(This is entry number 2500 on this blog)
The Red Sox seemingly cannot get out of their own way these days, as they stumbled yet again last night, falling to the Chicago White Sox 4-2 at Fenway Park. Daisuke Matsuzaka took the loss after walking six batter on the evening.
Michael Silverman notes that the “recent uninspiring level of play” was on display again last night for the Red Sox. Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox offense remained all wet for another night at Fenway Park. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox sputtering once again last night. Jeff Goldberg says that the wheels haven’t come off the wagon just yet, but they’re pretty wobbly at this point. Bill Ballou has the Red Sox pounding out 10 hits, yet only being able to plate 2 runs on the night. Jon Couture says it was a long night of missed chances for the Red Sox.
Jackie MacMullan has Matsuzaka remaining as mysterious as ever with his performance last night which was “alternately brilliant and vexing” as he cruised at times, and issued free pass after free pass at others. Rob Bradford notes that last night illustrated once again the Red Sox inability to generate any late inning magic this season. Sean McAdam looks at J.D. Drew’s stock continuing to plummet. Alex Speier notes that the recent numbers just don’t add up for the Red Sox.
Daniel Malloy has Kevin Youkilis mired in a slump and not wanting to talk about it. Douglas Flynn says that the Sox are suffering a power outage. Bradford also has Julio Lugo understanding how seriously the fans in Boston take winning and losing. McDonald says that the Red Sox aren’t looking back over their shoulders just yet. Ballou examines the strong comeback of Mike Timlin in recent weeks. Joe Haggerty has Matt Clement feeling good and hoping for a few September appearances.
Bradford also checks in with almost-Red-Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who reflects on what could’ve been here in Boston. Malloy examined the fall of the White Sox, who have been plagued by injury and inconsistency this season. Mike Petraglia has a piece on White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, who took the baseball world by storm in 2005.
Maureen Mullen has a look at the importance that blood typing has in Japan when it comes to personality characteristics.
Jeff Horrigan has a look at Pawtucket pitching coach Mike Griffin, who in entrusted with some of the most valuable prospects in the Red Sox farm system. Amalie Benjamin has Craig Hansen showing signs of getting his slider back, which was his devastating out pitch at St. John’s. Horrigan also has Jon Lester ready to answer the call to Boston anytime he is needed.
Silverman’s notebook finds J.D. Drew on the Sox bench last night due to his balky hamstring. Edes’s notebook has the Red Sox trying to be aggressive in the trade market, but not finding too much out there at the moment. McDonald’s notebook has Hideki Okajima giving up his first homer since opening day last night. Ballou’s notebook has the Red Sox wasting another great outing from Manny Delcarmen. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Drew and his hamstring. Garry Brown’s notebook also looks at Drew. Couture’s notebook has still more on the $70 million outfielder.
Christopher L. Gasper has a feature in the Globe today about the attraction video games have for professional athletes, as they allow for an escape and an opportunity to tune out the pressures they face. Tony Allen, Curt Schilling and Reche Caldwell are among those Gasper talked for the feature.
Albert Breer and Mike Reiss bringing back 14 year veteran linebacker Chad Brown yesterday. Jim Donaldson says that Asante Samuel should report to camp, have the best season of his career, and then demand to be paid like a top cornerback.
David Scott is back, with a look at all that has been going on this summer in the world of Boston sports media, from Jason Wolfe’s embarrassments, to NESN making a mistake by dumping Dale Arnold, the Globe’s attempts at create Boston’s version of PTI, and Bill Simmons declaring himself still in the race for President of Red Sox Nation after all. Susan Bickelhaupt has a look at ABC’s coverage of The (British) Open this weekend. Bill Doyle has more on ESPN/ABC putting its own stamp on their coverage of The Open Championship.