David Scott looks at the Ron Borges Redemption Tour getting into full swing this week, with the reinstated writer acting “equal parts smug and fidgety” during a few appearances this week. Scott examines the Globe’s silence on the matter of Borges’ work for Oscar De La Hoya during his suspension, and the Boston Newspaper Guild’s support and defense of Borges at an upcoming arbitration meeting.
The Red Sox continued to roll and the Blue Jays continued to roll over for them last night, as Toronto ace Roy Halladay was roughed up to the tune of eight run (seven earned) in five innings, while Tim Wakefield continued his stretch of dominance with seven shutout innings as Boston blanked the Blue Jays 8-0 at Roger Centre.
Sean McAdam says it was more of the same for the Red Sox last night – “opportunistic, two-out hitting and stellar starting pitching.” Gordon Edes has the Red Sox putting all the controversy behind them and rolling to the win behind Wakefield. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox closing out a 5-1 road trip in impressive fashion. Jeff Goldberg reports on the Blue Jays leaving the roof open to try to increase their odds of success against Wakefield to no avail. Bill Ballou wonders if the Red Sox have created the perfect baseball team.
Rob Bradford has a mini-feature on reliever Hideki Okajima, who has emerged from the shadow of Daisuke Matsuzaka to become something of a star in his own right out of the Boston bullpen. Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox could end up running away with the division. Alex Speier notes that the reason for the Red Sox success this season is simple – they’ve been healthy.
Michael Silverman looks at Wakefield extending his scoreless streak to 16 innings with the win last night. Joe Haggertyhas the Red Sox ready for some home cooking after their six game road trip. Silverman has Julian Tavarez talking about his reliance and admiration for Jason Varitek, on whom he has relied heavily on during his stint as a starter. Mike Petraglia has the Orioles coming to town this weekend under another shadow of misery. Horrigan has Kevin Youkilis back in the Red Sox lineup and inflicting pain on the Blue Jays after having to sit out the night before after getting hit in the leg in consecutive games. Amalie Benjamin has a minor league notebook, and looks at the slow start for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Horrigan’s notebook suffered a critical setback after losing closer B.J. Ryan for the season to Tommy John surgery. Edes’s notebook has Mike Timlin taking the time to reminisce about the start of his career in Toronto, and hoping to end his career as he started it…with a World Series title. McAdam’s notebook says that a first inning double play might have been the play of the game for the Red Sox last night. Goldberg’s notebook has a couple of Red Sox players still talking about the steroids issues and Barry Bonds. Ballou’s notebook compares the Red Sox 2007 start with those among the best in team history.
Shira Springer and Mark Murphy report on the Celtics giving head coach Doc Rivers a contract extension. The deal is believed to be a one year extension with an option for one beyond that. Christopher Price also looks at the Celtics giving Rivers a new deal despite just concluding one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
Christopher L. Gasper has at look at Patriots first round draft choice Brandon Meriweather, with those who know him adamant that he is not a bad seed. Background is given to the FIU incident on October 14th as well as the gun incident, along with a look at his skills and potential. Karen Guregian has Kevin Faulk talking about the Patriots offseason additions and the excitement that is building towards the 2007 season. Eric McHugh has a profile of the team’s sixth round pick, running back Justise Hairston from Central Connecticut State University. When CCSU alum Scott Pioli happened to be in town for a reunion last fall, Hairston put on a show, rushing for a school-record 332 yards.
Bob Ryan takes a few minutes to empty out the drawer of the sports mind. Jim Donaldson also has his own version of the thoughts column, leading off with the wonderment that Boston fans are supposed to cheer Randy Moss and boo Roger Clemens this year.
Susan Bickelhaupt talks to Jason Wolfe about the switch of Red Sox games from WEEI to WRKO. Wolfe, as you might expect, says everything is going very smooth and easy.
Michael Vega has Dale Earnhardt Jr leaving the family business of Dale Earnhardt Inc.