Rob Bradford offers up a mini-feature on Sox pitching coach John Farrell, who coincidentally was born on the exact same day and year as Roger Clemens. Jeff Goldberg has Kevin Youkilis proving his critics wrong this season. Lenny Megliola says that it is time for J.D. Drew and Coco Crisp to get going at the plate.
Michael Silverman breaks down the Red Sox and Yankee lineups and says that Boston comes away with a big edge in the matchups. Gordon Edes has a look at the opposite fortunes of the two clubs, with the Yankees floundering while the Red Sox flourish. Steven Krasner notes that after having hosted teams that were near the top of their division in the Braves, Tigers and Indians, the Red Sox finally get to host a cellar dweller starting tonight. Bill Ballou wonders if 1978 can happen all over again. Mike Fine saw warning signs in Wednesday’s loss to the Indians. Jeff Howe and Tony Lee are sizing up the Red Sox and Yankees.
Tony Massarotti says that the Yankees and Roger Clemens are a poor match right, and likely either side would get out of the deal if they had the chance. Steve Buckley defends Alex Rodriguez for yelling and distracting an infielder from making a play. (This play made for one of the worst Big Show debates ever yesterday…for four hours…) Dan Shaughnessy has more on that same play, claiming that Red Auerbach would’ve approved of ARod’s actions. Kevin Gray says ARod violated baseball’s unwritten rules with his actions. Mike Petraglia has Jorge Posada enjoying a revival at the plate.
Goldberg lists out 13.5 things that have gone right for the Red Sox this season thus far. Garry Brown has Johnny Pesky remembering the 1946 Red Sox – the last Sox club to win 100 games and whether this edition can do it. Alex Speier wonders if this Red Sox team can be like the 1998 Yankees. Did you know that the Red Sox have a member of that Yankees squad on board with them? Sox Bullpen coach Gary Tuck was in that same role with the ’98 and ’99 World Series Champion Yankees and sees many similarities with this year’s Red Sox. Speier also looks at if the Red Sox can deliver a knockout blow this weekend.
Jeff Horrigan has a minor league notes with a former Tom Brady classmate hoping to make it to the majors with the Sox sometime this summer. Amalie Benjamin looks at the balance of veterans and youngsters on the PawSox roster, where the older ones help teach the younger prospects.
Mike Reiss says that yesterday’s passing camp drills which were open to the media for the first time was All Randy, All The Time. Karen Guregian has more on our first visual of the dream connection of Brady to Moss. Albert Breer says that this new group of Patriots receivers has potential, and also a long way to go before training camp.
Guregian has Patriots players mourning the loss of teammate Marquise Hill yesterday after practice. Shalise Manza Young has more on the Patriots remembering Hill. David Heuschkel also reports on the Patriots thoughts on Hill, with a note on Moss at the end. Rich Garven has the Patriots trying to block out their pain as they work out on the field.
Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots remembering their fallen teammate. Guregian’s notebook has Adalius Thomas fitting right in with the Patriots defense. Young’s notebook has Moss’ performance as so-so in his first public appearance in front of the media.
Barbara Matson has a look at The Tradition, coming up Monday at the Sports Museum and the tireless work put in by curator Richard Johnson.
Susan Bickelhaupt looks a few of the niche sports networks finding their audience. Jeff Jacobs says that the media has strayed just as much as ARod has. Bill Doyle has radio host Hank Stolz bolting WTAG, but coming back for the fifth annual WTAG Worldwide Wiffle Ball Classic.