After losing their first seven games of the season, the Detroit Tigers finally got a win last night, knocking off the Red Sox 7-2 at Fenway Park.
Jeff Horrigan notes that after a crisp opening day shutout victory, the Red Sox appeared to slip into a midseason malaise last night at Fenway. Gordon Edes has the Red Sox already suffering some early bumps and bruises after getting through last season mostly healthy. Carolyn Thornton has the Red Sox losing an early two run lead last night in the loss. Jeff Goldberg says that the Red Sox gave the Tigers a helping hand to their first win of the season. Lenny Megliola has the Tigers clawing out their first win of the season. Garry Brown has the Tigers finally finding a way to win a game – at the Red Sox expense. Paul Jarvey says that the Sox just weren’t sharp last night. Joe Haggerty also reports on the action from Fenway.
Steve Buckley is critical of David Ortiz for flying down to New York to film a commercial on Monday. Sean McAdam feels that the Red Sox ownership needs to ease up a bit on the “self-aggrandizing, over-the-top displays that have become a little too common of late.” Amen, Sean. Rob Bradford has Coco Crisp talking about the attempt to share the centerfield load with Jacoby Ellsbury and whether the arrangement can work. Mike Petraglia also looks at how Terry Francona is trying to balance the playing time of the two. Bradford also observes that despite the loss, Jon Lester is showing progress and pitched better than his line would indicate last night. Haggerty has Kevin Youkilis starting the season in style. Buckley has Edgar Renteria enjoying the boos at Fenway last night.
Nick Cafardo has Jon Lester and others from the Red Sox and Tigers offering support for Arizona’s Doug Davis, who underwent surgery for thyroid cancer last night.
Ira Kantor looks at the unveiling of the Yaz statue at the Museum of Science yesterday. Dan Lamothe reports on a man who won $1 million on a Red Sox scratch ticket. The Patriot Ledger has the New York Mets thinking of adopting “Sweet Caroline” as their own eighth inning sing-along song.
Edes’ notebook says that Bill Buckner didn’t need to be forgiven by the fans. Horrigan’s notebook examines Mike Lowell’s thumb injury, and has an update on Bartolo Colon. McAdam’s notebook has more on Lowell’s injury, which forced him from the game last night. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Lowell’s thumb. Jarvey’s notebook has injury updates and notes that both centerfielders are struggling – perhaps a sign that the platoon isn’t working out so well. Bob Stern‘s notebook has more on the injuries.
Still playing must-win games for playoff positioning, the Wizards became the only team to beat the Celtics three times this season with their 109-95 win over Boston at the Verizon center last night. Marc J. Spears has the Celtics seven game winning streak coming to an end at the hands of Antawn Jamison and company. Mark Murphy notes that the Wizards will be someone’s postseason nightmare.
Spears’ notebook has the friends of Red Auerbach still getting together on Tuesdays for lunch and discussions at a Washington area Chinese restaurant. Murphy’s notebook says there is no rush for Sam Cassell to get back out on the floor.
The Bruins return to the postseason tonight as they travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens in their first round series. The Bruins even bump the Red Sox off NESN tonight (The Sox will be on CN8). Douglas Flynn has the Bruins attempting to slay their personal dragon – a team they’ve lost to 11 straight times. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins have their work cut out for them. Bud Barth has the Bruins relishing the underdog role.
Fluto Shinzawa examines the players who have filled in at center for the Bruins during the injuries to Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard. Steve Conroy looks at the surprise that Vladimir Sobotka has been for the Bruins this season.
Mick Colageo says that we can look for a few surprises in this series. Kevin Paul Dupont reminds us that not everyone from Canada is a Canadiens fan. Harris also offers 5 keys to beating the Canadiens. If you’re a hockey dummy like me, you might need some help knowing who’s who on the Bruins. I offer you a few Bruins thumbnails for your assistance.