Trailing 3-0 at one point, the Red Sox were able to rally and pull one out last night, coming through with a 5-4 victory over the Orioles at Fenway Park.
Michael Silverman has the Red Sox waiting until the seventh inning to get things going on offense last night. Gordon Edes has Eric Gagne getting acquainted with his new surroundings as the Red Sox rally for the win. Carolyn Thornton has the Red Sox finally clicking in the seventh inning, after struggling for the first six. Douglas Flynn has the Red Sox storming to the win in the seventh inning. Ron Chimelis has a Kevin Youkilis double making the difference for the Sox. Dave Nordman has Julian Tavarez doing just enough to keep the Sox in it until the offense could wake up.
Steve Buckley has Kevin Garnett throwing out the first pitch at Fenway last night and declaring that Boston is not a racist city, saying that that notion is “just a cliché.” Lenny Megliola looks at a “boring” night at Fenway turning around in the seventh, in front of Garnett and the rest of the fans.
Daniel Malloy has a good look at Eric Gagne, who put his title hopes above his role in order to come here. Silverman has Gagne saying that he’s just here to help the team win a World Series. That’s all. Jeff Goldberg has more on Gagne, who is clearly thrilled to be with his “second favorite team” – after the old Montreal Expos. Alex Speier has Gagne wanting to win a World Series, even if it means doing so as a set up man. Bob Stern says Gagne makes the best bullpen even better. Nordman has Gagne still getting used to wearing red.
Edes has Jonathan Papelbon not threatened by Gagne’s arrival, but rather embracing it after some initial reservations. Brendan McGair has Jed Lowrie joining fellow ’05 draftees Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Craig Hansen in Pawtucket. Buckley has Dustin Pedroia taking third base all the way from first on a first inning walk after the Orioles deployed the shift on David Ortiz and left the bag open. Speier has a look at Jeremy Guthrie coming back to the Fenway mound for the first time since his bullpen blew a 5-0 ninth inning lead for him on Mother’s Day. Buckley also has Ortiz talking about the unhappiness expressed by Johan Santana in Minnesota.
Kevin Cullen has a emotional visit with 89-year-old Bobby Doerr, who will be at Fenway for the last time tonight, because his body can’t take the cross-country flights any more.
Silverman’s notebook has J.D. Drew staying with his family once again after his son had surgery. Edes’s notebook has the Red Sox unlikely to open the 2008 season in Japan. Thornton’s notebook has Gagne saying that he jumped at the chance to come to Boston and waiving his no-trade clause was a no-brainer. Goldberg’s notebook looks at the buzz around Fenway still being all about the big trade…for Kevin Garnett.Chimelis’ notebook has Curt Schilling set to rejoin the rotation on Sunday. Nordman’ notebook has more on Schilling.
Bob Ryan thinks that the Celtics won’t be making as big a leap as most people around here seem to think, mostly because after the big three, they have the worst collection of players of any NBA team. Mark Murphy takes a player-by-player look at the current roster, and how the holdovers are affected by the move for Garnett. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics are getting a guy who “gives a damn” in Garnett. Mike Fine says that Boston fans are going to love Garnett, and that he will fit in perfectly here.
Over in the Metro, I try to make the case that The NBA needs the Boston Celtics…again. Main point – the league is stronger when the Celtics are a contender. Jim Donaldson says the moves by Ainge should put an end to our winters of discontent. Greg St. Martin looks at whether the new Celtics can mesh with Paul Pierce. Fine also writes that the work has only just begun for Ainge on the 2007-08 Celtics.
Shira Springer’s notebook says that the Celtics are going to in luxury tax territory this season with the addition of Garnett.
Karen Guregian has the Randy Moss mania hitting a little snag as the receiver came up lame in practice yesterday. Mike Reiss says that the receiving picture has become more clear after less than a week of training camp. David Heuschkel has Jabar Gaffney grabbing the spotlight with his performance in the first week of camp. Rich Garven also has a look at the receivers. Glen Farley looks at Kelley Washington, who played with Sox ace Josh Beckett in the Marlins’ minor league system.
Christopher Price has Adalius Thomas changing the look of the Patriots linebackers. Chris Kennedy has more on Thomas and his versatility. Albert Breer has Belichick talking about how the impact of Bill Walsh is felt all over the league. Mark Farinella has Stephen Gostkowski happy to be able to just focus on kicking here in camp. Breer has Benjamin Watson vowing to keep improving his blocking game. Kevin McNamara has a look at the new Patriot Place shopping center.
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Guregian’s notebook has Bill Belichick appearing to be unhappy with a sluggish practice. The Globe notebook has more on Moss having to leave practice. Farinella’s notebook has more on Moss. The Projo notebook also has Moss coming up lame after being impressive earlier in the practice. Garven’s notebook has still more on Moss having to leave practice.
Bill Doyle checks in with Butch Stearns, who can’t hide from Boston fans while on WEEI.