Amalie Benjamin has Josh Beckett, Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury leading the Sox to a much needed 8-2 road win over the Kansas City Royals. Michael Silverman has Beckett returning to form as the Red Sox ace last night. Sean McAdam has Beckett bringing his ‘A’ game last night. Jeff Goldberg has Jason Bay leading the offense with four hits last night. Paul Jarvey has Beckett and the Sox giving us a little piece of last year.
Tony Massarotti says that David Ortiz needs to forget about the pain in his wrist and the trade of Manny Ramirez and just start hitting. Nick Cafardo has a look at former Red Sox replacement player (as an outfielder) Ron Mahay, who has made himself into one of the top left handed relievers in the league. Massarotti has Jason Bay adding to his impressive start with the Red Sox. McAdam has Mike Lowell getting back into the lineup last night.
Benjamin’s notebook has injury updates on David Ortiz and Mike Lowell. Silverman’s notebook has Ellsbury getting back into the swing of things. McAdam’s notebook has Ortiz pressing on despite his sore wrist. Goldberg’s notebook asserts that Ortiz needs to get healthy mentally. Jarvey’s notebook has more on Ortiz and the pain in his wrist.
Mike Reiss has a look at the offensive line, which has been a concern all through camp. Karen Guregian has a look at how the defense is shaking up a few weeks into camp. Mark Farinella says that camp has been pretty quiet this summer, but that no news is good news when it comes to training camp.
Mark Farinella has Mike Vrabel joining the team for his first practice of the summer yesterday. Rich Thompson has more on Vrabel joining his teammates on the field. Robert Lee has Vrabel with some unfinished business to take care of this season. Jennifer Toland has Vrabel excited to get back out on the field coming off one of the best seasons of his career last year. Hector Longo has the Patriots linebacker returning to action with something to prove.
Douglas Flynn has rookies and veterans alike looking forward to the preseason opener tomorrow night. Eric McHugh says that a number of Patriots starters will likely be held out of that game. Lee has coach Belichick offering some praise for Matt Cassel, who will likely see a lot of action tomorrow night. McHugh checks in with Pierre Woods, who along with Eric Alexander has something to prove this preseason.
Reiss’ notebook has ‘old man’ Vrabel returning to practice yesterday after being taken off the PUP list. Farinella’s notebook examines the crowded field at backup QB for the Patriots. Guregian’s notebook also reports on the QB competition behind Tom Brady. Lee’s notebook has Wes Welker hungry for more this season. Toland’s notebook has the Patriots rookies eager to show their stuff in a game. Flynn’s notebook has more on Vrabel returning to practice.