Remember the good old days when Tim Wakefield simply couldn’t lose to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? Now that they’re just the Tampa Rays, those days appear to be long gone. Wakefield was roughed up last night, giving up six earned runs in just two and a third innings in the Red Sox 10-3 loss.
Amalie Benjamin has the Rays building on their position of power in the AL East. Michael Silverman has the Sox finishing their season series between these two clubs with a healthy respect for the Rays. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox losing ground once again in the AL East. Paul Jarvey notes that the Sox will likely now have to turn their attention solely to the Wild Card chase. Jeff Goldberg says that reality might be setting in for the Sox: The Rays are going to win the AL East. Joe Haggerty has the Rays blasting the Sox last night.
Nick Cafardo has Wakefield and Paul Byrd battling for the role of fourth starter in the postseason. Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox can forget about any hopes of winning the AL East. Adam Kilgore has Mike Lowell’s ailing hip getting looked at once again. Haggerty says that watching Jed Lowrie play defense is “like viewing the perfect marriage of brainpower and skill on the baseball diamond.”
Tony Massarotti says that the Rays will win the division in the event of a tie, thanks to tiebreakers. Massarotti originally got the tiebreaker incorrect, but after a commenter corrected him, the entry was corrected. Buckley says that the Sons of Sam Horn website discovered that Paul Byrd was tipping his pitches, something that he is now more conscious of.
Benjamin’s notebook has Paul Byrd crediting a note from an opposing player earlier this season telling him that he was tipping his pitches, which allowed him to turn his season around. This is slightly different than Buckley’s version above. Silverman’s notebook has more on Lowell’s hip and his availability to play going forward. McAdam’s notebook has Lowell sitting out last night after tweaking the hip on Tuesday night. Goldberg’s notebook has Lowell not expecting to be out for too long. Jarvey’s notebook has more on Lowell toughing it out.
Scott Benson answers five quick questions over at Patriots Daily.
Tim Graham has Joey Porter providing plenty of bulletin board material for the Patriots, as the Miami linebacker says that it should be “easy” on Sunday with Matt Cassel in there and that it will be nice for the Dolphins to get their first win of the season.
Michael Vega has the Patriots showing plenty of respect for Chad Pennington. Robert Lee looks at the rapid transition that Pennington had to make after joining the Dolphins. Chris Kennedy says that the Dolphins have changed their defensive strategy with Parcells building the team. Douglas Flynn has more on the new look that the Dolphins will bring to town this weekend. Christopher Price has the Patriots getting ready for the new look, bulked up Miami defense.
Michael Felger has his Patriots mailbag, with readers accusing him of being both a Patriots hater and a suck-up.
Karen Guregian has Stephen Gostkowski turning into a weapon for the Patriots. Mark Farinella has Gostkowski enjoying his performance against the Jets. David Brown says that Gostkowski is growing into what the Patriots hoped he would be when they drafted him.
Rich Thompson has Matt Light looking forward to facing the Dolphins without having to deal with Jason Taylor. Hector Longo says that the NFL need to look out…Richard Seymour is back. In matchup of dueling headlines, Rich Garven says that the Patriots are still suffering from Red Zone Woes, while Robert Lee says that the Patriots have picked up the pace on their Red Zone defense.
Bill Reynolds stumbled across an article in Blitz magazine about Randy Moss that he really enjoyed. In it, Moss talked about how he became a Patriot and about his first weeks with the team. Eric McHugh looks at the bond between Pennington and Moss. Guregian has Pennington showing some love for Randy Moss.
Meredith Goldstein has “Patriots Nation” wondering if Matt Cassel can be like Tom Brady off the field, too.
The Globe notebook has the offseason work put in by Gostkowski paying dividends in the early going so far. Guregian’s notebook wonders if the Patriots might activate massive tight end Tyson DeVree off the practice squad to help out the blocking game. Farinella’s notebook says that these Dolphins are beginning to look like a Parcells-built team. Garven’s notebook has the Miami defense looking quite different without Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a piece on Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, who earned himself a new contract with his play last season. Stephen Harris looks at Blake Wheeler as someone with a chance to make an impact on the Bruins. Bud Barth says that the Bruins could surprise some people this season. Fluto Shinzawa says that Wheeler and Matt Marquardt have been showcasing themselves early on in camp.
Steve Conroy and Mark Blaudschun look at whether BC quarterback Chris Crane is going to be able to start getting the ball downfield more. Eric Avidon has chemistry class in session between Crane and his wideouts.