We’re in day two of the Dennis and Callahan lockout, and David Scott has the latest on the story, with advertisers shockingly balking at paying premium rates for their ads to be run on shows hosted by Craig Mustard, Larry Johnson and the other list of fill-ins the station has been trotting out.
The Red Sox returned to the Fenway Park last night, and had Tim Wakefield facing a Tampa team he has dominated throughout his Red Sox career (18-2) – a recipe for success. Things held true to form, and Boston came away with a 3-0 win over the Devil Rays.
Dom Amore has Tim Wakefield calming the anxious fans with eight shutout innings last night. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox following Wakefield’s lead to victory. Gordon Edes has Wakefield’s terrific performance covering for another lackluster offensive night for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam has more on Wakefield making waste of the Rays. Garry Brown also looks at Wakefield’s latest gem against Tampa. Phil O’Neill reports on the Red Sox keeping their lead at 4 games over the Yankees.
Brendan McGair says that tonight’s 2007 Fenway Park debut for Jon Lester promises to be an emotional night. Horrigan says that Lester would like to reward the fans by pitching how he feels he is capable tonight against the Devil Rays. Joe Haggerty says that Lester will get a hero’s welcome at Fenway tonight.
Steve Buckley has Tim Wakefield calming down the masses with his performance last night, just as he has done many other times in the past. Steven Krasner says that Wakefield’s knuckler was so good last night that he didn’t need to mix in other pitches, as he sometimes needs to do. Nick Cafardo says that now is the time for the Red Sox bats to come alive and to make a stand here at home. Alex Speier says that it is OK to look in the rearview mirror. Jon Couture says that panic is stupid, and that the Red Sox have made their own bed.
Buckley reports on Coco Crisp being down and out with the flu. Cafardo talks to a few people about whether Eric Gagne might be thrown off by his new role as a setup man. Joe McDonald has a further look at Wakefield’s continued dominance of the Devil Rays. Bob Albright has Bill Lee saying that he doesn’t think the Red Sox will give up the lead like they did in 1978. Haggerty has a look at Manny Delcarmen as the forgotten one in the Red Sox bullpen since the Gagne trade.
Horrigan’s notebook has Terry Francona still planning on using Gagne in close games despite his recent struggles. Edes’ notebook has an Orioles broadcaster and Angels outfielder each ripping Fenway Park and Boston. Amore’s notebook says that the Red Sox haven’t pushed the panic button yet. Brown’s notebook looks ahead to Lester’s start tonight. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Lester getting excited to return to the Fenway mound tonight. Couture’s notebook has more on Francona’s plans to stick with Gagne.
Rich Thompson reports on the uniforms from the 14th Abbot Financial Management Oldtime Baseball Game, which takes place tomorrow night at 7:00.
Going to have to rely mostly on Patriotslinks.com this morning, but here are a few links that are outside of that RSS world.
Michael Parente has Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees talking yesterday about a wide range of topics, including the AFC title game loss to the Colts. David Heuschkel has the loss weighing on Pees for the entire offseason. Rich Garven also has Pees getting comfortable in his role as defensive coordinator. Eric McHugh has Sammy Morris and Kelley Washington showing a little bit of why the Patriots were interested in them this offseason. Mark Farinella has Tedy Bruschi hoping to raise stroke awareness with his new book. Farinella’s notebook has Pees talking about how the Patriots are planning on using Adalius Thomas.
As always, there are more thoughts over at PatriotsDaily.com. We hope to have a new personnel announcement up sometime later today.
Bob Ryan says that Tiger Woods is the greatest athlete of our time, and perhaps of any time.