Josh Beckett performed like the postseason ace we all saw in 2003 as he pitched a complete game shutout in game one of the American League Division Series last night against the Angels. The 4-0 Red Sox win was buoyed by home runs from Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz.
Won’t have time to get to all the links this morning, but I’ll try to give you a good sampling of the major stories.
Dan Shaughnessy has the Globe front page story this morning, as he mainly focuses on the dominating performance of Beckett. Bill Reynolds says that October baseball in Fenway is the best there is. Lenny Megliola calls it an ideal October night at Fenway.
Bob Ryan tells us that we saw exactly what an ace looks like last night. Jeff Jacobs says that this performance from Beckett was the most dominating in Red Sox postseason history – better than anything Pedro Martinez or Luis Tiant were able to do. Steve Buckley says that Beckett is becoming a “a little baby Curt Schilling who sees October as his own special stage.” Sean McAdam says that Beckett could end up going down as one of the game’s postseason greats.
Jackie MacMullan has a look at David Ortiz, who appears to be feeling right – just in time. Rob Bradford says that the real Big Papi appears to be back in playoff form. Jon Couture says that this is Manny’s time of year. If you missed Bradford’s piece on Manny yesterday, you need to read it, and so do people like Mike Adams and Gerry Callahan.
Tony Massarotti says that the spotlight will once again be on Daisuke Matsuzaka for game two tomorrow night. Alex Speier has Beckett adding to his postseason legend. Paul Jarvey wonders if Beckett is another Larry Bird. Bill Burt has Beckett making it look too easy. Jon Couture has Beckett making pitches and history at Fenway.
Jeff Horrigan’s notebook has shoulder woes, not just his back, keeping Tim Wakefield out of the first round of the playoffs. Gordon Edes’s notebook has more from Terry Francona on Wakefield’s injury. Steven Krasner’s notebook has Ortiz proving to be too much for John Lackey once again.
Check in with much more Red Sox coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Rodney Harrison returned to the team yesterday off his four game suspension for purchasing HGH. Harrison was contrite and ready to move on with his season after acknowledging his mistake several times. Over at Patriots Daily, Christopher Price has a look at Harrison’s return and also has five things to look for this weekend against the Browns.
Check the rest of the Patriots coverage on PatriotsLinks.com.
Marc J. Spears has James Posey looking to restore some Celtics pride this season, and reap the benefits while he’s at it. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics coming up with a new motto to promote team success for this season. Bill Doyle says that the Celtics will need a complete starting unit, not just the trio of Garnett, Pierce and Allen.
I’ll tell you why Oktoberfest is my favorite time of year over in the Metro.