Tim Wakefield had been the Red Sox hottest pitcher coming into last night, but the Tigers lineup has Magglio Ordonez, who seems to own Wakefield, no matter the situation. Ordonez had a three run homer off of the knuckleballer as the Tigers beat the Red Sox 7-2 last night at Fenway Park.
Gordon Edes has the Red Sox playing under a caution flag with last night’s loss, which saw J.D. Drew leave the game with an injury. Jeff Horrigan has Wakefield getting a bad matchup against the flame-throwing Justin Verlander. Kevin McNamara has the Tigers turning the tables on the Red Sox with their victory over Boston. Jeff Goldberg has Verlander shutting down the Red Sox lineup with his incredible stuff. Garry Brown says that it only took two bad pitches to ruin Wakefield’s night. Bill Ballou notes that the ultimate in contrasts was on display in last night’s starting pitchers.
Jon Couture says that the Red Sox hot start reminds him of the 2002 edition, which started out 40-17, before going .500 the rest of the way and missing the playoffs by six games. Steve Buckley says that the small warning signs are starting to add up for the 2007 Red Sox. Steven Krasner looks at the success that Ordonez has had against Tim Wakefield. Lenny Megliola has Gary Sheffield talking about how much he longed to play for the Red Sox this season. Michael Silverman looks at J.D. Drew hurting himself with a collision with the wall in front of the Red Sox bullpen last night. Nick Cafardo says the bigger problem is Drew’s bat, not his back.
Brendan McGair has Tommy Harper talking about the man who might break his club record for steals someday soon, Pawtucket outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Buckley looks at the difficulty that Kyle Snyder has in keeping weight on his 6-8 frame. Terry Nau says he sees some similarities between this Red Sox team and the 1998 Yankees who won 114 games. Mike Petraglia has Julio Lugo starting to find his stride once again.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander feeling good right from the moment he started warming up last night. Silverman has Tigers first baseman Sean Casey taking some time to help feed the hungry yesterday morning. Burrell also has a piece on Tigers’ center fielder Curtis Granderson, who is having himself a pretty good week. Joe Haggerty notes that Granderson, like Curt Schilling, is a blogger.
Horrigan’s notebook says that it seems likely that Josh Beckett will miss his next start on Friday, with Kyle Snyder probably filling in. The Projo notebook has a look at Beckett’s bullpen session yesterday, but also agrees that he’ll probably miss his next start. Edes’s notebook looks at Julian Tavarez, who will adjust to losing his starting spot when Jon Lester is ready, because he is grateful to simply be in the game of baseball. Goldberg’s notebook has Mike Timlin making progress in his recovery from shoulder tendinitis. Brown’s notebook has Doug Mirabelli enjoying greater success at the plate this season. Ballou’s notebook has more on Drew’s injury.
Christopher L. Gasper has a look at rookie free agent quarterback Matt Gutierrez, who the Patriots hope has a little bit of Tom Brady in him, beyond their background connections. John Tomase has Jarvis Green learning the restaurant business as another post-football option.
Mark Blaudschun has Jeff Jagodzinski jumping head first into his new job as Boston College football coach.
Jim Donaldson has a review of the new book “Our Game” written by his colleague at the ProJo, Bill Reynolds. Shockingly, he gives it a rave review.