Daisuke Matsuzaka left the game after four innings in Seattle last night, for what is being described as “fatigue.” At the time, the Red Sox were trailing 3-0, and they tied it up in the sixth inning on a three run home run from Manny Ramirez, number 499 in his career. With the score tied in the ninth inning, Mike Timlin gave up the winning run to the Mariners in a 4-3 Red Sox defeat.
Amalie Benjamin says that Matsuzaka will be examined further today. Jeff Horrigan has more on an eventful night in Seattle, which also included Terry Francona and Julio Lugo getting ejected. Jeff Goldberg has Ichiro proving to be a thorn in the Red Sox side all night. David Willis has former Sox outfielder Rick Miller taking over the Nashua Pride. Joe Haggerty says that the Red Sox have options available in the starting rotation.
Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox dominating the All Star voting, and with the game to be held at Yankee Stadium, that fact is getting some notice. Sean McAdam looks at why the Red Sox haven’t followed the current trend in baseball and signed their young stars to long term deals. Nick Cafardo looks at how important Dick-K has been to the Sox this year, and why they need him healthy. Silverman also looks at the shoulder fatigue which got Dice-K pulled last night. McAdam looks at Boston’s issues with umpire Angel Hernandez.
Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics need to keep it simple and move the ball on the Pistons. Christopher L. Gasper has Paul Pierce delivering a strong message to his teammates at practice yesterday. Bill Burt says that the season will not be tarnished if the Celtics lose this series, or the next. Scott Souza says that the Celtics need to be the aggressors in game five.
Tony Massarotti has the Celtics going into a huge swing game tonight. Dan Shaughnessy says that Kevin Garnett needs to prove he is more than just a “Timberwolf for life.” Lenny Megliola says that the Celtics can’t afford another home loss. Mike Szostak has the Celtics split personality holding them back in the postseason.
Steve Buckley says that Celtics fans should forget game four, be happy the club won game three, and look ahead to gave five. Glen Farley looks at the Celtics going into a third straight game five with the series tied. Mark Murphy has P.J. Brown finally feeling fully a part of the team, and just in time. Jeff Howe looks at Garnett’s manic fervor.
Massarotti’s notebook has the Celtics trying to figure out what to do with Antonio McDyess. Julian Benbow’s notebook has things heating up in game four…literally. Farley’s notebook says that the Celtics need a big performance from the big three. Szostak’s notebook has more on the captain’s message to his team.
…and yes, I am aware of the post by Mike Florio over the weekend which seemed to lift many elements from my Spygate post. While I’m by no means claiming exclusivity on the material in my post, its clear to me where Floria got HIS material. As someone who has protested in the past about larger sites taking his material, It would have been nice had Florio not done what he complains about and instead just acknolwedged where he got the information from.