It wasn’t a good weekend for the Red Sox as they were swept in Detroit by the Tigers, concluding with yesterday’s 6-5 loss in which Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three home runs.
Jeff Horrigan says that the sweep by the Tigers doesn’t overshadow what has been a great first half by the Red Sox. Gordon Edes has more on the sweep that ends the first half of the season for the Red Sox, a season that seemingly hasn’t been the same since that late Sunday night game against the Yankees before heading to Oakland in early June. Steven Krasner has both Dice-K and the Sox ready for a break after the sweep in Detroit. Jeff Goldberg has more on Matsuzaka’s struggles yesterday, which were in contrast to the last time he faced the Tigers. Bill Ballou has the Red Sox hitting the break looking like a race car hitting a pit stop out of gas.
Tony Massarotti offers up a midseason report card for the Red Sox, no less than eight “A’s” (including the manager) and only one “F.” (Lugo) Dom Amore looks back at the good, bad, odd and funny doings of the first half around baseball.
Amalie Benjamin has Matsuzaka struggling with the location of a few pitches yesterday, which the Tigers promptly took advantage of. Karen Guregian notes that the Tigers claimed that Daisuke “wasn’t that good” after they had faced him the last time, but she also observes that Matsuzaka has been fine for the Red Sox this season with all the adjustments he’s had to make and will continue to be solid for them. Horrigan has Manny Delcarmen continuing to impress since being called up from Pawtucket. Guregian also has David Ortiz reaching out to former Sox hitting coach Ron “Papa Jack” Jackson for some advice on how to get his power stroke back.
Horrigan also has Jeff Bailey hitting a home run yesterday for his first hit in the major leagues. John Habib has the Sea Dogs beating up on the Fisher Cats 16-6 yesterday, with two home runs from Portland shortstop Jed Lowrie. Chad Finn offers up a few quick items on the Red Sox.
Horrigan’s notebook reports that Manny Ramirez is expected to play in tomorrow night’s All Star game despite having a little “intestinal turmoil” that was treated with antibiotics. Edes’ notebook has more on Manny, describing his illness as an “inflammation in his inner ear.” Krasner’s notebook has the Red Sox bullpen making sure that Jeff Bailey was able to keep the ball he hit for his first big league hit and home run. Goldberg’s notebook says that signs point to J.D. Drew entering another slump. Ballou’s notebook has six Red Sox players boarding John Henry’s private jet after the game, headed to San Francisco for the All Star game.
Shira Springer has Glen Davis learning the pro game from assistant coach Clifford Ray, who talks about his newest pupil’s potential. Steve Bulpett has Gerald Green seeking a more well-rounded game, and looking forward to being able to learn from both Paul Pierce and Ray Allen this season. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics taking on the Pistons in a scrimmage yesterday, where Davis and Gabe Pruitt both got to face the team that they thought was going to draft them in the first round.
Stephen Harris has a look at the Bruins depth chart, and says the team deserves some credit for showing patience this offseason.
Bud Collins has Roger Federer winning his 5th straight Wimbledon.