The Red Sox finished off a three game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with an 18-5 rout at Fenway Park yesterday.

Jeff Horrigan says that the Red Sox turned an ugly game into a pleasing one at Fenway yesterday. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox bats pounding out 23 hits against the Twins pitching. Steven Krasner says that this was not your basic rout. Dom Amore has the Red Sox opening a floodgate of runs on the Twins. Eric Avidon has the Red Sox overcoming a sketchy start from Josh Beckett. Garry Brown has the Sox finishing off the sweep of the Twins, who had been red hot coming into this series. Paul Jarvey reports on just another crazy day at Fenway Park. Bob Stern says that this game had a little bit of everything. Joe Haggerty has the Good Ship Francona being righted yesterday.

Tony Massarotti examines the Red Sox balanced lineup, with no league leaders, they still have the most wins in the American League. Jim Donaldson says that this was the type of game in which managers get gray hair. Or lose it altogether. Bill Burt has a look at the new and improved Jon Lester.

Michael Silverman has Jacoby Ellsbury getting back into a groove at the plate. Barbara Matson has Ellsbury picking up four hits in the effort yesterday. Baxter Holmes has Jason Varitek barely escaping a triple play. Massarotti also has a look at the red-hot Dustin Pedroia, who continues to hit everything thrown to him. Krasner says that Manny can still be Manny.

Buddy Thomas says that Derek Jeter could end up being the Yankees fall guy.

Horrigan’s notebook has J.D. Drew’s back acting up again. Benjamin’s notebook has the Red Sox offense spreading the wealth yesterday. Krasner’s notebook has some minor league awards. Amore’s notebook has the Red Sox looking forward to the day off today. Brown’s notebook has Varitek glad that the umpires reversed the call on the would-be triple play. Burt’s notebook has Beckett barely good enough yesterday.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins have big plans for their first round draft pick, Joe Colborne, and pens a mini-feature on the 18-year-old, six-foot-five centerman. Douglas Flynn has more on Colborne, who will play for the University of Denver this winter. Stephen Harris has a look at defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk.

Celtics/Misc

Steve Bulpett says that the price for James Posey appears to be going up. Jim Fenton says that Posey’s status should be cleared up in a day or two. Jeff Howe has Celtics first round pick J.R. Giddens grateful for his father’s sacrifice. Marc J. Spears says that the Atlantic Division just got a whole lot tougher with the additions of Elton Brand and Jermaine O’Neal.

If you haven’t already, check out Scott Benson‘s thoughts on Ben Coates’ election to the Patriots Hall of Fame, over Jim Nance.  Hector Longo says that Coates was a great tight end, but he was no Russ Francis.

 

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