Chalk up round one to the Red Sox.
Aided by four consecutive home runs in the third inning, plus a three run homer by Mike Lowell in the seventh inning (his 2nd home run on the night) the Red Sox powered past the New York Yankees 7-6 last night at Fenway Park in front of a national audience on ESPN.
Jeff Horrigan has a look at the Red Sox power surge, which helped Daisuke Matsuzaka get his second win of the season. Sean McAdam looks at a game and series at Fenway Park that really had everything. Gordon Edes has the Red Sox smashing the Yankees on a historic night in Boston baseball. Jeff Goldberg has Mike Lowell powering the Red Sox to a rare Fenway sweep of the Yankees. Lenny Megliola notes that last night’s game somehow managed to out-do the excitement of the first two games of the series. Phil O’Neill has another look at a historic night at Fenway Park.
Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox/Yankees “rivalry seems to agree with the Dice Man.” Steven Krasner has Matsuzaka struggling, but persevering through his seven plus innings on the mound last night. Nick Cafardo says that the outing wasn’t pretty for Matsuzaka, but he managed to survive and pick up the win in his first start against the Yankees.
Bob Ryan recounts and analyzes the four home runs in a row by the Red Sox in the third inning, comparing the sequence to the other times that it has happened in history. Michael Silverman has another look at the back-to-back-to-back-to-back solo shots by the Red Sox in the third inning. Kevin McNamara and Joe McDonald also have a look at the series of homers.
Alex Speier notes that Manny Ramirez is starting to turn the corner at the plate for the Red Sox. Jon Couture has Dustin Pedroia attempting to stay positive and work his way through his slump. McDonald and Krasner offer up a few other game notes and observations from last night as well, including Coco Crisp getting scratched from the starting lineup and Pedroia going with a new look. McAdam says don’t rule out the Red Sox as a possible suitor for ARod this fall.
Silverman has Jon Lester getting closer to a return to the big leagues, a return that could happen as soon as the first road trip in May. Joe McDonald also has a look at Lester returning to Fenway Park last night, and getting ready to take his final steps before returning to the big club in a few weeks. Benjamin also has a look at Lester visiting Fenway on his way to making a few starts for Pawtucket before returning to the Red Sox.
Horrigan’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia starting to work his way out of his slump with a 2-4 performance at the plate last night. Edes’ notebook has more on Pedroia keeping long-term view as he attempts to work through the struggles of his first big league season. Goldberg’s notebook has Pedroia chipping in with a pair of hits and key defensive play last night. Krasner’s notebook has Matsuzaka preventing ARod from hitting a homer in the first inning by hitting him first. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Lester’s return to Fenway. Couture’s notebook also has more on Lester.
Check the New York side of things on the New York Sports Pages mashup.
Stephen Harris has Johnny Damon dismissing the boos he gets from the Fenway fans, saying that he really loves that he signed with New York and that he’s in a much better place right now than Boston. Kevin McNamara has Joe Torre noting that the four home runs was just another wild and unpredictable thing that he has seen happen at Fenway Park.
Harris has Chase Wright dealing with the ignominy of having given up the four home runs in a row, Buckley notes that Wright now joins Paul Foytack as the only pitchers to have had that happen to them. Amalie Benjamin has Wright trying to stay positive after making some history he’d rather not be a part of. Dom Amore has more on Wright.
John Tomase has a look at the wide receivers available in the draft this year. Michael Parente thinks that the Patriots could grab another receiver in the draft. Mike Reiss examines the defensive backs. David Brown looks at some defensive lineman that might appeal to the Patriots in the middle rounds. John Altavilla has a look at the top linebackers available in the draft.
John Altavilla has an interesting look at those who do mock drafts as a business and what makes them credible.
Mark Murphy has Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck addressing some burning questions surrounding his team as they head into a crucial offseason. Grousbeck says that the Celtics “have a winning team trapped in a losing team’s body” and compares Al Jefferson to Yaz.