The Red Sox continued to stumble last, extending their free fall through the AL East standings, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.

Amalie Benjamin has the game story in the Globe, while Jeff Horrigan covers the game in the Herald. Kevin McNamara looks at the Tigers winning with pitching and defense. David Heuschkel focuses on Wily Mo Pena’s rough ninth inning. David Borges reports on the Tigers getting to the Sox in the late innings. Bill Ballou says that the AL East is slowly slipping away from the Red Sox.

Sean McAdam says that if the Sox aren’t careful, this weekend’s series with the Yankees could become meaningless very quickly. Lenny Megliola says that the Red Sox are backed into a corner right now. Bob Ryan looks at another bad night for anyone who cares about the Red Sox. Steve Buckley says the Red Sox have some real problems, especially on offense.

Alex Speier says that the Red Sox need contributions from elder statesmen Tim Wakefield and David Wells down the stretch to have a chance. Kelsie Smith profiles the newest member of the Red Sox bullpen, reliever Craig Breslow. Horrigan has the Red Sox and Tigers insisting that Josh Beckett was not tipping his pitches the other night. Buckley has Javy Lopez taking some of the blame for Beckett’s loss on Monday. Matt Kalman looks at Wily Mo Pena’s adventure in right field in the ninth inning.

Kelsie Smith looks at Detroit ace Jeremy Bonderman, who was impressive in his duel with Curt Schilling last night. Kalman looks at closer Todd Jones, who is enjoying the revival in Detroit.

The Projo notebook has the Sox and Orioles talking about a potential deal for reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Benjamin’s notebook examines Pena’s minor setback in right field last night. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Ivan Rodriguez filling in at second base last night after Placido Polanco separated his shoulder in the seventh inning. Heuschkel’s notebook has the Red Sox playing coy about the order of their pitching rotation on Friday. Borges’ notebook has Jon Lester saying he was told he would be starting the nightcap of that doubleheader. Ballou’s notebook says that Jason Varitek’s value to the team has never been clearer than now while he is out.

Gerry Callahan writes about the Jimmy Fund and why it is so important to contribute.

Patriots

John Tomase has a look at rookie running back Laurence Maroney, who is staying humble despite his obvious skills and the expectations surrounding him. Alan Greenberg also writes about Maroney, who has hopes raised everywhere after his debut in Atlanta last Friday night. Mike Reiss looks at the trio of Ellis Hobbs, Asante Samuel, and Eugene Wilson, who are working to solidify the cornerback position for the Patriots. Paul Kenyon profiles Bam Childress, who is hoping to seize upon an apparent need at wide receiver for the Patriots. David Brown writes that the Patriots running backs are showing a lot of versatility and value as a group.

Michael Parente examines the lower rookie “wall” that some first year players hit in training camp, as they become overwhelmed mentally and physically with all that is expected of them. He looks at how the current group of Patriots rookies is handling this. Albert Breer has a look at rookie linebacker Pierre Woods, who appears to have found a niche with the Patriots and has hopes of sticking with the club. Rich Garven tries to solve the mystery of Monty Beisel, who has seemingly faded right out of the picture at linebacker for the Patriots. Chris Kennedy has Tully Banta-Cain hoping to make the most of his opportunity for increased playing time. Eric McHugh looks at Willie Andrews impressing on Special Teams.

Reiss’ notebook has Laurence Maroney and Garrett Mills giving their thoughts on the first NFL game they ever attended – the one they played in last Friday night. Tomase’s notebook has the Patriots secondary preparing for some big receivers coming to town with the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. Kenyon’s notebook has Bill Belichick speaking pretty highly about rookie tight end David Thomas. Brown’s notebook has more on the Patriots rookies enjoying their first NFL game action. Parente’s notebook looks at the progress of rookie Ryan O’Callaghan. McHugh’s notebook has more on O’Callaghan.

Misc

Jim McCabe and Karen Guregian each report on the pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the first round of this weekend’s 88th PGA Championship. McCabe’s notebook has Bill Andrade finding his way into the field for the tournament. Guregian’s notebook looks at Chris DiMarco continuing to fight through a miserable year.

Scott Souza has an update on Celtics forward Al Jefferson, who is glad that Doctors seem to have finally found the cause of his ankle problems and that he’s had the surgery to correct it.

Frank Dell’Apa has Revolution forward Taylor Twellman feeling that he is underpaid.

NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00.

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