The Red Sox opened up the post-All Star break portion of their schedule in fine fashion with a 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Tim Wakfield picked up his 10th win of the season and David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez combined to go 5 for 9 with 5 RBI on the night.
Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox 3-4 combination starting off the second half on a good note in the win. Gordon Edes has David Ortiz talking his injured right knee, which will continue to be an issue for the rest of the season. Art Davidson looks at a solid return to action for the Red Sox. Ron Chimelis says that the Sox looked as fresh as daisies coming out of the break. Steven Krasner has the Red Sox big bats coming out swinging to start the second half. Alex Speier looks at the offense that appeared tired prior to the break looking like a reinvigorated force last night.
Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox need to attempt to find some insurance on the trade market against injury to Curt Schilling and David Ortiz – but the bullpen doesn’t seem to be an area of concern. Jim Donaldson looks at the big contributions made by little Dustin Pedroia. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell talking about playing elsewhere next season, as the Red Sox have made no attempt to talk to him about a new contract. Bob Halloran says that things are going so well for the Red Sox that there is nothing to talk about. Chad Finn has a few predictions for the second half.
Bradford has David Ortiz talking about having the meniscus tear in his right knee, which is what has been bother him over the course of this season. Jackie MacMullan has more on Ortiz and his injury, which is cause for angst among Red Sox fans, but something that Ortiz can deal with for now. Jeff Goldberg has more on the injury for Big Papi.
Christopher L. Gasper has Julio Lugo feeling a bit better about his swing with two more hits last night. Horrigan has the Red Sox adding some padding to the top of the right field wall to protect outfielders like J.D. Drew from injury. Amalie Benjamin has a look at Lowell outfielder Ryan Kalish, who is impressing all with his speed.
Daniel Malloy has the Blue Jays ready to make some noise now that they’re finally healthy for the first time this season. Massarotti has J.P. Ricciardi and the Blue Jays hoping that there is still time to turn things around this season, especially now that the club is healthy for the first time in a long time. David Borges has a story on Connecticut native and former Providence standout John McDonald, who talks about the A-Rod incident earlier this season, among other things. Malloy has Toronto ace Roy Halladay getting roughed up by the Sox last night. Kevin Graysays that the Blue Jays are going to have to lean on some ex-Fisher Cats in the second half of the season.
Horrigan’s notebook has Tim Wakefield becoming the first pitcher since 1980 to record 18 straight decisions to start the season. Edes’ notebook has more on Wakefield getting the decision (and win) last night. Krasner’s notebook has more on Ortiz’s knee, which he says he hurt for the first time last year. Goldberg’s notebook has Ortiz and Ramirez getting the second half off to a good start. Chimelis’ notebook has Manager Terry Francona saying that Ortiz has not had an MRI.
Stephen Harris has a look at Milan Lucic, showing that he might have more skills than simply being able to drop the gloves. Douglas Flynn has Matt Lashoff hoping to stick with the big club this season. Mike Loftus notes that the Bruins recent history with goaltenders isn’t that great.
Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers downplaying the notion that racial issues are keeping players from coming to the Celtics. Kevin Henkin looks at the Sebastian Telfair Public Image Rehabilitation Tour and Other Random Thoughts on the BSMW Full Court Press. Peter May doesn’t know if the Magic are filling a hole or digging one by giving Rashard Lewis a max contract.
John Tomase has Troy Brown talking about his return to the Patriots for a 15th season.
Susan Bickelhaupt has Dan Patrick addressing his departure from ESPN and talking about his new show with the Content Factory.