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In the county that boasts DisneyLand, movie stars and Bill Simmons’ favorite TV show, the Sox will take the field this afternoon with aspirations of making it a clean three game sweep and punching a ticket into their 3rd ALCS in five years. The Sox took the first two from Anaheim at home behind a stellar pitching performance by Josh Beckett and a game winning walk off homerun by Manny Ramirez. As Gordon Edes writes Manny’s blast had Curt acting like a 2 year old. When Curt takes the hill for the Sox he’ll bring with him his 8-2 record and a 2.06 ERA in 15 postseason starts. Schilling who has not pitched since September 25th went 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts this season versus Anaheim. Sean McAdam has Schilling describing the adrenaline rush of pitching in the postseason. Amalie Benjamin has Schilling set to prove that the new “finesse” Schilling can be just as successful when it matters as the old one. Standing in the Sox way will be 13-7 Jered Weaver who will be making his first postseason appearance. Weaver has never defeated the Red Sox going 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in four career starts. Weaver described his first postseason start being about one, and only one thing.
As Steve Buckley writes manager Mike Scioscia is not one to panic. Dan Shaughnessy has Friday night’s style of win, loud and late, feeling similar to postseason wins of ’04. Jackie MacMullan goes one further proclaiming rather confidently that the series is over. Out in LA, Bill Plaschke of the LA Times says the Angels style of baseball cannot win championships, and the Angels are all but powerless against the Sox. Joe McDonald in the ProJo has the Angels looking to use some of the Red Sox never-say-die attitude heading into Game 3.
Within the Herald’s notebook we have Jered Weaver downplaying an incident he had earlier this year with Ortiz. In the ProJo’s notebook we learn Dustin Pedroia’s shoulder is fine, and he’ll be good to go in Game 3. In the LA Times notebook, Mike DiGiovanna has x-rays coming back negative on Vladimir Guerrero’s shoulder. Guerrero who was drilled by a Manny Delcarmen fastball on Friday night is expected to play in right field in Game 3. The Angels who desperately need an offensive spark will look to Guerrero to provide that today versus Schilling. As Alex Spier writes, Manny and Vlad’s styles of hitting may produce the same results, but their approaches are much different.
Old friends Romeo Crennel and Willie McGinest head down Route 1 for the first time in a new uniform to take on the 4-0 Patriots. The Browns will look to improve their 2-2 record versus the Pats today at Gillette. For extensive Patriots coverage and a look at all the morning’s Patriots headlines, head over to the Patriots Daily page.
After all the hype and anticipation the Celtics finally took the floor for the first time last night. As Steve Bulpett writes, the Celtics impressed in their opening act. Shira Springer has much of the same as the Celtics visited Rome. Charles Pierce has a nice column in the Boston Globe Magazine about Kevin Garnett in it Pierce has commissioner Stern saying Garnett’s move to the Celtics is not just a boost for the franchise but a boon for the league. Jessica Camerato also has a look at the first preseason game for the Celtics.
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The Bruins grabbed their first win of this young season yesterday with a 3-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, Stephen Harris has your game story.
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Sports on Tap
Its a busy day for Boston sports fans, or any sports fan for that matter. With two playoff baseball games, three football games, and even a Celtics exhibition to keep you busy. The Celtics kick things off with a 12:30PM exhibition game vs. Lottomatica Roma which can be seen on ESPN2. The Patriots will follow with kick off on CBS at 1:00PM. The Red Sox will look to punch their ticket to the ALCS starting at 3PM on TBS, followed by the Yankees scratching to save their lives at 6:30PM. For all rest of of today’s jam packed schedule, check here.