Playing in a place that had become their own personal house of horrors, the Red Sox managed to take two out of three games this weekend in Seattle, capped by yesterday’s 9-2 win over the Mariners. The win pushed starter Josh Beckett to 14-5 on the season, and Manny Ramirez hit his 19th home run of the season.
Rob Bradford looks at the Sox cruising to the win behind another dominating performance from a starting pitcher. Gordon Edes notes that the only scaring moment for the Red Sox yesterday was when Coco Crisp nearly got run over by the Mariner Moose, who was tearing around the field on an ATV. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox second win in a row in Seattle coming behind another strong starting pitching performance. Tom Yantz has the Red Sox putting their Seattle troubles behind them.
With Curt Schilling returning to the mound tonight, Tony Massarotti says that he and the Red Sox have the rest of the season to prove their worth. Dan Shaughnessy just wants the playoffs to start. Massarotti notes that soon the countdown will begin as Manny Ramirez approaches career home run number 500. Last night was number 489 for Manny. Kevin Gray looks through a few new baseball books to read if you’re dreading the prospect of endless “Sox Appeal” repeats for the rest of the summer. Jon Couture looks at the comments from Minnesota ace Johan Santana that got the attention of the baseball world.
Bradford’s notebook has Brandon Moss getting the call to replace Eric Hinske for a few days, as the latter leaves to join his wife for the last stages of a difficult pregnancy. Edes’ notebook has Javier Lopez being sent to the minors to make room for Schilling to be activated. Yantz’s notebook has more on Crisp’s close call with the Moose.
Steve Buckley says that Henry Aaron is the real winner in the Barry Bond’s home run chase, because it has brought his accomplishments back into the spotlight. Nick Cafardo has Bonds taking yesterday off after tying Aaron’s record on Saturday night. Massarotti says that the home run record is now as phony and worthless as a $3 bill thanks to Bonds’ steroid use.
David Scott talks to Red Sox radio announcer Dave O’Brien, who called Bonds’ 755th home run for ESPN on Saturday night.
Christopher L. Gasper and Albert Breer have Donte’ Stallworth ready to come off the PUP list and practice full speed starting today. David Heuschkel has more on Stallworth getting in the action. Shalise Manza Young has rookie quarterback Matt Gutierrez putting in the work at camp to try and get his shot at sticking with the team. Michael Parente has Brandon Meriweather learning the ropes in camp. Hector Longo has Eugene Wilson on the comeback trail, at the tender age of 26.
PatriotsDaily.com weighs in on the big issues of camp this morning, and yesterday had a roundup of the stories from the Sunday papers.
Karen Guregian reminds us that the Patriots linebackers are really old. Rich Garven notes that Junior Seau has been the perfect fit in terms of team chemistry for the Patriots. Mark Farinella also has a look at Seau and his fit with the Patriots. Glen Farley has Seau happy to be back with the Patriots for another run. Julian Benbow has Sammy Morris focused and looking forward to a fresh start with the Patriots. Dan Pires has Rodney Harrison thinking of today only.
Guregian’s notebook has Adalius Thomas itching to hit someone for real in a game. The Globe notebook has Kyle Brady glad to be back on the field yesterday, even if it was just for a walk-through. Young’s notebook has the Patriots receiving corps at nearly full strength for yesterday’s light practice. Garven’s notebook has more on Stallworth getting ready for his camp debut. Farinella’s notebook has the pressure on Ellis Hobbs to produce while Asante Samuel continues to sit out.