It certainly wasn’t your textbook victory for the Red Sox, but they’ll take it, as Manny Ramirez broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the eighth with his second home run of the night to give Boston an 8-7 win over the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled last night, giving up five runs in the first inning before appearing to settle down over the next three, but then giving up two more runs in the fifth inning.
Rob Bradford says this win belongs to Manny and the bullpen for their efforts in bailing out Dice-K. Amalie Benjamin notes the concern over Matsuzaka’s struggles to figure out the Mariners last night. Paul Kenyon says that was a night for Manny, both good and bad, and Fenway last night. Tom Yantz has Manny moving into a record book tie with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell with his 475 home run last night. Phil O’Neill has Manny showing perfect timing on his two home runs.
Bob Ryan is talking baseball, and he’s got pitching, team play and Barry Bonds on his mind. Steve Buckley notes that of the few worries we’ve had about this edition of the Red Sox, Manny’s hitting was never one of them. He notes the rarity of a right handed hitter sending the ball over the Red Sox bullpen, which is where Ramirez’s game winner was deposited. Garry Brown has more on Manny’s night at Fenway.
Nick Cafardo examines the perplexing control issues that are plaguing Matsuzaka. The Japanese media feel that Dice-K is also now trying too hard out on the mound. Rich Thompson has more on Matsuzaka’s struggles last night. Steven Krasner examines Matsuzaka’s command issues and a number of other items from last night’s game. Lenny Megliola says that pretty much all we know about Dice-K the pitcher is that he is a work in progress. Jon Couture says that a wild Dice-K is cause for concern.
Buckley has Jonathan Papelbon talking about the inspiration that Jon Lester can bring to him and the Red Sox. Off to a slow start in Pawtucket, Kevin McNamara says that the road back to the majors appears to be long for Manny Delcarmen.
Bradford’s notebook has Mike Timlin heading to the DL with some shoulder tendinitis and Devern Hansack getting the call from Pawtucket to take his place. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Timlin heading to the DL to let his shoulder settle down. Right now there is no timetable for his return. The Projo notebook has three relievers who haven’t gotten a ton of work thus far this season bailing out Matsuzaka with four shutout innings. Yantz’s notebook has more on Timlin. O’Neill’s notebook has Lester appearing to be fine after his forearm cramp the other night.
John Tomase offers up an in-depth feature on Randy Moss and how an incident in high school and the memory of that incident has really shaped who he has become since then. Tomase also says that Moss first showed interest in coming here last summer during the Deion Branch holdout.
We’ve got a final version of the BSMW Game Day Roundtable before taking a little time off for the summer.
David Scott looks at the scheduled return of Ron Borges from exile sometime this weekend.
Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge saying that this year’s draft is more than just Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya fight.
Jeff Jacobs looks at the Josh Hancock tragedy, and ties it in with Pelle Lindbergh’s death two decades ago. He also notes the strong words of Alan Greenberg at that time.
Mike Szostak looks at Pete Sampras playing his first competitive tennis in five years and looking good at the Champions Cup Boston.