After getting swept in the playoffs last year by the Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels have had their way with Boston this season, winning six of the seven games the two team have played, including a 7-5 victory last night at Fenway Park.
Jeff Horrigan has the Angels striking with a big sixth inning to knock out the Sox. Amalie Benjamin has the Angels giving the Red Sox plenty of fits. Joe McDonald has Dice-K falling apart in the sixth inning last night. Joe Haggerty has the law of averages catching up with Matsuzaka last night. Mike Anthony has the Japanese ace getting roughed up by the Angels last night. Bob Stern has the Angels outclassing the Sox. Ron Chimelis notes that walks weren’t the problem for Matsuzaka last night, it was the hits. Phil O’Neill has Dice-K unraveling quickly in the sixth inning.
Dan Shaughnessy declares his column a Manny-free zone – for today. Steve Buckley makes the exact same pledge, focusing on Daisuke’s role as the number three starter. Alex Speier has Jacoby Ellsbury trying to weather his first ever slump. Mike Fine has the Red Sox struggling against the top teams in the league.
Rob Bradford says that the Manny situation boils down to money (over who gets it) and whether his knee is really injured or not. Jim Donaldson says that it is time to close the book on the Manny era in Boston. Bob Halloran says that it is time for the Manny apologists to man up. Alan Siegel says that resolving the Manny situation will go a long way towards allowing the Red Sox to concentrate on the pennant race. Stern says that it is clear: Manny must go.
Baxter Holmes has Daisuke Matsuzaka lamenting the sixth inning walk which opened the floodgates for the Angels. Sean McAdam says that last minute trades before the deadline could determine who wins the AL East. Bradford looks over the latest trade rumors, which include Miguel Tejada, among others. Buckley has Kevin Youkilis saying that hitting leadoff just isn’t for him. Haggerty has Bartolo Colon throwing a bullpen session yesterday. Holmes has the Angels using short-term memory when it comes to the playoffs last year.
Benjamin’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury’s slump extending to the basepaths. Horrigan’s notebook has Clay Buchholz finally feeling like himself out on the mound. McAdam’s notebook has Bartolo Colon inching closer to a return to the rotation. Anthony’s notebook also has an update on Colon. O’Neill’s notebook reports that all was quiet on the Manny front yesterday. Stern’s notebook has Justin Masterson looking much better last night.
Christopher Price has Raiders owner Al Davis steamed that LaMont Jordan signed with the Patriots.
Christopher L. Gasper looks at a new era starting in football with the defensive headsets being put into place this season. John Tomase has the Patriots weighing in on the possible difficulties caused by the new policy. Glen Farley says that the Patriots defense isn’t quite ready to go radio-active.
Rich Thompson checks in with backup QB Matt Cassel, who feels comfortable in the offense with four years of practice experience under his belt. Price says that things are coming into focus in the early days of camp. Mark Farinella has Logan Mankins and the offensive line viewing camp as a fresh start. Hector Longo tells us we shouldn’t sell LaMont Jordan short.
Thompson has a look at the value of Jabar Gaffney, now in his third season catching passes from Tom Brady. David Brown has Gaffney glad he ended up here with the Patriots after bouncing from the Texans to the Eagles. Shalise Manza Young has a look at Gaffney’s strong rapport with Tom Brady.
Douglas Flynn has veteran tight end Marcus Pollard hoping to find a spot on the final roster for the Patriots. Bud Barth recounts how Pollard made the jump to the NFL without playing football in college. Farley says that Pollard was a legitimate long shot to even make the NFL in the first place, much less play 13 seasons.
Gasper’s notebook has Gaffney proving to be a fine catch for the Patriots Tomase’s notebook has Pollard as the original Antonio Gates, making the jump from college hoops to NFL tight end. Farinella’s notebook has Bill Belichick talking about the helmet issue. Brown’s notebook examines some of the difficulties the radio system might have. Young’s notebook has the Patriots needing to make a decision on who will wear the headset on defense. Barth’s notebook has NFL officials coming to camp today to brief players on rule changes for this season.