The Red Sox got back into the win column with a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers last night, to earn a split of the four game series. Eric Hinske had the key hit, a bases loaded triple to take a 4-3 game to 7-3.
Rob Bradford looks at Hinske getting the chance to play with Kevin Youkilis sitting out, and making the most of the opportunity. Nick Cafardo has more on Hinske leading the revived Red Sox offense last night. Paul Kenyon has a number of unheralded players getting the job done for the Red Sox last night. Jeff Goldberg looks at a proud night for the I-95 crew at Fenway. Jeff Thomas has the young Sox taking a lead role last night. Bill Ballou has Kason Gabbard getting some help in the win.
John Tomase looks at Jacoby Ellsbury getting on base four times and again impressing everyone with his speed – including scoring a run from second on a wild pitch. Sean McAdam reports on our sneak peak at Ellsbury, who likely will be back in the minors after the All Star break. Daniel Malloy has more on Ellsbury, who is quickly becoming a crowd favorite.
Shalise Manza Young reports on Hinske getting the call to start, and taking full advantage of it. Malloy also has Julio Lugo returning to the top of the lineup for the Red Sox. Lenny Megliola looks at a night for unheralded Sox at Fenway Park. Karen Guregian has Manny Ramirez apparently ready and willing to play in the All Star game next week. Alex Speier says that pitching depth is the Red Sox Ace in the hole this season. Filling in at Dirt Dogs, Bob Ekstrom looks at the quirk in the schedule that has the Devil Rays meeting up with the Red Sox for the first time this week.
Jon Couture says that the Red Sox aren’t worried about Ortiz and Ramirez in the middle of their lineup. Joe Haggerty looks at the lack of production in the 5 spot for the Red Sox. Guregian also has Kason Gabbard rebounding from his last start to post a solid win last night to improve to 2-0 on the season for the Red Sox. Mike Giardi says that Theo Epstein should use his eyes and ears guide the way the next time he picks a shortstop, rather than some spreadsheet. Bradford has Minnesota’s Pat Neshek, who is competing with Hideki Okajima for the final All Star spot, blogging for votes and support. Tomase has Ashley Papelbon talking about the pressures of being a star’s wife, and what the pressure might’ve caused Cynthia Rodriguez to do with her choice of attire.
Cafardo’s notebook reports that Coco Crisp could be back in the lineup as soon as tonight. Bradford’s notebook has Julio Lugo at the top of the Red Sox lineup once again last night. The Projo notebook has more on Crisp’s quick recovery. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Lugo’s return to the leadoff spot despite his ongoing slump. Thomas’ notebook also reports on Crisp showing a fast recovery from his thumb injury. Ballou’s notebook says that just because the Sox are in first place at the halfway point doesn’t mean they’ll win the division.
Peter May has Ray Allen saying all the right things in his introduction to the Boston press. Tony Massarotti says that adding a veteran like Allen was the right move for Danny Ainge and the Celtics. Dave Heuschkel has Ray Allen back in New England and stirring up old feelings. Bill Doyle has Allen thrilled to be back in New England. Scott Souza has Allen saying that he is just here to help out Paul Pierce.
Jeff Clark has Paul Pierce finally getting his wing man. Shira Springer says that the Celtics are eager to see second round picks Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Gabe Pruitt in action. Souza has more on the pair, slipped out of the first round of the draft last week, where the Celtics eagerly scooped them up. Heuschkel has the pair proud to wear Green after their disappointment in the draft. Doyle has Pruitt playing for friend and former teammate Ryan Francis who was murdered last spring.
Bill Burt says that Michael Wilbon is a jerk for saying that Boston is a racist city.
Keith Reed has Fenway Sports recruiting Red Sox sponsors to NASCAR.
Susan Bickelhaupt has more on Bud Collins not being brought back at NBC.