The Red Sox had their winning streak snapped at five last night as the Cleveland Indians got to Daisuke Matsuzaka for a total of 6 runs in the fifth and sixth innings last night during an 8-4 Indians win.
Kevin McNamara has a look at the Sox coming back to Earth last night at Fenway. Michael Silverman looks at a weak start from Matsuzaka last night. Gordon Edes has more on the struggles of Matsuzaka which led to the loss. Jeff Goldberg also looks at a rough night for Dice-K. Phil O’Neill has more on the Indians avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Red Sox.
Bob Ryan notes that you can’t win them all, especially when the opposing pitcher has a night like Paul Byrd had. Steve Buckley assures us that there is no reason to worry about the Sox or Matsuzaka. Christopher L. Gasper has more on Matsuzaka’s struggles last night, though the pitcher said he is completely over the illness that plagued him during his Texas start. Rob Bradford has a look at treatments Josh Beckett is using on his finger so as to avoid issues in the future.
Steven Krasner has a look at Big Papi losing a based loaded confrontation late in the game. Rob Bradford also looks at David Ortiz being unable to supply the needed magic in a bases loaded situation in the seventh inning.
Alex Speier looks at pitching coach John Farrell getting praise from both the Red Sox and Indians. Buckley looks at Terry Francona giving Julio Lugo the night off, which with today’s off day will mean two days of rest for the Red Sox shortstop. Ron Chimelis looks at the Yankees decision to have Roger Clemens duck the Red Sox this weekend at Fenway. Joe Haggerty looks at the hitting machine, Kevin Youkilis. Bradford has Mike Lowell trying to provide comfort to a grieving family with his bat. Brendan McGair says that there is no need to rush Jon Lester back to the Red Sox.
Bob Ryan also has a look at the baseball draft, which is a far different animal than the NBA or NFL drafts.
Silverman’s notebook has Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office brass gearing up for the draft. Edes’s notebook has more on Youkilis continuing his hitting streak last night. The Projo notebook has more on Matsuzaka’s struggles. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the draft. O’Neill’s notebook has Youkilis dishing out some praise for Dustin Pedroia.
Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics and assistant coach Tony Brown are parting ways after being unable to agree on a new contract. Shira Springer says that Brown is a candidate for the Indiana Pacers head job. Buddy Thomas says that the Celtics lost the lottery, but they didn’t lose their future. Bulpett’s notebook has Chris Wallace being consider for the top front office job with the Grizzlies.
Jackie MacMullan looks at Kobe Bryant’s trade request.
Albert Breer has free agent linebacker Chad Brown visiting with the Patriots. Mike Reiss has July 27th as the start of Patriots training camp. Jeff Jacobs examines the Michael Vick/dogfighting issue with the NFL.