The Baltimore Orioles avoided being swept by the Red Sox as they rallied for a 6-3 win over Boston last night.
Gordon Edes says that despite another Manny Ramirez home run, the big stories of the night were a Hideki Okajima meltdown and David Ortiz being placed on the DL with his wrist injury. Rob Bradford has the Sox unable to hold an eighth inning lead in Baltimore last night. Joe McDonald has the Orioles avoiding the sweep last night. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox ending their 10 game road trip with a loss in Baltimore and a 4-6 record. Bill Ballou has the bullpen doing in the Sox last night.
Tony Massarotti goes for worst case scenario and says that Ortiz may require season ending surgery on his wrist. Massarotti did write a book with Ortiz, so perhaps he used that relationship for a little inside info? Nah, the always professional and objective Massarotti would never mix his personal and professional relationships like those Patriots suck-ups on the Big Show do. Or maybe Tony is just being the town crier and panic-monger. Nick Cafardo has manager Terry Francona saying that it is “very unlikely” Ortiz will require surgery. Goldberg has more on the torn tendon sheath in his left wrist for Ortiz. With Ortiz out for at least a month, Bradford looks at the options in the batting order for the Sox. Garry Brown thinks that Manny might go for 600 home runs. Not this season, of course.
John Tomase looks at the first place Tampa Bay Rays coming into town for a series with the Sox. Dom Amore says that this series will be a measuring stick for the Rays. Joe Haggerty has more on the mighty Rays coming into town. Tomase also examines the rough outing for Hideki Okajima last night.
Bradford’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia getting the night off to rest his battered body. Edes’ notebook looks at the series with the first place Rays. McDonald’s notebook has more on Ortiz heading to the DL. Ballou’s notebook has more on Ortiz.
As noted last night, Hazel Mae will be leaving NESN at the end of the month. Chad Finn gets the short report in the Globe, while the Inside Track reports that Mae is leaving because NESN lowballed her with a contract offer.
Gerry Callahan says that Kobe Bryant might be better than Michael Jordan.
There are a ton of Celtics articles in the Globe and Herald this morning (Check CelticsLinks.com for the listing of articles.), but here are a few from the other papers in the region.
Jeff Jacobs catches up with former Celtics player and coach KC Jones for his thoughts on Celtics/Lakers. Scott Souza has a look at the personal rivalry between Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen. Some have wondered where the bad blood between these two started…Souza tells you the story. Mike Fine has Allen moving past his verbal war with Kobe. Jennifer Toland says that defending Kobe is the key to the series. Bill Burt looks at James Posey continuing the rich Celtics tradition of Sixth men. Jim Fenton has Celtics/Lakers bringing out the kid in Paul Pierce. Fenton’s notebook has Pierce happy that his bet with Kobe last summer over who would get traded first never came true.