Yesterday afternoon’s post about the possibility of the D&C lockout being staged prompted many emails, several insisted that the lockout is in fact real, and is simply all about the money. Two separate emails claiming to come from Entercom/WEEI sources stated that Dennis and Callahan are seeking a new contract that will pay each of them 1 to 1.5 million dollars annually. As this would be quite a bit more than Glenn Ordway current makes, and he is up for renewal next year, the company is reluctant to pay the duo each more than the Big Show host makes, know that they’ll have to pony up big next year.

Other emails supported the notion that the whole thing is staged, pointing out that John Dennis is still being featured in the promotions for the Jimmy Fund event which kicks off tomorrow, but what is clear is that this whole episode has the attention of many people, and the potential is there for it to get Entercom/WEEI good exposure, or it could also blow up in their faces. We’ll see which it is in the days/weeks to come.

Red Sox
Now that’s more like it.

In a season marked by the absence of ninth inning comebacks, the Red Sox finally put one together last night. Completely shut down as usual by Scott Kazmir, Boston entered the ninth inning trailing 1-0. A Mike Lowell home run up and over the Green Monster tied the game, Jason Varitek doubled and Coco Crisp singled him home, giving the Red Sox the 2-1 win in Jon Lester’s return to Fenway. The young lefty pitched well himself, going seven innings and only giving up the single run.

Jeff Horrigan has the rally caps working for the Sox in only their second ninth inning comeback of the season. Gordon Edes has Mike Lowell supporting fellow cancer survivor Lester by tying the game in the ninth inning with his home run. Carolyn Thornton has the Red Sox recapturing some of their old magic last night. Jeff Goldberghas more on Lowell coming through for Lester. Garry Brown and Phil O’Neill wrap up the game stories from Fenway.

Steve Buckley says that Lester can now focus solely on pitching and put the cancer talk behind him. Sean McAdam says that whether Lester wants to admit it or not, he is someone special for what he has been through and accomplished. Lenny Megliolahas more on an impressive return to Fenway for Lester.

Ken Powtak has Eric Gagne picking up the win with a scoreless ninth inning of relief. Dan Shaughnessy has Gagne feeling the whole range of Boston emotions in a single one-inning outing.

Steve Krasner looks at the Red Sox decision to leave Jason Varitek in the game after he doubled in the ninth inning, rather than taking him out for a faster pinch runner. Alex Speier looks at the lack of power from David Ortiz this season and the causes of it. Powtak has Julian Tavarez happy for Lester’s return, even though it cost him a spot in the starting rotation. Buckley has more on the attorney’s representing Barry Bonds possibly targeting Curt Schilling for his remarks earlier this season about the Giants slugger. Goldberg has Johnny Pesky and the Red Sox remembering Phil Rizzuto, who passed away yesterday.

Horrigan’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka looking to extend a streak of terrific starting pitching performances for the Red Sox. Edes’ notebook looks at the milestone opportunities ahead for Tim Wakefield. The Projo notebook reports on Coco Crisp returning to centerfield for the Red Sox. Goldberg’s notebook looks at Gagne’s scoreless ninth inning of relief. O’Neill’s notebook has Terry Francona saying that rest is unlikely to help David Ortiz regain his power stroke. Brown’s notebook has Mike Timlin’s contributions last night getting overshadowed in the comeback.

Mike Reiss and Karen Guregian examine the way in which the Patriots are handling Laurence Maroney this preseason, hoping to keep him fresh and injury-free heading into the season. Reiss compares it to the way that the Chargers handle LaDainian Tomlinson. David Heuschkel has Maroney just about up to speed…except for in Madden football. Shalise Manza Young has a nice profile on second year linebacker Pierre Woods, who learned the value of hard work from his late father.

John Tomase looks at Donte’ Stallworth, who seems prepared to inject a little personality into the Patriots locker room. Mike Grimala has Stallworth getting into the flow of things on the field, as well. David Brown has the Patriots looking for the right combination in the return game. Mark Farinella has Josh Miller feeling in limbo about his place on the team.

There’s another take on the morning’s stories over at Patriots Daily.

Reiss has Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck talking tough and issuing threats against Reche Caldwell and Vinny Testeverde for what happened in the regular season last year. Albert Breer says that Vince Young poses a unique problem for the Patriots and all opponents.

The Globe notebook has Josh Miller frustrated at his lack of work this preseason, as he is competing with a pair of youngsters for the punting job. Guregian’s notebook has more on Miller, who wants a bigger chance to show that he can still get the job done. Young’s notebook has the Patriots debuting their own comedy team in Stallworth and Maroney. Farinella’s notebook has the defense drawing the ire of coach Belichick in practice yesterday.

Alex Beam says that the David Beckham hype won’t be enough to transform soccer in America.

Jessica Camerato has the Celtics growing from boys to men this summer.