The Red Sox managed to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tigers, as they pulled out a 6-4 victory at Fenway Park. Coco Crisp and David Ortiz led the offense, each driving in a pair of runs, and David Wells was effective enough to pick up his second win in a row.
Gordon Edes looks at the young bullpen duo of Craig Hansen and Jonathan Papelbon getting the job done for the Red Sox last night. Michael Silverman reports on David Wells getting the job done for the Red Sox and averting a sweep by the Tigers. David Heuschkel looks at a solid performance from Wells and some big hits from the offense. Joe McDonald reports on Wells and Crisp leading the Sox to victory. Lenny Megliola looks at the Sox picking up a much needed win before the biggest series of the season starts tomorrow. Ron Chimelis reports on Wells beating both the Tigers and Father Time in the same night. David Borges has more on a very important win for the Red Sox, while Bill Ballou has more on the remarkable return of Wells.
Nick Cafardo reports on David Wells, who attempted to be the Red Sox savior last night, and managed to save the day in a “noble, touch and go, and gutsy” manner. Steve Buckley says that Wells is the Red Sox new “Monster” – insisting that he doesn’t mean that as a dig or with malice. Alex Speier looks at the Red Sox recent struggles without Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.
Edes reports that the Red Sox have struck a deal to land Eric Hinske from the Blue Jays for a mid-to-low level prospect. Silverman says that Hinske will give the Red Sox a left handed bat which they have desperately needed off the bench all season. Sean McAdam says that the deal is only awaiting the approval of the commissioner. Buckley reports on Carlos Peña also heading to the Red Sox.
Kelsie Smith looks at Coco Crisp finally starting to get things going out of the leadoff position for the Red Sox. Matt Kalman says that Crisp’s rise couldn’t come at a better time for the Sox with Johnny Damon and the Yankees coming to town Buckley says that Alex Gonzalez wasn’t happy about being held out of the lineup last night. Silverman says that there will be no deal for LaTroy Hawkins. Smith looks at umpire Bruce Froemming calling his 5000th career game.
Edes’ notebook has more on Carlos Peña joining the Red Sox organization. Silverman’s notebook says that it will be Jason Johnson in the first game tomorrow and Jon Lester in the second. McDonald’s notebook looks at Lester finally getting his shot at the Yankees tomorrow. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Hinske. Borges’ notebook has more on tomorrow’s pitching order and says that Keith Foulke may be part of the reason why Johnson is pitching first. Ballou’s notebook grumbles a bit about why Francona won’t give them more information about tomorrow’s pitchers and Trot Nixon’s health.
Michael Felger reports on cornerback Eric Warfield, who earned some praise from coach Bill Belichick for showing improvement in camp. Mike Reiss has Mark Bavaro speaking glowingly about Patriots tight end Daniel Graham, calling him the best he’s seen since he retired. Shalize Manza Young has a look at Tully Banta Cain, as the fourth year linebacker will seemingly get a bigger chance to show his skills this season. Alan Greenberg has a look at Ty Warren, as the Patriots defensive tackle has answered all his critics from when he came out of college and continues to improve. Ian Clark looks at the confidence that Ellis Hobbs brings to the secondary. Dan Pires has more on Hobbs’ natural confidence.
Albert Breer looks at Matt Cassel getting a chance to take on his former college teammate Matt Leinart this Saturday night. In a change from the past, Cassel will be the one with more experience in this instance. Chris Kennedy looks at Barry Gardner taking advantage of his opportunity to run with the regular defense. Jennifer Toland also writes about Gardner seizing the opportunity for more possible playing time with the defense. Michael Parente looks at another linebacker fighting for playing time, Eric Alexander, who has been on the practice squad for the last two seasons. Jerome Solomon reports on Tom Brady’s name being mentioned, seemingly in passing, by Barry Bond’s trainer Greg Anderson.
Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots working rookie Willie Andrews at wide receiver, and also reports that Stephen Gostkowski will handle all the kicking duties in Saturday night’s preseason game with the Cardinals. Felger’s notebook reports on Brady taking the morning off, and Johnathan Sullivan’s “pathetic” punishment lap. Young’s notebook has Matt Light and Dan Koppen talking about the importance of talent and continuity on the offensive line. Toland’s notebook has the Patriots defense getting ready to renew acquaintances with Edgerrin James. Parente’s notebook has more on Cassel reuniting with Leinart. Pires’ notebook has more on the same topic.
BIll Doyle notes that Time Warner isn’t the only cable distributor in a dispute with the NFL Network, as Charter Communications is also haggling with the network.
Douglas Flynn says that the pieces of the Bruins puzzle are starting to come together. In his Bruins Insider blog, Flynn reports that the team and first round pick Phil Kessel have agreed on a three year contract.
Karen Guregian says that a win in this weekend’s PGA championship by Phil Mickelson could finally mean Tiger Woods has a real rival. Jim McCabe notes that the site of this tournament is also the location of Woods’ most important triumph, the 1999 PGA Championship, where McCabe says Woods came of age as a champion and icon.
ESPN has Rangers/Tigers at 7:00. FOX has Chiefs/Giants preseason football at 8:00.