The Red Sox showed a little fire yesterday in the Bronx, but none of it with their bats, as they were swept by the New York Yankees in the finale of a three game series, 5-0, which dropped their AL East lead back to five games.
As evidence of how anemic the Red Sox offense was, Amalie Benjamin points out that it was the first time in 40 years that a team has been no-hit for more than the first five innings in two straight games. Michael Silverman says that this sweep was certainly not a crushing blow to the Red Sox postseason hopes, but it is certainly a disappointment. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox getting dusted in the finale of the three game series. Jeff Goldberg has things getting riled and wild in the Bronx yesterday. Bill Ballou says that it was just another three awful days in the Bronx for the Red Sox.
Dan Shaughnessy says there are always more than merely baseball games going on when the Red Sox and Yankees play. He assures us though, that there will be October baseball in Boston. Tony Massarotti says that it is clear that J.D. Drew is a $70 million bust. Lenny Megliola looks at things turning quickly in the AL East this week. Ron Chimelis says that regardless of the standings, the Yankees appear to match up very well with the Red Sox. Bill Burt tries his hand at the “10 Things We Learned” format with a list from the Red Sox/Yankees series.
Rob Bradford looks at how Chien-Ming Wang seems to have mastered the Red Sox lineup. Alex Speier says that a promising road trip turned out to be one of missed opportunity. Steve Buckley has the MLB fashion police doing Terry Francona a disservice by hassling him while the game was going on. Jon Couture has three pretty close games, but all losses for the Sox. Mike Marzelli identifies four key areas that the Red Sox must shore up.
Massarotti has Joba Chamberlain getting the Red Sox attention with two pitches at Kevin Youkilis’ head in the ninth inning. Nick Cafardo has Chamberlain pleading his innocence after the game. Paul Doyle has more on the Chamberlain/Youkilis incident, which Chamberlain insisting that both pitches “slipped.”
Buckley has Curt Schilling saying that he lost and got outpitched in yesterday’s game. Joe Haggerty looks at the huge void that the Red Sox have in their lineup when Manny Ramirez is out. Bradford has Derek Jeter and the Yankees saying all the right things after the game.
Silverman’s notebook has a look at the play in which Francona got himself ejected from the game. Benjamin’s notebook has Francona “uniformly upset” over the attention that MLB payed to his attire this week. McAdam’s notebook has the umpire justifying the ejection of Chamberlain in the ninth inning. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Francona’s ire over the checkup from the MLB official. Ballou’s notebook has more on Francona’s dustup with the “fashion police.” Couture’s notebook also examines that angle.
Jeff Horrigan has a minor league notebook in which he looks at some candidates for a September callup. IN Benjamin’s minor league notebook, she looks at Lowell shortstop Oscar Tejeda, who is all of 17 years old.
You can check coverage of both Red Sox/Yankees and Patriots/Giants on the New York Sports Pages.
Scott has the Game Day Rear View of last night’s Patriots pre-season finale, a 27-20 win over the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. He notes that the game ended with Matt “Gutierrez covering kicks, which was probably indication it was time, mercifully, to end the pre-season and complete the construction of New England’s final roster. “
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots holding a 60 minute job fair last night in their final pre-season game. Karen Guregian says that audition time is officially over and it is time to look ahead to the Jets. Shalize Manza Young has the Patriots going almost solely with backups in last night’s win over the Giants, and notes some of those backups did distinguish themselves. Albert Breer says that the Patriots are ready to rumble for real. Mark Farinella says that the game wasn’t an artistic success, but did break a three-year losing streak in pre-season finales. Dan Pires says that for all involved, the real games can’t begin soon enough. Michael Parente also has the Patriots ready to get the season started. Chris Kennedy wraps up the pre-season finale.
Bob Ryan has a look at Matt Cassel, heading into another season of playing backup rather than getting on the field himself. Christopher Price has his 10 Things We Learned Last Night. John Tomase says that with the pre-season over, all appears well in Patriots land. Jim Donaldson examines the battle of the backups at Gillette last night, but has no doubt the real players will be ready to go next Sunday against the Jets. Ian M. Clark has the Patriots bench getting one last test to prove themselves last night. Jennifer Toland has rookie Oscar Lua getting injured in last night’s game.
Mike Reiss looks at first round pick Brandon Meriweather playing mostly at safety last night and looking very comfortable doing it. Rich Garven has the stars hiding last night, with Meriweather the biggest name on the field for the Patriots. Tomase has a look at how the Patriots like Willie Andrews and his ability to contribute in all three phases of the game. David Heuschkel has the backup quarterbacks getting Belichick’s approval with their performance last night. Breer has veteran linebacker Chad Brown fighting until the last snap of the game in his effort to land a spot on the team. Price notes that several players will come to fear the reaper as cuts are made by tomorrow.
The Globe notebook has a look at Oscar Lua’s injury, which seemingly could land the rookie on IR. Guregian’s notebook has the agent for Asante Samuel saying that the cornerback would like to stay with the Patriots beyond this season. Young’s notebook has the Patriots making a change at punter, waiving Danny Baugher and signing veteran Chris Hanson. Farinella’s notebook has more on Lua. Parente’s notebook also looks at Lua, but seemingly before the injury, as it talks about his chances to stick with the team, which is stocked with older linebackers. Garven’s notebook has punter Baugher getting the boot yesterday. Kennedy’s notebook has more on the Patriots bringing in Hanson.
David Scott wraps up his experience at the ESPN Media Workshop yesterday. Susan Bickelhaupt checks in with Tommy Roy of NBC sports, who has been nominated for more Emmys than anyone in the history of sports television.