Curt Schilling returned to the mound for the Red Sox last night and pitched well, but some untimely mistakes kept the victory from the team’s grasp last night as they fell to the Angels 4-2. Their lead in the AL East is down to six games.

Rob Bradford has Maicer Izturis homering off Schilling in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and make Schilling a loser in his return. Gordon Edes has fielding lapses and the early ejection of Manny Ramirez hurting the Sox in this one. Tom Yantz has more on the Red Sox falling short in Schilling’s return.

Tony Massarotti says that even though Schilling got the loss, his return and performance was very much a positive. Dan Shaughnessy says that Schilling’s return is huge for the Red Sox, and his performance was the silver lining in last night’s loss. Sean McAdam says that the playoff field is rather crowded this season, and it is rather hard to pinpoint who is going to be there in the end.

Bradford has a look at Brandon Moss, who made his major league debut last night after Manny Ramirez was ejected from the game. Edes has the Red Sox coming to terms with Bobby Kielty, who chose the Sox over the Yankees and several other suitors. Massarotti notes that this series could very well be an October preview, as each team appears headed for the postseason.

Bradford’s notebook has the Red Sox signing outfielder Bobby Kielty, who will report to Pawtucket before coming to the Red Sox. The Globe notebook has Moss getting thrown into the fire right away after Ramirez got ejected. Yantz’s notebook has Manny inching towards career home run number 500.

Nick Cafardo has Nationals rookie pitcher John Lannan keeping Barry Bonds from reaching home run number 756.

Patriots
Mike Reiss has the Patriots doing some situational work, getting the club ready for various scenarios that could play out over the course of the season. Shalise Manza Young has James Sanders continuing to show improvement and impressing those around him in camp. Jeff Horrigan has special teams Captain Larry Izzo still steaming over the breakdown last season that allowed Pacman Jones to return a punt 81 yards for a score on his club. Chris Kennedy has Garrett Mills hoping to increase his value to the Patriots. Horrigan has a look at Mike Wright, who serves as inspiration for players who feel they might be a long shot to make the club.

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Karen Guregian has Tom Brady holding court yesterday and saying that even though he just turned 30, he’s far from finished, and would like to go for another seven or eight years. David Heuschkel has Brady feeling his age, but still feeling like he has a long ways to go. Christopher Price has more on Brady discovering life after 30. Mark Farinella has Brady unhappy with the progress of the offense to this point.

John Tomase has Brady and Donte’ Stallworth making a California connection with the Patriots. Kennedy has more on Stallworth hitting the practice field for the first time. Jennifer Toland has more on Stallworth getting on the field. Dan Pires has Stallworth getting to work with Brady for the first time.

Tomase’s notebook has Randy Moss missing from practice once again yesterday. Reiss’s notebook has more on Brady and Stallworth making up for lost time in establishing a connection. The Projo notebook has Brady glad to see Stallworth out on the field. Toland’s notebook has Brady to Moss being put on the backburner while Moss sits out practice.

Celtics/Misc

Shira Springer has the Celtics signing veteran big man Scot Pollard to a veteran’s minimum deal.

Ron Chimelis says that the future is now for the Celtics. Desmond Conner has Ryan Gomes ready to get started with the Timberwolves.

Bill Reynolds touches on a number of points, starting with Danny Ainge making the Celtics pertinent again.

Bob Halloran takes issue with the notion that these are the best of times in Boston sports.

Susan Bickelhaupt has ESPN snatching up Bud Collins for their tennis coverage.

The Metro is running a contest called “Wicked Cool Brackets” where you can vote for the top teams in Boston sports history.

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