The Angels showed something at Fenway Park last night, finally breaking through and beating the Red Sox in a postseason game. Let’s hope the floodgates haven’t been opened with this one win, and that Jon Lester will be able to squash the Angel uprising tonight before things start to get serious.
Between the Red Sox and Patriots, there are ton of links this morning, and I’m not going to be able to get to them all in this post, but we’ll give you a fair sampling from across New England. During the rest of the day we’ll sprinkle in some national views and notes from the TV coverage of yesterday.
Sean McAdam, in the Herald, says that the Red Sox simply must win tonight’s game. Bob Ryan recaps a very long night from Fenway, but notes that this was really the only outcome that made sense. Bill Reynolds notes that Mike Scioscia’s pregame promise that his team would not be eliminated last night did come true. Ron Chimelis looks at the juggling act that Terry Francona has had to do with all the injuries his club has had recently. Bill Doyle says that it is now Jon Lester’s turn to finish the job. Alex Speier says that Lester has already shattered the myth about lefthanded pitchers at Fenway Park.
Steve Solloway conjures up memories of Curt Schilling’s bloody sock outing against the Yankees four years ago when describing Beckett’s determination to go out there and pitch last night. Jeff Jacobs says that it was a long night for Beckett, but thankfully the Red Sox still have Lester. Art Davidson isn’t the only one to point out how much Beckett’s outing looked like one put together by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Adam Kilgore has Beckett insisting that the oblique was not a problem last night.
Jon Couture says that even the win last night was much harder for the Angels than it should’ve been. Amalie Benjamin in her notebook, has Dustin Pedroia acknowledging his poor stats thus far in the postseason. Michael Silverman‘s notebook has J.D. Drew back on the bench last night. Brian MacPherson has Mike Lowell getting back into the lineup last night. Speier isn’t sure Jonathan Papelbon will be available tonight.
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Chris Warner on Patriots Daily has the recap from yesterday’s 30-21 win over the San Francisco 49ers to put the Patriots a 3-1 on the season.
Christopher Price cranks out his 10 Things We Learned Yesterday column. Mike Reiss says that there was no way we were going to see a repeat of the Dolphins game. Ron Borges says that the Patriots defense had all the answers yesterday. Jim Donaldson says that controlling the clock was the key for the Patriots yesterday. Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots showing some heart out in San Francisco.
Kirk Minihane has a look at another big game for Kevin Faulk, (2 rushing TDs) who always seems to come through when the team needs him. Rich Garven says that it wasn’t a perfect win, but it still looked pretty good. John Tomase has a look at a big day from Randy Moss, as the Patriots found a way to get him the ball yesterday.
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