be trying to do while Bruschi is sidelined. Eric McHugh says special teams ace Larry Izzo is prepared for double duty while Bruschi is out. Albert Breer talks to Bob Kraft about the process that led to Roger Goodell being selected as the new NFL commissioner.

Tom E Curran says that starting tomorrow night, the Patriots lack of depth at receiver will be front and center for all to see. Felger notes that with the receiving corps seemingly thin, it could mean we’ll be see a lot more of Kevin Faulk in a pass catching role. Ian Clark says that even without Branch, Tom Brady has plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal. Buddy Thomas shows off his football knowledge with a little pigskin Q&amp:A.

Reiss’ notebook says that it is unlikely that Rodney Harrison will play in tomorrow’s preseason opener against the Falcons. Tomase’s notebook looks at the Patriots number one receiver at the moment, the ageless Troy Brown. Curran’s notebook has more on Bruschi’s wrist surgery. Kennedy’s notebook says that preseason games add a new element of evaluation for teams, the first real full contract of the summer. Toland’s notebook has more on Faulk, who is looking to bounce back after missing much of last season with an injury. Parente’s notebook has receiver Eddie Berlin trying to catch on quickly with the Patriots. McHugh’s notebook says first rounder Laurence Maroney is in the mix to replace Bethel Johnson as the primary kick returner for the team.

Sinden Steps Down

Boston Bruins President Harry Sinden stepped down yesterday ending a 17 year stint in that position. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell notes that this has been hinted at since mid-March. Steve Conroy says that Sinden will continue to server as “senior adviser”, but for how long, no one knows. Joe McDonald says that the move isn’t much of a surprise, but the timing is somewhat of one. Douglas Flynn says that this move simply means Sinden won’t be pulling the strings on everyday moves any longer, which isn’t much of a change as his role has gradually reduced the last few years. Bud Barth says this isn’t the end of the Sinden era, but it does mark a changing of the guard. Mick Colageo, while praising Sinden’s success, notes that “he’ll go down in history as the longest-serving GM in any sport never to win the championship.”

Bob Ryan says that Sinden deserves credit for keeping the Bruins afloat for so many years. Stephen Harris says that while the game may have passed Sinden by, that’s “much less an indictment of Harry Sinden, than an indictment of the game.” Art Martone says that if the Bruins were truly attempting to change their image, this was really the only way they could do it, which is unfortunate. Conroy gets reaction from some of the Bruins’ greats on the move. McDonald says that the magical season of 1970 is part of Sinden’s legacy.

NESN has Red Sox/Royals at 8:00. ESPN has White Sox/Yankees at 8:00. FOX has Colts/Rams preseason football at 8:00.

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