Michael Silverman has the Sox catching a break yesterday with Joe Mauer out of the lineup for the Twins. However, the Minnesota catcher entered the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth, and bombed a two run homer off closer Jonathan Papelbon to make the score 6-5 Boston. Papelbon retired the next batter and the Red Sox escaped with a win on the opening game of their longest road trip of the season. Amalie Benjamin has Mike Lowell chipping in with four hits from the DH spot in the lineup. Daniel Barbarisi has Jeff Bailey’s home run giving Papelbon the breathing room he needed.
Sean McAdam has Lowell earning himself a day off today. Rob Bradford says that life is good for these Red Sox right now. Nick Cafardo says that the Sox can trade Brad Penny if they wish, but they don’t seem inclined that way thus far. McAdam notes that Penny was pitching sick yesterday. Barbarisi has Penny turning in another consistent effort against the Twins.
Bill Burt wonders why Theo Epstein hasn’t signed Jason Bay up to a long-term extension. Glen Farley has Jeff Bailey cherishing the moments he has in the majors. Brian MacPherson notes that as of late, the Red Sox starters are the ones providing relief to the bullpen. He also has a look at John Smoltz getting ready to pitch in NH against the Fisher Cats in his rehab start.
Kevin McNamara has Dennis Eckersley speaking his mind on the NESN telecasts in relief of Jerry Remy – for better or for worse.
The Herald notebook says that the signs indicate that David Ortiz will be dropped in the batting order tonight. Benjamin’s notebook looks at another impressive performance from Clay Buchholz down on the farm. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal also looks at the probability of Ortiz being dropped in the lineup.
Christopher Price selects the top five undrafted rookie free agents of the Bill Belichick era. Guregian has Houston Antwine honored to be a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame. Shalise Manza Young has Shawn Crable hoping to make an impact in the Patriots pass rush this season.