The Red Sox lost again to the Rays last night as local guy (and former Red Sox) Carlos Pena hit a three run blast off Mike Timlin in the 14th inning to snap a 1-1 tie.
Joe McDonald has the Rays taking another high stakes game at Fenway Park. Amalie Benjamin has the Rays taking the last two games in Fenway Park, which were their first wins in Boston all season. Jeff Horrigan has the Rays with some horrible clutch stats the last two nights, but two wins to show for it. Jeff Goldberg has the Rays leaving Fenway in better shape than they arrived in. Eric Avidon has a battle of the bullpens ending in Tampa’s favor. Garry Brown says last night looked like the postseason had already arrived for these teams. Bill Doyle says that last night’s loss will sting for the Sox for some time.
Michael Silverman has the Rays emerging from this series with an edge over the Red Sox. Adam Kilgore has Mike Timlin insisting that the ball he threw to Carlos Pena that ended up out of the ballpark was “a good pitch.” Mike Fine says that it will be interesting to see how the Red Sox bounce back from the last two nights. Jon Couture looks at how the Sox bullpen has let them down numerous times against the Rays this season. Rob Bradford says that this is Terry Francona’s time of year.
Bill Burt says that the performances of Josh Beckett and Justin Masterson should be reason for optimism. Steven Krasner has Beckett looking sharp in his outing last night. Jeff Jacobs says that Beckett’s outing was more important than the loss for the Red Sox. Dan Shaughnessy says that while you were crying over Tom Brady, there is still some great pennant races going on in baseball.
Silverman has Lou Merloni and Tim Wakefield remembering the 9/11 attacks and the lasting thoughts that those events have left with them. Dan Duggan has Scruffy Wallace of the Dropkick Murphys involved in a fan interference play last night.
Benjamin’s notebook has an activated J.D. Drew unable to even help off the bench in last night’s marathon. Horrigan’s notebook has Beckett’s performance as the silver lining in last night’s loss. The ProJo notebook has the Sox not too concerned yet about Jed Lowrie’s dropoff at the plate. Goldberg’s notebook has the Sox frustrated on three different occasions by the umpires last night. Doyle’s notebook has Jason Bay performing well in the pennant race for the Red Sox.
Scott Benson wonders if we’re going to see a new crowd at Gillette this season as ticket holders scramble to unload their tickets through the various agencies.
Shira Springer reports today that Tom Brady suffered a tear of both his ACL and MCL ligaments. He will undergo surgery in about a month, after the MCL has some time to heal.
Christopher Price has Randy Moss saying that the Patriots are still the team to beat. Christopher L. Gasper has Moss expressing plenty of confidence in Matt Cassel. Mark Farinella has more on the big vote of confidence that Cassel got from Moss yesterday. Karen Guregian also focuses on Moss’ comments from yesterday. Rich Garven has Moss and the Patriots ready to move on.
Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick noting that you can never rest when Brett Favre has the ball. Paul Doyle has Eric Mangini still wary of Randy Moss and the Patriots offense. Douglas Flynn says that Patriots/Jets is must-see TV this weekend. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots facing a big test on Sunday.
Michael Felger has his Patriots mailbag. John Tomase has the Patriots with their new rallying cry for this season: “everyone hates us.” Stephen Harris has Brett Favre saying that the Patriots will be ok without Brady. Hector Longo says that the Patriots don’t have any playmakers left.
Guregian has Brady visiting teammates at Gillette yesterday. Buddy Thomas is absolutely giddy over the Brady injury. Bill Reynolds says that Patriots fans need to move on from the Brady injury. Newsflash: the fans have moved on, it’s the damn media that wants to make it a topic for discussion 24/7. Another waste of space column from Reynolds.
Tomase has Lewis Sanders recounting how his father was working on the 70th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when the plane hit the 92nd floor on 9/11. Sanders managed to get out safely, but it made for a stressful day until he could contact his family. Robert Lee has Sanders as the Patriots starting cornerback…for now.
Gasper’s notebook has the Patriots bringing back Matt Gutierrez and signing him to the practice squad. Farinella’s notebook has Kevin Faulk not willing to play the “what if” game when it comes to Brady’s injury. Guregian’s notebook has Eric Mangini not expecting many changes to the Patriots offense with Matt Cassel now at the helm. David Brown‘s notebook has Ellis Hobbs returning to form after his offseason surgeries. Kennedy’s notebook has more on Gutierrez returning to the team. Garven’s notebook has more on the Patriots preparation for Brett Favre.
Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins stating their goals for this season. Steve Conroy has the Bruins listening to the fans at last night’s State of the Bruins Town Hall meeting held at TD Banknorth Garden. Mike Loftus has more on the event.