The Red Sox made it three wins in a row with yesterday afternoon’s 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Fenway Park. Tim Wakefield picked up his ninth win of the season, and improved to 16-2 for his career against Tampa Bay.
Amalie Benjamin looks a key reserves getting the job done for the Red Sox yesterday. Rob Bradford says that the contributions of Alex Cora in yesterday’s win should not be overlooked. Shalise Manza Young looks at the Red Sox having plenty in reserve to beat the Devil Rays. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox getting off to a good start to the second half of the schedule.
Nick Cafardo has a look at Manny Delcarmen growing into the setup role, finally showing the confidence in his pitches to get the job done. John Tomase looks at Delcarmen again coming into the game in a key spot and getting the job done, showing the ability to get the big strikeout when needed. Sean McAdam says that Decarmen’s success is coming at just the right time for the Red Sox. Jennifer Toland has Delcarmen coming through in a key spot yesterday for the Red Sox.
Tony Massarotti says that all signs point to the Red Sox winning their first division crown since 1995. He notes the easy second-half schedule and the ability to rest any one who needs it with their big lead. Some guy named Bruce Allen looks how the Red Sox are getting it done this season, and what their prospects for the second half look like. Mark Farinella is impressed by Daisuke, and can’t understand those talking head radio hosts who says he’s been a disappointment. Lenny Megliola looks at the Red Sox looking abroad with their new arrangement with a Japanese team. Garry Brown has more on at arrangement as well.
Daniel Malloy has Jacoby Ellsbury again making his case to stick with the big club beyond the All Star break. Steven Krasner looks at a great defensive play by J.D. Drew to hold the speedy Carl Crawford to a single in the third inning. Tomase looks at 36-year-old batboy Chris Cundiff getting plenty of running in yesterday after the Tampa Bay bullpen phone didn’t work. Ron Chimelis has the story of 20-year-old Cory Garwacki, who was able to attend a game at Fenway Park without medical restrictions for the first time in his life Saturday. Alan Siegel has more on Haverhill’s Carlos Pena.
Bradford reports that the Red Sox are close to signing 16-year-old phenom Michael Almanzar from the Dominican Republic. Malloy also has a look at winning pitcher Tim Wakefield, who improved to 9-8 on the season. Mike Giardi looks at Coco Crisp finally seeming to figure some things out at the plate. Mike Petraglia has Josh Beckett preparing for his first ever All Star appearance.
Bradford’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon unveiling a new pitch yesterday in the ninth inning, a cut-fastball. Benjamin’s notebook has a look at an agreement the Red Sox have made with the Chiba Lotte Marines, made mostly it appears, for scouting purposes. McAdam’s notebook reports that we shouldn’t expect to see Curt Schilling start for the Red Sox again before August 1. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Delcarmen becoming the go-to guy in the setup role. Toland’s notebook has David Ortiz riding out a bad slump.
Steve Bulpett has Sabastian Telfair saying all the right things, while looking in top shape out in Las Vegas. Bill Doyle has the Ray Allen trade getting the approval of the Celtics TV crew. Buddy Thomas likes the Ray Allen deal, but says that the Celtics need to make another move. Bulpett’s notebook has assistant coach Dave Wohl moving upstairs to work more with Danny Ainge on the personnel side.