The Red Sox managed to pick up a game on the first place Tampa Rays with their 14-2 throttling of the Orioles, coupled with the Rays 7-2 loss to the Yankees.
Nick Cafardo has cleanup hitter Dustin Pedroia once again leading the hit parade in the rout of Baltimore. Joe Haggerty has the Sox pounding Orioles starter Radhames Liz. Bill Ballou has the Sox racking up 20 hits in support of Lester last night. Jeff Horrigan picks last night as a prime example of why the Red Sox don’t miss Manny Ramirez. Joe McDonald has the Sox continuing their charge towards a playoff berth. Paul Doyle examines another night of the Dustin Pedroia show. Garry Brown says that the Sox are doing what they need to do – beat up on the bad teams.
Sean McAdam says that getting healthy is the Red Sox top priority for making the postseason. Jon Couture says that these Sox are doing all the little things right. Stephen Harris has the MVP talk heating up for Pedroia. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Jon Lester wearing himself out last night with his 97 mph fastball. Harris has Lester’s managing agreeing that the lefty was actually too strong last night, and his command suffered a bit. Alex Speier has Lester getting stronger as the season has gone on.
Haggerty has Jason Varitek back on track at the plate. McAdam has Varitek surprised to catch Carlton Fisk in the Red Sox record book for most homers by a catcher. Brendan McGair looks at Michael Bowden getting some work out of the bullpen with the PawSox, with the idea that he could help the parent club again before the season is out. Mike Fine has the Red Sox looking forward to an influx of talent as injured players begin to return to the lineup. Mike Petraglia has Terry Francona having fun managing this 2008 club.
Nancy Reardon notes that Red Sox fans are about to set the consecutive sellouts record despite the highest average ticket and food prices in the major leagues.
Couture’s notebook has the Sox expecting both Lowell and Beckett back on Friday. Cafardo’s notebook has more on the impending returns of Lowell and Beckett. Horrigan’s notebook says that Beckett will be under a pitch count during his start on Friday. The ProJo notebook has more on Beckett getting set for his return to the rotation. Doyle’s notebook also looks at Beckett. Brown’s notebook observes that Daisuke Matsuzaka could own the best pitching winning percentage in Red Sox history. Ballou’s notebook has the Red Sox juggled infield performing spectacularly. Speier’s notebook has another Beckett update.
Christopher L. Gasper examines the flurry of activity in Foxboro since cutdown day, and notes that more moves may be coming. Karen Guregian has the Patriots still searching for help at corner, and compares to the situation to the wide receivers position in 2006. Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick acknowledging that more moves could be coming.
Christopher Price has some Patriots veterans recalling their first NFL experience. Steve Buckley points to Chad Jackson as a rare draft failure for this regime. Eric McHugh says that Bill Belichick and the Patriots really don’t know at this point what kind of team they have. Douglas Flynn has the Patriots taking advantage of the extra preparation time for the opener. Mark Farinella makes his NFL season predictions, which include a San Diego/Dallas Super Bowl. Jeff Howe has his NFL power rankings in the Metro.
Will Leitch says that Bill Belichick might be the most fascinating man in sports.
Gasper’s notebook has Matt Light looking to be ready to play in the opener on Sunday. Guregian’s notebook has Terrence Wheatley catching a little ribbing from Asante Samuel for wearing his number 22. Young’s notebook has Belichick tossing some more praise in the direction of Jerod Mayo.
Jeff Thomas checks in with Adrian Dantley, who will be among those enshrined in the basketball hall of fame this week.