Yes, these two teams have met already this season, but now with the two clubs sitting atop of the AL East, these games take on added importance. They’re also not competing with Bruins or Celtics playoff games, and as the only games in town, we can feel free to give them our undivided attention.
Dan Shaughnessy gives us a little history of the games thus far this season between the two teams. Bill Ballou has the “New” new-look Yankees ready to face the Red Sox. Gerry Callahan says that there was nothing particularly savvy or skillful about how the Yankees got Mark Teixeira, Just money. Lots and lots of money. Mike Fine though, says that the Red Sox and Yankees have a lot in common. Jonathan Comey puts Red Sox/Yankees at the top of sports rivalries.
Nick Cafardo says that the Yankees are a team on the rise. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox have an edge in pitching. Bill Reynolds has the Yankees returning to Fenway as a team on the rise. Lenny Megliola has the Red Sox getting set to face a loaded Yankees team.
John Tomase says that the 2nd place Red Sox are in a good place right now, despite all their struggles and issues thus far. Brian MacPherson says that the turnarounds of Josh Beckett and Jon Lester have a lot to do with the Red Sox confidence these days. Joe McDonald has teammates seeing signs of life from David Ortiz as of late.
The draft also starts tonight, and Jon Couture has a pretty extensive look at Theo Epstein’s preparations for it. Adam Kilgore has interest in the draft really picking up in recent years. Alex Speier has the Red Sox seeking the next big piece of their puzzle. Maureen Mullen has a look at Clay Buchholz seeking continued success at Pawtucket and beyond.
To get the New York perspective on things, check out NYYankeesLinks.com. In the New York Post, linked there, Johnny Damon and Mariano Rivera say that it is time for the Yankees to beat the Red Sox.
In Adam Kilgore’s notebook test reveal that Jacoby Ellsbury’s shoulder is structurally sound, but it is unclear whether he will play tonight. Tomase’s notebook has tests on Ellsbury and David Ortiz (eyes) coming back just fine.
The Patriots held their annual charity golf outing yesterday, and it was noteworthy for the appearance of Vince Wilfork, who used the opportunity to clarify his contract stance. Mike Reiss says that Wilfork risks losing real money should he sit out mandatory mini-camp, which begins tomorrow. Shalise Manza Young says that Wilfork’s appearance yesterday could be a sign he’s set to report for camp tomorrow. Karen Guregian has more on the appearance of Wilfork.
In contrast to Wilfork is Logan Mankins, who also has a contract in its final year. Young says Mankins has no interest in a holdout, noting that he signed a contract and he is going to honor it. Christopher L. Gasper notes that while Mankins is taking a different stance than Wilfork, he’s not going to knock his teammate’s handling of the situation. Guregian has Mankins saying that his contract is No big deal.
Christopher Price has new Patriots veterans getting a peek behind the New England curtain. Guregian has Ty Warren hoping for one last run with Richard Seymour and Wilfork. Former Patriot defensive lineman Pio Sagapolutele passed away Sunday night after suffering an aneurysm on Friday. Gasper’s notebook has Matthew Slater and Terrence Wheatley hoping for a shot at returning kicks.
Steve Conroy has Boston College adding a former minor league baseball player to its mix at quarterback.
Teddy Panos has Stan Van Gundy making UMass-Lowell proud.
Marc J. Spears has former Celtic Tony Battie seeking a ring with the Magic.