Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox putting another nail in the coffin for the Yankees, who see their postseason hopes slipping away by the day. Joe McDonald has the Sox newcomers playing a big role in the win last night. John Tomase says that the Yankees are done. Dom Amore has the Yankees not even putting up a fight last night. Bill Ballou has the Sox cautious to still not count the Yankees out just yet. Jason Dachman has the Sox crushing the Yankees last hopes in one explosive inning.

Sean McAdam says that the deal for Mark Kotsay shows once again the front office’s commitment to always trying to help and improve their team. Tony Massarotti agrees, and examines how Theo Epstein has displayed the golden touch once again this season with the moves that he has made.  Benjamin has Kotsay arriving on a rescue mission for the Sox. Massarotti says Kotsay has been described as everything from a gamer to a grinder – you know, a dirt dog.

You get the feeling that Dan Shaughnessy feels bad for the Yankees in his column today. Ron Chimelis says that this afternoon will be history in the making at the old stadium. Jeff Goldberg has Jason Bay explaining how all his games with his new team have been Red Sox/Yankees-like,

Michael Vega has Dustin Pedroia slamming the doors shut last night on the Yankees hopes. Buckley has more on the first career grand slam for the Red Sox second baseman. Master of the obvious, Shaughnessy tells us that the Red Sox really need Josh Beckett for the postseason. Steve Buckley agrees, and applauds the Sox for not messing with Beckett’s health. Rob Bradford looks at the long standing relationship that Beckett has with Dr James Andrews. McAdam says that Paul Byrd has already fit in well with the Red Sox.

McAdam reports that the potential move of spring training sites for the Red Sox from Ft Myers to Sarasota is gaining momentum.

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Benjamin’s notebook has Byrd being targeted with a laser pointer all night long from a Yankees fan. McDonald’s notebook says that Kotsay’s arrival may cut into Coco Crisp’s playing time. Tomase’s notebook has a look at the ties between Kotsay and Red Sox owner John Henry. Goldberg’s notebook has Beckett on schedule for his Friday start. Ballou’s notebook has more on Kotsay and Beckett. Dachman’s notebook has a look at Kotsay’s arrival.


The Patriots and Giants wrap up the preseason tonight. Another Patriots Daily newbie, Britt Schramm has a preview.

Christopher Price lines up five things to look for tonight. Mike Reiss has six areas to watch tonight. Karen Guregian selects five things to watch. Shalise Manza Young has six more things you might want to check out tonight.

Christopher L. Gasper says that this year’s rookie crop has shined, contrasting last year’s class,  of which only Brandon Meriweather made any impact. Mark Farinella says that tonight is far from a Super Bowl rematch. Douglas Flynn tells us that this meeting with the Giants does have meaning, however. Rich Garven has a look at those trying to make a good showing tonight.

I haven’t learned anything from this Patriots training camp.

Gasper’s notebook says that tonight is a last opportunity for many players. Guregian’s notebook has rookie Terrence Wheatley getting up to speed on NFL life. Young’s notebook explores which bubble players might step into the spotlight tonight.