Coming off their exhilarating three game sweep of the New York Yankees, the Red Sox came out a bit flat last night, falling to Tomo Ohka and the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 at Fenway Park.
Gordon Edes looks at Frank Thomas getting the Jays out to the lead with his home run off of Tim Wakefield and the tired Red Sox. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox suffering from a hangover effect last night. Paul Kenyon says that despite last night, the Red Sox are looking really solid this season. Tom Yantz has more on the Sox falling flat against Toronto last night. Phil O’Neill looks at Thomas putting a Big Hurt on Wakefield and the Sox.
Gerry Callahan says that Terry Francona is on a hot streak, as every decision he is making and button he is pushing seems to be the right one lately. Alex Speier says that at long last, Francona is viewed as a winner, and there is more to it than his career record finally getting above .500. Nick Cafardo looks at how letdowns and off days are considered acceptable occasionally in baseball.
Stephen Harris looks at the Red Sox bats going cold for Tim Wakefield. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Aaron Hill and the Jays getting a much needed win against the Red Sox. Steve Bulpett looks at Tomo Ohka getting a night in the spotlight. Kevin McNamara has a look at John McDonald – Providence College’s final gift to major-league baseball. Joe Haggerty has more on the dwindling numbers of Providence College baseball players playing pro.
Joe Haggerty has Julian Tavarez wishing to remain a starter, but ready to head to the bullpen when Jon Lester comes back. Burrell also looks at Dustin Pedroia doing all he can to help the Red Sox, even if his at hasn’t fully come around just yet. Harris notes that those who believe in Pedroia saw him at his best on Sunday night against the Yankees. Bulpett has the Sox newcomers talking about their first exposure to the Red Sox/Yankees experience.
AP Columnist Jim Litke, with an incredible mastery of the obvious, tells Red Sox fans that it is only April not October, and that they simply suffer from envy of the Yankees and their fans.
I think my eyes glazed over a bit this morning as I tried to understand the numerical formulas in Edes’ notebook regarding the probability of a team hitting four home runs in a row. In the end it works out to 1 in 14.3 million. Horrigan’s notebook ha Coco Crisp sitting out last night with an oblique injury. The Projo notebook has a look at Wakefield doing well until hitting a speed bump in the sixth inning. Yantz’s notebook has Mike Timlin a bit shaken after catching a ball headed towards his head last night in the ninth inning. O’Neill’s notebook has more on the post-Yankee blues.
We’ve got a great roundup of possible Patriots draft targets on the BSMW Game Day page, which today compiles all the profiles of possible draftees and puts them into one place for your own draft research.
Dan Pires looks at potential Patriots picks at running back. John Tomase also looks at running back. Jim McCabe looks at a pair of Boston College offensive linemen getting ready for the draft. Mike Reiss has a look at offensive line prospects, starting with Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas.
Jim Donaldson is thankful for the Bruins and Celtics missing the playoffs, because it means less work for him.