The Red Sox finally took advantage of the “cream puff” part of their schedule by finishing off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with an 11-9 victory yesterday at Fenway Park. Mike Lowell led the offensive attack with a grand slam, and rookie Jon Lester improved to 6-2 on the season. The Boston media can also relax and rejoice, as Manny Ramirez was unable to extend his hitting streak yesterday, which ended at 27 games. Ramirez might’ve had a chance to make things interesting in the seventh inning, but didn’t bother to run out a dribbler to the pitcher, who then bobbled the ball.

Get the coverage of the game and Manny on the Red Sox Daily Links page and through the Baltimore Sun.

The Patriots are coming off their first preseason game, a 26-23 loss in Atlanta on Friday night. The Game Day Rear View offered up some thoughts during and after the game. Browse the Patriots headlines from today on the Patriots Daily Links page.

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Weekend Notes and Features

Shira Springer had a very interesting feature on new Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair, who is looking forward to a fresh start with the Celtics, where he hopes to deliver on the promise that made him “the most-hyped point guard New York City has ever produced.” Springer’s Basketball Notes had an update on Al Jefferson as he rehabs from “minor” ankle surgery. The column also noted the maturity and professionalism that Theo Ratliff will bring to the Celtics.

Nick Cafardo’s Baseball Notes checked in with Bill Lajoie, who has had a major role in building both the Red Sox and Dodgers this season. In Covering All Bases, Tony Massarotti noted that the Yankees are coming, and notes that the Red Sox will need to imitate New York and step up their game. Jon Couture’s Inside Baseball reported on Dave Dombrowski breathing life back into the Tigers, who had been down for so long. In the Globe Magazine, Brian MacQuarrie talked to Janet Marie Smith, who promises more improvements in store for Fenway Park.

In Ron Borges’ Football Notes, he talks with New York Giants senior vice president and general manager Ernie Accorsi, who will be calling it a career soon, not because he doesn’t enjoy the work any longer, but because he can’t take the stress of games anymore. By the way, congratulations are in order for Borges, who revealed on the WBCN Patriots Pregame show on Friday night that he is going to be a father. Michael Felger ranked league coaches in his NFL Notes, and Bill Belichick tops the list.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell had a feature on Harry Sinden, as his departure from a full time role with the Bruins marked the end of an era in Boston and the NHL. Steve Conroy’s NHL Notes had Don Cherry remembering his time and then feud with Sinden, before reconciling with the Bruins President at the closing of the old Garden in 1995.

NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00. ESPN2 has Giants/Padres at 10:00. ESPN has Raiders/Vikings preseason football at 8:00.