After a bit of a rough start, Angels pitcher Matt Palmer settled down, and the LA offense came to life and defeated the Red Sox 8-4 last night.

Amalie Benjamin has Palmer retiring the final 19 batters in a complete came victory. John Tomase has the Angels batting around in the fifth inning against Wakefield putting five runs on the board. Daniel Barbarisi has things turning quickly for the worse for the Red Sox last night.

Adam Kilgore has a look at Jeff Bailey, who is enjoying his time in the majors, knowing that it will likely come to an end soon, and he’ll be back in the minors. Sean McAdam says that once June arrives, the Sox might shop Brad Penny for a bat or shortstop. Rob Bradford observes that the Red Sox are having serious starting pitching problems.

McAdam looks at Daniel Bard making his major league debut with several of his trademark high-octane fastballs. Barbarisi says that it was appropriate that Bard’s career began with a strikeout last night. Barbarisi has the brutal slump of David Ortiz weighing heavy on the slugger’s mind. He also says that Kevin Youkilis had to reluctantly accept the team’s decision to put him on the DL.

On ESPN, Howard Bryant explores the topic of Big Papi and the steroid conundrum.

Tomase has Jacoby Ellsbury talking about the Phillies Jayson Werth stealing home recently, a feat that might’ve been even more impressive than Ellsbury’s steal of home against the the Yankees. Werth took off on the catcher’s toss back to the mound.

The Globe notebook has Daniel Bard looking pretty impressive in his major league debut. Tomase’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia sore at having to sit out a second straight game.

Bruins

It all comes down to tonight for the Bruins, as they play game seven against the Carolina Hurricanes at home in the Garden.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins attempting to finish their rally against the Hurricanes. Dupont focuses on the play of the Bruins captain here, though not in quite the same manner as he did to Joe Thornton on the day of that game seven with Montreal. Steve Conroy says that the goalies will be the key factor tonight. Bud Barth says that history will not decide tonight’s series clincher. Mick Colageo says that tonight is the “culmination of a great comeback season of Bruins hockey, and the ultimate game in a comeback series.” Nick Cammarota has the fate of the season on the line tonight for the Bruins.

Stephen Harris has Andrew Ference talking about the key changes that the Bruins made for games five and six. Jeff Jacobs has former Bruin Craig Janney remembering a game seven against the Whalers back in 1990. Mike Loftus has the Bruins rediscovering their winning ways in the last two games and hoping to keep it going tonight. Joe Haggerty gets a little dramatic in his opener of a column about the seventh game of a second round series. What’s he going to write if the Bruins are good enough to make it to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals?

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Hurricanes calm before the storm of game seven.

In his notebook, Fluto Shinzawa has Claude Julien saying that Marc Savard is a go for tonight. Conroy’s notebook has more on Savard’s availability for tonight.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett says that we still can’t figure out these Celtics, other than they are at their best when things seem dire. Michael Vega has the Celtics hoping to avoid a game seven and dispose of the Magic tonight. Bill Doyle says that the Celtics should expect Dwight Howard to get the ball a lot more tonight. Tim Weisberg agrees. Mike Fine looks at the many rallies this Celtics team has put together.

Mark Murphy says that the Celtics believe in Ray Allen. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics looking to send the Magic on summer vacation. Jeff Howe says that Big Baby has emerged at the perfect time for the Celtics. Jessica Camerato says that the Celtics postseason is shaping up similar to the Red Sox last season. Robert Lee has the no-quit Celtics hoping to end things tonight.

It’s kind of nice to have the opponent on the receiving end of Ron Borges sneer. Jarrod Rudolph has Dwight Howard clearing the air with his coach. Dan Ventura notes that Magic guard Anthony Johnson has been on the floor for most of the Celtics’ rallies in this series.

Bill Burt looks at the daily trifecta we’ve been enjoying from the Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox.

Frank Dell’Apa has Paul Pierce being named All-NBA second team. Murphy’s notebook has more on the nod for Pierce.

Patriots

Mike Reiss has Jason Taylor jumping at the chance to rejoin the Dolphins. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots will now look in-house to fill the outside linebacker position. Shalise Manza Young has more on the Patriots options at this point.

Christopher Price has the highlights from director of player personnel Nick Caserio’s session at Patriot Place last night, where he touched on all things Patriots. Reiss has more highlights from the session, as do Guregian and Young, who says that the selection of Patrick Chung typifies their approach to the draft.

Michael Felger has his weekly mailbag.

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2 thoughts on “Sox Fall To Angels, Bruins Gear Up For Game 7

  1. Last night it really wasn’t the problem, but the infield defense has hurt the starting pitchers a few times already this season.

  2. Scott@PD raises a good point on the messageboard re: the Pats: “I have to wonder about a world in which a decade of unprecedented success results in a fan base having less confidence in the people responsible for it.” Kudos to you, sir.

    Point is very salient to the Sox as well, though ironically, it seems as though that sort of chicken little mentality is celebrated rather than maligned around these parts. Sox fans who look on the bright side of things aren’t necessarily homers, wusses, pollyannas, or whatever the Mazzes and messageboard denizens who rush to coin derisive Sox nicknames might write.

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