The Red Sox and Yankees engaged in an old-fashioned slugfest last night, with the Sox coming out on the short end of the stick. Last Friday night Chien-Ming Wang had stifled the Sox, holding them to two hits and a single run. Last night the Sox got to him for eight runs. However Clay Buchholz wasn’t any better, giving up seven of his own, and the bullpen was off last night as well with Julian Tavarez and Mike Timlin both getting rocked as the Yankees rolled to a 15-9 win at Yankee Stadium.
Amalie Benjamin says that the bullpen is being taxed and needs a strong effort from Josh Beckett tonight. Michael Silverman makes a rotten produce analogy for last night’s ballgame. Joe McDonald has the Yankees battering Clay Buchholz last night after seeing him for the second time in a week. Dom Amore has another account of the Yankees outslugging the Sox. Bill Ballou says last night’s game gives cause for concern, not so much for the results, but because of how things happened.
Tony Massarotti has a good piece looking back to the 2000-01 offseason when the Yankees signed Mike Mussina, who the Red Sox wanted, and the Sox signed Manny Ramirez and how those signings have worked out for each team. I wish Massarotti had taken it a step further and discussed how things might’ve turned out had the Yankees claimed Ramirez off waivers when the Sox put him out there in 2003. Would the Red Sox have two World Series championships right now? How much better would the Yankees have been?
Sean McAdam notes that weak starting pitching and a sinking bullpen equals a disaster for the Red Sox. Jackie MacMullan has Buchholz taking his lumps last night. Rob Bradford points to a lengthy at bat by Chad Moeller against Buchholz at the turning point of the game last night.
Nick Cafardo says that middle relief has been a problem for both the Red Sox and Yankees so far this season. Massarotti looks at more ‘Horrible results’ from Mike Timlin. Sarah Green says that David Ortiz’s slump is evident by his batting average on balls in play, or BABIP. Bradford has Bartolo Colon making progress in his return from injury. Steve Buckley has Joe Thurston getting a call up from the Red Sox to fill in for Alex Cora.
Steve Buckley has a look at the circus down in New York, where things seem to be getting more out of control each and every day. Remember when the line from stodgy media types was that New Yorkers and the Yankees didn’t view the Red Sox as rivals and the obsession was all one-sided? McAdam says that it makes no sense that Yankee Stadium will be empty for the last series of the regular season. Cafardo wonders if the Chicago Cubs would have more interest in Coco Crisp again, now that Alfonso Soriano is on the DL.
Benjamin’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon trying to prepare for the long haul of the season. Silverman’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis and Crisp joining the ranks of the walking wounded for the Sox. The ProJo notebook has x-rays on Youkilis coming up negative. Jeff Goldberg’s notebook has more on the collapse of the Red Sox bullpen last night. Ballou’s notebook has more on Thurston.
Mark Murphy has the Celtics putting up win number 66 on the season – third all time in franchise history – behind a career high 27 points from Leon Powe in a 105-94 win over the New Jersey Nets to close out the regular season. Marc J. Spears has this regular season coming to a much different end than the last few for Paul Pierce and the Celtics. Bill Doyle has the Celtics capping off a memorable and record regular season, but remaining solely focused on the tasks ahead. Jessica Camerato has a game blog for last night.
Steve Bulpett has things going better this season than Paul Pierce could’ve ever even dreamed of. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics finally ready to begin their playoff drive. Kevin McNamara has a rejuvenated Paul Pierce looking forward to a title run. Jim Fenton has better days finally here for Paul Pierce as well as Celtics fans. Jeff Howe has more on the Celtics getting ready for their postseason push.
Spears’ notebook has the Atlanta Hawks planning to “shock the world” in their first round series with the Celtics, which is slated to begin at 8:30 pm on Sunday night. Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics interested in giving Doc Rivers a contract extension, but the coach wishes to wait until the summer time for any talks to begin. Doyle’s notebook has Rajon Rondo winning the Sixth Star award for the Celtics. In Fenton’s notebook, Celtics players push Doc Rivers for national recognition for the job he’s done this season.
On Patriots Daily there is a dose of Random Notes from Bill Belichick’s press conference yesterday.
Christopher L. Gasper has Brandon Meriweather preparing for an increased role with the Patriots in 2008, the question being whether that will take place at cornerback or safety. Yes, he’s been hitting the Jugs machine this offseason to try and improve his hands…Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick talking about the offseason and the draft yesterday. Mark Farinella has a look at how the shortened time between picks in the first round will impact things. Christopher Price has the Patriots coach avoiding specifics in his session yesterday when it came to talking about players.
John Tomase says that value, and not need is the largest factor in determining who the Patriots will take with the seventh pick. Jennifer Toland also reports on the Belichick session, which happened to be his birthday, and cake was served to an appreciative media crowd. Mike Reiss’ notebook has Belichick saying that the team will consider staying out West on at least one of the back-to-back road trips out to the Pacific. He also has a number of other team notes.
I’ve run out of time this morning (damn all those Red Sox/Yankees links), so I’m going to have to refer you over to BruinsLinks.com. Think of it as the CN8 to the BSMW NESN…