The Red Sox bats continued to be held in check yesterday, as Julian Tavarez gave up only a single earned run in his 5 2/3 innings of work, but suffered the loss in a 2-1 setback to the Texas Rangers.

Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox starting off July just like they ended June. Rob Bradford looks at the Red Sox bats again failing to come through in the clutch. Amalie Benjamin has more on the Red Sox continued power outage at the plate as of late. Sean McAdam says that the difficulty that the Red Sox have had in scoring runs is troubling because of how long it has been going on. Fran Sypek has a few crucial mistakes costing the Red Sox the game yesterday. Bill Ballou observes that the “Red Sox are, these days, the worst-looking dominant team in baseball.”

John Tomase looks at the Red Sox landing five players on the American League All Star team, with perhaps more to come. Nick Cafardo looks at deserving players who did not make the squad, a list that includes Kevin Youkilis. McAdam has more on the five spots on the American League All-Star roster that are going to Red Sox players. Ballou has more on the Five Sox players getting the nod to go to San Francisco next week.

Tony Massarotti says that having five All Stars “isn’t worth spit” and the Red Sox aren’t worthy of their 10 game lead in the standings. Lenny Megliola says that the mood wasn’t good in the Red Sox clubhouse following the loss. Jim Donaldson has a look at Big Papi’s struggles, which had him not in the mood to talk with the media yesterday afternoon. Tomase has a look at David Ortiz not being able to come up with the clutch hit this season. Alex Speier has some more on the struggles of Ortiz this season.

Massarotti has a look at Julio Lugo being relegated to a pinch-running role for the second day in a row. Sypek has Terry Francona taking some time with Lugo yesterday. Chad Finn, on the Metro site, hands out some midseason hardware for the Sox. Bradford has Jacoby Ellsbury impressing all right away with his speed. Tony Lee looks at Johnny Damon starting to break down physically in New York.

Steve Buckley writes about his experience at a Durham Bulls game this weekend, where he did a little bit of everything.

Bradford’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury’s inexperience in the Fenway outfield possibly costing the Red Sox yesterday. Benjamin’s notebook has Francona taking some time yesterday before the game to talk with Julio Lugo. Steven Krasner’s notebook has a breakdown in communication costing the Red Sox in the outfield yesterday. Goldberg’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis being the odd man left off the AL All Star squad. Ballou’s notebook has more on the Francona/Lugo sitdown.

Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins finalizing their deal with Minnesota to acquire goaltender Manny Fernandez. Mick Colageo says that with the pickup of Fernandez, the future is now for the Bruins. Bud Barth says that the move doesn’t make them instant Stanley Cup contenders, but it does address a huge need for the team. Douglas Flynn says Fernandez addresses several needs for the Bruins right away. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins now have too many goaltenders on the roster and need to make another move.

Harris has the Bruins wading slowly into free agency.

Lenox Industrial Tools 300
Kevin Provencher has Denny Hamlin holding on to take the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 yesterday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Michael Vega says that it was his strategy on tires that helped Hamlin finish the deal at NHIS. David Exum has Hamlin’s risk with his tire changes being rewarded with the victory.

Bob Ryan says that the strategy by Hamlin made for legitimate drama at New Hampshire International Speedway yesterday.Allen Lessels has replacement crews doing the job just fine yesterday afternoon for three of the top five finishers. Daniel Malloy has the Hendrick drivers finishing strong despite losing their crew chiefs for yesterday. Fluto Shinzawa has Roush Fenway driver Carl Edwards having a pit stop mishap that cost him valuable time. The Globe notebook has Jeff Gordon weighing on the COT’s Aero push.

Frank Dell’Apa and Joseph D’Hippolito report on the Revolution suffering a 2-0 loss to Chivas USA out in California.