Get your naps in this afternoon kiddies, as the Sox will have you up late tonight, first pitch of their opening game with the Angels will be after 10:00pm…
Tony Massarotti has the Sox confident that Jon Lester can come up aces in tonight’s game one. Steve Buckley has more on Lester, who has been more comfortable at home this season. Jim Donaldson looks at how Lester has thrived after defeating cancer last year. Bill Ballou has Lester trying to give the Sox a jump start in the series. Kevin Thomas has the pressure on Lester as the postseason begins for the Sox.
Mark Daniels wonders where the Sox would be this season without Kevin Youkilis. Jon Couture has Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia leading the Sox into the postseason. Adam Kilgore looks at how Youkilis always had confidence in his abilities and worked himself into a star. Joe Haggerty notes that the Red Sox have always been a big deal to Jason Bay’s family. Buckley looks at whether David Ortiz will get anything to hit in this series. Gerry Callahan writes about….Manny Ramirez. Jeff Goldberg points out that the Sox turned things around when Manny left. Will Leitch wonders if Manny still matters in Boston.
Dan Shaughnessy submits a feature on Red Sox principal owner John Henry which runs on the front page of the Globe. John Powers looks at the formula for October success that the Red Sox have used. Michael Silverman examines how Terry Francona has gotten the job done during his tenure with the team. Donaldson has Big Papi enjoying this team because everybody’s on the same page in the clubhouse. Bob Stern has more on one big, happy family for the Red Sox.
Bob Halloran says that pitching is the reason that the Sox will win this series. Shaughnessy says that the Halos are lugging some heavy baggage into this series. John Tomase has the Angels denying any Red Sox hex over them. Bob Stern says that the bullpen is one area in which most feel that the Angels have a strong advantage. Ron Chimelis says that if you want to go to bed at a decent house tonight, whoever gets an early lead tonight should be able to hold it. Mike Fine says that the numbers just don’t add up for the Red Sox in this series. Steve Krause says that the Red Sox shortcomings could get exposed in this series.
Bob Ryan has Angels manager Mike Scioscia confident that this year belongs to his team. Kevin McNamara has the Angels primed and ready to take on the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo has old friends David Ortiz and Torii Hunter squaring off in this series. Cafardo also looks at the many accomplishments of Francisco Rodriguez at such a young age. McNamara has Mike Scioscia also saying that the Sox are a different team without Manny.
Joe McDonald looks at how the two teams stack up in all areas of the game. Couture also breaks down the Sox-Angels Matchup for the series. Silverman likewise has a rundown of the Division Series matchups for each team. McNamara looks at the matchup of top closers in Rodriguez and Papelbon. Thomas has Three Keys for the Red Sox against the Angels.
Kilgore’s notebook has the Sox still unsure whether Mike Lowell will be well enough to play the field. Vega’s notebook has the Angels resting their game one hopes on John Lackey. Tomase’s notebook has Lowell, J.D. Drew and Josh Beckett looking OK in their workouts yesterday. The Projo notebook has the status of those players still up in the air for tonight. In the Projo Angels notebook, its pointed out that Scioscia largely flies under the radar in southern California. Goldberg’s notebook has Beckett still on target for Sunday. Ballou’s notebook looks at a good workout for the Red Sox injured trio.
On Patriots Daily, Tyler Carter continues the series on Troy Brown with a look back at the magical 2001 season, which was the turning point for Brown’s career.
Mike Reiss has Bill Belichick talking to school kids about Syracuse great Ernie Davis, who is featured in the movie “The Express.” Karen Guregian says that the Patriots need Laurence Maroney to carry more of the offensive load. Glen Farley has the Patriots putting in a lot of work on the 49ers this week, having not faced them in several years. Rich Garven points out that both teams employ a lot of different looks on both sides of the ball. Douglas Flynn says that the bye week was a good time for the younger players to get some extra work in. Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick giving Matt Cassel an endorsement when being questioned about Kevin O’Connell.
Stephen Harris has Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressing cap issues with the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa has new Bruin Michael Ryder returning to old haunts. Shinzawa’s notebook has Milan Lucic trying to get into the swing of things.
Lenny Megliola has Jimmy Young helping kids work towards their dream of being broadcasters.