Well, those out there who said things are much more interesting when the Yankees are a factor are getting their wish, as the Red Sox continue to give up ground in the standings with what has become their latest edition of the June swoon. The latest outing was a energy-less 7-1 loss to Rockies last night at Fenway Park, where Josh Beckett suffered his first loss of the season.
Michael Silverman says that Barry Bonds might not be the only one getting booed at Fenway Park this season. Gordon Edes looks at things getting ugly for the Red Sox as their free fall in the standings continues. Sean McAdam observes that things are suddenly going all wrong for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg looks at Josh Beckett struggling to his first loss of the season last night. Phil O’Neill says that the possibility of a 1978-like collapse has to be in the minds of Red Sox followers.
Bob Hohler gets a brief interview with Barry Bonds and works into a mini-feature on the Giants slugger, who says he holds no ill-will towards the city of Boston. Steve Buckley says that “tonight, Barry Bonds becomes the most heavily booed player in the 95-year history of Fenway Park.” Dan Shaughnessy says that Bonds might be a record breaker, but he’s also a rule breaker. Garry Brown says that Bonds commands respect from the Red Sox players and pitchers. Alex Speier says that Bonds is respected, but certainly not beloved. Jeff Howe says that it is a tradition for baseball to hate it’s best.
Mark Murphy has Red Sox starters gearing up to face Bonds this weekend. Daniel Malloy says that “respect” not “fear” is what the pitchers have for Bonds. Joe McDonald notes that Bonds has a big fan in the Red Sox clubhouse in rookie Dustin Pedrioa, who grew up a Bonds fan in California. McDonald had the story yesterday, and Edes repeats it for the Globe today; the tale of Red Sox minor league field coordinator Rob Leary and his friendship with Bonds.
Garry Brown looks at the beloved Dave Roberts returning to town with the Giants tonight. Buckley has Curt Schilling saying on WEEI yesterday that he is open to a one year deal with the Red Sox. Guregian has Terry Francona trying to shuffle around his struggling lineup to find a combination that is going to be productive.
Amalie Benjamin looks at the control issues that plague Beckett last night. Murphy says that Josh Beckett looked like the pitcher who struggled in the second half of 2006 last night. Malloy looks at Julian Tavarez, who takes the ball tonight for the Sox against the Giants.
Karen Guregian notes that we should start to worry about the red hot Yankees, who have gotten right back into this race. Rob Bradford looks at the new trend in baseball for pitchers to find new life at 40.
Jeff Horrigan has a look at Gary DiSarcina taking the reins of the Lowell Spinners…his first managerial job. Benjamin has a look at Red Sox pitching prospect Michael Bowden and his deceptive delivery.
Silverman’s notebook has J.D. Drew leading off for the Red Sox last night in an effort to take advantage of his on base percentage. Edes’s notebook says that the experiment with Drew at the top of the lineup was not a success, at least for last night. The Projo notebook has more on Drew in the leadoff spot. Goldberg’s notebook has Red Sox players for the most part downplaying the arrival of Bonds for this weekend. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Drew hitting leadoff.
Jim McCabe has Nick Dougherty grabbing the early lead at Oakmont. Tony Massarotti has Phil Mickelson with an encouraging round despite his sore wrist. Jeff Jacobs has more on Dougherty. Bruce Berlet says that Tiger and Phil were both up to the task yesterday. Massarotti has Tiger Woods in the hunt, in contrast to last year’s Open.
Jackie MacMullan reports on the Spurs capturing their fourth NBA title in nine years with their win over the Cavs last night in Cleveland.
Steve Bulpett has the Celtics adding to their must-see list.
Guregian has a look at the candidacy of Ron Burton for the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Fluto Shinzawa has Bruins rookie Phil Kessel winning the the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for being the NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.