The baseball regular season is now behind us, and it is onto the postseason for the Red Sox. The Sox received a bit of a blow yesterday when it was revealed that Josh Beckett suffered an oblique injury during his bullpen session, which caused the Sox to push their ace back to game three, and move Jon Lester into the game one start.
Amalie Benjamin reports on the injury to Beckett, and has Terry Francona quoting team Dr Thomas Gill as saying ‘Hey, relax. This is going to be all right.’ – which should make Sox fans feel a little better. (Though Dan Kennedy thinks you still need to keep your fork handy.) Steve Buckley (who apparently was the first with the story yesterday) doesn’t include the quote from Dr Gill, and paints a more grim picture of the scenario for the Red Sox. Rob Bradford has Beckett feeling better yesterday. Jeff Goldberg has more on Beckett getting pushed back to game three. Ron Chimelis has Francona delivering the news after the second game last night. Mike Fine says that the Beckett injury is a real damper for the Red Sox. Alan Siegel says that the Beckett injury puts the Red Sox postseason hopes in jeopardy.
Bob Ryan says that whatever happens this postseason, these Red Sox are playing with house money. Jim Donaldson makes the argument that either team could sweep this first round series. Lenny Megliola says that it is a tough road ahead for the Red Sox. Bill Burt says that Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia are the new “Dirt Dogs.”
Buckley looks at Johnny Pesky’s No. 6 getting raised to th right field to join the other numbers retired by the Red Sox. Bill Ballou has Pesky overwhelmed with the attention yesterday. Chimelis has Pesky humbled by the honor yesterday. Joe McDonald has more on the ceremony honoring Pesky. A piece from McDonald yesterday is well worth a read, it’s a look at the first major league hits by Gil Velazquez and George Kottaras, and what it meant to them. Jon Couture says that retiring Pesky’s number just feels wrong.
Carolyn Thornton has the Sox splitting the season ending doubleheader with the Yankees. Bob Stern has more on the season-ending twin bill. Rich Thompson has Mark Kotsay ready to contribute to the Red Sox in the postseason. Dan Lamothe looks at the Red Sox injury-depleted playoff roster. Joe Haggerty looks at Pedroia coming in second in the batting race. Bradford has Tim Wakefield ready for bullpen duty in the postseason if needed.
Bill Doyle has Don Orsillo talking about working the postseason for TBS.
Adam Kilgore‘s notebook recaps a busy doubleheader day at Fenway yesterday with the Yankees, which also including the retiring of Johnny Pesky’s number 6. Thompson’s notebook has Jon Lester moved up to start game one. Thornton’s notebook has more on Lester, as well as J.D. Drew finally seeing some action. Chimelis’ notebook has Jonathan Papelbon unhappy with his final performance of the regular season. Stern’s notebook has the Red Sox trying to get through yesterday’s doubleheader without any more injuries.
The guys at Patriots Daily has planned a week long tribute to Troy Brown, honoring the man many feel embodies everything good about this decade’s Patriots. Yesterday Scott Benson had the piece A Man Among Men, grasping at words to describe Brown as a football player. Today, Chris Warner chimes in with the Legends of Troy, a look at the signature moments of Troy Brown’s career with the Patriots.
Mike Reiss says that Bill Belichick’s Patriots usually fare well coming out of the bye week, and looks at a few things the team has been working on. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots Red Zone struggles continue to be a major concern. Shalise Manza Young has a look at receivers coach Bill O’Brien. Michael Vega looks at how hard work and versatility have made Ray Ventrone an asset to the Patriots. K.C. Joyner on WEEI.com says that the doomsday predictions for the Patriots are off base.
Stephen Harris says that the Bruins must remember the lessons that they learned last season. Barbara Matson has the Bruins working on getting their team and act together. Joe Haggerty has Michael Ryder ready to show the Canadiens something.
Mark Murphy looks at the challenges Doc Rivers will face in trying to put his bench together while trying to repeat at NBA champs. Jeff Howe has the Celtics ready to begin their title defense after a short summer.
Mark Blaudschun says that it is too early to write some teams off from the National Championship race in college football.