Trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, the Red Sox slumping offense suddenly erupted for four runs, giving Boston a 5-4 lead, which Jonathan Papelbon closed out in the ninth for the win over the Red Sox first ever win over the Diamondbacks at Fenway Park.
Nick Cafardo has Jason Varitek, who was in the biggest slump of all, providing the key hit in the eighth. Michael Silverman has things finally getting back into order for the Red Sox last night. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox veterans coming through in the clutch last night. Jeff Goldberg reports on the Red Sox finally breaking through after being stymied by Doug Davis for seven innings. Eric Avidon has the Sox with a post-Neil Diamond comeback last night. Ron Chimelis has more on the eighth inning rally. Paul Jarvey and Joe Haggerty wrap up the game stories.
Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell campaigning for the Red Sox to get Varitek signed to a new contract. Sean McAdam says that perhaps the big hit last night will help Varitek get back on track. Alex Speier examines the defensive play of the outfield since Crisp, Ellsbury and Drew have been playing most of the time together out there. Mike Fine notes that the heroes of last night’s game had very different perspectives on the win.
If Curt Schilling’s career with the Red Sox is over, Lenny Megliola has no regrets. Bill Burt pleads with Schilling to just hang it up. Stephen Harris has Chris Smith picking up his first major league win last night. Maureen Mullen has more on the 27-year-old Smith finally getting that first win in the majors after being drafted in 2002 by the Red Sox. Barbara Matson also has Smith savoring that first victory.
Bradford also has Manny Ramirez‘s high five to a fan in the stands in Baltimore paying off with an All Star vote – just as he wanted. McAdam has a report on the blurred vision being suffered by Kevin Youkilis after getting hit in the face with a throw Monday night. Krasner has Sean Casey lamenting the bad timing of his suspension. McAdam reports that David Ortiz is two weeks away from returning to the lineup. Krasner has a look at the stuff of Doug Davis, the Arizona starter.
Christine McConville has Red Sox owner John Henry receiving an Ernst & Young master entrepreneur award.
Silverman’s notebook has an update on Youkilis. Cafardo’s notebook has Terry Francona praising the effort of Justin Masterson last night. The Projo notebook has more on Smith picking up the win. Goldberg’s notebook has Youkilis making an appearance at first base in the ninth. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Youkilis returning to the field in the ninth inning. Jarvey’s notebook has Youkilis already on the mend.
Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have the Bruins signing defenseman Mark Stuart to a two-year extension. Douglas Flynn also reports on the signing, as well as the Bruins acquiring blueliner Jonny Boychuk from the Avalanche yesterday.
Julian Benbow has UMass guard Gary Forbes hoping to hear his named called during tomorrow night’s NBA draft. Jim Fenton says that last year’s draft is a distant memory for the Celtics. Rich Thompson has more on Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who was honored at The Tradition last night.
Mark Farinella has more tidbits from Tedy Bruschi and a number of other thoughts.
Mike Loftus looks at the upcoming NASCAR weekend up in New Hampshire. Baxter Holmes has Martin Truex Jr trying to become the new face of Dale Earnhardt Inc. after Dale Earnhardt Jr left the team last year.
WBZ-TV has posted on their website the legendary Sports Final show which featured Larry Bird, Bobby Orr and Ted Williams.