Josh Beckett was strong once again last night, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning last night, and blowing through the Tigers lineup for most of the night. The Red Sox offense got double-digit run production, and beat the Tigers 10-5 in Comerica Park last night.
Amalie Benjamin looks at the dominant performance by Beckett last night. Michael Silverman says that history has shown that Beckett’s performance has been an accurate barometer for the team, which could mean good times are ahead for the Sox. Daniel Barbarisi has Beckett noting that he’d never really flirted with a no-hitter before.
With the Red Sox and Yankees at the top of the AL East standings, Dan Shaughnessy says that order has been restored to the universe. With a third of the season gone, Ron Borges says that the signs aren’t good that David Ortiz is going to be able to turn things around. Barbarisi has Mike Lowell recalling his own Ortiz-like slump in 2005. Rob Bradford has Beckett showing why he might be the most important part of the Red Sox puzzle.
Borges has Beckett unconcerned about the loss of no-hitter and just well pleased with a win last night. Barbarisi has Beckett hitting Gerald Laird an example of how he comes from the old school of baseball which says you don’t bunt on a pitcher trying to throw a no-hitter. Joe Haggerty has a look at the Red Sox new lineup, which has worked out well thus far.
Barbarisi has John Smoltz commenting on the Braves cutting Tom Glavine just as the 305 was getting ready to come off a rehab assignment. Jonathan Comey has former Red Sox prospect Brian Rose talking about his new role as Bay Sox pitching coach.
Benjamin’s notebook has Mike Lowell getting ejected from the same game in which he recored his 1,500th career hit. Silverman’s notebook has Brad Penny hoping to stay in Boston for the full season. The Red Sox journal in the ProJo has Jed Lowrie set to take batting practice at Fenway this weekend.
Mike Reiss has Rodney Harrison retiring and then wasting little time laying the lumber in his new gig for NBC. John Tomase has Harrison coming out swinging in his new job. Christopher Price lays out Rodney’s greatest hits. Glen Farley says that Harrison backed up everything he said. Adam Smartschan says that Harrison’s retirement is the end of an era. Shalise Manza Young has more on the retirement of Harrison. She notes that he began his broadcast career by zinging Peyton Manning. Check the NBC Sports release for the full quotes.
Jeff Jacobs says that Harrison can still have an impact on the NFL in his new role. Rich Garven has Harrison choosing to walk away from the game while he could still walk. Mark Farinella says that Harrison had lost the fire for playing football. He also says that candor has never been in short supply for Harrison, who will no longer have “to filter his comments to suit Bill Belichick’s preference for non-controversial utterings.”
Karen Guregian has Vince Wilfork hinting about a mini-camp holdout. Young points out that Wilfork said not to read too much into his no-shows at the OTA the last couple weeks. Christopher L. Gasper says that Wilfork means business.
Michael Felger has his mailbag.
Ron Chimelis says that not having a LeBron/Kobe finals might actually end up being a good thing for the NBA. Marc J. Spears has the Lakers playing without their dream rematch with the Celtics. Mike Fine feels the Lakers will win the championship this year. Bill Reynolds is happy he gets to root for Lamar Odom again. Spears Notebook says that Jameer Nelson’s return might not mean much for the Magic. Mark Murphy checks the Finals matchups.
Thomas Grillo in the Herald has the Celtics looking into streaming their games online next season.