Morning Links while wondering how many shots Ron Borges can take at the Patriots in his return to the WEEI airwaves this morning from 10-2 – and how Glenn Ordway, or whomever does the 2:00pm crossover will suck up to him anyway…
After running up nine runs on Saturday night, the Red Sox couldn’t give Josh Beckett any support yesterday afternoon at Fenway Park as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jeff Horrigan has Beckett wisely not putting the blame on his teammates lack of support yesterday, seeing as how he has enjoyed plenty of run support all season. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox not being able to take advantage of the chances they had on a gusty afternoon at Fenway. Sean McAdam has Beckett not getting his usual run support from the Red Sox lineup, which was facing rookie Jesse Litsch for the first time. Jeff Goldberg says that yesterday was a case of “batting averages vs. the law of averages, and the law won.” Garry Brown says that Beckett just got out-pitched yesterday. Paul Jarvey has the Blue Jay earning a split with the Red Sox for the weekend series. Joe Haggerty has a quick wrapup of a frustrating afternoon at Fenway.
Tony Massarotti says that this Red Sox team lacks drama – if they’re trailing entering the ninth, they don’t come back and win (1-32), if they’re winning entering the sixth, they don’t fall apart and lose (48-3). Daniel Malloy has Beckett shining yesterday despite the lack of support and loss. Steven Krasner has the reason why it was Doug Mirabelli and not Jason Varitek batting in the ninth inning yesterday. Lenny Megliola offers some observations from a strange afternoon at Fenway.
Alex Speier has Terry Francona avoiding the temptation to use the injured J.D. Drew or Varitek in the ninth inning yesterday. Rob Bradford looks at an outfield wind that led to a number of adventures in the outfield yesterday.
Massarotti looks at David Ortiz struggling mightily against lefthanders this season, as he does not have a single home run against a southpaw. Haggerty has Joel Pineiro being the target of jokes from his Red Sox teammates for how he suffered his ankle injury.
Bradford talks with the personal trainer for Josh Beckett, who is pleased with what he’s seen from his friend this season as a result of their hard work in the offseason. Mike Giardi says that the Schilling/Gammons tiff shouldn’t be taking place in the public eye. Speier says that if Hideki Okajima wins the rookie of the year award, he can thank Royals catcher John Buck for giving him an opening day wakeup call.
Ron Chimelis hopes that Julio Franco can catch on with another team so that his generation is still represented in the major leagues.
Horrigan’s notebook has Jason Varitek taking the day off yesterday after a rough night behind the plate on Saturday. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Varitek’s afternoon off behind the plate. McAdam’s notebook observes that the Red Sox may have gotten Ortiz and Manny Ramirez back on track this weekend. Goldberg’s notebook has Francona reacting to Scott Boras’ comments that he was concerned about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s high pitch counts. Brown’s notebook has Tony Pena Jr. returning to Fenway for the first time since he was a kid and his dad was playing for the Red Sox. Jarvey’s notebook has the Red Sox depleted lineup submitting meekly to the Blue Jays.
While Eric McHugh had one of Asante Samuel’s agents quoted over the weekend as being optimistic that the two sides were getting closer to a long term deal before this afternoon’s deadline, Mike Reiss pretty slams the door on that idea, saying that it would take “an unexpected turn” for things to work out. He has Samuel’s primary agent saying that the sides are not close to a deal, but still talking. Karen Guregian also reports on the two sides continuing to talk.
Steve Bulpett says that Gerald Green still needs some “tightening” on his game. He also has a source insisting that a trade for Kevin Garnett was basically complete before Garnett spoke out against playing in Boston.
Kevin Gray has a look at NH’s Matt Bonner, who has been very visible around the state after signing a new deal with the Spurs this summer. Zach Rocha has a look at former New Bedford standout guard Marques Houtman, who hopes that representing Cape Verde in the Olympic qualifiers this summer will lead to bigger and better things for his career.
Stephen Harris has Tuukka Rask not doing anything in the Bruins developmental camp to discourage them from the notion that he is “a masterpiece in the making.”
Frank Dell’Apa has the Revolution’s two top scorers not getting selected for the MLS All Star game, though three of their teammates did make the team. Mike Biglin has captain Steve Ralston proud of what he’s been able to accomplish in his career.