Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog here to provide the morning links on this 4th of July. I wanted to give the Fearless Leader of the BSMW, Bruce Allen, my heartfelt congratulations on the birth of his baby boy this week.

Let’s get to your links.

Red Sox

The Red Sox could not have asked for a better start to its holiday weekend four game series with the Yankees with a John Lester-pitched complete game 7-0 shutout of the Yankees in the Bronx.

Gordon Edes says Lester’s performance could not have come at a better time. Michael Silverman writes that Lester’s pitching was in stark contrast to the Tampa Bay series. Joe McDonald says Lester helped to steady a listing ship.

Everyone’s favorite columnist Dan Shaughnessy says it’s strange to come into NYC and the Red Sox-Yankees aren’t even the biggest event in town.

Tony Massarotti writes that John Lester could be the Red Sox’s version of Andy Pettitte. Then Massarotti turns around and says today is virtually a must-win for Josh Beckett. What?

Jeff Jacobs also goes with the Lester-Pettitte comparison.

Sean McAdam says Lester’s complete game shutout is exactly what the Red Sox needed.

Nick Cafardo says the Yankees are headed in the wrong direction. Michael Silverman writes that the Yankees held a closed door meeting after the game.

Everyone’s favorite Patriots beat reporter, John Tomase, was at Yankee Stadium yesterday to write about Jason Veritek helping to set the stage for last night’s win. Joe McDonald and Sean McAdam say a minor single for Tek had some major significance.

Amalie Benjamin
says Coco Crisp returned after his suspension with a vengeance. Amalie has the minor league notebook.

Gordon is back with a story on Mike Timlin returning to the beleaguered bullpen last night.

Jeff Speier reports that the Red Sox have signed some international amateur players.

As you can imagine, the New York papers are full of venom this morning after the Yankees loss.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman says the Yankees have a lot to fix. George A. King III says Yankees manager Joe Girardi called out his team.

From the Daily News, John Harper says the Yankees stars didn’t come through. Vic Ziegel says Girardi lost his cool after the game.

Patriots

Not much in Pats links today. Michael Vega writes that Randy Moss has purchased a 50% stake in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck team.

Celtics

Mark Murphy says the C’s are working to get James Posey signed.

Marc J. Spears writes that coach Doc Rivers called Corey Maggette to lure him to Boston.

Bruins

You want some Bruins links? I’ll give you a couple today.

Fluto Shinazawa tells us that the Bruins are likely done shopping in the free agent market.

Stephen Harris says the Bruins did not do too badly in their free agent signings.

That’s going to do it. The Friday megalinks will be up at 4 p.m. today here at the BMSW, but earlier on Fang’s Bites if you want to head over there in the early afternoon. Enjoy your 4th.

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