The battle of the aces in San Diego yesterday went to the Red Sox, as Josh Beckett improved to 11-1 on the season, going eight innings and giving up two runs in the Red Sox 4-2 win over the Padres yesterday afternoon.

Amalie Benjamin looks at Beckett coming up Aces in his matchup against Jake Peavy and the Padres. Michael Silverman observes that the Red Sox seem like a team that cannot wait for October to roll around. Sean McAdam notes that Beckett’s margin for error was slim, but he made few mistakes on the afternoon. Sandy Burgin says that Beckett wore out the Padres and the Red Sox wore out Jake Peavy.

Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox hold all the power in any trade discussions about White Sox left-handed starter Mark Buehrle. Yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times said that the Red Sox were the front-runners to acquire Buehrle. Dan Shaughnessy has more on Beckett, who has become the ace of the Red Sox staff in the shadow of the attention being paid to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Curt Schilling.

Kevin Gray has a look at Red Sox AA ace Clay Buchholz, who was in Manchester this weekend to take on the Fisher Cats. John Habib has trade rumors involving Buchholz in a deal for Mark Buehrle being dismissed. Massarotti has Red Sox players remembering former teammate Rod Beck, who was found dead in his home yesterday at the age of 38. Massarotti also looks at Jason Varitek continuing his comeback at the plate, with a triple and a home run in the win yesterday.

Silverman’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon making quick work of the Padres in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Sox. Benjamin’s notebook has more from the Red Sox on the death of Rod Beck. McAdam’s notebook has more on Beck and Buehrle. Burgin’s notebook has Kason Gabbard being tabbed to make the start tomorrow night for the Red Sox against the Mariners.


Steve Bulpett has sources saying that a Celtics deal for Kevin Garnett isn’t dead quite yet. Ron Chimelis urges Celtics fans not to be too down, as they’re going to get a good player with the fifth pick. Peter May has a look at ex-BC center Sean Williams, who is attempting to put his life back together with the help of John Lucas before starting his NBA career. Desmond Conner looks at what the Celtics, Knicks and Nets need and could do in the draft this week.


Stephen Harris has the Bruins adding some important building blocks for the future in this weekend’s NHL draft.

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Daniel Malloy has the Revolution and MLS hitting their stride in terms of flow and popularity of the sport.