Amalie Benjamin has Dustin Pedroia once again leading the way for the Sox in their 7-4 win over Baltimore at Fenway Park last night. Joe Haggerty has Paul Byrd pitching the Sox to the win. Jeff Horrigan has Pedroia and Byrd playing key roles in the victory. Garry Brown has three solo home runs the only damage done against Byrd. Sean McAdam has Pedroia and Byrd leading the way on the field, and forming a mutual admiration society after the game. Dom Amore has the Sox not getting tripped up by the last place Orioles. Bill Ballou has the Sox taking their first in a series of must-win games against the Orioles.
Michael Silverman says that the Sox need to sweep the lowly Orioles in this series, and if they don’t there is reason to doubt their killer instinct. Maureen Mullen says that Pedroia is a worthy MVP candidate. Mike Fine has Byrd changing his opinion of Pedroia in a hurry. Julian Benbow has Byrd facing a sleepless night over the home run pitches.
Adam Kilgore has Clay Buchholz, on the anniversary of his no-hitter against the Orioles, focusing on getting his mind and attitude right on the mound up in AA Portland. Rob Bradford goes back two years, to see how things are different for Jonathan Papelbon, who had suffered a shoulder injury which ended his season and cast his future in doubt. Silverman has a few players concerned about the damage from Hurricane Gustav in their home towns. Brown has Jason Bay happy to be in a pennant race.
Bob Halloran says that Red Sox fans should enjoy this brief time when the Yankees are down, because it won’t last for long. Terry Nau says that the Red Sox are going to need the Yankees help over the next month.
Benjamin’s notebook has Mike Lowell hoping to return for the Texas series, which starts on Friday. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Lowell’s potential Friday return. Brown’s notebook looks at the questions still facing the Red Sox pitching staff. McAdam’s notebook has more on Lowell’s upcoming return to the lineup. Amore’s notebook has more on Lowell. Ballou’s notebook has Terry Francona passing Jimmy Collins on the all time wins list for the Red Sox.
If you missed yesterday’s Monday Morning Runnin’ Down from Scott Benson, be sure to check it out.
Bob Ryan has Tom Brady talking about being held out for the entire preseason, and how he’ll be ready for the opener despite not taking any snaps in game conditions this summer. John Tomase has more from Brady and his summer activities at training camp. Chris Price has Brady proclaiming himself ready to go for the season opener. Steve Buckley says there is absolutely no doubt that Brady will be in the lineup on Sunday. Rich Garven has Bill Belichick not saying much about Brady, nor about the many roster moves the club is making and will continue to make leading up to the opener. Douglas Flynn has Belichick and Brady in regular season form when it comes to talking about injuries. Mark Farinella says Brady will be ready for the opener.
Michael Vega looks at the surprising signing of cornerback Deltha O’Neal by the Patriots. Christopher Price has more on the signing of O’Neal. Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots must feel that O’Neal is a better fit than Fernando Bryant or Jason Webster. Glen Farley has the Patriots hoping to teach an old Bengal some new tricks.
Karen Guregian has Ellis Hobbs hoping the secondary can silence its critics. Tomase has Tedy Bruschi excited for the new season, and to play next to rookie Jerod Mayo. Buckley has Jarvis Green‘s focus on his family and home town with Hurricane Gustav rolling through.
Vega’s notebook has Green’s family OK after Gustav rolled through. Tomase’s notebook has Matt Cassel’s brother Jack also getting good news this week, as he was called up by the Houston Astros. Young’s notebook has Brady and Belichick still playing coy over the QB’s status for Sunday. Flynn’s notebook says that O’Neal is someone who has left an impression on the Patriots over the years. Farinella’s notebook has a look at the roster tinkering that continues this week for the Patriots.
Dan Shaughnessy looks at why Deutsche Bank Championship winner Vijay Singh isn’t more popular. If anyone knows popular, it’s Dan.