Wrapping up their longest road trip of the season, the Red Sox also wrapped up a three game sweep of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers with a 6-3 win yesterday afternoon. The win gives the Sox a 6-4 record on the 10 game, 3 city trip.
Amalie Benjamin has Tim Wakefield overcoming an early bump to finish strong and post his 7th win of the season. Michael Silverman says that the turnaround in starting pitching was the key to turning around this trip, which started at 2-4. Daniel Barbarisi reports on a wild afternoon in Detroit.
Ron Borges has David Ortiz planning on seeing an eye doctor to see if there are any issues there. Dan Shaughnessy feels bad for good-guy Dontrelle Willis. Mike Fine has the Sox wishing to get their shortstop situation sorted out.Borges looks at how Tim Wakefield just does his thing out there. Barbarisi notes that Wakefield is the anchor of a suddenly rejuvenated rotation these days. Alex Speier says that Wakefield has had dominating stuff this season.
Brian MacPherson has the Red Sox wanting Jacoby Ellsbury to be aggressive, yet picky at the plate. Nick Cafardo talks to Andruw Jones, who has a good idea of what David Ortiz is experiencing right now. Sarah Green says that older pitchers don’t always age gracefully. Barbarisi has Gerald Laird understanding why Josh Beckett hit him the other night.
If J.D. Drew hits his 200th home run, and no one realizes it, did it really happen?
Adam Kilgore has a minor league notebook, and leads off with a look at Portland outfielder Aaron Bates. Marc Lanza has Javier Lopez, currently at Pawtucket, hoping to make it back to the Red Sox. Speier reports that the Red Sox 2007 top pick Nick Hagadone will make his 2009 single-A debut Saturday after having Tommy John surgery last June.
The Patriots reached into their past yesterday, signing three-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Pass. He seems a longshot at best to make the roster, but perhaps the team signed him to give him a chance to get back on the radar and maybe hook on somewhere else in training camp. Or maybe the team decided they’d like to work on some things with a fullback in camp.
Mark Farinella notes that perhaps Pass is here because the Patriots don’t current have a fullback in the pure sense of the position. Christopher L. Gasper also notes Pass’ ability to play fullback. GateHouse News notes that Pass originally made the Patriots as a long shot, so maybe he can do it again. Chris Price looks at the Pass signing and the waiving of four players yesterday.
Christopher Price notes that Randy Moss has almost been a forgotten man this offseason. Karen Guregian has linebacker Paris Lenon feeling reborn and rejuvenated coming from the 0-16 Lions to the Patriots.
Jim Donaldson says that while Rodney Harrison was a great player, he wasn’t as great as Patriots fans think he was, and he is certainly not a Hall of Famer. Ron Chimelis says that Harrison put his personal stamp on the Patriots.
Bill Doyle has Jeff Van Gundy having no issues with rooting for his brother Stan in the NBA finals, even though Jeff is an objective analyst for ABC. Chad Finn has Charles Barkley once again getting himself in hot water with his mouth. Jessica Heslam reports on an hour-long outage for NESN at the start of yesterday’s Red Sox game.