Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, it looked like the Red Sox dominance over the Yankees this season might finally be coming to an end. But then the Red Sox rallied for three runs in the frame and then closed out the Yankees in the ninth for a 4-3 victory, their eight straight this season against the Bombers.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox wearing out the Yankees once again. Michael Silverman has the Sox finally getting to CC Sabathia in the eighth. Daniel Barbarisi suggests that perhaps the Yankees are cursed. Dom Amore has Dustin Pedroia’s at-bat in the eighth inning turning things around for the Sox. Ron Chimelis has the Sox finishing off another sweep of the Yankees. Bill Ballou says that it felt like October last night. Kevin Thomas has more on the Red Sox continued dominance of the Yankees. Carmine Frongillo has more on the latest Red Sox sweep.
You know, on day like today, it’s actually fun to read Dan Shaughnessy. Really. The misery is aimed away from us, a nice change. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox able to savor their 8-0 mark for two months as the two teams don’t play again until August. Jeff Jacobs says that the Yankees can’t deny that the Red Sox are in their heads. Lenny Megliola has a look at another night that just didn’t belong to the Yankees.
Julian Benbow notes that David Ortiz’s opposite field home run off a 97mph fastball from CC Sabathia is yet another positive sign that the slugger is coming around. Joe McDonald has a pair of defensive gems from Rocco Baldelli and Nick Green giving the Red Sox a lift. McDonald has Ortiz giving the Sox an early spark with his home run. Barbarisi looks at the development of Kevin Youkilis into a true power hitter.
Ben Collins looks at Brad Penny’s ace-like performance last night. Pre-game, Collins check in on a relaxed CC Sabathia in the Yankees clubhouse. Mike Fine looks at the 10 pitch walk to Pedroia which sparked the rally. Rob Bradford says that Penny could be very valuable come October. He also has John Henry suggesting the notion of a Mark Teixeira curse on the Yankees. (Can we stop this curse crap, once and for all, please?)
Brian MacPherson has the Red Sox hitters once again too choosy for the Yankees pitchers. Rich Thompson has the Yankees unable to provide any answers. Barbarisi looks at the Beanball warning after Penny hit A-Rod in the first inning. Maureen Mullen has Jonathan Papelbon getting fined by MLB for a “Pace of game violation.” Bradford says we should be worried about Francona’s longevity and long-term health.
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Benjamin’s Minor League notebook has a look at Nick Hagadone’s return from Tommy John surgery. McAdam has a rain delay pushing the final rehab start for John Smoltz back a day. John Gillooly has the Sox drafting Rhode Island’s Chris Costantino. Bill Burt looks at the drafting of Michael Yastrzemski by the Sox. Drew Bonifant has the Sox drafting BC High pitcher Alex Hassan.
Benjamin’s notebook has Jed Lowrie progressing in his rehab. The Herald notebook has more on the good signs in Ortiz’s home run. The Projo Red Sox journal has Lowrie set to take BP in Lowell next week. Amore’s notebook has more on the progress of Lowrie. Chimelis’ notebook has more on the SS position. Ballou’s notebook says that early warnings from the umps kept things calm last night. Burt’s notebook says that the Yankees still don’t have any answers for the Sox. Jim Fenton‘s notebook has more on Lowrie.
The Patriots continued their mandatory mini-camp yesterday. Bill Belichick, apparently pleased with what he saw in the two days, called off today’s final session.
Karen Guregian has a look at Shawn Springs, who talked about the notes he takes on opposing receivers around the league. Christopher Price has Springs taking a low-tech approach to his preparation. Andy Vogt has more on Springs’ preparation for opponents. Rich Garven has the other new cornerback, Leigh Bodden looking forward to doing some winning after an 0-16 season in Detroit. Glen Farley has more on Bodden and his approach to the game.
Christopher L. Gasper has a look at TE Alex Smith, who notes similarities between what he’s learning in New England and what he did in Jon Gruden’s offense in Tampa. Farley has Tank Williams hoping to add something to the Patriots defense. Shalise Manza Young looks at Kevin Faulk, who has lasted a long time in New England by always thinking short-term.
Jim Donaldson tries to make the case that Jon Morris, not Jim Nance, should’ve been the latest Patriots Hall of Fame inductee.
Chad Finn has NESN ratings getting back to normal for the Red Sox.
Marc J. Spears has the Lakers moving closer to their 15th NBA title with their OT win over the Magic last night, giving them a 3-1 series lead. Spears’ notebook has Jeff Van Gundy speaking highly of Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, who was again passed over for a head coaching job this offseason. Thibodeau worked for Van Gundy in Houston and New York. Jessica Camerato has Doc Rivers laughing off the idea of a blockbuster trade during an appearance on PTI.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the Red Wings seeking another Stanley Cup title tonight in game 7 at home.
We’ve got conflicting reports on the status of Revolution defender Chris Albright’s left knee in the Globe and Herald this morning. Monique Walker says that Albright will not even travel to Kansas City for Saturday’s match against the Wizards, while John Connolly says that Albright has been given the green light to play.